There’s been a lot of controversy in the news lately questioning the effectiveness of multivitamins. Reports alleging that vitamins may in fact do nothing for our health and other reports go as far as stating that these health pills can be actually harmful (1). My rebuttal to all this hoopla is a big it depends… Because truly there are many useful supplements out there that I wholeheartedly believe to be perfectly safe and dare I say, effective.
The issue distills down to quality and no you don’t always get what you pay for. Finding a supplement brand you can trust is always recommended as a first step before spending your hard, earned cash. There are many trusted supplement brands that I personally use and recommend such as Mercola, and professional brands Thorne, ThroneFX and Designs for Health, which I sell as an affiliate. But the purpose of this article is not to recommend choosing a new supplement brand for your multivitamin needs. Nope. What I’m talking about is a food-based alternative that’s truly all-natural, has no chemical fillers, cheaper than any other high quality multivitamin on the market and best of all – you can make right in the comfort of your own home!
So what is this mysterious multivitamin?
It is none other than the organ meat: liver.
I bet you didn’t expect that, eh? I’m all about building the suspense. But anyways… Yes, I’m talking about liver. I have to admit, eating liver is not for everyone. In fact, I particularly don’t care for the taste of the stuff. But where liver fails in flavor it makes up in nutrient density. In fact, liver is one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet!
Jammed packed with more vitamins and minerals than you can shake a stick at, liver also comes with a sizable amount of other nutrients such as CoQ10, and amino acids such as glycine. Glycine is absolutely essential for so many things such as healthy collagen production, sleep, and keeping homocysteine levels in balance, which is a biomarker for cardiovascular disease (2).
To put some numbers to what I am saying, here’s a chart from Chris Kresser’s website, comparing liver and a few other foods:
So why am I calling liver a multivitamin? Well I discovered a handy way to consume nasty liver without the “icky factor.” I present to you: Liver Pills!
Liver pills are basically raw liver chunks you freeze and swallow whole – just like a vitamin!
As gross as it may sound to swallow little chunks of liver, it actually isn’t that bad. Liver pills are better than taking a multivitamin, because being that liver is a whole-food, you’re generally able to absorb more of the nutrients.
Let me also take a minute to dispel any other concerns you may have. If the fact that the liver pills are raw concerns you, don’t be. Simply freeze your liver for 14 days and say goodbye to any parasites, bacteria, or anything else you may be scared of lurking in your meat.
There’s also a common concern that liver, being that it filters toxins in body, is therefore full of toxins. This is false. In fact, there is a reason why liver contains so many amazing nutrients; liver does not store toxins, it processes them. That’s right. The abundance of nutrients contained in liver is used to orchestrate a series of amazing chemical processes that result in actually binding or neutralizing toxins.
Now that we have those concerns out of the way, let’s get into how to make them. But before we get started I want to press the importance of choosing the right kind of quality meat. Always (especially since this is raw meat) go for grass-fed beef or pastured chicken/pork. Although liver does not store toxins per se, you could argue that you are indeed increasing your toxicity load by eating conventional, non-organic/grass-fed meats. Conventional, non-organic, confined animal feeding lot (CAFO) animals are subjected to more chemicals from their low-quality feed, environment, etc. And being that toxins are stored in adipose fat – which the liver does have – it would be safe to just avoid the low quality meat sources. Go for grass-fed/pastured and at worst, organic. And I know it’s more expensive, but the lucky thing with organ meats is that they are pretty cheap compared to their more popular muscle meat counterparts.
So get on it! Make some liver pills. Save some money. Live long, be happy.
- Freeze liver for at least 14 days to kill off any harmful bacteria or parasites.
- Allow to thaw in fridge, but don’t let the liver completely thaw. You want it to be a little on the hard side to make cutting easier.
- Cut the liver into small pea-sized pills. You’re going to be swallowing these whole so keep that in mind.
- Lay the liver pills on parchment paper, making sure none of the pieces touch. I used a casserole dish with various layers of parchment paper.
- Place inside freezer for at least 15 minutes to flash freeze.
- Once flash frozen place in a plastic bag. Keep in your freezer so they don’t thaw too much and clump together.
- Consume 2-4 per day. Swallow with water or your favorite beverage.
Please let me know if you have any questions. Don’t bash it until you try it.
Please report back with what you find!