Simply put, liver is one of the highest quality and most nutritionally complete foods on the planet.
Liver contains vitamin A, the entire B-complex, iron, copper, zinc, chromium, selenium, cobalt, molybdenum, magnesium, manganese, potassium, phosphorus, and calcium. Each serving contains essential branched-chain amino acids and superoxide dismutase, which serves a key antioxidant role in the body. It is particularly rich in the nutrients that help keep our brains healthy including the essential fatty acids needed by humans for proper nutrition and health such as EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid), DHA (docasahexaenoic acid), and AA (arachidonic acid), as well as Vitamin B12.
Traditional Foods Market’s liver powder is derived exclusively from healthy grass-fed free-range New Zealand cattle, raised without hormones, antibiotics, and pesticides. It is made without introducing excessive heat, solvents, deodorizers, bleach, and reﬁning. Our liver powder is processed as minimally as possible. It is simply freeze-dried, and no additives of any kind are added.
Grass-Fed Liver is a Sacred Food
As the Weston A. Price Foundation explains, liver contains more nutrients, gram for gram, than any other food .
In summary, they highlight the fact that liver provides:
- An excellent source of high quality protein
- Nature’s most concentrated source of vitamin A
- All the B vitamins in abundance, particularly vitamin B12
- One of our best sources of folic acid
- A highly usable form of iron
- Trace elements such as copper, zinc, and chromium; liver is our best source of copper
- An unidentiﬁed anti-fatigue factor*
- CoQ10, a nutrient that is especially important for cardio-vascular function*
- A good source of purines, nitrogen-containing compounds that serve as precursors for DNA and RNA.
Dr. Weston A. Price describes one how the Neurs prized liver:
"Some of the tribes are very tall, particularly the Neurs. The women are often six feet or over, and the men seven feet, some of them reaching seven and a half feet in height. I was particularly interested in their food habits both because of their high immunity to dental caries which approximated one hundred per cent, and because of their physical development. I learned that they have a belief which to them is their religion, namely, that every man and woman has a soul which resides in the liver and that a man's character and physical growth depend upon how well he feeds that soul by eating the livers of animals. The liver is so sacred that it may not be touched by human hands. It is accordingly always handled with their spear or saber, or with specially prepared forked sticks. It is eaten both raw and cooked."
Grass-Fed Liver Is Rich in Vitamin B12
Most animal foods contain some amount of vitamin B12, but by far, the best source is liver.
There are a number of nervous system disorders that result from a vitamin B12 deﬁciency. Symptoms may include: a swollen, inﬂamed tongue, numbness and tingling in the hands and feet, difﬁculty walking, muscle weakness, irritability, memory loss, difﬁculty thinking and reasoning, dementia, depression, and even psychosis.
Anemia can also be a result of low levels of vitamin B12. In fact, pernicious anemia was a fatal disease before about the year 1920, when George Whipple suggested raw liver as a treatment. The active ingredient in liver remained unknown until 1948, when it was isolated by two chemists, Karl A. Folkers of the United States and Alexander R. Todd of Great Britain. The substance was a cobalamin, which the discoverers named vitamin B12.
Vitamin B12 is only well absorbed from animal sources. As has been noted, liver is by far the highest source of Vitamin B12, followed by sardines, mackerel, herring, salmon, lamb, Swiss cheese, eggs, haddock, beef, blue cheese, halibut, scallops, cottage cheese, chicken, and milk.
Freeze Dried Liver for Convenience and Quality
Sally Fallon Morell, the President of the Weston A. Price Foundation and author of Nourishing Traditions, recommends that liver be eaten at least once a week.
Yet some people just simply don’t enjoy the taste of liver. Others can’t easily procure high quality liver from pasture-raised animals. As such, our powder offers a convenient way to consume this most nutrient dense, sacred food. It is also worthwhile to have a bottle on hand when you are away from home, and don’t have access to fresh quality liver.
Liver Can Help Increase Strength
Liver has been used by athletes, bodybuilders, and powerlifters for decades to increase strength, intensify appetites, decrease recovery times and fatigue, support liver function, and detoxify the body. It’s also an effective blood builder. Liver helps increase red blood cell count. In addition, it’s one of the prime sources of heme iron.*
Traditional Foods Market liver powder contains heme iron, one of the most bioavailable forms around. Synthetic or elemental iron can lead to overdosing. Overdosing is far less likely to occur with natural iron. With non-heme iron, you might expect an absorption rate of 1-3 percent. With heme iron, you could expect 35 percent absorption or more. Liver can also improve the quality of the blood, including the hemoglobin level and the number of erythrocytes. That’s why liver has been called a “blood builder.”*
Grass-Fed Liver Is Safe to Consume
While one of the roles of the liver is to neutralize toxins (such as drugs, chemical agents, and poisons), the liver does not actually store toxins . Poisonous elements that the body cannot neutralize and remove are likely to lodge in the fatty tissues and the nervous system. The liver is not a storage organ for toxins, but it is a storage organ for many important nutrients (vitamins A, D, E, K, B12 and folic acid, and minerals such as copper and iron). These nutrients supply the body with some of the tools it needs to get rid of toxins.
Liver Dosage: Traditional Foods Market recommendations for daily consumption of Free-Range Pasture-Fed Liver Powder would not be considered to be a large amount: Adults and Children 12 years of age and older: 1 ½ teaspoon daily with meals. Advanced use: Double or quadruple the adult dose. Children 6 to 12 years of age: ½ teaspoon per day.
It takes about eleven pounds of liver to produce one six ounce bottle of grass-fed liver powder. Each tablespoon of liver powder is made from approximately three-quarters of a pound of pasture-raised liver.
Grass-Fed Liver Is High in Naturally Occurring Vitamin A as Retinol
Some people have been told to avoid liver because of its high vitamin A content. We think that its high vitamin content is a good reason to consume liver. Concerns about vitamin A stem from studies in which moderate doses of synthetic vitamin A were found to cause problems and even contribute to birth defects. But natural vitamin A found in liver is an extremely important nutrient for human health and does not cause problems except in extremely large amounts.*
As vitamin A values decrease over time, it is hard to put a precise number on our Vitamin A content. One tablespoon of New Zealand grass-fed liver powder has approximately four to eight thousand IU vitamin A as Rentinol.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. These products are intended to provide whole food nutrition to the body which may result in the benifit of tissue building, repair and enhancement of the normal structure and function of the body.
DetailsLiver is one of the highest quality and most nutritionally complete foods on the planet. Traditional Foods Market liver powder is derived exclusively from healthy grass-fed free-range New Zealand cattle. Liver is rich in vitamins and minerals such as: A, D, E, and K, the entire B-complex, vitamin C, iron, copper, zinc, chromium, selenium, cobalt, molybdenum, magnesium, manganese, potassium, phosphorus, and calcium. Each serving contains essential branched-chain amino acids and superoxide dismutase which serves a key antioxidant role in the body.
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