[Below is my transcript of my video about why liver is one of the most nutritious foods to get into your diet.]
Today, I’m going to talk to you about one of nature’s number one superfoods: liver, including beef liver, chicken liver and duck liver. Liver is actually very high in nutrients, and this usually surprises some people.
When we typically think of superfoods, we think of green leafy vegetables, a tropical super berry from the Amazon, or some other form of a superfood like beneficial chia seeds or nutritious flaxseeds — even wild-caught salmon. But most people don’t think of liver, especially something like beef liver, but I’m here to tell you that liver is the most nutrient-dense superfood on the planet.
Liver Plays a Prominent Role in Disease-Fighting Gerson Therapy
Liver has actually been used extensively by doctors of natural medicine for years; in fact, German scientist Dr. Max Gerson created something called the Gerson Protocol, or Gerson Therapy. Gerson Therapy was a natural cancer treatment protocol that was used for every type of disease as well as digestive disorders, tuberculosis and heart disease.
Gerson had his patients drink 13 glasses of vegetable juice a day and consume beef liver, coffee enemas and some raw vegetable salads. But beef liver was part of his primary protocol in helping his patients heal.
According to the Gerson Institute:
The Gerson Therapy regenerates the body to health, supporting each important metabolic requirement by flooding the body with nutrients from about 15- 20 pounds of organically-grown fruits and vegetables daily. Most is used to make fresh raw juice, up to one glass every hour, up to 13 times per day. Raw and cooked solid foods are generously consumed. Oxygenation is usually more than doubled, as oxygen deficiency in the blood contributes to many degenerative diseases. The metabolism is also stimulated through the addition of thyroid, potassium and other supplements, and by avoiding heavy animal fats, excess protein, sodium and other toxins.
3 Benefits of Consuming Liver
The reason why liver is one of the best superfoods and healing foods today is it’s your highest source of B vitamins, iron and vitamin A. It’s also a fantastic source of phosphorous and magnesium. In fact, if you compare it to spinach nutrition, carrots, an apple and some of nature’s richest foods, it outperforms all of them.
1. Loaded with Vitamin B12
The number one benefit of consuming liver is it’s very high in vitamin B12, and we know vitamin B12 benefits red blood cell formation and improves cellular function; it’s important for so many things.
Now, one of the questions I often get is, “Isn’t your liver toxic; doesn’t your liver deal with toxins?’’
Actually, toxins are not stored in your liver. However, when you buy liver, whether at your farmer’s market or in supplement form, it’s important that you get it from organic, pasture-raised animals — calves liver and chicken liver are the best. You want to make sure the animals are grass-fed, free-range and pasture-raised when you consume liver.
2. High Source of Other B Vitamins
In addition to vitamin B12, liver is high in vitamin B6, biotin and folate. Those B vitamins especially folate, help your body with something called methylation as well as cellular function. An important folate-dependent reaction in the body is the conversion of the methylation of deoxyuridylate to thymidylate in the formation of DNA, which is required for proper cell division. When this process is impaired, this initiates megaloblastic anemia, one of the hallmarks of folate deficiency.
With all these minerals, liver supports your body’s detoxification pathways, and it makes sense that consuming liver actually helps your liver function better. In fact, consuming liver is actually an effective liver cleanse; it actually gives your body and your liver all the nutrients you need in order to detoxify properly.
3. Prevents Anemia
Liver also is packed with vitamin A and iron. If you struggle with any type of anemia — a clear sign of an iron deficiency — this is probably the best food to consume in the world because it contains folate, iron and vitamin B12. These are the three vitamins and minerals you need in order to overcome anemia naturally.
If you struggle with low energy, fatigue or neurological issues, liver is something you may want to add into your diet.
Liver Recipes: Chicken Liver Pate, Soup & More
My favorite way to consume liver is to eat chicken liver pate. Chicken liver pate actually tastes delicious. And while more and more restaurants serve duck or chicken liver pate, it’s a very easy recipe to make at home. Take your chicken liver; add honey, onions and other spices like garlic; and mix it. Just like that, you have a chicken liver pate that tastes absolutely amazing on something like nutrient-rich cucumber or sourdough bread.
You can also put chicken liver in chicken bean soup. You could take some white beans and chicken, throw some liver in there, and it adds a little bit of a good flavor while also preventing wasting the liver.
Beef liver, unfortunately, doesn’t taste as good as chicken liver, but you can use it in a couple of different ways. You could throw it in a blender and down it as a drink, or you could cook up beef liver and consume it with loads of nutrition-rich onions and flavorings. You cook it just like you would a steak: sauté it well and cover it in garlic and onions. It’s actually pretty tasty if you consume small bites of it along with a steak.
For those of you who don’t want to venture into the world of eating raw beef liver or chicken liver pate, I recommend you take a quality liver supplement. When looking for liver supplements, you want to make sure it’s from pasture-raised animals — just like you would when buying liver itself — and you can get it in powder or tablet form.
A high-quality liver supplement in its purest, most natural form basically works as a multivitamin, plus a B complex, in tablet form. It’s a great supplement for those who struggle with anemia, low energy levels, adrenal fatigue, thyroid issues, autoimmune disease, poor cellular function and even cancer.
So add liver to your diet, and if you’re adventurous enough for the real thing, I recommend starting with tasty, nutritious chicken liver pate.