There are a lot of Vitamin D supplements available, but fermented cod liver oil is the cream of the crop when it comes to absorption. In fact, few products rival this superfood in terms of nutrients. From the Weston A. Price foundation:
Cod liver oil contains more vitamin A and more vitamin D per unit weight than any other common food. One hundred grams of regular cod liver oil provides 100,000 IU of vitamin A, almost three times more than beef liver, the next richest source; and 10,000 IU vitamin D, almost four times more than lard, the next richest source. Of course, cod liver oil is only consumed in small amounts, but even a tablespoon (about 15 grams) provides well over the recommended daily allowance for both nutrients.
In addition, cod liveroil contains 7 percent each of the elongated omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA. EPA is the precursor of important prostaglandins, localized tissue hormones that help the body deal with inflammation; and DHA is extremely important for the development and function of the brain and nervous system. So it’s no surprise that in numerous studies cod liver oil has proven to be a powerhouse in fighting disease.
These high doses of nutrients have been found to be very beneficial from a health perspective. According to the same article:
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.
In numerous studies, the elongated omega-3 fats found in cod liver oil have been shown to improve brain function, memory, stress response, immune response, allergies, asthma, learning and behavioral disorders, including bipolar syndrome and manic-depression.
I’ve written before about remineralizing teeth and the causes of tooth decay in the first place, and FCLO is one of the main substances needed for healing teeth internally. As Weston A. Price points out:
The most fascinating part of this little book is the chapter describing the experiments done in England by a Mrs. May Mellanby. Her husband, Dr. E. Mellanby, was the author of over 400 studies and the first to control rickets with diet. Cod liver oil had been used for centuries as a remedy but the specific application to rickets was first demonstrated by Dr. Mellanby. (Control of rickets using UV-B light was demonstrated almost simultaneously by investigators at Columbia and Johns Hopkins University in 1921.) In his research into rickets in dogs, he discovered the mineral-blocking effect of phytic acid in grains and legumes. Dr. Mellanby demonstrated that diets containing high levels of cereals, especially oatmeal, and lacking vitamin D, are the most effective producers of rickets. If vitamin D is inadequate there is poor tooth development, but Mrs. Mellanby then went on to prove that no matter how much cereal is fed, if vitamin D is adequate tooth formation is normal. Mrs. Mellanby believed that as cereals increase in the diet, vitamin D must also be increased to offset their anticalcifying effects–think of the implications of this research on today’s baby-feeding habits, where infants are given cereals as their first food but denied egg yolks until they are one year old!
So, perhaps you’re convinced that you should be taking fermented cod liver oil daily, but still have questions like:
Does it taste bad?
Is it hard to swallow?
Does it have a fishy aftertaste?
As Katie from Kitchen Stewardship explains…. the answer is definitely yes to all of the above but no other supplement comes close in nutrient content. For the sake of your health, FCLO is one of those hold your nose and eat it situations!
Green Pasture is, in my opinion, the best source for Fermented Cod Liver Oil. Their commitment to quality is outstanding, their oils are very high in nutrients, and they even offer flavored varieties to make taking FCLO easier!
Today, Green Pastures is giving THREE readers a chance to try this superfood! Three readers will each get a voucher for a bottle of Fermented Cod Liver Oil in the flavor of their choice (a $44 value!)
Check out Green Pastures and read more about the benefits of fermented cod liver oil.
Below, leave a comment telling the Best and Worst of eating healthy!
Three randomly selected winners will each get a $44 voucher for a bottle of Fermented Cod Liver Oil. Inspired by this post at Mark’s Daily Apple, some examples of Best and Worst would be:
Worst: Saying no to bread at restaurants
Best: Having to buy new, smaller jeans!
Worst: Having to buy new, smaller jeans (I HATE shopping!)
Contest ends at 11:59 pm CST on Saturday, August 27. Winners will be notified via email and have 48 hours to claim their prizes.
So, what is the best and worst of living healthy? Weight in below!