It’s a universal truth that nobody likes getting sick. Thankfully there are ways you can boost your immune system to help give you an advantage.
Superfoods can promote a healthy immune system which helps to decrease your chances of getting a bacterial or viral infection so less time being ill and more time living life!
The term superfood is interchangeable with eating well, but what makes a food super? Essentially, it means a diet rich in foods that are low-calorie and packed with an array of nutrients for your best health. By incorporating superfoods into your diet you’re supercharging your immune system for greater resistance to disease or illness.
Meet Liver: The Unsung Superhero
Usually, when we think of superfoods we visualise plant-based items like berries or spinach (they also photograph better). These foods are worthy of the claim but, so too is liver. Once treasured for its health benefits, liver also fits the criteria of a superfood, as it’s nutrient-dense and highly beneficial to your health. In fact, one serving of liver exceeds your daily intake of many essential vitamins, like vitamins A, Bs, C and D.
Immunity Boosting Superhero Nutrients of Liver
Here are some of the ways in which liver boosts your immune system:
In just one serving of beef liver you’ll exceed the recommended daily dosage of vitamin A. Vitamin A is an antioxidant, and antioxidants help to protect your cells from harmful free radicals; thus, building up your immunity. This vitamin is also fat-soluble and aids in the creation and distribution of T-cells to minimise your sick days.
B Complex Vitamins
B Complex vitamins help convert food into energy. As the human body does not create B vitamins daily supplementation is required. B vitamins are crucial to good health and play a huge role in protecting you from infections.
Vitamin C is inextricably linked to managing colds, but what you may not know is that it doesn’t protect you from getting sick it just shortens the duration and intensity of a cold. And liver happens to contain high levels of vitamin C.
Vitamin D can be found in animal foods such as liver, fish eggs, shell fish, cod liver oil, dairy, meat, animal fats, offal and oily fish.
Because it is a fat-soluble vitamin, it works best when taken along side other fat-soluble vitamins (known as activators) vitamins A & K2 (animal form of vitamin K) the plant form is K1.
You get all the activators in liver and liver supplements so boost your health the natural way, the way our ancestors did.
Rich in heme iron (the most readily absorbed kind), iron is used to transport oxygen in red blood cells throughout the body; like to the lymph nodes where white blood cells ward off infection. Eating liver is the best way to ensure you don’t become deficient.
Magnesium is important for a healthy immune system, many don't realise this. Magnesium plays a role in both nonspecific and specific immune response (innate and acquired immune response).
Liver contains the mineral selenium and selenium is another important mineral for the immune system, it is also a powerful antioxidant! This vital mineral influences inflammation and immune response.
This abundant mineral also abundantly found in liver, serves many roles in the body such as promoting better immune function. Like, vitamin C it can reduce the length and strength of a cold.
Liver also contains choline, copper, Co-enzyme Q10, phosphorus, potassium, protein & amino acids and more!
Is it Safe to Eat Liver?
If the primary role of a liver is to filter toxins, then it makes sense why many of us wonder if eating liver is safe - the answer is yes, when cooked properly it’s perfectly safe. The same goes for desiccated varieties as well. You see, the liver may filter out toxins but it does not store toxins, making it fine for regular consumption.
How to Eat More Liver
Liver has a unique and strong taste that isn’t for everyone; so how do you eat more liver if you have an aversion to it? There are a few ways you can neutralise the strong taste of liver, such as:
- Soaking it in milk or lemon juice for a milder flavour,
- Shake on some extra strong spices to mask the taste,
- Eat calf or lamb liver as it is less potent,
- Hide the taste by mincing and cooking it into sauces or burgers, or
- Stock up on Desiccated Liver Powder or Capsules for the same health benefits without the pungent taste.
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Disclaimer: this article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose, prevent or cure and one should always seek expert medical advice from their trusted health practitioner.