Benefits of Cod Liver Oil -Benefits Cod Liver Oil
We’re not big on taking supplements, but rather strive to obtain all of our nutrients from eating a whole food diet. However, there are a few whole food type supplements that we find extremely beneficial, as the vitamin content is difficult to achieve through our modern food supply. This is on the top of our list!
If your childhood memories include a Grandmother feeding you a spoonful of cod liver oil to fight off ailments, trust that you were in good hands with Grandma. She knew from traditional wisdom what a powerhouse of nutrients that little bit of oil contains.
Aside from being a great daily supplement for healthy individuals to strengthen bones and teeth, assist the cardiovascular and digestive systems and ward off a host of ailments, cod liver oil has also been known to treat arthritis, high cholesterol and heart disease, mental conditions, as well as for supporting the body’s development through pregnancy and childhood.
In recent years, alternative health practitioners have begun a debate on the virtues of cod liver oil, based on the ratios of Vitamin A to Vitamin D, as well as the destruction of nutrients due to heating and over processing by some manufacturers.
The most thorough coverage of the cod liver oil debate is contained on the Weston A. Price Foundation’s website. The WAPF have championed the benefits of cod liver oil, and have the most comprehensive information about its benefits, potential harms, manufacturing practices, which brands to choose, and how much should be consumed for good health.
According to the WAPF site, their recommended brands include:
BEST (Available Online/Mail Order):
- Green Pasture Products: Blue Ice High-Vitamin Fermented Cod Liver Oil, (402) 858-4818, greenpasture.org
- Dr. Ron’s Ultra-Pure: Blue Ice High-Vitamin Fermented Cod Liver Oil, (877) 472-8701, drrons.com
- Radiant Life: Blue Ice High-Vitamin Fermented Cod Liver Oil, (888) 593-8333, 4radiantlife.com
- Natural Health Advocates: Blue Ice High-Vitamin Fermented Cod Liver Oil, 888-257-8775, building-health.com/
- See our list of local chapter leaders and members who sell fermented cod liver oil.
GOOD (and available in Stores):
- Carlson soft gel Cod Liver Oil Super 1,000 mg capsules
- Nature’s Answer liquid cod liver oil
- NOW double strength Cod Liver Oil capsules
- Sonne’s Cod Liver Oil
- Swanson double strength Cod Liver Oil capsules
- Twin Labs non-emulsified liquid Cod Liver Oil
For appropriate dosages, click here. And see the references below for more information from the WAPF about cod liver oil.
|2||Cod Liver Oil Basics and Recommendations||Monday, 09 February 2009||Sally Fallon and Mary G. Enig, PhD|
|3||Cod Liver Oil Manufacturing||Wednesday, 01 March 2006||David Wetzel|
|4||Cod Liver Oil: Setting the Record Straight||Friday, 01 May 2009||Weston A Price Foundation|
|5||Cod Liver Oil: The Number One Superfood||Sunday, 30 June 2002||Krispin Sullivan, CN|
|6||December 2008 Update 2 on Cod Liver Oil||Monday, 15 December 2008||Sally Fallon|
|7||December 2008 Update on Cod Liver Oil||Monday, 01 December 2008||Sally Fallon|
|8||Fermented Cod Liver Oil Available from Chapter Leaders and Members||Sunday, 23 August 2009||Jill C. Nienhiser|
|9||The Cod Liver Oil Debate||Thursday, 30 April 2009||Chris Masterjohn|
|10||The Yin and Yang of Cod Liver Oil||Wednesday, 26 April 2006||Leslie McGee, RN, LAc|
|11||Update on Cod Liver Oil Manufacture||Thursday, 30 April 2009||David Wetzel|
|12||Update on Vitamins A and D||Thursday, 24 June 2010||Chris Masterjohn|
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