Perhaps you heard your grandparents talk about the importance of eating organ meats? Strange tasting things like beef liver, kidney, heart, and even brain (yes really!). They ate these foods for good reason as they offer a whole lot more than the lean muscle meats that we are used to eating today. So what exactly do organ meats have to offer?
The answer may surprise you as it is A LOT! If you only take home one thing from this article, make sure it's this ...
"Organ meats are THE most concentrated source of just about every nutrient, including vitamins, minerals, healthy fats and essential amino acids". They are literally the forgotten superfoods of our time.
They also happen to be very cheap compared to muscle meat (and organ meats from grass-fed animals are EVEN HIGHER in nutrients than organs from grain-fed animals). So, not only do you get to eat the most nutrient dense foods on the plant, they won't put you out of pocket in the meantime!
The Difference Between Organ & Muscle Meats
Compared to the usual muscle meats that we are used to eating (chicken breast, lean mince and steaks etc), organ meats are more densely packed with just about every nutrient you could list. This includes the whole range of B vitamins such as: B1, B2, B6, folate and the very important vitamin B12. B Vitamins help convert food into chemical energy to fuel our cells and supports the burning of fats into chemical energy.
Organ meats are also loaded with an abundance of minerals like like phosphorus, iron, copper, magnesium, iodine, calcium, potassium, sodium, selenium, zinc and manganese and provide the important fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. Minerals are needed for heart, bone and brain function, as well as the production of hormones and enzymes.
The benefits do not stop there as organ meats are known to have some of the highest concentrations of naturally occurring vitamin D of any food source. They also contain high amounts of essential fatty acids, including arachidonic acid and the omega-3 fats EPA and DHA.
A Word About Beef Liver, Kidney & Heart
Beef liver is known to be a true superfood and one of the most concentrated sources of vitamin A. In addition to containing dozens of important vitamins and minerals, it is an outstanding source of Vitamin D, Vitamin B12 (and other B-Vitamins), copper, potassium, magnesium, phosphorous, manganese, and iron, which is in a form that is particularly easily absorbed and used by the body.
Beef kidneys are packed with several B vitamins and are also a naturally occurring source of selenium, iron, copper, phosphorus and zinc. Consumption of beef kidney supports the detoxification pathways and the antioxidant defence system which can help bolster immunity.
Even though heart is technically a muscle, it also is also a superfood. Heart is a very concentrated source of the super-nutrient, Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10, important for cardiovascular health and also rich in kidney and liver), contains an abundance of Vitamin A, Vitamin B12; folic acid, iron, selenium, phosphorus and zinc, and is the number one food source of copper.
Beef heart also contains twice as much collagen and elastin than regular meats which are essential for connective tissue health, join health and digestive health.
What if You Don't Like Eating Beef Liver and Organs?
As you can see from the information above, adding beef liver and organ meats into your diet makes a lot of nutritional sense. If you’re still not comfortable with the idea of buying and preparing organ meats you're not alone. Fortunately there is an easy solution...
Our beef liver and beef organ supplements are contained in easy-to-take flavourless capsules. They are non-defatted to preserve the fat-soluble nutrient content (including vitamin A) and are freeze-dried, which also helps preserve the full range of nutrients. They are 100% hormone, antibiotic and GMO-free and are 100% grass-fed and organic from the pristine Tasmanian pastures.
Want to Try Organic Grass-Fed Beef Liver & Organs?
Ancestral Nutrition is proud to bring you organic, grass-fed Tasmanian beef liver and organs that provide you with essential nutrients and vitamins outlined above.