Long before the advent of steroids, natural muscle builders consumed large amounts of raw milk, red meat, liver tablets and glandulars. These were the normal staples, if you desired to increase strength or size. After the pharmaceutical and supplement industry took off in the fifties, people forgot about the tried and true diet and lifestyle that not only kept them healthy, but built heaps of muscle. Of course the fear of fats also put pressure on the supplement industry to remove most if not all fat from our natural milk and protein shakes. As you may have read in my other article, “Whey wrong on Whey Protein,” when you consume protein without it’s fat content you will lose sixty percent of the protein. Without fat you cannot fully digest protein from any source. This is a biological fact. Just for quick reference natural fats will never harm the body in moderation. Only man made fats such as, Hydrogenated and trans fats harm us. Here are the benefits of liver tablet supplementation.
• Protein: 60-80% depending on the quality of the tablet. You get what you pay for.
Vitamins: A, B-complex (B-1, B-2, B-6, B-12, choline, inositol, biotine, niacin, pantothenic acid, folic acid, PABA), C, D, E, K, lipotropics choline & inositol.
Minerals: calcium, chromium, copper, heme iron, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, sodium, & zinc.
Amino acids: alanine, arginine, aspartic acid, cysteine, cystine, glutamic acid, glycine, histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, proline, serine, threonine, tyrosine, tryptophan, valine. As you may know these are all essential to procure the hormones necessary to increase strength, size and aid in muscle recovery.
Vince Gironda, “The Iron Guru”, stated that in addition to the known nutrients. There are substances present in liver that have a beneficial anabolic effect on health, fitness, and endurance. Such as cytochrome P-450, and others yet to be identified. He has said that desiccated liver contains nucleic acids for proper amino acid utilization, a growth and repair factor, and an anti-estrogen factor, which keeps testosterone levels high, and it is also a great anti-toxin.
• What is Cytochrome P-450
It is our bodies’ natural detoxifying defense system. Big Pharma spends millions of dollars working around this substance to get their drugs to work. You see the human body knows that drugs are poison. Big pharma wants us to believe they are medicine. Despite the hundreds of dangerous side effects they cause. Medicine should not make us sicker or hide the symptom of an illness or disease. If it does it is not medicine. Cytochrome P-450 proteins in humans are also drug metabolizing enzymes and enzymes that are used to make cholesterol, steroids, and other important lipids in our bodies.
Many of the ancillary functions of P-450 had not been completely understood until the Human Genome Project had been completed in 2003. With further DNA experimentation, and until the genes for P-450 were specifically investigated, the first crystallization of a mammalian P-450 substance for instance, didn’t occur until 1999.
Vince Gironda was on to this mysterious substance in the early 60s, amongst other innovative genius ideas. Many do not know his name, because he was not driven by power or money. He was a passionate and sincere man. If you would like to learn more about his techniques check out Vincegironda-nsp.com and for the best training tips look into IronGuru.com
• Benefits of liver supplementation
Benefits include fat metabolism, increase energy, increase stamina, damaged tissues repair, curb sugar cravings, and liver protection. Desiccated liver helps to increase red blood cell count and stimulate appetite. As a side note, anabolic steroids also stimulate appetite and increase red blood cell count.
Other possible benefits include, an anti-stress agent, alleviation of gum problems, anemia treatment, and production of stronger functioning red blood cells. Liver been proven to help improve recovery time after physical workouts as well.
The iron and B vitamins in desiccated liver tablets contribute to bone health, muscle building, and immune system functioning. Liver is a great source of vitamin B-12. B-12 plays an important role in cellular division and is vital to growth. It assists the body with the burning of fats and carbohydrates. A deficiency of B-12 can also lead to anemia and fatigue. It also seems to play a large role in protection against heart disease.
• Heme Iron
Iron is an essential mineral and an important component of proteins involved in oxygen transport and metabolism within the body. Almost two-thirds of the iron in the body is found in hemoglobin. The protein in red blood cells carries oxygen to the bodily tissues. Smaller amounts of iron are found in myoglobin, a protein that helps supply oxygen directly to muscle tissue, and in enzymes that assist biochemical reactions in cells. About 14-16 percent of the bodies iron is stored for future needs and mobilized when dietary supplies are inadequate. The remainder iron is in the bodily tissues as part of the proteins that help the body function.
There are two forms of iron available our diet: Heme and Non-Heme. Heme iron is found in red meats, poultry, and fish. Non-Heme iron is found in both plant, animal, and mineral sources. Note that Heme iron is not available from any vegetarian source in any significant quantity, if at all. Non organic iron and/or non Heme iron is what is involved when we hear about overdosing on iron. Like iron poisoning. Natural iron will not do this.
• Liver works, and it may help to reach your goals.
Taking four to five quality liver tablets between meals will naturally increase nitrogen retention. The same action of synthetic steroids. Shoot for a total of twenty five to thirty liver tablets a day. Within two weeks many notice greater strength and endurance. With longer use an increase of lean body mass will be noticed as well. Expect great gains, faster recovery, greater muscle pumps and overall better health.