Offal or awful, depends on how you look at it. Before the meat, cholesterol, and fat scare organ meat (otherwise known as offal), was prized for it’s nutritional content of vitamins & minerals, far superior to any vegetable. Beef liver for example is often dubbed natures multivitamin. The Weston A Price Foundation highlights the benefits of beef liver as:
- 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.
Additionally Offal, specifically beef liver contains co-enzymes and vitamin activators, not found in synthetic vitamins, or plant forms. Without these co-factors vitamins cannot be absorbed or utilized.
A common concern is that beef liver is full of toxins; this is from the perspective that the liver acts as a filter for toxins. A better analogy of the liver is that of a chemical neutralizer. The liver stores potent vitamins and minerals (vitamins A, D, E, K, B12, folic acid, and minerals such as copper and iron) that neutralize threats to its host. The liver does not store toxins it chemically destroys them.
Try to add beef liver, only beef liver from grass fed cows, up to two times per week. Especially if you suffer from skin disorders, autoimmune conditions, or fatigue.
If you can’t get grassfed beef near you, order it here.
If you are local to Los Angeles, find Novoy Ranches at your local farmers market.