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Liver Extracts

Uses

Extracts of beef (bovine) liver are a rich natural source of many vitamins and minerals, including iron .

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This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:

Used for Why
3 Stars
Iron-Deficiency Anemia
If deficient: several grams per day for up to one year under medical supervision
Bovine liver extracts provide the most absorbable form of iron—heme iron—as well as other nutrients critical in building blood, including vitamin B12 and folic acid.

Liver extracts from beef are a rich natural source of many vitamins and minerals, including iron. Bovine liver extracts provide the most absorbable form of iron—heme iron—as well as other nutrients critical in building blood, including vitamin B12 and folic acid . Liver extracts can contain as much as 3–4 mg of heme iron per gram.

How It Works

How to Use It

The recommended amount depends on the concentration, method of preparation, and quality of the liver extract.

Where to Find It

Liver extracts are available as nutritional supplements in capsules and tablets.

Possible Deficiencies

As it is not an essential nutrient, no deficiency state exists.

Interactions

Interactions with Supplements, Foods, & Other Compounds

At the time of writing, there were no well-known supplement or food interactions with this supplement.

Interactions with Medicines

As of the last update, we found no reported interactions between this supplement and medicines. It is possible that unknown interactions exist. If you take medication, always discuss the potential risks and benefits of adding a new supplement with your doctor or pharmacist.
The Drug-Nutrient Interactions table may not include every possible interaction. Taking medicines with meals, on an empty stomach, or with alcohol may influence their effects. For details, refer to the manufacturers’ package information as these are not covered in this table. If you take medications, always discuss the potential risks and benefits of adding a supplement with your doctor or pharmacist.

Side Effects

Side Effects

No side effects or adverse reactions have been reported. Liver extracts should not be used by people suffering from iron-storage disorders, such as hemochromatosis.

As the liver is a major filtering organ for many potentially toxic environmental chemicals, some doctors are concerned that consumption of liver extracts may result in increased intake of these chemicals.

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