Antler Farms® New Zealand Beef Liver
WHY IS ANTLER FARMS® BEEF LIVER BETTER THAN THE REST?
(1) 100% Grass Fed
Antler Farms® Beef Liver comes from 100% grass fed cows. Our cows are raised in the beautiful Canterbury Plains of New Zealand, where they live outdoors and feed on green pasture year round.
(2) Clean Sourced
Our beef liver is 100% pure and undefatted, with no added fillers or binders. Our product contains no antibiotics, growth hormones or GMO’s, and is screened for disease, agricultural and chemical contaminants.
(3) Nutrient Rich
Antler Farms® Beef Liver is one of the most nutrient dense foods, gram for gram, on the planet. It is a rich source of vitamin A, vitamin B12, protein and iron plus many more important vitamins, minerals and trace elements.
(4) Cold Processed
Our beef liver contains top grade, natural beef liver that has been simply freeze dried to maintain its nutritional integrity. Cold processing ensures the beneficial nutrients remain preserved and highly bioactive.
(5) Made in New Zealand
The climate, clean air and plentiful water in New Zealand supports the growth of lush, green pastures. These ideal living conditions are the cornerstone for raising cows that are naturally robust and healthy.
THE FORGOTTEN VALUE OF ORGAN MEATS
When it comes to eating meat, the typical Western diet is limited to muscle tissue while the rest of the animal is largely ignored. This is the opposite of what our Paleolithic ancestors did and in contrast to what traditional cultures around the world still do.
Traditionally, organ meats, also known as offal, were never discarded. In fact, they were highly prized parts of an animal that were consumed regularly. And for good reason – organ meats, especially liver, are some of the most nutrient-dense foods on Earth.
We can take our cue by looking at nature. When predators such as lions and wolves bring down their prey, they consume the organs first, starting with the liver. Instinctively they know liver and other organ meats provide the greatest source of nutrition (muscle tissue is the last to be consumed).
Though organs are not what one generally thinks of when one hears the term superfood, they certainly qualify. Organ meats contain a variety of nutrients that support our bodies’ optimal health and function in concentrated amounts. The nutritional benefits are now being confirmed by modern science.
What are the Benefits of Beef Liver?
One common misperception is that liver should not be eaten because it contains toxins. This is completely false. The liver’s function in the body is to neutralize toxins. It does not store these toxins; it flushes them from the body.
Beef liver contains more nutrients, gram for gram, than any other food on the planet.
Abundant in many important nutrients, beef liver delivers a wide spectrum of vitamins, minerals, protein and fat. It is one of the highest quality and most nutritionally complete foods around, period.
Liver is loaded with vitamins A, B12 and iron. One serving of Antler Farms® Beef Liver (3 grams) is equivalent to one ounce of raw beef liver. One serving contains about 5,000 IU of Vitamin A, 14 mcg of Vitamin B12, and 2mgs of iron. It also contains other B vitamins (B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, choline and folate), copper, phosphorous, zinc, manganese, selenium, enzymes, and protein.
Vitamin A: Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin that acts like an antioxidant. It plays a vital role in many biological functions. It required for the proper development and functioning of our eyes, skin, immune system, and many other parts of our bodies.
Vitamin A deficiency, which is common in developing countries, causes vision problems from night blindness to irreversible blindness. Other deficiency symptoms include skin damage, bone deformities, and a weakened immune system.
Liver is an excellent source of natural, pre-formed Vitamin A. This Vitamin A is an active form known as retinol, and it can be readily used by the body. Retinol is only found in animal-derived foods. On the other hand, Provitamin A, also called carotenoids, are found in plants and must be converted to vitamin A before it is bioactive.
Vitamin B12: Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble vitamin that is important for cardiovascular and cognitive health. It is necessary for proper red blood cell formation, neurological function, and energy metabolism.
It is estimated that 40% of the U.S. population may be deficient in Vitamin B12. Early symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency result from a low red blood cell count. Due to decreased oxygen transport in the body, those with low vitamin B12 may experience brain fog, dizziness, fatigue, and muscle weakness. Other symptoms include changes to mood and mobility, such as depression, dementia, and a loss of balance and coordination. Vitamin B12 deficiency can also lead to pernicious anemia, vascular disease, and autoimmune disorders.
Vitamin B12 cannot be produced by the human body; it must be consumed in food. Vitamin B12 is not reliably present in plants, but it is found in animal products, including fish, meat, eggs and dairy. Liver is a rich, natural source of vitamin B12. People who are at risk for vitamin B12 deficiency include those who eat a strict plant-based diet, the elderly, and those with digestion problems.
Iron: Iron is an essential mineral required for energy production. About 70% of the iron in our body is found in the hemoglobin, or red blood cells, of our blood. Its primary purpose is to carry oxygen from our lungs to the cells throughout the body.
When iron intake is too low, the body fails to produce sufficient hemoglobin. This condition is known as anemia. The symptoms of anemia include fatigue, weakness, pale skin, shortness of breath, irregular heartbeat, brittle nails, swollen tongue and headache. Iron deficiency is widely prevalent and the most common nutritional deficiency in the United States. Women who are pregnant, nursing or have heavy menstrual periods may need additional iron. Vegetarian and vegan diets are also generally low in iron.
Liver is among the best sources of dietary iron. Heme iron comes from animal sources and non-heme iron is found mostly in plants. Heme iron is more easily absorbed by the body than non-heme iron.
How is Antler Farms® Beef Liver Processed?
Beef Liver is 100% pure beef liver from naturally healthy, grass fed New Zealand cows.
Our beef liver process starts in a pristine place - the beautiful Canterbury Plains of New Zealand. Here, our cows are raised outdoors and feed on lush, green pasture year round. New Zealand’s climate, clean air and plentiful water in are perfect for raising cows that are naturally robust and healthy.
Antler Farms® Beef Liver is top grade, natural beef liver that has been simply freeze dried to maintain its nutritional integrity.
Prior to processing, a thorough inspection ensures that the cow and liver are in perfect health and that there are no signs of disease. The liver is then freeze dried using a clinical, hygienic process which does not use excessive heat or chemicals. Cold processing ensures that the liver’s beneficial nutrients remain preserved and highly bioactive.
Our beef liver is 100% pure, clean and undefatted, with no added fillers or binders. New Zealand has strict guidelines for the husbandry and general care of its livestock. The use of rBGH is completely banned in New Zealand. Our product contains no growth hormones, antibiotics or GMO’s.
WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT VITAMIN A TOXICITY?
Consuming excessive amounts of a vitamin, known as hypervitaminosism, can be harmful. As a fat-soluble vitamin, vitamin A accumulates in your own liver and can cause serious health issues when stored at high levels.
Vitamin A toxicity can be caused by a one-time megadose (acute toxicity) or through excess consumption over a period of time (chronic toxicity). Symptoms of acute toxicity include headache, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and vision problems. Symptoms of chronic toxicity include anorexia, hair loss, dry skin, and fatigue.
The FDA’s recommended daily value for vitamin A is 5,000 IU for adults. The upper limit of vitamin A set by the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academy of Sciences is 10,000 IU per day.
Acute toxicity requires a one-time megadose of 500,000 IU or more. Chronic toxicity can occur starting with a daily intake of 25,000-50,000 IU for several months. The intake of natural vitamin A from whole foods is moderate at best, and therefore unlikely to cause any problems.
The vitamin A content from taking one daily serving of our liver supplement provides the recommended daily value, is very safe, and would not lead to Vitamin A toxicity. One serving of Antler Farms® Beef Liver (3 grams) is equivalent to one ounce of raw beef liver, or about 5,000 IU of Vitamin A. Unless directed by a medical professional, we do not recommend taking more than the recommended dose.