I know it doesn’t sound that appealing, but cod liver oil is an amazing superfood, rich in essential omega-3 fatty acids, preformed vitamin A and vitamin D which so many people are lacking in their diets.
You can now find cod liver oil flavored with orange or lemon oil, or in capsules, so the taste is no longer an excuse to miss out on the substantial health benefits.
So just what is cod liver oil good for? Coming up is a series of posts on the nutritional profile of cod liver oil and just how beneficial it can be for various health issues.
As a quick summary, below are five facts about cod liver oil and why it is so good for us.
Five Cod Liver Oil Facts
- Cod liver oil is very rich in the omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA. Very few people eating a modern diet get optimal amounts of these important omega-3s. DHA and EPA help preserve the very foundations of our heath at a cellular level and a good cod liver oil is one of the best sources of them available.
- Cod liver oil is a great source of vitamin D and vitamin A. These fat soluble vitamins work synergistically in our bodies and provide many health benefits. It is however, very important to find a cod liver oil with a good ratio of Vitamin D to Vitamin A.
- The omega-3s in cod liver oil are precursors to series 3 prostaglandins. Series 3 prostaglandins are compounds that are believed to help reduce inflammation in our arteries that can lead to heart disease. There have been many studies on the prevention and even treatment of heart disease with cod liver oil and/or the omega-3 fatty acids it contains.
- Cod liver oil has a broad range of health benefits and much research have been done on the beneficial effects of cod liver oil on various diseases. Some of the most often sited health issues where cod liver oil may help reduce symptoms include diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis and depression.
- People who get a lot of sunlight exposure for Vitamin D and live in warmer countries may be better off taking a fish oil, particularly in summer. Those who live in colder climates though, may benefit greatly from the vitamin D content in cod liver oil, especially in the winter months.
The recommended dosage for cod liver oil varies as amounts of omega-3s, vitamin D and vitamin A in different cod liver oils can be far apart. For this reason, low quality cod liver oil, despite being cheaper, is rarely good value.
A high quality cod liver oil on the other hand can make a significant difference to your health and energy and can be of benefit with a surprising number of health issues.
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