Desiccated liver supplements with the fewest additives

Desiccated liver can be an excellent source of B-12, folic acid, choline, and selenium. However, many dessicated liver supplements contain more than just the liver. For example, silica or silicon dioxide are often added to prevent caking, magnesium stearate or stearic acid for easier manufacturing, and guar gum for thickening or consistency.

I try to avoid these additives because they may have questionable health effects. If you want to do the same, my recommendations for the purest desiccated liver supplements are:

Recommended as pure, affordable liver capsules:

Photo of Radiant Life Desiccated Liver (Gelatin Capsules)
Radiant Life Desiccated Liver (Gelatin Capsules)
Available from Radiant Life
Positives:
  • silica-free / silicon-dioxide-free
  • stearic acid-free / magnesium stearate-free
  • guar gum-free
Negatives:
(none)
All ingredients:

Freeze-dried liver (Bovine) powder, BSE-free bovine gelatin. The liver is from Argentine grass-fed cattle.

Nutrition info (values for calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc, copper, manganese, selenium, vitamin C, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B6, folate, choline, betaine, vitamin B12, retinol, beta carotene, vitamin A/E/D/K levels).

Photo of Radiant Life Desiccated Liver Gold (Gelatin Capsules)
Radiant Life Desiccated Liver Gold (Gelatin Capsules)
Available from Radiant Life
Positives:
  • silica-free / silicon-dioxide-free
  • stearic acid-free / magnesium stearate-free
  • guar gum-free
Negatives:
(none)
All ingredients:

Desiccated liver (Bovine), BSE-free bovine gelatin. The liver is from US-raised, grass-fed, organic cattle.

Photo of PERFECT Brand Desiccated Liver (Veggie Capsules)
PERFECT Brand Desiccated Liver (Veggie Capsules)
Available on perfectsupplements.com
Positives:
  • silica-free / silicon-dioxide-free
  • stearic acid-free / magnesium stearate-free
  • guar gum-free
Negatives:
(none)
All ingredients:

Desiccated beef liver powder (Argentina grass-fed), vegetable capsule (cellulose).

Nutrition info (values for iron, vitamin A, vitamin B12, and amino acid breakdown).

Photo of Vital Proteins Desiccated Liver (Gelatin Capsules)
Vital Proteins Desiccated Liver (Gelatin Capsules)
Available on vitalproteins.com
Positives:
  • silica-free / silicon-dioxide-free
  • stearic acid-free / magnesium stearate-free
  • guar gum-free
Negatives:
(none)
All ingredients:

100% grass-fed New Zealand beef liver, gelatin capsule.

Nutrition info (values for vitamin A, vitamin C, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, folate, vitamin B12, biotin, pantothenic acid, calcium, iron, phosphorus, zinc, selenium, copper, sodium, potassium, choline, and amino acid breakdown).

Recommended as pure, affordable liver powder:

Photo of Now Foods Liver Powder
Now Foods Liver Powder
Available on iHerb

I recommend this brand because it is the cheapest (for normal quantities) powder at the time of this writing. However, the Radiant Life and Leviticus11 powders below are equally free of excipients.

Positives:
  • silica-free / silicon-dioxide-free
  • stearic acid-free / magnesium stearate-free
  • guar gum-free
Negatives:
(none)
All ingredients:

Beef liver powder (Argentine, low heat) (desiccated).


Other desiccated liver supplements

The following are other desiccated liver supplements I'm aware of, sorted alphabetically.

Name Ingredients
Beverly International Ultra 40 Desiccated Liver

Vitamin B-12 (as cyanocobalamin), select Argentinian Desiccated Liver (as 4x concentrate), cellulose, calcium phosphate, magnesium stearate, silicone dioxide.

Dr. Ron's Ultra-Pure Liver
Available on drrons.com

Freeze-dried New Zealand liver (bovine), gelatin capsule.

Healthy 'N Fit Triple Potency Liver

Desiccated defatted beef liver extract (containing beef amino acids), microcrystalline cellulose, maltodextrin, croscarmellose, dibasic calcium phosphate, stearic acid, magnesium stearate, silica, food glaze, beeswax, talc.

Leviticus11 Argentine Beef Liver Powder

Beef liver powder (Argentine).

Nature's Life Beef Liver

Argentinean beef liver powder (defatted and desiccated), gelatin, guar gum, vegetarian stearic acid, silicon dioxide, cellulose, vegetarian magnesium stearate and micro-cellulose coating.

Now Foods Liver Caps (Capsules)
Available on iHerb

Beef liver powder (defatted) (argentine), eleuthero root (eleutherococcus senticosus), milk thistle extract (min. 80% silymarin) (silybum marianum) (seed), gelatin (capsule), silica and stearic acid (vegetable source).

Puritan's Pride Desiccated Liver

Thiamin (vitamin B-1) (as thiamin hydrochloride), vitamin B12 (as cyanocobalamin), desiccated liver, cellulose (plant origin), calcium silicate, vegetable stearic acid, croscarmellose, silica, cellulose coating, mannitol.

Solgar Desiccated Liver

Vitamin B-12 (as cobalamin), desiccated and defatted Argentinian beef liver powder, microcrystalline cellulose, vegetable cellulose, vegetable stearic acid, silica.

Swanson 100% Pure Defatted Desiccated Beef Liver

Desiccated beef liver powder (defatted), rice flour, gelatin, may contain one or both of the following: magnesium stearate, silica.

Universal Nutrition Uni-Liver

Desiccated liver (Bovine), whey (milk), dicalcium phosphate, microcrystalline cellulose, stearic acid, magnesium stearate, soy lecithin, pharmaceutical glaze.


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