Why is Beef Liver a Superfood?
Energy boost: filled with B vitamins, which convert food energy into chemical energy for your cells, fuelling your body most efficiently while also supporting fat burning. It is important to note that the ONLY usable form of Vitamin B12 is found in animal foods ideally wild-caught, grass-fed, and/or pastured animal foods. Skin health: full of vitamin A, copper and glycine. These nutrients contribute to maintenance of collagen under the skin. Vitamin A is an antioxidant, protecting skin cells from oxidative stress like damage from UV rays. This combination slows the aging process and encourages healthy skin cell production. Bone health: a source of vitamin K2, more specifically MK4, the type only found in animal foods which helps calcium balance for bone health. Research shows that vitamin K2 helps direct calcium into the bones and keeps it out of the arterial walls. A high intake of calcium supplements has been associated with calcification of the arterial walls. Most people consuming and following the food pyramid set out by government and dieticians, get almost no vitamin K2 in general. Brain boost: choline is an essential nutrient needed for many steps in metabolism as well as cognitive performance. It prevents anxiety and mood disorders and is associated with brain health. A 4oz serving of liver, the size of your palm or less, is about your day's requirement. Choline is so imperative for a healthy, functioning brain that deficiencies are associated with the most common form of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease. It also contains copper, iron and selenium, three additional nutrients required for optimal brain function.
Natural detox: molybdenum is a trace essential mineral found in high amounts in organ meats, especially liver, which supports the metabolism of medications and alcohol.
Immunity: beef liver contains protein, vitamin C, vitamin A and zinc which strengthen the lining of the intestinal tract and boost the immune system to prevent colds and other common infections. It also provides all of the essential amino acids.
Builds Blood: the building of proper Blood is so essential in our bodies but is often overlooked in conventional medicine. For any TICM doctor, a patient's Blood is crucial for mental health, emotional wellbeing and vitality along with women's menstrual cycle. Most times, symptoms ranging from anxiety to painful periods is due to a lack of free flowing Blood. One serving of beef liver contains 80% of the RDI, or 35% for women of menstruating age of iron, specifically haeme iron, the kind most easily absorbed by the body.
Where can you get beef liver? For the best quality, go to your local farmer's market and source organic, grass-fed beef liver.