What are they and where do they come from?
Dessicated liver is extracted from the liver of beef cattle. It is rich in B vitamins and is a natural source of iron and folic acid.
What does it do and what scientific studies give evidence to support this?
Dessicated liver helps to support a healthy red blood cell count and stimulate appetite. Anabolic steroids also stimulate appetite and support a healthy red blood cell count.
Dessicated liver is a natural source of iron. Supplementing with too much synthetic iron can result in an iron overdose. Overdosing with synthetic iron can result in death. With natural sources of iron, overdose is almost never likely to occur, even in individuals who consume large quantities of red meat.
The Iron and B vitamins in desiccated liver tablets contribute to bone health, muscle building and immune functioning.
Who needs it and what are some symptoms of deficiency?
Everyone can benefit from supplementing with desicated liver tablets. Populations that may benefit most from the supplementation of desiccated liver include: Bodybuilders and athletes and individuals deficient in folic acid.
Bodybuilders and athletes may benefit from supplementing with dessicated liver due to its ability to stimulate appetite, support blood health and contribute to the edition of lean body mass to one's frame. In the 1960s and '70s bodybuilders like Tom Plattz would supplement with liver tablets to maximize muscle gains.
How much should be taken? Are there any side effects?
Although there are no known side effects from supplementing with desiccated liver tablets, it is recommended that label directions be followed at all times. Individuals with iron related disorders should consult with a physician prior to the supplementation of dessicated liver.
Don't take if you:
Are pregnant, think you may be pregnant or plan pregnancy in the near future.
Consult your doctor if you:
Take any medicinal drugs or herbs including aspirin, laxatives, cold and cough remedies, antacids, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, supplements, other prescription or non-prescription drugs.
Problems in pregnant women taking small or usual amounts have not been proved. But the chance of problems does exist. Don't use unless prescribed by your doctor.
Problems in breast-fed infants of lactating mothers taking small or usual amounts have not been proved. But the chance of problems does exist. Don't use unless prescribed by your doctor.
Infants and children:
Treating infants and children under 2 with any supplement is hazardous.