Lately Ive been seeing alot of people recommending liver tabs on the forum, and Im thinking about trying them out. What are some good brands of liver tabs, and what are some of the benefits of taking liver tabs as a natural lifter?
Uni-Liver. 500 tabs at $11.50 is tough to beat: Uni-Liver (500 tabs) By: Universal Nutrition
For more feedback:
Uni-Liver - the F O R V M
What liver tabs are good for:
Liver Tabs - What Are They Good For? - the F O R V M
I found this thread informative regarding liver tabs:
Review: Desiccated Liver Tablets - IronOnline Weight Training Forum
Edit: The bottom of that thread compares digestion/absorption of four popular brands of liver tabs.
Awesome, thanks for all the replies guys
Great link EIC. Does everybody chew their liver tabs. This is food for thought, since I was planning on picking up some Liver Tabs on my next order.
I don't chew. I think they digest just fine. Someone else here left them in glasses of water and they dissolved just fine. So I know the stomach makes short work of them.
Personally, I will never go without them again. Nothing ground breaking or earth shattering, but for the price. It's probably one of the best supps out there.
They just make you feel *on*.
I read somewhere on here that someone added liver tabs to thier diet and supplement plan and gained something like 5lbs of lean mass just from adding in the tabs? I took the post at face value and didnt think much of it, but it sparked my interest in what they are good for
For what it's worth. I noticed that I had increased muscle hardness after implementing them. Nothing else was added to my supplements during the last 2 months and I actually stopped using RPM and CordygenV02 during the begining of that first month.
Like I said, they're a staple for me from here on out. Big believer in them. For the money, it definitely doesn't hurt to try them. At worst, if you don't like them you're only out $12.
I don't chew either, gross. And I feel "on" when I take them as well.
Also, I was thinking about this the other day:
Uni-Liver- 500 tabs per bottle, 3.2g protein per 2 tab serving = 800g protein per bottle, for under $12
Whey- 80 servings per 5 lb tub, ~25g protein per serving = 2000g per tub, for around $40, give or take
Uni-Liver ~ 1.5 cents per g of protein
Whey ~ 2 cents per g of protein
So Liver Tabs are actually an inexpensive protein source as well, not to mention their solid amino profile and additional b vitamins, etc.
So no one has had any problems digesting the Uni liver, eh? That's good to know. It definitely looks like the most reliable and affordable source for liver, but that thread about them not dissolving kinda scared me away from them.
I´d be worried about the total amount of vitamin A. Especially if I also take a multi vit with vit. A in it daily.
I was however a little concerned when I read the following as I just received my big 500 tablet tub of UNI Liver;
"Even more interesting, is that the Universal Uni-Liver product never showed any signs of dissolving. I continued to allow these samples to sit for another 2 hours of course, after 2 hours these would have long vacated your stomach, but in the interest of curiosity I continued on. At the end of the 2 hours time, all the other products had dissolved completely, except the Uni-Liver product remained exactly as you see it above!"
This is bullS%#t I said to myself... So being the big fan of Myth Busters that I am, I decided it was off to the kitchen to find out the truth... this is what I discovered.
To test the UNI Liver tabs I got 2 glasses and filled each with equal amounts of distilled water.
In one glass I put a whole tablet and the other I put a tablet which I broke in half. Oh and by the way they DO sink to the bottom and not float.
Immediately the broken tablet started to dissolve. The unbroken tablet just sat there stairing back at me. Then after about 5 minutes the broken tablet was really starting to make progress which was good to see. However the unbroken tablet was still just sitting there.
On to the 15 minute mark. The broken tablet was more than 50% dissolved and looking good. And as for the unbroken tablet, finally, some progress. The coating had gelled and was starting to "puff" which was promising.
Now at the 25 minute mark brought the biggest surprise. Upon inspection of the 2 samples, I had found that both tablets had almost completely dissolved (well 95%). The last 5% was that tiny unfinished bit in the middle you sometimes get, but after I swished the water around it was soon also dissolved.
So the conclusion is, yes these bad boys dissolve just fine. And I guess if you want to increase the rate of absorption you can always break them in half with your teeth. Good news for UNI Liver, good news for dentists and good news for all of us with 500 tabs sitting in our kitchen;-)
This myth is busted!
Last edited by CL1NT; 10-12-2008 at 07:59 AM. Reason: typo again;-)
And considering the stomach pH is about 3-4 with proteins in it, we're talking 100-1000x more acidic, so that should have a significant effect. Good science
I am a little concerned about my intake of Cod Liver Oil (usually 6-8g a day) though, after reading this article that discusses Vitamin A toxicity near the end: