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Cod Liver Oil

Oct 30, 2019 02:38PM ● By Maureen Cary
Cod Liver Oil 
for Healthy Heart, Brain Health, 
Healthy Immunity

by Donna Ouellette

Cod liver oil is considered both a food and a supplement with many health benefits. As a traditional food, cod liver oil was used primarily for nobility, and soldiers in the ancient Roman Empire used it to maintain strength. The ancient Vikings always kept a barrel of fermenting cod liver oil outside the doors of their homes.

What Makes Cod Liver Oil So Good for Us?

1.  It contains high amounts of EPA and DHA, both crucial Omega-3 fatty acids. DHA is particularly needed for proper brain and nervous system function.

2.  Cod liver oil contains high levels of a natural form of vitamin A, a fat-soluble vitamin. In Weston Price’s studies, he discovered that primitive or traditional societies consumed at least 10 times the amount of both vitamin A and D that our modernized society consumes.

3.  It contains plentiful vitamin D, a nutrient that most North Americans are deficient in, particularly those that live in cloudier/colder climates with less sunshine. Recent research has been strongly connecting vitamin D with the immune system and autoimmune diseases. It is also important for bone strength (it ensures correct levels of calcium in the blood). This marvelous golden oil contains large amounts of elongated omega-3 fatty acids, preformed vitamin A and the sunlight vitamin D, essential nutrients that are hard to obtain in sufficient amounts in the modern diet. 

Many infectious and chronic modern diseases, such as heart disease and cancer, respond well to treatment that includes cod liver oil. Cod liver oil provides vitamin D that helps build strong bones in children and helps prevent osteoporosis in adults. The fatty acids in cod liver oil are also very important for the development of the brain and nervous system.

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.

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