Friday Favorites – Frozen Raw Liver Pills
Ummmmm, say what?! Before you think I’ve completely lost my mind, promise me you’ll at least hear me out on these frozen raw liver pills.
And just for the record, liver used to give me a major case of the heebie jeebies. Now I’m completely singing it’s praises. Literally. I’ve been telling everyone and anyone how much of a dramatic difference consuming liver has made in my life. I haven’t gone coo-coo, I promise. I can’t wait to tell you why I love this so much.
I’ve heard throughout the years that liver is so good for you, but truthfully, it’s always been pretty disgusting to me. I don’t like the taste or texture one bit. So taking these raw frozen liver pills is the only way I can get some liver in my life. If I can do these raw liver pills, anyone can.
But first let me tell you why you should be eating liver and then I’ll tell you my experience since making and taking the “pills.”
Liver from healthy animals (pastured, grass-fed, etc) is, gram for gram, the most nutrient dense food humans can eat. Because liver is kind of like a filter to filter out, clean and neutralize toxins, it’s equipped with mega doses of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to do it’s job properly. And just to clear a common misconception: liver does not store toxins – instead it stores a multitude of vitamins to do it’s super important job of cleaning the toxins from the blood so they can be expelled in the body.
I consider my liver pills my real food multi-vitamin. Here’s a little summary of some more reasons liver is so awesome, taken from the Weston A. Price Foundation:
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.
I have been taking my liver pills for a little over 3 months now. I noticed some pretty dramatic results, but I wanted to make sure I was 100% positive it was the liver doing these wonderful things and not some other factor(s). After 3 months, I’m convinced it’s the liver. I’m even going to go as far to say that taking these liver pills has given me the most dramatic difference diet-wise to date than anything in my life before. I know that’s a pretty heavy statement, but it’s 100% true.
Here’s the major differences I have noticed:
No more mood swings or PMS
My daily mood swings pretty much became extinct after following a Paleo/Real Food diet because I wasn’t on a blood sugar roller coaster anymore (hallelujah – read more of my story here). But, I would always know when “that time of the month” was coming because about 3 days before that time, I would get very irritable and moody. It was like clockwork. I didn’t even have to track my period because the day I got irritable I knew that time was coming 3 days later. But since I’ve been taking the liver pills, I have no more PMS symptoms. In fact, the first month that I was taking the pills, my period crept up on me and totally surprised me. I chalked it up to I had so much stuff going on in my life that maybe I just didn’t notice that I wasn’t irritable. But then it happened the next month and the month after that, too. I realized that this was no coincidence anymore. My painful cramps and ovarian cysts that I had every month disappeared, as well. After researching some more on liver, I found out that the abundant doses of bio available vitamin A,D and K were all contributing to optimum hormone production. It made sense to me now – my hormones were benefiting dramatically from these liver pills! And healthy hormones mean better sleep, less weight gain, better response to stress, and on and on the list goes.
Dramatic increase in energy
I’ve always been a fairly energetic person. Except in the winter. I suck in the winter. I thrive on sunshine and Vitamin D from the sun. I wrote a post back in the dead of winter about needing to supplement with vitamin D pills during the cold months. I get tired, sluggish, and an obvious lack of energy in the winter. My vitamin D pills do help, but nothing like the liver pills. These liver pills are like drinking a Red Bull energy drink. And I mean that in a good way (no shakes or sugar rush, obviously). I noticed a dramatic increase in energy after taking these pills for one week. I ditched my Vitamin D pills and use solely these liver pills. I seriously can’t believe the difference!
Crazy increase in cardiovascular stamina
All you athletes and competitors better listen up for this one. You won’t believe this! I told my husband that I think the liver pills are giving me crazy energy – like superhero energy. We love to go on long mountain bike rides together, but I had a hard time keeping up with him the whole time. Not speed wise, but cardiovascular wise. Long distance cardio is and always has been a challenge for me. I like to tease and say my muscles are all made up of fast twitch muscle fibers because I excel in sprinting and high intensity interval fitness. However, long distance running or biking? Forget about it. I’m not very good at long distance stuff at all. But ever since I’ve been taking these liver pills, I can seriously just go and go. I feel like the energizer bunny and I’m not even kidding. I can more than keep up on our long mountain bike rides now. I also take cardio kickboxing once a week. It always kicks my butt, gets my heart rate pretty high, makes me sweat a lot and I just love pushing my body like this. But ever since the liver pills, my cardio kickboxing class is like a walk in park. I barely break a sweat anymore. And my lifting? Let’s just say I had to go out and buy bigger kettlebells because my other ones are too easy now (so serious!).
I know you are probably reading this and thinking I’m full of you-know-what right now and saying this is too good to be true (hey, I probably would be, too). But I’m 100% serious. This was such a dramatic difference that I went online to see if anyone else had this type of experience because I almost couldn’t believe it myself. Could these little liver pills really do this? Low and behold, what I was experiencing is valid and many others experienced this same type of thing! In fact, there’s even a name for it. Liver contains something scientists call the “anti-fatigue factor” and it’s still a mystery to them.
Check this crazy research experiment out and it will all make sense (at least it did to me):
The experiment divided laboratory rats into three groups. The first ate a basic diet, fortified with 11 vitamins. The second ate the same diet, along with an additional supply of vitamin B complex. The third ate the original diet, but instead of vitamin B complex received 10 percent of rations as powdered liver.
After several weeks, the animals were placed one by one into a drum of cold water from which they could not climb out. They literally were forced to sink or swim. Rats in the first group swam for an average 13.3 minutes before giving up. The second group, which had the added fortifications of B vitamins, swam for an average of 13.4 minutes. Of the last group of rats, the ones receiving liver, three swam for 63, 83 and 87 minutes. The other nine rats in this group were still swimming vigorously at the end of two hours when the test was terminated. Something in the liver had prevented them from becoming exhausted. To this day scientists have not been able to pin a label on this anti-fatigue factor.
I am totally like one of those little rats in the last experiment swimming away in water without getting tired! Isn’t that so crazy?
So now I’m hoping you can see why I am so excited about these liver pills! And I noticed all these differences before doing the research that confirmed my same results – it’s not just “in my head.”
Okay, so now you may be wondering how to make these liver pills. The most important thing is to get some good quality liver. The cool part is that liver is so inexpensive because most Americans don’t eat it. I got my pastured, completely grass-fed beef liver for $2 a pound!
How to make your own frozen raw liver pills:
If your liver is frozen, thaw it slightly, but don’t thaw it completely. If it’s not frozen, place it in the freezer until it hardens a little. This will make the cutting process so much easier. Next you want to cut it into little pea-size pieces – about the size of a regular pill. This is very tedious and time consuming, but it will make a ton of little pills, so you’ll be set for awhile! Once you have all the pills cut, you want to flash freeze them so they don’t all clump together and make it close to impossible to break apart. You flash freeze them by placing them in a single layer (make sure they are not touching each other) and freeze them for 15 minutes. Once they are flash frozen, you can store them in an airtight container or bag. Keep them in the freezer. Easy peasy.
I take 3 or 4 of my raw frozen liver pills every day. I swallow them frozen and down them with liquid just like I would any other pill.
If you are scared about consuming raw meat, know this: Parasites and other pathogens are eliminated after being frozen for 14 days.
If you have any questions, let me know and I will do my best to answer them!