Just recently, a man who was very well acquainted with Vince Gironda contacted me. He told me some stories about the old “Iron Guru” I had not heard before. It got me thinking about Vince.
Back when I first started bodybuilding I bought all of Vince’s courses. I read every article he wrote for MuscleMag International, too. That cantankerous old guy was way ahead of his time! He really knew all the secrets to building a great physique fast.
Here’s one of Vince’s secrets that very few people have ever heard about…
I’m almost reluctant to share this secret with you. It is so simple and easy I’m afraid you might blow it off as a bunch of BS. But trust me… it really works! Vince was a believer that in order to grow, you need to keep your body in a “positive nitrogen balance.” This means protein (the only nutrient that contains nitrogen) should be constantly available in your bloodstream.
When you eat a meal with protein, your body breaks the protein down into amino acids. These amino acids are only available in the bloodstream for a few hours. If you don’t get some more protein in there within two to three hours, you’ll be in “negative nitrogen balance.” This means your body is using and excreting more nitrogen than it is taking in.
In order to prevent that from happening, you need to keep a constant source of high quality protein coming into your body.
Vince was a proponent of using “concentrated food sources.” These are foods which contain the protein and nutrients you need but don’t contain a lot of excess carbohydrates and calories that take up a lot of space in your stomach, allowing for frequent feedings.
He was not a believer in stuffing a bunch of food down your throat to bulk up and gain a lot of weight. He used to say, “How much do you think an extra inch on your arms is going to add to the scale?”
So Vince had his students take protein powder mixed with cream, raw fertile eggs, amino acids and… (drum roll. please)…
Desiccated Liver Tablets!
Vince had many students gain an inch on their arms within 30 days simply by taking 3 to 5 liver tablets every hour. This insures a positive nitrogen balance without excess carbohydrates and calories.
Stories from some of the old timers telling of phenomenal gains being made on 100 plus liver tablets a day are very common.
Why does it work so well?
According to Vince, desiccated liver contains nucleic acids for proper amino-acid utilization, a growth factor and an anti-estrogen factor, which keeps testosterone levels high, and it is also a great anti-toxin.
A Classic Research Study on Desiccated Liver
In a classic experiment, Dr. B. H. Ershoff demonstrated that liver extract was able to boost strength, endurance, performance, and resistance to stress and disease. In a nutshell here’s how this occurred:
Dr. Ershoff took three groups of rats and fed them controlled diets for a twelve week period. Group one ate a basic diet fortified with vitamins and minerals. Group two ate as much as they wanted of the same diet plus B vitamins and brewer’s yeast. Group three ate the basic diet but had 10% desiccated liver added to their rations.
Then the doctor placed the rats one by one into a drum of water of which they could not climb out. It was either sink or swim… literally!
The group one rats swam an average of 13.2 minutes before they all drowned. Group two, an average of 13.4 minutes. Group three, however, was still swimming at the end of two hours, at which time the experiment was concluded.
The rats that had the desiccated liver added to their diets swam almost 10 times as long as the other two groups! As far as I know, no other supplement has even come close to liver in improving endurance.
Desiccated liver flat out works!
So take old Vince Gironda’s advice and try adding desiccated liver to your supplement program. The addition of only 8 to 10 desiccated liver tablets per meal for five meals per day can make a tremendous difference in your condition. This simple-but-effective supplement program will add approximately 65 grams of the highest quality protein to your daily intake.
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