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Beef liver powder supplements?

Commented on October 10, 2014
Created October 08, 2011 at 4:24 AM

Has anyone ever tried desiccated beef liver powder or capsules?

http://www.ehow.com/way_5692212_desiccated-liver-remedies.html

I know the whole idea of eating healthy is to eat real whole foods and not supplements for maximum health benefits, but I know there are many of us that don't like the taste of liver. Most of the supplements I see of this type come from cows raised in Argentina. Does anyone think this type of supplement is worth taking?

Or am I better off eating braunschweiger/liverwurst with nitrates instead of the liver capsules?

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

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on January 27, 2012
at 03:22 AM

I don't know. I don't feel any different. I just feel better taking them until I can work on my irrational fear of internal organs.

6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on January 27, 2012
at 02:45 AM

How are those liver capsules working for you Shari? Are they worth buying?

6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on October 17, 2011
at 01:58 AM

staceychev, the mentioning of arsenic kind of worried me about taking a liver powder. I did find a brand that claimed to test for arsenic in their liver powder to make sure their product is free of arsenic, the brand is Radiant Life Desiccated Liver. You can find more info here: http://www.radiantlifecatalog.com/product/Radiant-Life-Desiccated-Liver-Capsules/raw-milk-infant-formula

F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

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on October 11, 2011
at 03:25 PM

Nutritionator -I can taste 1 tablespoon of liver in a pound of ground beef. Seasoned, and veggies and cheese mixed in. I had to throw the whole lot out. (I am a super taster though).

Cc7381bd787721575ea9198048132adb

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on October 11, 2011
at 03:34 AM

I also can't stand liver so I started mixing it in with my ground beef for hamburger meat at a 1:4 liver to hamburger. Can't taste it at all if you season your meat.

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on October 11, 2011
at 02:10 AM

I think it would be vastly better than no liver at all, at least insofar as minerals are concerned.

6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on October 10, 2011
at 08:57 PM

Thanks Senneth. The liver powder is usually defatted so that probably explains the lack of oily vitamins. Taking away the fat probably increases shelf life and product stability and prevents the powder from going rancid.

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

(24286)

on October 10, 2011
at 08:53 PM

Interesting. I was hoping I could do some pill popping.

6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on October 09, 2011
at 04:41 PM

Thanks staceychev for the info and link.

C2450eb7fa11b37473599caf93b461ef

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on October 09, 2011
at 12:04 PM

Here are two threads. The first is just about brands and thoughts. The second is about an assertion that Solgar brand has an arsenic problem. http://www.mothering.com/community/t/516442/dessicated-liver-tablets http://www.mothering.com/community/t/907554/solgar-dessicated-liver-tabs-might-have-arsenic

6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on October 08, 2011
at 08:16 PM

staceychev, what are the comments by the women on the Traditional Foods forum about desiccated beef liver?

C2450eb7fa11b37473599caf93b461ef

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on October 08, 2011
at 11:31 AM

+1 because I'm interested in hearing this, too. I first heard it discussed in the "Traditional Foods" forum of Mothering.com, and I know some women over there take it.

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F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

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on October 10, 2011
at 08:38 PM

I asked the provider I am currently working with about taking the powdered beef liver instead of fresh and he said "Powdered liver lacks vitamin K and other unstable oily vitamins". Sorry that I can't back that up. I can't stand the taste of liver, no matter the cooking method.

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

(24286)

on October 10, 2011
at 08:53 PM

Interesting. I was hoping I could do some pill popping.

6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on October 10, 2011
at 08:57 PM

Thanks Senneth. The liver powder is usually defatted so that probably explains the lack of oily vitamins. Taking away the fat probably increases shelf life and product stability and prevents the powder from going rancid.

6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on January 27, 2012
at 02:45 AM

How are those liver capsules working for you Shari? Are they worth buying?

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

(24286)

on January 27, 2012
at 03:22 AM

I don't know. I don't feel any different. I just feel better taking them until I can work on my irrational fear of internal organs.

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on October 11, 2011
at 12:23 AM

I take Now Foods liver powder. Organic, non-defatted.

http://www.swansonvitamins.com/NWF898/ItemDetail

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96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on January 27, 2012
at 11:19 AM

I suppose if I were going on a long trip, and couldn't get the real stuff, it might be convenient to bring some along... but...

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6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on October 21, 2011
at 11:28 AM

After reading this on Cheeseslave's page I am hesitant to take any liver powder supplements from Argentina: http://www.cheeseslave.com/2008/05/23/arsenic-in-solgar-liver-tablets/

I may look into liver powder from New Zealand instead.

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on October 10, 2014
at 11:18 PM

At the site Radiant Life Catalog you can read this about their des. liver:

Q. Is your desiccated liver tested for arsenic?
A. Yes. Test results utilizing ICP-MA, Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry, reflect trace amounts (.047 ppm) of arsenic. Please note however that any and all cuts of beef (as well as other traditional foods) will contain small amounts of arsenic and other metals. This is not a unique feature of liver since liver is NOT a filter and therefore does not accumulate any more heavy metals than lean meat. Several countries, including the UK and Australia, currently use a 1 ppm limit for arsenic in food. The US has yet to establish firm threshold limits.

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on April 29, 2012
at 03:46 AM

If the liver pill is defatted, doesn't that mean it won't have any vitamin A? (or small amounts anyway.)

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on October 11, 2011
at 04:26 AM

How about just taking choline?

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on October 10, 2011
at 09:06 PM

It doesn't really have any of the good fat soluble stuff you want liver for. It does supposedly contain p450 though which has some very interesting properties and has 250% b6 per serving.

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on October 09, 2011
at 11:02 AM

Considering how much liver you'd need to get much nutritional value, how many pills per day would you really need to take to get equivalent quantities? (Thinking of my own experiences with fish oil caps vs bottled fish oil, in particular)

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