9 Reasons why Beef Liver should be in your Healing Protocol

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Beef Liver

That phrase alone is enough to make some people gag, but seriously- beef liver is one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet.  Between fear-mongering about the retinol levels (the study that was done about Vitamin A causing birth defects used synthetic retinol- people have been eating liver for thousands of years with no issues!) , misconceptions about how the liver stores toxins (it doesn’t- it filters them out to store elsewhere), and the switch to fast foods, liver has fallen out of favor with most of the Western world.  I am sure most of the people in my generation have never even tried to eat liver- or they may have never even heard of it!  You can read a bit more about liver here.

Why Beef Liver?

  1. As far as livers go, beef has the most bang for its buck.
  2. It has vitamins A, D, E, K, B12 and folate, and minerals such as zinc, copper and iron.
  3. Beef liver has the most bio-available form of copper. If you think about that, it makes sense why so many people are suffering from copper dysregulation these days: because who grew up eating liver regularly??
  4. It’s an excellent source of CoQ10
  5. It has an unidentified anti-fatigue factor (pretty sure it has to do with its nutrient content!)
  6. Helps your immune system stay strong
  7. Eating liver helps our livers work better as well
  8. Helps to speed up the metabolism (which is great for slow oxidizers!)
  9. It is amazing for female hormonal balance- helps those in menopause, those with PMS, and even those with irregular cycles

How to Eat Liver!

When it comes to liver, eating it is obviously the best way.  It is best to find grass-fed beef liver from a reputable farm.  You can go with a classic liver and onions recipe or you can be a little sneaky and hide in meatloaf like this recipe does. Or you can even be brave and try a completely different recipe like this one: Blueberry Balsamic Beef Liver Pate

I’m not personally at that stage yet so I use Perfect Supplements’ desiccated beef liver supplement.(use my coupon code SASSY to get 10% off of your whole order from their site!)  This just basically means it’s been dehydrated and it retains its nutrient content. I open the capsules up and add to my smoothies (and my son’s!). My second favorite brand of beef liver is Nutricology- they have a powder, or capsules as well.

The supplement route is best for sensitive individuals as you can slowly introduce these nutrients and prevent major detox reactions. Vitamin A and copper are both very potent, especially for those dealing with underlying infections like EBV or yeast and parasites. Low and slow is always best when healing! I usually recommend starting with 1 capsule (or 1/4 teaspoon of the powder) a day for the first week, and then bump it up a little each week until you get to the recommend dose (typically 4-6 capsules or 1-2 teaspoons of powder).

Common symptoms of not tolerating beef liver well would be any typical excess copper symptom: anxiety, racing mind, insomnia, etc. Depending on one’s adrenal strength, bound/unbound copper status, and liver strength, one might need to hold off for a bit and work more on the liver itself first.

Has beef liver changed your life? How do you get your beef liver in? Let us know in the comments!

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6 Replies to “9 Reasons why Beef Liver should be in your Healing Protocol”

  1. Hi Kristin,

    Do you think we should have an upper limit when it comes to eating liver? The Blueberry Balsamic Beef Liver Pate recipe mentions concerns over copper toxicity when eating more than 1/2 lb of ruminant liver in a week (sourced from http://perfecthealthdiet.com/2012/02/chopped-liver-pate/). That source does not discuss bioavailable vs not when it comes to copper, however. What do you think?

    Sofia

    1. They probably are not taking into account that liver is the #1 most bioavailable source of copper because of the vitamin A content. 1/2 pound of liver sounds like quite a bit though! I think 1-2 times a week of 2-3 ounces is the usually recommendation.

      1. Thanks, Kristin.

        The first time I made that pate recipe, I craved it like crazy to begin with so I easily ate 2/3 of a pound in the first 2-3 days. After that, I didn’t crave it any more and my edema was worse. I’ve been trying to work out why and thought I might have found the reason when I read about the copper toxicity concern.

        Am I understanding your reply correctly that you don’t think liver needs an upper limit, even though the usual recommendation is 2-3 ounces?

        Thanks,
        Sofia

        1. oh wow! That is an interesting reaction then. With that much in a short amount of time, it could have been the reason. I don’t usually hear edema happening with copper issues, usually it is anxiety, racing mind, insomnia, etc. I honestly don’t have many clients that actually eat the liver- they just use the supplements because they have been extremely sensitive in the past to too much of anything at once.

  2. Hey Kristin, do you think one should work on healing gut before starting liver capsule regime or is it okay to begin now at first stage of healing, barely having started?

    1. Hi Laura- I actually just added a bit more on that in the article after a few people asked the same thing. Sometimes it is best to start with liver loving first before adding in the beef liver- it definitely depends on the person though.

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