Well here we go, two posts about bovine liver, back-to-back. Ha, well, it's Saturday, so the rules are substantially loosened. And I make the rules anyway.
But this liver post is different. It's about liver supplements. Some week back I was actually wondering if there was any such thing as, like y'know, desiccated liver in capsules, or something. But every time I thought of it I was away from an Internet thingy, then always forgot to check when I wasn't. Then commenter Darin answered the question with the product you see to the left.
Prices vary dramatically. I wanted to get some and try it out right away because I'm so ridiculously impatient, so I ended up paying $40 over at the local Vitamin Shoppe. However, you can get the same jar of 500 tablets from World Class Nutrition.com for $13, currently. Goes to show you the huge markup margins in the supplement industry. In terms of a price per pound of liver comparison, that's kinda tough to tell since these are desiccated and you'd have to know the water content of fresh or cooked liver. At any rate, 500 tablets is 1,000 grams, so just over two pounds. The bottom line is that no matter how you slice it, this is damn expensive liver when fresh can generally be had for $1-2 per pound.
...OK, wait, this can't be that hard to figure out. A 2-tablet, 60 grain serving size has 3g protein, according to the label. It also says serving size (per meal) could be 4-6 tablets. I figure 10 tablets per day is a decent overall level, which is 15g liver protein. So, by adjusting the USDA Nutrition Database to get about 15g of protein in raw liver, it comes out to 73 grams raw, or 2.5 ounces, which seems like a reasonable daily intake to me.
Here's the nutrition profile. I'm no expert on this by any means but it sure looks like it has some of everything but the kitchen sink in it. For the basic nutrients and RDA percentages, here's FitDay, which took 2.8 ounces of liver to get to 15g protein.
Funny. For all the trouble vegans go through to avoid animal products, contending with B12 deficiency...and 10 of these tablets give you over 600% of the RDA.
The other surprise for me was that the liver is grassfed, from Argentina. Here's the product information.
Uni-Liver is an exceptionally pure, natural product derived exclusively from prized grass-fed Argentinian cattle which have been raised without steroids, hormones, or pesticides. Freed of fat, water and connective tissue, Uni-Liver is quickly flash frozen to -18°C. One of the most nutritious supplements available to all bodybuilders, Uni-Liver is very high in important amino acids and rich in key vitamins and minerals, including heme iron, riboflavin, folic acid and B12. Each 30 grain tablet provides 1950mg of liver (1600mg of protein). Uni-Liver has been a classic staple of hardcore bodybuilders for over 15 years. Certified BSE-free.
"Freed of fat..." Well, I guess fat phobia persists everywhere. Take your pills with a pat of butter, spoon of coconut oil, or natural fat of choice, I suppose. Chase it with a shot of olive oil.
So, just another option for those who want the benefit of a whole food (except for the fat being removed) that happens to be the most nutritious on the planet gram for gram, but just can't take the taste.