Cod Liver Oil

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WHAT MAKES COD LIVER OIL SO GOOD FOR US?

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3 things that cod liver oil has going for it:

  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. 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. Plentiful vitamin D, a nutrient that most North Americans are deficient in, particularly those who live in cloudier climates with less sunshine (I say as I stare out my window, 6 months into the West Coast grey and rainy season). 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), for blood sugar balance, for fertility, for cancer prevention and more.

    Benefits Of Cod Liver Oil:

  • lowering high cholesterol and high triglycerides

  • preventing and treating diabetes

  • lowering high blood pressure

  • preventing heart disease

  • reducing risk for osteoarthritis

  • treating depression

  • lowering risk for autoimmune diseases

  • fighting eye disorders like glaucoma and protecting eye sight

  • treating ear infections, allergies and asthma

  • preventing and treating kidney disease

  • helping to heal skin wounds

  • maintaining bone health and preventing fractures or osteoporosis

. Improves Brain Function

Regularly supplementing with fish oil for depression has been associated with lower risks for depressive symptoms, due to both the higher intake of essential omega-3 fats and vitamin D.

A 2007 study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders found that omega-3 fatty acids from cod liver oil improved the outcome of depression and anxiety in the general population. The Hordaland Health Study followed 21,835 adults living in Norway for two years and discovered that the prevalence of depressive symptoms in those who used cod liver oil daily was 2.5 percent, as compared to 3.8 percent in the rest of the population. They also found that the prevalence of high levels of depressive symptoms decreased with increasing duration (0–12 months) of cod liver oil use.

There’s a strong connection between omega-3 intake or fish oil supplementation and prevention of cognitive decline, including Alzheimer’s disease. Studies show consistent results: The essential fatty acids vital for brain function are found in fish oil and help prevent brain disorders in older adults.

. Helps Maintain Bone Health

Vitamin D is important for building and maintaining strong bones.Studies show that women who live in cold, northerly latitudes and don’t get enough sunlight tend to produce less vitamin D, which increases the risk for bone turnover, bone loss, fractures and also obesity. Vitamin D supplementation, including from cod liver oil, has been associated with a significantly lower risk of bone fractures and might help naturally prevent osteoporosis from developing.

. Fights Ulcers

In laboratory settings, cod liver oil has shown benefits for improving gastric ulcer healingand reducing gastric antisecretory effects observed in rats. The oil also seems to produce gastric cytoprotective effects and causes a significant reduction in the development of stress and pain caused by gastric ulcers.


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