liver is packed with many vitamins and minerals and is not high in calories. In fact, a 3-oz serving of cooked liver satisfies the recommended daily allowance for riboflavin, copper, vitamin A, and vitamin B12 for both men and women aged 31 to 50 years. As an athlete from the ages of 14-30 it is wise to eat a bit more to receive the benefits of this muscle producing organ meat.
Cooking does deplete some of the nutrients, so even if you find the taste or texture to your disliking, cook it medium rare (don’t over cook or dry it out) and eat it after a workout.
Packed with Vitamins and Minerals
- vitamin B12 (cobalamin) 41.39 mcg
- vitamin A 30485.26 IU
- copper 9.01 mg
- folate 860.70 mcg
- vitamin B2 (riboflavin) 2.20 mg
- selenium 57.84 mcg
- tryptophan 0.25 g
- zinc 10.80 mg
- vitamin C 35.16 mg
- protein 24.53 g
- vitamin B3 (niacin) 9.61 mg
- phosphorus 361.75 mg
- vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) 0.56 mg
- vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) 2.59 mg
- Iron 2.97 mg
As a strength athlete you need the macro nutrients and the micro nutrients in order to help you fuel workouts, recover from workouts and keep you healthy. With the high quality of protein that the liver provides along with the vitamins and minerals its a “shoe in” for increasing your performance.
Other benefits that liver provides due to the nutrients it provides are:
- cardiovascular benefits
- Energy (from B vitamins)
- Cancer Protection
- Protection agains Emphysema
- Optimizing Immune Functions
- Minerals that Support Energy Production, Bones, Blood Vessels and Colonic Health
It should also be noted that all beef livers in the United States are inspected by USDA inspectors. These inspectors ensure that the livers are not infected, contain no liver flukes, have no abscesses, and are fit for human consumption. Those livers not passed after inspections do not enter the food supply. Livers that have passed inspection are then washed and chilled.
So, when you find that you have hit a platue, your energy levels are low bite into some liver. The smell alone when it’s being cooked will get your testosterone pumping, because your body’s primal instinct knows just by smell if something is good or not.. even if you don’t like the smell.
Eat your way to success!