What are the health benefits of eating offal? If you’re unfamiliar with the term offal, it's organ meat, and refers to animal parts that aren’t typically consumed, including liver, kidneys, heart, brain, and other muscle meats that come from cows, pigs, and poultry.
No matter how technologically advanced our society may be, our bodies are still wired to eat the same type of food they did thousands of years ago - meat. There is no need to go to great lengths to find the proof you need. Just look at how our ancient ancestors ate. Far from being rooted in superstition, the nutritional habits of ancient cultures were perfected by eons of evolution - a call and response between our bodies and the natural world.
When we examine ancient records from cultures around the world, we see that people have consistently valued organ meats above anything else. When food is scarce, these little nutritional powerhouses are handed out to tribe elders, leaders, and pregnant women. In times of plenty, the food was shared with all.
Grass-fed & Finished Beef Beef Liver Nature's Multi-vitamin
For example, one serving of grass-fed beef liver can be enough to provide a whole week's worth of Vitamin A. After perusing a rundown of the essential nutrients found in beef liver, you'll know why many compare the organ meat of ruminants to multivitamins. Now, that is nutrient-density.
Vitamin A (retinol): supports eye health and vision, bone health, endothelial cell health and white blood cell production
Riboflavin (B2): supports healthy cell growth, fat breakdown and brain function
Niacin (B3): converts nutrients to usable energy, makes fat and cholesterol, repairs DNA and contributes to over 400 chemical reactions in the body
Vitamin B6: aids in the breakdown of proteins into amino acids, carbs into glucose and fats into fatty acids and also supports a healthy immune system, brain function and a healthy level of homocysteine
Folate (B9): contributes to the formation of DNA and RNA and also metabolises protein, creates red blood cells and is instrumental in fetal development
Vitamin B12: supports healthy brain and nerve cell development and function in addition to the formation of red blood cells and DNA
Pantothenic Acid (B5): helps your body make coenzyme A, which is important in breaking down fatty acids and also building them back up
Choline: converts to acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that's critical in muscle contractions and healthy pain response, along with proper brain function, healthy cognition and memory retention
Iron: supports hemoglobin production, which carries oxygen from the lungs all over the body and helps prevent anemia
Phosphorus: helps build strong teeth, bone, DNA and RNA
Zinc: supports a healthy immune system, protein production and cell division as well as wound healing and making your senses of taste and smell possible
Copper: contributes to red and white blood cell production, helps the body absorb iron and supports healthy brain development and immune function
Selenium: supports a healthy reproductive system, immune system and thyroid function
Grass-fed & Finished Beef Heart
Beef heart is full of tons of bioavailable nutrition and health benefits, such as CoQ10. This antioxidant provides powerful protection against oxidative stress and damage, especially in the cardiovascular and neurological systems. In addition to aiding in a healthy metabolism, it may also support in decreasing the frequency of migraine headaches.
Along with CoQ10, some other micronutrients found in beef heart are:
Start Eating Regenerative Organ Meats
There's a lot more to organ meat than most people know; they're among the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet and can easily be worked into your regular recipes. They also promote healthy keto, paleo, or carnivorous diets.
The fastest way to get started on the diet of organ meats and other offal is to grab some of REP Provision's Regenerative Raised Primal Blend Ground Beef and use it just like you would your regular ground beef (burgers, tacos, spaghetti with meatballs, etc) This way, you don't have to learn to cook anything exotic and you don't have to acquire a taste for them. In fact, your kids won't even know it is in there. The opportunities are limitless - start anywhere and explore to your heart's content!