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In the ever-evolving world of nutrition, a growing number of health enthusiasts are rediscovering the nutritional treasures hidden in organ meats. Once relegated to the sidelines, organs like liver, heart, and kidneys are making a triumphant comeback as superfoods packed with essential nutrients. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the often-overlooked nutritional benefits of incorporating organ meats into your diet.

Rich in Essential Nutrients:

Organ meats are nutrient powerhouses, providing a concentrated source of vitamins and minerals vital for overall health. Liver, in particular, stands out as an exceptional source of Vitamin A, Vitamin B12, iron, and zinc. These nutrients play crucial roles in supporting immune function, maintaining healthy skin, and promoting optimal energy levels.

Vitamin A, found abundantly in organ meats, is essential for vision, immune system function, and skin health. B vitamins, including B12, are crucial for energy metabolism, nerve function, and the formation of red blood cells. Iron is essential for oxygen transport in the blood, preventing fatigue and promoting overall vitality. Zinc, another mineral found in organ meats, supports immune function, wound healing, and DNA synthesis.

Beef heart is a nutrient-dense organ meat that offers a variety of essential nutrients. Here’s a breakdown of the key nutrients found in beef heart:

  • Protein:
    • Beef heart is an excellent source of high-quality protein, which is essential for muscle maintenance, repair, and overall body function.
  • Vitamins:
    • B vitamins: Beef heart is rich in B vitamins, including B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B6 (pyridoxine), B9 (folate), and B12 (cobalamin). These vitamins play crucial roles in energy metabolism, red blood cell formation, and neurological function.
    • Vitamin A: Beef heart contains retinol, the active form of vitamin A, which is essential for vision, immune function, and skin health.
    • Vitamin C: While not as high as in fruits and vegetables, organ meats, including beef heart, contain some vitamin C, which is important for collagen synthesis and immune function.
  • Minerals:
    • Iron: Beef heart is a good source of heme iron, the form of iron found in animal tissues. Iron is vital for oxygen transport in the blood and overall energy metabolism.
    • Zinc: This mineral is essential for immune function, wound healing, and DNA synthesis. Beef heart provides a significant amount of zinc.
    • Phosphorus: Important for bone health and energy metabolism, phosphorus is found in beef heart in notable amounts.
    • Selenium: Beef heart contains selenium, an essential trace element with antioxidant properties that supports immune function.
  • Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10):
    • Beef heart is one of the richest sources of CoQ10, a compound with antioxidant properties that plays a crucial role in energy production within cells.
  • Collagen:
    • While not a vitamin or mineral, beef heart contains collagen, a structural protein important for skin, joints, and connective tissues.
  • Amino Acids:
    • Beef heart provides a spectrum of essential and non-essential amino acids, the building blocks of proteins. Amino acids are crucial for various bodily functions, including muscle building, repair, and the synthesis of enzymes and hormones.
  • Choline:
    • Choline, an essential nutrient, is present in beef heart and plays a role in brain health, lipid metabolism, and cell membrane structure.

Bioavailable Nutrients:

One of the key advantages of organ meats is the bioavailability of their nutrients. Unlike synthetic supplements, the vitamins and minerals in organ meats are packaged in a form that the body can easily absorb and utilize. This bioavailability ensures that your body can make the most of the nutritional content, maximizing the benefits for your health.

Supporting Brain Health:

Organ meats, especially brain and liver, are rich in nutrients that are crucial for optimal brain function. The high content of omega-3 fatty acids, phospholipids, and essential amino acids in organ meats supports cognitive function, memory, and mood regulation. These nutrients are fundamental for the development and maintenance of the brain, making organ meats a valuable addition to a brain-boosting diet.

Aiding in Nutrient Balance:

Modern diets often lead to imbalances in nutrient intake, with an overemphasis on muscle meats and processed foods. Including organ meats in your diet helps restore this balance by providing a broader spectrum of nutrients. The unique nutrient profile of organ meats complements that of muscle meats, creating a more comprehensive and balanced nutritional intake.

Promoting Sustainable Eating:

In addition to their nutritional benefits, organ meats contribute to a more sustainable approach to eating. Utilizing the entire animal reduces food waste and honors the principles of nose-to-tail eating. This practice aligns with a more ethical and environmentally friendly approach to food consumption, fostering a connection to the sources of our nourishment.

At Natural Heart Doctor, we ONLY recommend eating free-range meats. (See our Products We Recommend page. 


Organ meats, long overshadowed by more conventional cuts of meat, are emerging as nutritional powerhouses with the potential to transform your health. Packed with essential vitamins, minerals, and bioavailable nutrients, these often-overlooked culinary delights offer a unique and sustainable way to optimize your diet. Whether you’re looking to enhance your nutrient intake, support brain health, or embrace a more sustainable lifestyle, consider adding organ meats to your culinary repertoire for a holistic approach to well-being.

STILL NOT CONVINCED to eat organs? Try our Kickstart My Heart bison liver/heart organ complex in a capsule. 


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