I’ve made an addition to my morning routine that may have some of you a little squeamish. Don’t worry — it’s not something you have to do. However, I’ve found it to give me great benefits.
I’ve obtained a super-clean, grass-fed liver from my friends at West Wind Farm, and froze it in small pieces. Once it was frozen, I cut it into a bunch of pea-sized pieces.
Every morning, with my morning shake, I down about 5 or 6 pieces, which is roughly .5 to .75 of an ounce. They’re frozen, so it’s pretty much like taking pills.
Why would I do such a crazy thing?
The liver is one of the most nutrient-dense sources of food available. It’s a great source of protein and, more important in these small amounts, a host of vitamins. 100 grams (3.5 oz) contains:
- Vitamin A 6500 μg (722% RDA)
- Riboflavin (B2) 3 mg (200%)
- Niacin (B3) 15 mg (100%)
- Vitamin B6 0.7 mg (54%)
- Folate (B9) 212 μg (53%)
- Vitamin B12 26 μg (1083%)
- Iron 23 mg (184%, in a highly useable form)
- Sodium 87 mg (4%)
- Trace elements: copper, zinc, chromium
- CoQ10, a nutrient that is especially important for cardio-vascular function
- Purines (nitrogen-containing compounds that serve as precursors for DNA and RNA)
Plus (and this is the most important part for me): On days I eat raw liver, I feel AWESOME, with excellent energy. Liver contains an as-yet-unidentified anti fatigue factor. (Really, that’s what they call it.)
Isn’t it dangerous?
In a word: not really. The liver is indeed a detoxifying organ. But it does not collect toxins per se. The main concern is pathogens and parasites, so if you are considering this, freeze the liver for at least 14 days before eating it. And (important), make sure the source is clean. Don’t just pick up some liver from the local grocery store.