when i was young my mother served liver and i had to eat it cause it was good for me. i learnt to like it…
ok, i think liver has all sorts of vitamins and minerals and protein etc, but it is also the body’s detoxifying gland.
so, does this mean it is chock full of toxins, toxic agents that it has filtered from the bloodstream? does this mean that when you eat (cow, sheep, goat, pig etc.) liver you are in fact consuming toxic materials?
PS. the liver i do eat is from home grown pastured goats, we live in the mountains.
The liver detoxifies by converting toxic organic molecules into non-toxic ones (or ones that can be, and are, easily excreted). It does not store toxins (at least, no more than any other part of the body does).
Likening it to a filter is daft. If it was like the oil filter in your car, it would need changing frequenttly. It doesn’t, because it’s not a filter. Are we fighting ignorance here or just parroting it?
The liver stores vitamin A. Vitamin A in too large doses is toxic. Carnivore livers (and omnivores like humans who eat lots of meat) have toxic levels of vitamin A. Never eat a carnivore’s liver, and if you are a cannibal, only eat the livers of vegetarians!
The theory supported by scientific research is that while the liver is the most important detoxification organ in the body, its function is to break down toxins to molecules or compounds that can be excreted through urine. There’s not storage of toxins in the liver that is not also performed by fat cells throughout the body.
The theory supported by vaguely remembered lessons on the liver, combined with an aversion to the taste and texture of liver, and/or by the random imaginative process of proponents of various subsets of alternative medicine, is that it functions as an oil filter.
I know what type of support I like my theories to have.