One of the best all-around supplements for active people is desiccated liver, available in the Parrillo Liver Amino Formula™. This is a concentrated form of beef liver that has been processed to remove the cholesterol but to preserve the nutrient content of the liver. Desiccated liver is an important source of iron, a critical mineral for exercisers, bodybuilders, and athletes.
The major job of iron in the body is to combine with protein and copper to manufacture hemoglobin, a component of red blood cells that carries oxygen in the blood from the lungs to the tissues. Without enough hemoglobin, tissues are deprived of oxygen, often resulting in fatigue, breathlessness, and a rapid heart beat. Desiccated liver is also naturally rich in B-complex vitamins; vitamins A, B, C, and D; calcium and phosphorus, with four times the nutritional value in the same amount of cooked whole liver.
B vitamins in particular, are responsible for providing energy to the body, mainly by converting carbohydrates into glucose, an important fuel for cells. B vitamins are also important for the metabolism of protein and fat, healthy functioning of the nervous system, maintenance of muscle tone in the gastrointestinal tract, and the health of the skin, hair, eyes, mouth, and liver. When the body is properly fortified with iron from food and from a supplement such as Parrillo Liver Amino™, with its combination of iron and other nutrients, there are many benefits. Weight training, for example can deplete iron stores.
Eating foods rich in iron, such as lean meats, dark leafy vegetables, and desiccated liver helps replenish that iron. Supplementing with iron may also help prevent something known as “sports anemia,” a temporary condition characterized by a drop in hemoglobin in response to exercise. Getting the iron you need from proper nutrition and supplementation is clearly important to your exercise program and overall health. With your iron stores full, you can potentially increase your aerobic capacity (combined with aerobic training), extend your energy, and improve your body’s recuperative powers. This all adds up to maximum performance and better health.