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Posted by on Dec 17, 2013 in Household Recipe | 10 comments

The Amazing Benefits of Cod Liver Oil


Everywhere I go these days, I seem to talk to plenty of people who take fermented cod liver oil. I am embarrassed to say that a few years ago, I thought these people were just clinging to “old-fashioned” medicinal lore. However, as more and more people talked about how they take fermented cod liver oil, I knew I had to do some research on the topic. There is no way that people just take this stuff for the sake of tradition.

As I did research on the topic, I have come to realize that fermented cod liver oil is very good for me.

What I have Learned about Cod Liver Oil:


(1). Fermented cod liver oil is better than normal cod liver oil.

**This is because fermented cod liver oil has been extracted without heat. Since it does not use heat, it retains more nutrients, omega fatty acids, and is richer in vitamins A,D,E, and K. In addition, fermented foods are better for your digestive system. For more information on why fermented cod liver oil is better for you, check out this amazing article by Oh Lardy.


(2). Fermented cod liver oil is an incredibly rich source of vitamins A and D.

**In our modern diets and lifestyles, it is becoming increasingly difficult to get the optimal levels of both vitamin A and D. For example, a huge majority of Americans are deficient in vitamin D. There are two good sources for more vitamin D. First, there is the sun. If you can get at least 20 minutes of sunlight on you every day without using  sunscreen, you are getting a good amount of vitamin D. This is difficult to do for most of us. The other good source of vitamin D is fermented cod liver oil. Vitamin A is also very important for our bodies and cod liver oil is loaded with this important vitamin as well. For more information on fermented cod liver oil and their amazing nutrients and vitamins, check out this helpful article by Thank Your Body.

(3). Fermented cod liver oil helps keep you healthy.

**First and foremost, it is one of the best things to take if you do not want to get sick. Since it is loaded with essential nutrients and vitamins, it helps keep your immune system strong. Check out this amazing article by LA Healthy Living to learn more about fermented cod liver oil’s benefits to your immune system.

**Aside from helping your immune system, fermented cod liver oil is believed to reduce your risk for heart attacks as well as relieve the inflammation from arthritis.

(4). It’s not just good for you, it’s good for your pets!

**The amazing benefits of fermented cod liver oil help not only you, but your dogs. Check out this super informative post by PV Nutritional Therapy for more details.


My Conclusion

**After learning about the amazing qualities of fermented cod liver oil, I am ready to start adding this to my diet. However, I have tried cod liver oil in the past and found that tasting it made me gag.

**Fortunately, I have found a few amazing companies that have flavored options that I am excited to try out. These cod liver oil capsules are just plain and this one is orange-flavored. Both are fermented cod liver oil forms. If you are going to give the cod liver oil to your pets, the liquid form might be the way to go, as you can add it to their food.


**Do YOU use Cod Liver Oil for you and your household? Please feel free to add comments/questions below!




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  1. I am wanting to start adding cod liver oil to my lifestyle. I was wondering if it is better to take a liquid orally or if capsules are just as beneficial. Thank you for your help. Chari

    • Thank you for visiting and commenting! I think they are both as good. I have taken the liquid and found it disgusting. However, the advantage of liquid is that you can do more with it. For example, you can put some liquid cod liver oil on your dog’s food so they get some benefits. If you want kids to take it and they do not do pills, you could put some drops of it in a beverage. That sort of thing. I bought the pills and they are perfect for me. I even bought lemon-flavored pills, so they are WAY better tasting than normal vitamins. Thanks again for visiting!

  2. I take it every morning and it’s made a big difference with my joints. I can actually go up the stairs normally now, not one step at a time. I like the cinnamon flavored one.

    • Wow! That’s awesome! I have read that it helps with inflammation, so perhaps that is why it helps your joints! Thanks for visiting and commenting!

  3. I become Vitamin D deficient every winter. My solution for years has been cod liver oil–beginning in autumn. Now that I’ve been found to be allergic to fish, I’m not sure what I’ll do about it. I guess just take Vitamin D pills.

    If you find any other better solutions that don’t include fish, shellfish, soy, cow’s milk, peanuts or gluten, then please tell me.

    • Bummer on the allergies! Other food sources that are rich in Vitamin D and are NOT fish include: lard, pasture-raised pork and bacon, beef liver, eggs, and mushrooms (esp. shiitaki mushrooms). I hope those help!

  4. I take cod liver oil but not the fermented kind. I find the fermented to be beyond my budget. However, I did find a good brand of regular CLO and began taking it at the end of June to help with a vitamin D deficiency I’ve been dealing with for a couple of years. Since then I no longer need daily naps, I have more energy, my nails are healthier, my brain fog has lifted, and my feet no longer hurt when I first get up in the morning. Also, my immune system seems better. The rest of the family got a cold and dealt with symptoms for almost two weeks. I had mild symptoms for a couple of days and then was fine. I may try the fermented CLO one day when I can and see if the benefits are greater but for now I’m quite happy with the results I’ve had. Also, I take a natural, lemon flavored CLO. It took a couple of months but I finally got used to the taste and take it with no problems now.

    • Janet, yes I also usually use the non-fermented kind due to price. If/when I can afford it, however, I boost up to the fermented stuff. I also get the lemon flavored stuff! I like it so much better. 🙂 Glad it works so well for you. Thanks for visiting and commenting!

  5. I also take CLO to help with constipation. I didn’t know about the Vitamin D benefit until now. I found a really good source for them called Standard Process. I have been really impressed by this company if you get a chance to check them out. I have pretty severe GERD and have never been able to take oil capsules due to the reflux. These Standard Process capsules are not disgusting tasting even if you have GERD like me.

    • Thanks for the info! I will check them out.


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