Liver and Organ Meats are Essential to your Sports Nutrition

Today we are going to discuss an important part of your supplementation and why Liver capsules are important.  It is part of the “whole animal eating” strategy that is part of the OFM (Optimized Fat Metabolism) protocol.

Most of us are not accustomed to eating the parts of the animal like liver, heart, kidneys, tripe, sweetbreads (thymus) and marrow. In fact you are probably thinking “Yuck!” as you read this….which really means you need to pay close attention to today’s blog post.

The problem with Animal Based Diets

Unless you are ascribing to a Plant based diet most of us First Worlders are consuming too much muscle meat and not enough of those lovely parts mentioned above which are considered health essential and delicacies in traditional cultures. 

The problem of only consuming muscle meat as your principal protein source is this upsets the Nutritional Balance, something we are especially focused on here at OFM. You can consume all the ‘Nutrient Dense’ and ‘Nutritionally boi-available’ foods you like but, at the end of the day, if you are not mindful of the Nutritional Balance, your body will overconsume searching for essential elements.  

A perfect example of this is methionine. Methionine is an essential amino acid which is a substrate not only for muscle tissue but other amino acids like Taurine and Cysteine, compounds such as SAM-e for methylation and immune system health, and the important antioxidant, Glutathione. Muscle meat is a rich source of Methionine, so rich in fact that consumption of high amounts of muscle meat without the essential co-factors found in liver (B vitamins, Vitamins A/K2, etc.), have been shown to lead to high Homocysteine levels, which is a marker for Heart disease. 

Why is Whole Animal Eating essential?

When we look at the anthropological record, organ meats, things like liver and marrow, were the prized meat that went to the hunters who made that kill. It was the lean meat that went to hyena’s and the dogs. Traditional cultures to this day follow the practice of incorporating organ meats and the skin and connective tissues into their diet to compliment muscle meat consumption thus effectively achieving that Nutritional Balance goal OFM advocates.

OFM’s ‘Whole Animal’ eating is not a crazy fad. This is real nutrition based upon evolutionary science. The evolutionary pressures which shaped us as humans made us robust and supremely efficient. So when you achieve a level of Nutritional Balance via ‘Whole Animal’ eating it really is amazing how little you need, how well you perform and how GREAT you feel! This aligns with our ‘Less is More’ philosophy of Diet & Nutrition which is consistent with the science. 

What if you don’t want to eat the whole animal?

Like most of the athletes we work with the idea of eating liver is a most likely a non-starter for you. Don’t stress about it.  You can essentially accomplish the same nutritional objectives through supplementing with Liver based supplements like Liver capsules. 

We recommend the Grassland Nutrition Freeze-dried Liver supplement. We have found it to be the absolute best product on the market for several reasons:

  • The Freeze-dried process preserves the nutritional content found in liver. Processes which use heat impair the nutritional content and quality. 

  • The source of Grassland’s cattle are raised in the remote and pristine Channel Country of Australia

  • Unique to Grassland Nutrition’s Liver Capsules is the infusion of dried kelp from the Tasman Sea to provide a highly bio-available source of Iodine, a mineral essential to Thyroid health yet one that is often lacking in the modern diet. 

Liver capsules are, in effect, Nature’s Multi-vitamin. Using this approach effectively and conveniently yields the benefits of ‘Whole Animal Eating’ without having to eat foods you mentally can’t ‘stomach’. Combined with OFM strategies for incorporating Collagen/Gelatin into the diet and you can ‘Have it all’ and have it all on YOUR terms! Making things doable for YOU in the context of your life is why our athletes say OFM simply becomes a lifestyle a person can easily sustain over the long haul.
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