Whenever I recommend cod liver oil as a much needed supplement, people wrinkle their noses and say “Yuck”! Maybe their mother or grandmother forced them to take it, because cod liver oil is a super food.
I remember my mother coercing us to take a liquid vitamin that was horrible, so I can appreciate the aversion. However, once you understand the incredible robustness that cod liver oil imparts, you may change your mind.
The traditional way of manufacturing cod liver oil was to dump the cod livers into barrels until the barrel was full. Then it was sealed and the livers left to ferment. After months of fermentation, the hepatic cell walls break open allowing the oil to float to the top of the barrel. The barrel was then opened and the oil carefully skimmed off.
Modern manufacturing had lead to a decrease in the nutrient content due to alkali refining, bleaching, winterization and deodorization.
Therefore, you must be careful about which brand of cod liver oil you purchase.
I recommend this brand of cod lover oil because it is fresh and pure.
#1:Vitamins A and D
Cod liver oil contains more vitamin A and D per unit than any other food. It has three times the vitamin A than beef liver, the next highest source. It has four times the vitamin D than lard, the next highest source.
It is truly a superfood.
#2:Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Making up seven percent of the composition of cod liver oil are the valuable fatty acids, EPA and DHA. These essential fatty acids are the basis for important hormone-like prostaglandins that help fight inflammation.
DHA is extremely important for the developing brain and eyes.
There is also a small amount of the important vitamin K that is necessary for strong bones (K2) and healthy blood clotting (K1).
This is what Sally Fallon Morell has to say about cod liver oil:
Doctor Price was right, as usual. Cod liver oil is very good for you, more than you ever knew. Research studies ranging from 1918-2001 give cod liver oil an A+ rating… Many of the conditions addressed by cod liver oil are considered related under the title Syndrome X. These include obesity, hypertension, insulin resistance, adult onset diabetes and stroke.
Evidence is accumulating that these diseases of civilization are the result of high levels of omega-6 fatty acids and low levels of omega-3 fatty acids along with deficiencies of fat-soluble vitamins. We may be paying a very high price for our rejection of parental wisdom to take our cod liver oil.
Most people do not get enough, for many reasons.
Vitamin A has been labeled toxic due to poor research that used artificial vitamin A, not naturally occurring vitamin A. Healthy traditional cultures received ten times more vitamin A (naturally occurring) in their food then we get in our modern diets.
Conventional recommendations are to stay out of the sun so that we can’t make the vitamin D that our bodies need.
Modern packaged foods and grain products are very high in omega 6 fatty acids, creating a completely out of balance ratio of omega 6 to 3 for many people.
These deficits have created fat soluble vitamin deficiencies which are the basis for many health conditions and diseases.
Dietary changes to real foods may come slowly. Taking cod liver oil helps to insure you are getting the critical fat soluble vitamins your body needs.