How do my kids take desiccated liver and I am sure you are wondering why too!?!
Liver has been considered a sacred food in traditional cultures throughout time. It is loaded with nutrients and vitamins. Some doctors even call it “nature’s most potent superfood”. I have to admit this is one of the last superfoods I added to my family’s traditional diet. I don’t know why I was putting it off for so long. We have been following the Nourishing Traditions cookbook for over 5 years, and liver consumption is a BIG part of that diet. Again, I still have a little “finicky american girl” in me. It is almost long gone, but surfaces from time to time. Organ meats here we come.
“In fact, you might be surprised to learn that in some traditional cultures, only the organ meats were consumed. The lean muscle meats, which are what we mostly eat in the U.S. today, were discarded or perhaps given to the dogs.
A popular objection to eating liver is the belief that the liver is a storage organ for toxins in the body. While it is true that one of the liver’s role is to neutralize toxins (such as drugs, chemical agents and poisons), it does not store these toxins. Toxins the body cannot eliminate are likely to accumulate in the body’s fatty tissues and nervous systems. On the other hand, the liver is a is a storage organ for many important nutrients (vitamins A, D, E, K, B12 and folic acid, and minerals such as copper and iron). These nutrients provide the body with some of the tools it needs to get rid of toxins.” Source: Chris Kresser: Liver: nature’s most potent superfood
On an important note… the liver needs to come from a grassfed animal that has been protected from antibiotics, hormones, vaccines, and GMO feed. “Pasture-raised animal products are much higher in nutrients than animal products that come from commercial feedlots. For example, meat from pasture-raised animals has 2-4 times more omega-3 fatty acids than meat from commercially-raised animals. And pasture-raised eggs have been shown to contain up to 19 times more omega-3 fatty acids than supermarket eggs! In addition to these nutritional advantages, pasture-raised animal products benefit farmers, local communities and the environment.” Source: Liver: nature’s potent superfood
What else makes Liver so healthy and a must have for any healthy diet? I have talked a little about it so far, but here is a short list from the Weston A. Price Foundation:
Liver contains more nutrients, gram for gram, than any other food. In summary, liver provides:
- 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. Read more about the benefits here.
Do you need anymore persuading? For me the main reason I jumped onto the Liver bandwagon is because of my underlying Vitamin B and folate deficiencies. I have slight genetic mutation that makes it very hard to absorb these vitamins… especially synthetic forms of the vitamins (by the way 40 percent of Americans have undiagnosed genetic mutations—> involves an out of pocket blood test). For me (and my boys) we need vitamins and nutrients to be coming directly from a food source. We need LOTS of it too!
How do you prepare liver for children to take? There is a standard way that is pretty easy to take: sprinkle a little liver powder in your evening soup. This works if you eat soup everyday. My boys get soup probably every other day. I needed a few more options! I experimented with a few ideas that failed miserably! I even tried to hide the liver powder in peanut butter…. it did not work!! I should have taken a picture, but I made myself sick about the whole thing! I took a break from the liver powder for a few days and then decided to really conquer the challenge. I researched and read about successfully masking the flavor in smoothies. My boys have a favorite raw milk smoothie/ icee. I gave it a try. It worked perfectly!
Desiccated Liver Powder Smoothie for Kids! (hmmmm… kind of has a scary ring to it)
1/2 -3/4 cup ice
1-1 1/2 cups raw milk
1 frozen banana
2-5 slices frozen peaches (mine are fresh from a local peach tree) So good!
2 tsp vanilla extract
1-2 Tablespoons raw honey
1 tsp desiccated liver powder (click on Radiant Life)
1 Tablespoon Chia Seed powder
a dash of fresh ground nutmeg
Blend well. I usually use the Milk Ice Crush Button or Smoothie button. I always pulse it to make sure it is nice and smooth. You can add more liquid and make it smoother…. my boys like it thick. My 3 and 5 year old boys love this blend. I do too.
My notes (my little opinion): taking the powder form can be easy (in a smoothie or soup). Taking the liver capsules with a nice big glass of raw milk/ water is also very easy. Let me tell you, it is much easier and less painful than getting a Vitamin B 12 injection everyday…. and much cheaper.
Where do we order our Liver supplements from? A company called Radiant Life. Click on Radiant Life Desiccated Liver.
This is what Radiant Life reports about their Desiccated Liver products—>
“After over a year of research and testing, we finally found an all natural beef liver deserving of our name which we are very pleased to offer. One of the world’s most sacred foods, this liver is offered without supplemental iron or other additives. Our desiccated liver comes from healthy young cattle grazing on the lush pastureland of Argentina without the use of hormones, pesticides or antibiotics. This is simply and purely all beef liver. Regularly tested for heavy metals.”
When you are on Radiant Life’s website…. please watch the videos and learn more about this amazing superfood!
If you would like to order the liver in tablet form this is a great place.