Desiccated Liver Capsules
If you have followed me for a while you will know I am such a lover of liver for babies and for yourself mama! Liver is INCREDIBLY nutrient dense – which means, that per gram it packs more nutrients than any other food! Liver contains a lot of the nutrients your baby requires and is also great to keep your own nutrient stores maintained whilst pregnant and breastfeeding!
The main benefits of liver are that it is high in iron, zinc, vitamin a, B vitamins, vitamin D and a great source of protein. Considering some of babies main nutrient requirements are iron and zinc it makes sense to offer this incredibly rich source. Read more about your babies iron needs here
However, I hear you, liver can definitely turn some peoples stomachs and it is a very foreign meat to many of us, who just don’t know how to prepare it (however for some recipes you could try my hidden liver meatballs or my spaghetti bolognaise with a twist!) And also, in this pandemic, it can be hard to source (as liver is important to purchase pasture raised/organic), I know my main source hasn’t had any.
Obviously fresh is best, but if you can’t bring yourself to make it, or if you can’t source it, the next best option is desiccated liver capsules from grass fed cows. This way, you don’t have to deal with the taste or texture or purchasing the liver, but enjoy most of the benefits it offers!
So, how do you give a capsule to a baby?
With a desiccated liver capsule they are able to be broken apart and have the contents ‘tipped out’. So for a baby, I recommend sprinkling babies food with approximately 1/4 of the adult dosage into their meals a few times a week. This can be into a puree for spoon fed babies, or onto finger foods such as some roasted root vegetables for a baby led weaner. You can do this every few days for that extra nutrient boost!
And the great thing is that you can take the rest mama! Because you are also in need of getting that beautiful iron/zinc/b vitamin boost – especially when pregnant or breastfeeding or menstruating!
Cell Squared is my favourite brand of liver capsules that I personally take because it is:
No Fillers or flow agents
Organic & regeneratively farmed
Freeze-dried & nutrient dense