I just purchased my first bottle of Green Pasture’s fermented cod liver oil. I had been taking regular cod liver oil capsules along with Carlson’s Vitamin D drops. However, I began to learn that those two products would not do for me what I hoped and that I truly needed to switch over to the fermented cod liver oil. For one thing the fermented version is higher in nutrients, has a deeper pigment also because it’s taken from the bottom of the barrels and goes rancid less quickly than just regular cod liver oil. Many regular cod liver oil brands have to add synthetic vitamins to the oil to keep it from going rancid. That is not the case with the fermented cod liver oil.
Why take cod liver oil in the first place?
My dad told me that when he was a kid his mom used to feed them cod liver oil regularly. It was very commonplace back in the early part of the century, but what happened for it to dissipate like it has? I am not quite sure, but I suspect the industrial food revolution has something to do with it. Just looking at the state of health our nation and our world is in shows me that we did not take a turn for the better.
Cod liver oil provides fat-soluble vitamins A and D, and is rich in eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docasahexaenoic acid (DHA). These are crucial nutrients that are sorely lacking in today’s modern diet. Dr. Price discovered in his studies that the diets of primitives consuming traditional foods were intaking 10 times the amount of those nutrients than the modern processed diet. Therefore those primitives experienced excellent overall health. Consuming cod liver oil is an excellent way to get a good dose of the fat soluble vitamins A and D, otherwise difficult to obtain solely from diet.
Some of the best food sources of vitamin D are lard from pastured pigs, just one tablespoon contains 1000 IU of vitamin D. An online search shows the following foods rich in vitamin D. Fish oil, cod liver oil, Atlantic herring raw, oysters, wild salmon being the best sources, followed by fair amounts in Alaskan trout and Greenland halibut. The average relatively healthy adult needs between 1000-2000 IU’s of vitamin D per day. I cook with lard quite a bit, but I certainly don’t plan on eating a tablespoon or two every day. Oysters are wonderful, but rarely can I afford them. The best I can do is eat salmon on a weekly basis. Cod liver oil is a very effective way to get enough D along with a good ratio of vitamin A, as well as a good omega 3 dosage. Those 3 nutrients mentioned are by far the missing link in today’s modern health dilemma.
There is far more research on this topic than I care to discuss in this article. Just do a little digging around, check out the work of Dr. Weston A. Price to learn more about why these nutrients are so crucial as well as to hear the history of cod liver oil. It dates back a long way and there is no civilization that remained healthy that did not consume large amounts of these nutrients in some form or fashion. Cod liver oil being a very common option worldwide.
So I hope to see some health benefits in the months to come. I have been taking my cod liver oil daily in a kefir smoothie with a bit of fruit and raw honey. I actually don’t mind the taste at all, it’s the smell that is hard to bear. I’ll be sure to post my results along the way. I also plan to pick up some of the capsules for my kids, as my older son was so grossed out by the smell he refuses to take it.
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