Health, Hannibal Style: Why Liver is So Good for You

The thought of eating liver may not be too appealing – unless you’re Hannibal Lecter and in the mood for a nice Chianti – but when you hear about how animal liver might benefit your well-being, it may become an idea you can swallow. Animal liver is rich in vital vitamins, as well as plenty of protein, but how can different animals provide you with different wellness benefits?


Veal Liver – Because this liver is taken from a baby calf, the meat is more likely to be healthier and free of toxins. What’s more, veal liver can improve your immune system, eye, skin, teeth, skeletal, and soft tissue health, due to its high content of vitamin A, and the availability of vitamins B6 and B12 help your body to form healthy red blood cells.


Duck Liver – Although this is a common food item in France, duck liver (or foie gras) can be pretty pricey. Still, it may be worth the money if you consider all the health benefits it has to offer. There are almost too many nutrients in this type of liver to mention, but the main players are proteins, vitamin A, copper and nine essential amino acids. Copper is an essential trace mineral, which you body needs to build bones, make hormones, and regulate your heartbeat. Plus, according to the American Cancer Society, copper has antioxidant properties and can help to combat cancer.


Cod Liver – If your mum has ever tried to make you eat cod liver oil, you may see where I’m going with this. Cod liver oil is an old remedy for treating multiple ailments, due to its high levels of beta-carotene, vitamin A, vitamin D, and omega-3 acids, and its low saturated fats content. This means that cod liver can help to combat vitamin D deficiency (which can lead to rickets), prevent blood from clotting (as it contains fatty acids when ingested regularly), and used on skin for wounds.


Chicken Liver – If the chicken is not organic, you could be putting your well-being at risk to toxins and hormones. However, organic chicken liver is an amazing source of vitamin B12 which can prevent anaemia and memory loss while boosting your mood, energy and immune system. Plus, this vitamin also slows the aging process.

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