Liver: The Filter Myth and The Truth About This Multivitamin Superfood


What if there was a food which was packed full of vitamins, minerals, and protein and you only needed to eat it once a week? This would definitely fall into the superfood category, correct? Well, get ready because there is such a food…liver. Don’t run away! Liver gets a poor reputation because of its “unique” flavor and “filter” misnomer, however we are here to clear its name!

Read on to find out how to mitigate that savory sensation and get the real scoop on what the liver actually does.

The “Filter” Myth

One of the biggest reasons liver repulses people is because some have perpetuated the myth that the liver “filters” blood. This definition triggers thoughts of gross clogged, slimy filters and causes concern that leftover remnants (toxins) may still be in the liver we are about to consume. This definition is incorrect, an oversimplification, and does not convey the power of the liver.

So let’s clarify, the liver does not “filter” toxins. It converts them into less toxic substances in order for them to be excreted from the organism through urine and feces. Its job is to get things out of the body that don’t belong and hold on to the nutrients your cells need. This is NOT the only job of the liver, as it performs hundreds of other functions, which is why it is such a powerhouse food. It has to be rich in nutrients in order to execute all of its responsibilities.

Liver: Nature’s Multivitamin

One function of the liver is to store NUTRIENTS (not toxins). Below you will find a list of those nutrients that are found in beef liver:

  • Vitamins: A, C, D, E, K, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, B6, Folate, B12, Pantothenic Acid
  • Minerals: Iron, Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, Zinc, Manganese, Selenium, Copper
  • Other nutrients: Choline, Betaine, Protein, CoQ10, Purines

Oh, the Flavor…

We get it. As modern day humans, we are not accustomed to this pungent taste; however, there are steps you can take to quell the twang. Soaking the liver for 30 minutes to 2 hours in water with added lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, or raw milk can tone down the gamey-metallic taste. After this process, frying with onions in high quality delicious fats really improves the flavor.

Honestly, we’ve found the best way for many people to get their “liver multivitamin” is to “hide” it in other meats. Pureeing and mixing with ground beef to make burgers, meatballs, meatloaf, etc. makes it very easy to eat. Some ancient recipes use it as a sauce thickening agent.

You don’t need to eat a massive quantity. Tiny portions daily will work, or a larger portion once a week will get you a plethora of magnificent bioavailable nutrients.

Incorporating this superfood into your overall Paleo Diet (and is a must if you are going Carnivore) will do nothing but enhance your energy and health. It’s worth it.

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