The Super Powers of Cod Liver Oil
Whenever I’m asked about my morning ritual, I always describe one of the first things I do upon waking up, which is consuming frozen capsules of fermented cod liver and butter oil; this statement always has the other person scratching their head. “Wait, you do what? What is cod liver oil? That sounds really disgusting”.
I’ve heard this time and time again, but after explaining to them the numerous benefits (as you will see below) of CLO (cod liver oil), the next thing to come out of their mouth is “Where can I buy it”?!
Do you remember the movie ‘Mary Poppins’? That spoonful of “sugar” was probably cod liver oil!
Many of the great historical cultures had one sacred food which they relied on to ensure strong mind, body, and spirit; fermented fish/fish liver oil. The Mighty Roman Soldier was given a daily ration of fermented fish oil. The Stoic Scandinavian Viking had a drum of fermenting cod livers outside the door of his home.
Grandma always had a bottle of cod liver oil in the back cupboard.
As Dr. Weston A. Price indicated, It is not the High Vitamin Butter Oil or the Cod Liver Oil but rather the two together that did his patients good. This blend is 2/3 Blue Ice fermented Cod Liver Oil and 1/3 X-Factor High Vitamin Butter Oil.
Here is a rundown on why cod liver oil is one of the most effective supplements you probably aren’t taking.
A Key Source of Vital Nutrients
VITAMIN A: The body possesses certain enzymes that convert vitamin A to retinal, in a two-step process to their active forms. Necessary for mineral metabolism, strong bones, immunity, normal growth, successful reproduction, healthy skin and good eyesight.
VITAMIN D: A steroid hormone that influences virtually every cell in your body. Necessary for mineral metabolism, nervous system function, insulin production, immunity and protection against depression.
VITAMIN K2: Is necessary for normal facial development, strong bones, healthy arteries, and optimal function of the brain and nervous system
VITAMIN E: Necessary for normal reproduction and protection against free radical damage.
DHA: Supports optimal visual and brain function, helps resolve inflammation and supports the immune system.
You can get all these vital nutrients, plus much more by consuming the world’s best multivitamin. Not only is this multivitamin whole foods sourced, it’s also from organic farms!
Consuming vitamins A and D, together, as in cod liver oil, is perfectly natural. The enzymes involved in these conversions are responsible for producing incredibly powerful hormones and are therefore highly regulated.
Why Cod Liver Oil vs. Standard Fish Oil Tabs?
Just like fish oil tabs cod liver oil is extremely rich in eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docasahexaenoic acid (DHA). The body makes these fatty acids from omega-3 linoleic acid. There is no escaping the huge body of evidence proving the benefits of increasing Omega 3’s in your diet.1
The best fish oil supplements are made from the oil from the body of the fish and should be molecularly distilled so they do not contain contaminants. This means they would not naturally contain vitamin D or Vitamin A.
Proven Studies On The Super Powers of Cod Liver Oil!
Cod liver oil contains more vitamin A and more vitamin D per unit weight than any other common food.
Cod liver oil contains 7 percent each of the elongated omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA.
In a study with rats, treatment with cod liver oil actually caused artery-blocking atheromas to become smaller and blood vessel diameter to enlarge.2
Cod liver oil is most famous for contributing to bone health, preventing and reversing rickets in children and osteomalacia in adults.3,4 Before the discovery of cod liver oil as a source of vitamin D, many children suffered greatly with deformed bones. Osteoporosis responds to vitamin D and to cod liver oil. Sufficient elongated omega-3 oils found in cod liver oil are one of the keys to keeping and rebuilding bone.5,6 In women, higher levels of vitamin D from cod liver oil improve bone mineral density.7
Pregnant women using cod liver oil have infants with a lower risk for juvenile type 1 diabetes.8 This effect was found only in mothers taking cod liver oil, not in mothers taking multivitamin supplements. Cod liver oil taken by nursing mothers improves the fatty acid profile in breast milk to promote optimal brain development and also increases levels of vitamin A to prevent infections.
Cod liver oil greatly improves heart function to prevent heart disease and to treat it even in advanced stages, after a heart attack and after heart surgery. Cod liver oil alters the linings of the arteries in such a way as to improve healing after damage. This is attributed to the omega-3 fatty acids but vitamin A, D and K all have important roles to play in facilitating mineral absorption, improving muscle function and supporting elasticity of the blood vessels.9
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.
Cod liver oil has lowered blood pressure induced by stress-elevated levels of the hormone cortisol.10-13
As for treating diabetes in adults, cod liver oil has been used in a number of trials with both insulin-dependent and non-insulin-dependent diabetes. In both conditions cod liver oil improved glucose response and other markers of the disease. Vitamin A in cod liver oil helps promote healing and protects the retina, both problem areas in the diabetic patient.
Colitis responds more effectively to the type of omega-3 fatty acids in cod liver oil than to medication.14,15
Topically applied, cod liver oil contributes to faster wound healing and improvement in skin quality.16
And what about cancer? All the nutrients in cod liver oil help prevent cancer. Vitamin A has been part of every successful alternative cancer therapy so far. In a study in China, use of cod liver oil was found to be protective against childhood leukemia.17 In a study of Norwegian men and women, consumption of cod liver oil was found to protect against lung cancer.18
Cod liver oil can reduce cavities 19
Cod liver oil can reverse and remineralize tooth decay20,21
Cod liver oil can prevent root canals22
Why The Brand of Cod Liver Oil You Take Is Crucial
The vitamins in cod liver oil work synergistically, that is, in concert with other nutrients; in fact, taking cod liver oil in the context of a diet that is lacking these nutrients will hamper its effectiveness and may even lead to severe deficiencies of nutrients already lacking. Likewise, taking cod liver oil in the context of a diet high in processed foods containing synthetic vitamins may lead to an overdose of vitamin A and other nutrients.
Vitamins A and D work together in the body. Consumption of large amounts of vitamin A can lead to symptoms of vitamin D deficiency when the diet is lacking in vitamin D. Unfortunately, many brands of cod liver oil contain very little vitamin D; studies from Europe indicate that prolonged intake of vitamin A from these brands could result in osteoporosis and other problems indicative of vitamin D deficiency.23 But if cod liver oil contains sufficient vitamin D, the vitamin A it contains is safe and healthy. Look for brands with at least one unit of vitamin D to ten units of vitamin A.
Recommended brand: ‘Green Pasture’ Blue Ice Royal fermented cod liver oil & butter. I’ve been using there products for several years. I have no affiliation with them.
COD LIVER SUPPLEMENTATION HACK:
Keep your cod liver oil bottle in the freezer, and take it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. Why? Frozen CLO is great at fighting worm infections, and can even be effective for amoeba parasites! When taken frozen on an empty stomach they will go right through the stomach, and when they get to the small intestine, they begin to dissolve and the cod liver oil is so thick that it coats the parasites like a blanket and suffocates them and kills them. Amazing.
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