If you want to put on muscle, you worry about two nutrients. You make sure you’re getting a lot of protein and you take your essential fatty acids like Udo’s oil and fish oil. Most guys who want to gain muscle don’t think of anything else.
About 2 years ago I watched this fascinating video on nutrition and then bought the book: Minding My Mitochondria 2nd Edition: How I overcame secondary progressive multiple sclerosis (MS) and got out of my wheelchair.
(I realize a woman is speaking in this video. Who says we are not inclusive?)
The speaker is big on beef liver and in her book she suggests we all eat it once a week.
Now the editor-in-chief of T-Mag, TC Luoma, has joined the party:
Look at this comparison between the Vitamin C content of 100 grams of apple, 100 grams of carrots, 100 grams of red meat, and 100 grams of beef liver.
The apple has 7.0 grams of Vitamin C, the carrots have 6.0 grams, the red meat has 0 grams, and the beef liver has 27.0 grams.
Let’s do the same thing with Vitamin B12.
The apple has no measurable B12 and neither do the carrots. The red meat has 1.84 mcg., but the beef liver has 111.3 mcg.
It’s no contest.
And it’s not much different when you look at other nutrients like phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc, copper, Vitamins A, D, and E, thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, folic acid, biotin, and Vitamin B6 – beef liver beats them all almost every time.
(Victor Pride at Bold & Determined is also big on beef liver. I’ll write more in my forthcoming review of his book, Body of a Spartan.)
A cow’s liver, just like your own liver, detoxifies the cow’s body. This means you want to eat the highest quality beef liver available. Ideally you’d eat grass-fed beef liver.
You can also order liver pills:
- Nature’s Life Beef Liver, Defatted & Dessicated, 1500 Mg, 100 Tablets,
- Universal Uni-Liver Tablets, 500-Count Bottles
Liver doesn’t taste nearly as bad as you’d think. Pan fry it coconut, add some some onions, and enjoy. Eat liver once a week. Or pop some liver pills.
Either way, organ meat should become part of your diet.
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