Liver … Super Food For Your Whole Body Filter System

January 20, 2014

in BLOGS,Cancer,Digestion,Energy,General,Health Protection

LiverCareLiver from a grass-fed animal is considered a Super Food. Your liver is like a whole body filter system that helps you get rid of the bad stuff. So just how does this work?

You are probably either saying, “Yuk, eating liver is beyond gross” or “I love liver, especially liver and onions.” Liver as a food is usually something you either love or hate.

Your Liver, A Whole Body Filter System

Your liver is necessary for life itself and performs many important tasks. Here are a few of those tasks.

  • Filters your blood of toxins
  • Cleans the blood of pollutants
  • Plays a big part in metabolism
  • Has a role in hormone production
  • Breaks down fat
  • Stores and/or processes vitamins and minerals
  • Processes drugs, both recreational and prescription
  • Assists in digestion
  • Converts sugars into quick energy if needed or stores it as fat
  • Produces cholesterol as needed by the body

As you can see, your liver is very essential to your health so you need to take care of it.

Liver-OnionsHow to take care of your liver?

You want your filter to be healthy so it can do its job of keeping the bad guys and trouble makers out. Here is a list of food choices that will help you do just that.

  1. Water – flushes toxins out and transports nutrients throughout your body.
  2. Lemons – boosts & encourages the production of bile assisting the flushing of toxins.
  3. Garlic – contains selenium and allicin aiding in the elimination of toxins.
  4. Apples – the skin contains pectin aiding digestion. A healthy digestive tract makes detoxifying easier on your liver.
  5. Whole grains (oils from the husks, hulls & hearts) – aids in relieving liver congestion … the natural oils help unplug the traffic jams or overloads.
  6. Berries – rich in nutrients, fiber, and antioxidants.
  7. Grapefruit – assists in the prevention of fat storage thus aiding in the detoxification process.
  8. Walnuts – unleashes liver cleansing compounds preventing storage of toxins.
  9. Green Tea – has the antioxidant, catechin not allowing your liver to store as much fat.
  10.  Avocados – a healthy dietary fat that contributes to the elimination of harmful toxins.
  11.  Leafy Green Vegetables – stimulates bile production and uses chlorophyll to filter out toxins at a more rapid rate.
  12.  Cold-pressed Oils – (oils such as olive or flaxseed) relieve toxic stress on your liver by encouraging healthy lipid (fat) production including cholesterol and by absorbing harmful substances not allowing them to stick around. (Yes, you need cholesterol to be healthy.)
  13.  Turmeric – kick starts enzymes for taking care of cancer causing carcinogen buildup and gets rid of those carcinogens before a problem develops.
  14.  Beets and Carrots – plant flavonoids give your liver a much needed cleansing boost.
  15.  Liver – replenishes and nourishes your liver with essential nutrients.

Daily you ask your liver to do is a huge task. The healthier your liver, the healthier your body.

Liver, a Super Food

As I said earlier, you either love the taste of liver or you detest it. If you are like me you enjoy the taste of liver and would love to dine on it at least once a week if given the opportunity.

Why eat liver? How does it qualify as a super food?

  • One of the most nutrient-dense foods available
  • Rich in high quality amino acids (protein), fat, B vitamins & B12, minerals and fat-soluble activators that are important for mineral absorption (vitamins A, D and K).
  • Extremely high in natural vitamin A (note: natural vitamin A is not toxic).
  • Abundant in iron, choline, copper, folic acid, B vitamins and natural trace minerals.
  • Known as an “anti-fatigue” food, an excellent energy food.
  • Excellent natural source of iron for anyone low in iron.

Your energy production requires iron, chromium and magnesium. Vitamin B-12, copper, potassium and selenium are critical for healthy nerve function.

BeefFreeRangeGrassFedWhere to get this Super Food, Liver?

If you do not know a local farmer or rancher who raises grass fed, free range beef, check your local Farmer’s Market for a local farmer or rancher who sells free range beef. Often your local Health Food Store or supermarket will also have free range beef liver. Local Harvest and U.S. Wellness Meats are both online sources.

I emphasize free range, grass fed meat animals as a source for liver. It is best to know the animals have not been fed antibiotics, hormones, GMO grains or sprayed with nasty sprays.

Ok, Don’t like Liver?

Not to worry, there are other foods you can eat to get these nutrients. Or you can do get the nutrients in a supplement.

NeoLife/GNLD will help you guarantee you are receiving this great energy busting super food with Liver Plus C.

Liver Plus C is:

  • From 100% pure South American beef liver. It is among the highest quality available and not exposed to antibiotics, hormones or pesticides.
  • Carefully preserved using advanced production methods such as low temperature vacuum drying.
  • Vitamin C and bioflavonoids provide extra nutrition and protect the liver from oxidation.

P.S:  Athletics love Liver Plus C for extra energy and endurance. Need to stay alert, pop a couple Liver Plus C tablets instead of relying on extra caffeine – a great picker-upper.

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1 Katrina February 4, 2014 at 8:20 pm

Keeping a healthy liver is super important. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and insight! I love the foods you recommend for keeping healthy liver. Though I have never been a fan of liver. Not my thing. LOL. 

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2 Pat Moon February 5, 2014 at 11:18 am

Hi Katrina,

I understand you when you say you have never been a fan of liver.. it’s usually either a love or hate relationship. That is exactly the reason there are other good foods for nourishing your liver as well as an excellent supplement in NeoLife’s Liver Plus C.

Be forever grateful for your good health.

Pat
 

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3 Simona February 1, 2014 at 11:30 am

When I was a kid, my parents often used to take shark liver oil, extracted from sharks from the Black Sea. It was disgusting but a lot of people swore on the health benefits. 

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4 Pat Moon February 1, 2014 at 4:10 pm

Hi Simona,

I recall when shark liver oil was all the rage but it seems it did not last … at least I have not heard about it in years.

Liver from range-fed animals is a totally different food and has been consumed for years and years. It is proven to be a food filled with nutrients that contribute to good health. It is difficult to get the free-range animal liver so I do seldom cook it although I love it. Instead I regularly supplement with the Neo-Life Liver Plus C to fill the gap with those nutrients.

Here’s to your good health!

Pat
 

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5 Shari January 31, 2014 at 8:12 am

Pat, I eat a little seafood but otherwise I'm vegetarian. I have to look elsewhere for available iron, since meat is out. Fortunately, there are some good plant-based sources of iron, and I've started cooking in cast iron too. I bet wild salmon seared in cast iron would be good. . . .

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6 Pat Moon January 31, 2014 at 4:59 pm

Hi Shari,

I’m curious, why are you a vegetarian? Many people are but for various reasons!

Eating as a vegetarian does carry many challenges like getting iron, complete balanced protein and healthy fats. It can be done when one chooses to educate themselves and follow the plan. Yes, wild salmon would be delicious prepared in cast iron. I do a good part of my cooking in stainless steel but do use cast iron for a few items.

Stay healthy!

Pat
 

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7 Terri Lind Davis January 30, 2014 at 12:32 pm

I am one of those who can not stomach liver but I do pretty well with all the other healthy suggestions! Turneric is good for inflammation and arthritis as well.

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8 Pat Moon January 31, 2014 at 4:53 pm


Hi Terri,

I really do understand your distaste for the taste of liver. I’m glad you do well with some of the other healthy suggestions. You might consider supplementation with the NeoLife Liver Plus C. It is an excellent supplement filled with nutrients without the taste of liver.

Yes, turmeric is good for good health in general… we use it daily.

Thanks for visiting and commenting.

Pat

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9 Don Purdum January 30, 2014 at 7:32 am

Great post! I've never had liver as a food. Interesting idea. Maybe my wife and I can look up some recipes that include it? Any recommendations?

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10 Pat Moon January 31, 2014 at 4:48 pm

Hi Don,

You must be much younger than I am. Otherwise you more than likely would have had liver as a food at some point in your life. Most people who like liver eat it as: liver and onions. I’ve never really followed a recipe but in doing a little research I found a recipe that is very close to how I would prepare it. Here is the link to a very basic tradional recipe for liver and onions. Today I would use olive oil instead of the bacon fat however if you happen to have good range-fed pork bacon, go for the bacon fat. It is what my mother used.

Enjoy! Let me know how it turns out.

Pat
 

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11 Yvonne Brown January 30, 2014 at 6:43 am

Is it possible to shrink your liver?

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12 Pat Moon January 31, 2014 at 4:06 pm

Hi Yvonne,

What do you mean … is it possible to shrink your liver? Are you referring to a fatty liver? If so, yes, you can improve your liver’s health by eating healthy. Let me know why you ask.

Get healthy.

Pat
 

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13 Diana Foree January 29, 2014 at 9:15 pm

The thought of eating liver sends chills down my spine.  As a child, we were forced to eat it once in a while because my mom needed it for the iron.  I know it has great nutritional value.  I eat other foods instead. Maybe someday. 

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14 Pat Moon January 31, 2014 at 3:57 pm

Hi Diana,

Like I said in the article… most people either love the taste of liver or hate it. Liver does have a very distinct taste. It is a good source of iron and other healthy nutrients but of course you can get those nutrients in other ways.

I’m curious, how did your mother prepare the liver? An interesting story: my daughter used to eat almost any food and loved liver. I was preparing liver for dinner one evening when a friend’s daughter was visiting our daughter (about age 10). She saw me and said, “Yuck, that’s cat food!” My daughter heard her comment and after that refused to eat the liver. It’s interesting how things can influence us as children.

Thanks for stopping by.

Pat
 

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15 Jessica January 29, 2014 at 8:26 pm

this is such a brillant summary on what the liver does–thank you for sharing.

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16 Pat Moon January 31, 2014 at 3:08 pm

Hi Jessica,

It is so important that we understand how our body and its organs work. Having a better understanding of the function of a particular organ is the first step in properly nourishing and caring for that organ.

Glad to have you as a reader.

Pat
 

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17 marielle altenor January 29, 2014 at 7:25 pm

Interesting, I've never thought that eating liver would be considered a super food! Thank you for the information! 

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18 Pat Moon January 31, 2014 at 3:05 pm

Hi Marielle,

Liver is probably not considered a super food by many people’s standards but it is. It has so many health benefits which earns it that title and being a member of the ‘super food’ catagory.

Hopefully this information will be helpful to you for your future health.

Stay healthy,

Pat
 

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19 Jackie de Boer January 29, 2014 at 7:11 pm

Great list of foods to eat to take care of liver health, I'm eating many of them, but can always improve. When I think of liver, I think of my childhood growing up in the UK and having to eat liver for school lunch, it was awful. I've not eaten it in years. However, I know there are some much better ways of cooking it so I may just give it a try again.     

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20 Pat Moon January 31, 2014 at 2:57 pm

Hi Jackie,

I can only imagine how the school caferteria prepared the liver? I do not ever recall having liver at a school caferteria. I’m sure you will be able to find a much more pleasant way of preparing it.

Enjoy liver now as an adult prepared in your favorite way.

Pat
 

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21 Tina Ashburn January 29, 2014 at 6:59 pm

I love liver! I don't eat it once a week, but I do try to eat it once a month. I don't cook it, but I have found a restaurant that makes it really well and I'm happy to make the trip to that restaurant for liver. 

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22 Pat Moon January 31, 2014 at 2:53 pm

Hi Tina,

Glad to hear that you do regularly enjoy a healthy serving of liver. It’s good stuff in more ways than one.

Be healthy!

Pat
 

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23 Roslyn January 29, 2014 at 4:25 pm

I too grew up eatting sauteed liver and onions. Haven't had it in a long time. You gave me some good reasons to add it back in.

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24 Pat Moon January 31, 2014 at 2:51 pm

Hi Roslyn,

Go enjoy some sauteed liver and onions. Yes, there is good reason to enjoy it on a regular basis.

To your good health.

Pat
 

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25 Nate January 29, 2014 at 1:16 pm

Hi Pat,

Everything you listed are super foods that I eat regularly.  I'm glad that I am on the right track having read your post.  Thank you for this!

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26 Pat Moon January 31, 2014 at 2:49 pm

Hi Nate,

Great news that you are on the right track to being healthy.

Glad you stopped by.

Pat
 

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27 Norma Doiron @Savvy Biz Solutions January 29, 2014 at 1:13 pm

Wowsers! What a list… who knew about all these fab foods! Thanks so much for sharing, Pat. I learned something good today. x0x

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28 Pat Moon January 31, 2014 at 2:48 pm


Thanks for your comment, Norma.

Many fab foods to consider eating on a regular basis. So glad you learned something good from this read.

Blessings to your good health.

Pat

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29 Alexandra McAllister January 29, 2014 at 11:56 am

WOW! This is a great post, Pat!  I don't eat liver but I do eat many of the foods that you've listed and I take nutraceuticals. Good heatlh is so important. Thanks for sharing all the very important info!

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30 Pat Moon January 31, 2014 at 2:46 pm

Hi Alexandra,

I’m glad you do eat many of the foods on the list for a healthy liver and that you do take nutraceuticals. We share so many food values.

Stay healthy!

Pat
 

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31 Kungphoo January 29, 2014 at 11:12 am

I had a liver biopsy over a year ago, and they told me mine was fatty, and there is nothing really to do but diet.. well that didnt change anything.. Thanks or the info..

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32 Pat Moon January 31, 2014 at 2:44 pm

Hi Robert,

My question is: did they tell you what they meant by diet when they told you that you had a fatty liver? Why did you have a liver biopsy in the first place? Your comment causes me to ask lots of questions.

Yes, there are things you can do diet wise to improve the fatty liver situation. I did a series of articles on metabolic syndrome a few months ago. I would sugges that you review those articles.

Please contact me to review your current eating/drinking habits as well as the reason you had the biopsy. You should not ignore that diagnosis.

Take care of yourself.

Send me a personal email: pat@bestrealhealth.com 

Pat

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33 Susan Schiller January 26, 2014 at 11:17 am

I'm in the category of "hating" liver as a food, but off and on I have contemplated why we eat it, in the first place. I guess I had thought that since the liver processes the "bad stuff" out of our bodies, that it would be contmainated somehow. I've never done any research on it, and I've also never come across teaching on the liver, so this is totally new territory!

I always learn so much when I come by our website, Pat. I've been eating several of the foods on the "help the liver" list but I see "turmeric" and it looks like something I should be adapting next. It's so incredible how our body works and how God's put the right foods for us to eat, to keep it running well. I really love to learn about nutrition and your website is one of the best, Pat – thanks so much for sharing knowledge and life experience with us!

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34 Pat Moon January 26, 2014 at 1:19 pm


Hi Susan,

It is good to hear from you again.

Here is a fact I did not include in the article. In the wild, when an animal kills another animal for food, the first part they go for is the liver because of the nourishment they get from it. Yes, the liver processes out the bad stuff when it is functioning properly but it also is a source of good nourishment. If the liver is from a healthy animal the toxins will not be transferred to you.

We eat turmeric almost daily on our eggs along with cayenne pepper.

Glad you find my website benefical and are able to learn from it. I appreciate readers like you.

May God bless you with the best healthy possible.

Pat

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35 Sharon ODay January 25, 2014 at 4:41 pm

This was fascinating, Pat.  Especially the long list of things that assist your liver in its function.  I do a handful, but could easily add a few more.  We were raised eating liver and onions (granted, sauteeing a little bacon before browning the onions helped!) but it's fallen off my diet.  Another invaluable batch of information … with various solutions!

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36 Pat Moon January 26, 2014 at 1:06 pm

Hi, Sharon,

I also grew up eating liver and onions, probably cooked with bacon fat because my mother always saved the fat from the bacon. Now we are finding out that the satuarated fats from animal meat is not all that bad for you especially when it is from range free animals.

You are probably doing good with your food choices. Of course, there is always room for improvement for all of us.

Glad you found this information valuable.

Pat
 

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