By now you have probably heard people praising the amazing benefits of eating beef liver and the nutrients in liver that help to nourish your body. You might be thinking of experiencing these liver nutrient benefits for yourself. However, you may not enjoy the taste, be unable to always source high quality organic liver, or aren’t quite sure how to integrate beef liver powder into your daily routine.
This is where freeze dried beef liver powder really comes into play as freeze drying has the advantage of locking in as many liver nutrients as possible. This gentle process not only results in a more nutrient dense product, but it also increases the shelf life, allowing the ability to enjoy the nutritional benefits of liver at any time of the day.
So, let's break down the three key liver nutrients found in beef liver powder, plus some of their many benefits.
So, what are the nutrients in liver?
Nutrient 1: Vitamin B12
Vitamin B12 is an essential vitamin that your body cannot produce itself & must be obtained through diet – beef liver is a B12 powerhouse! One of the most common signs of B12 deficiency is fatigue, so if feeling tired or fatigued, correcting B12 levels can assist with restoring central nervous system function - reducing tiredness, fatigue & increasing energy levels.
Vitamin B12 plays many roles in the maintenance of your health, including red blood cell formation & DNA synthesis.
It has been shown to assist your body by:
- Increased energy, improving physical performance
- Minimising brain fog & enhancing mental clarity
- Boosts metabolism & mood
- Promotes healthy skin, hair & nails
- Maintaining the cardiovascular system & red blood cell formation
For a deeper dive into the benefits of B12 you can click HERE
Nutrient 2: Vitamin A
One of the most abundant nutrients in liver is Preformed Vitamin A (Retinol). To really see how important this fact is, we must delve further into Vitamin A. Known as an essential fat-soluble vitamin, it is made up of both Provitamin A (found in plants) & Preformed Vitamin A Retinol (found in animals).
Provitamin A is considered as an inactive form of the vitamin, meaning that our body's need to process and convert it into Retinol, before being absorbed. On the other hand Preformed Vitamin A Retinol is regarded as active and bio available, meaning it is immediately ready for the body to absorb.
Knowing this, you can see that Retinol is the more efficient & effective way to source your Vitamin A.
Some of the most known potential benefits are:
- Maintaining overall skin health & reducing acne.
- Supporting healthy immune system function
- Improving vison & overall eye health
- Supports bone health
- Assists with iron metabolism, which enhances the absorption of the iron content found in beef liver & other foods.
For a deeper dive into the benefits of Vitamin A you can click HERE
Nutrient 3: Heme Iron
Beef liver is known to be rich in Heme Iron, which our body absorbs at a much greater rate of 15% to 35%, when compared to non-heme Iron at 2% to 20%. Heme Iron is an essential nutrient for the growth of your body as we require small quantities of this trace mineral every day to produce haemoglobin.
Haemoglobin is the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen from the lungs to the rest of your body, including the brain. This circulated oxygen helps to improve cognitive function and create new neural pathways, supporting brain health.
Some of the other potential benefits include:
- Improving energy production & reducing fatigue
- Immune system function
- Mental clarity & healthy brain function
- Normal red blood cell formation
- Haemoglobin production
Nutrient 4: Copper
Copper is an essential mineral which is more present in protein and animal-based foods, especially the high amounts found in grass-fed beef organ meats. Fresh beef liver is well known as the richest dietary source of bioavailable copper & the same can be said about freeze-dried beef liver powder.
Many of us do not realise we have a copper deficiency as the symptoms are quite like other nutrient deficiencies. Copper (very importantly) works synergistically with heme iron to assist in bodily uptake by creating more red blood cells while working to breakdown and absorb intestinal iron.
- Sigemia symptoms
- Weak muscles & low energy
- Brittle bones
- Loss of skin pigmentation
- Poor memory
Not to put too much focus on the deficiencies, let’s look at some of the top benefits to maintaining healthy copper levels:
- Efficient iron absorption
- Formation of collagen to improve bone, joint & skin health
- Increase red blood cells & assist with Anemia
- Supports health immune system
- More energy & mind clarity
Nutrient 5: Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)
Another one of the essential B Vitamins, Riboflavin B2 is a water-soluble vitamin found mostly in animal-based products, some plant foods and in unnatural synthetic versions, which are best to stay away from because of potential unwanted side effects. Outside of these synthetic supplements, fresh beef liver and freeze-dried beef liver powder is the richest source of Riboflavin B2.
Riboflavin B2 plays a key role in releasing energy as the body requires it by absorbing nutrients from food and producing ATP (adenosine triphosphate) which is the main source of energy for most cellular processes.
Riboflavin B2 benefits & body processes:
- Growth & health of cells
- Energy production
- Breakdown of fats, protein & carbs
- Build red blood cells
Nutrient 6: Folate (Vitamin B9)
There are two forms of Vitamin B9, one is synthetic Folic Acid which should not be confused with the natural and more bio-available form Folate B9. Found in both animal-based and plant foods, some of the best sources are beef organs with fresh beef liver and freeze-dried beef liver powder being one of the most concentrated sources available.
Folate B9 & B12 share a synergistic relationship, when paired together they assist each other to maximise the nutrient uptake (iron) within the body, keep the immune system healthy, red blood cell formation and help increase iron absorption.
Deficiencies in B12 & B9 are the leading causes of megaloblastic anemia. This condition is when the size of red blood cells are larger, which is different to iron-deficiency anemia when the body does not have enough iron to make hemoglobin.
Below we explore some of the other benefits of pairing B12 & Folate B9:
- Energy production, vitality & performance
- Brain development & long-term cognitive health
- DNA synthesis – cell growth & multiplying
- Breaking down of homocysteine which can reduce the risk of dementia
- Assist with megaloblastic anemia
Freeze-Dried Liver Powder & Capsules
Cell Squared offers a range of Organic Grass-Fed Beef Liver Capsules which are a 100% natural wholefood with nothing added. We source our certified organic beef organs fresh, then gently freeze dry them in small batches so you get all the best beef liver nutrients with none of the hassle.
Freeze drying, in contrast to high heat manufacturing processes, ensures the nutrients remain intact. Many vitamins and minerals are heat sensitive, quickly deteriorating when undergoing cooking processes and resulting in a portion of the liver nutrient content being lost.
All organ powders are FULLY certified organic with the ACO, so you can guarantee the highest standard, with independent quality checks carried out every step of the way, from farm to finished product. Which ensures there are no nasty chemicals, fertilisers, antibiotics, GMOs or any other synthetic substances used at all.
Cell Squared then worked with one of Australia’s leading laboratories to independently test the nutritional profile of each product. Creating our own profile allows us to 100% stand behind the products we sell with complete confidence that our customers are getting what they pay for.
You can discover more about our organ range HERE