Have you ever heard of Cod Liver Oil?
I’ve been reading about it for the past 5 months or so and have been meaning to buy some to see if I liked it. Well, I finally got around to that last week and it just arrived the other day. I ordered it in a lovely lemon flavor, which reviews of it said completely mask any fishy taste.
I’ve been taking it once a day with a meal, and the taste is very neutral with a lemon essence. It probably smells more of lemon than it even tastes like lemon, and it doesn’t smell or taste the least bit fishy. No after taste either.
Cod liver oil is a great source of DHA and EPA Omega 3 Fatty Acids, which reduce internal inflammation, a leading cause of most chronic illnesses. For now I’m taking just the oil and not taking my usual fish oil pills, to see how I prefer the difference. Cod liver also contains high levels of vitamin D and vitamin A, which are two vitamins lacking in most modern diets, that were in much higher quantity in our ancestor’s diets.
Weston A. Price Foundation highly recommends supplementing with Cod Liver Oil along with high quality butter for vitamin K2. Kerry Gold is a good grass fed butter available in most grocery stores, and it tastes incredible with pretty much any meal you can think up. Eat more butter? Twist my arm.
Lots of people supplement with it for joint and arthritis pain. While I don’t have either, I think the benefits from the omega 3s and extra dose of vitamin A and D are highly beneficial for me, and I still feel great taking it so far. When it comes to supplementing, I try not to get carried away with trying this and that. I stick with about 2 supplements, typically omega 3 fish oil and vitamin D (as I tested deficient for that this past winter). I’m a firm believer that diet should take care of most of our needs, and I strive to achieve that with a well balanced, highly nutritious diet including liver, grass fed meat and some dairy, raw milk, lots of organic eggs, and plenty of produce.
You can read claims for and against just about every supplement out there, what it comes down to is making educated decisions and purchases, and seeing how you react and feel when you take them. Everyone has different needs, so its important to find what works for you as an individual.
What supplements do you take if any? Have you heard of or do you take cod liver oil? Do you try to cover all basis with your diet first and foremost or do you believe supplementing is the best way to fill in the gaps?
Disclaimer: I purchased this with my own money and these thoughts are completely my own. Also, I am not a doctor and am not recommending anyone start supplementing with this before consulting with a doctor.