I have been reading for months now about how organ meats should be incorporated into well-balanced diet. Liver is often recommended because it is the most nutrient-dense of the organ meats. It is a good source of vitamin A, vitamin B12, folate, iron, and selenium– all important nutrients for liver health, detoxification, and PMS relief.
The nutritional profile of liver varies by animal, but here is a comparison between the daily value (%) of the two most common sources of liver: beef and chicken.
|Beef Liver (Raw)||Chicken Liver (Raw)|
|Amount per ounce||%DV||Amount per ounce||%DV|
|Vitamin A||4732 IU||95%||3102 IU||62%|
|Riboflavin||0.8 mg||45%||0.5 mg||29%|
|Folate||81.2 mcg||20%||165 mcg||41%|
|Vitamin B12||16.6 mcg||277%||4.6 mcg||77%|
|Iron||1.4 mg||8%||2.5 mg||14%|
|Zinc||1.1 mg||7%||0.7 mg||5%|
|Copper||2.7 mg||137%||0.1 mg||7%|
|Selenium||11.1 mcg||16%||15.3 mcg||22%|
Some women have boasted about how raw liver eliminated (or at least relieved) many symptoms of PMS, including mood swings, pain, and fatigue. I also read that it made the menstrual flow shorter and lighter.
Although eating an organic, grain-free, whole food diet has helped relieve serious PMS (PMDD), I still struggle with intense pain, depression, and other symptoms resulting from endometriosis. Following recommendations from Lauren Geertsen’s Quit PMS e-book, I decided the next step was to incorporate raw liver into my diet.
My experience (trial) so far…
Although I incorporated raw liver into my diet shortly after my last cycle, so far I have noticed the following benefits:
- Increased energy
- Clearer skin
- Better mood
- Improved sense of well-being
On a daily basis, I consume 3 to 6 frozen liver pills made from organic, pastured chicken. I decided to eat chicken liver instead of beef liver due to beef liver’s incredibly high copper content.
I kept a detailed log of my menstrual symptoms from my last cycle and will be making comparisons over the upcoming months. I am feeling hopeful about finally eliminating (or at least controlling) my terrible PMS and endometriosis.
Feel free to ask questions or comment with your experiences.
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