Bargain, especially with the price of BCAAs in tablet form…
From another website:
"So what’s so good about liver? For starters, many have called liver the most perfect food. It’s rich in amino acids, vitamins, minerals, nucleic acids, lipotropics, antioxidants, cytochrome P450 (an enzyme involved in steroid production and detoxification), and other important nutrients. Liver has been used by bodybuilders and powerlifters for decades to increase strength, enhance appetites, reduce recovery times and fatigue, support liver function, and detoxify the body. It’s also an effective blood builder. Liver helps increase red blood cell count. Plus, it’s one of the best sources of heme iron.
Desiccated liver contain heme iron, one of the most bioavailable forms around. Synthetic or elemental iron can lead to overdosing. Overdosing is far less likely with natural iron. With non-heme iron, you might expect an absorption rate of 1-3%. With heme iron, you could expect 35% absorption or more. Liver tabs can also exert “hematinic activity” the ability of a substance to improve the quality of the blood, including the hemoglobin level and the number of erythrocytes. That’s why liver has been called a “blood builder”.
All this is important because blood is what delivers oxygen and nutrients to your working muscles. If you got a problem with iron and blood, it can all lead to to fatigue, decreased energy levels, and reduced physical performance. Studies have clearly shown that even slight iron-deficiency can lead to a reduced work capacity.
Liver also contains nucleic acids. For years, people thought the body could make enough nucleic acids via de novo nucleotide synthetic pathways. Under certain circumstances, this ain’t the case. There are times when the body needs more: when the body is undergoing rapid growth, limited food supply, and metabolic stress."
Oh, and remember in Dances with Wolves, when the hunter who killed the buffalo got to eat the liver?
There’s even said to be an anti-estrogen component and a growth factor in liver. And I’d brought the idea of taking liver tabs into the “Copper deficiency” thread, as liver is the number 2 source of copper, according to NutritionData.com, behind oysters.
Copper deficiency could result from overdoing it with zinc, as we may be guilty of with ZMA. Though, in fact, liver tabs are also a good source of zinc, though one which cannot be overdosed upon as it is bound in food rather than free mineral.
Liver is like the “jack of all trades, master of none”, like protein, BCAAs, ZMA and an anti-estrogen all rolled into one. But while it’s less than all those, it’s more than them all as well. Liver is liver. And liver has been the he-man food for decades if not millenia. Go for it.
The supps available today are even from grass-fed beef. So inexpensive too.
The worst that can happen are the farts…