- April 2, 2012 at 8:50 pm #77764
MarbroMemberTopics: 19Replies: 252
I have seen Raster mention Cod Liver Oil as a good anti inflammatory supplement to take. But a lot of store bought CLO is heated and all the good stuff is killed and in they then put in vitamin A and D to it. Kind of like most store bought ACV where the mother is gone. You can still get good CLO from places like Carlsons and they will benfit you but I reccomend you spend a little extra and try fermented Cod liver oil.
Benefits of Fermented Cod Liver Oil
So we know that fish oil is rich in omega 3 fatty acids, and you can read all about the benefits of omega 3s here.
Cod liver oil has the added benefits of being naturally rich in the fat soluble vitamins D and A. As a culture, we are notoriously low in vitamin D which is contributing to numerous problems from weak immune systems to hormone imbalances. (Read more about vitamin D here). The problem is, however, that most fermented cod liver oil is heat treated which destroys much of the naturally occurring vitamins. These cod liver oils have their vitamins A and D added back in. The main issue with this, is that the vitamins A and D are not longer in the proper proportion – leading to risk of possible vitamin A toxicity when taken in large doses. You can read everything you need to know about Vitamin A toxicity here.
Enter fermented cod liver oil – Because the oils of FCLO are extracted without heat and preserved through a slow lacto-fermentation, the naturally occurring vitamins and goodness are retained. This is evident by the deep rich color of FCLO as opposed to the pale yellow of conventional cod liver oil. This means that fermented cod liver oil contains the proper ratio of the essential fat soluble vitamins A and D – two nutrients that cannot be obtained through vegetable sources.
Futhermore, because FCLO is a fermented food, the body can assimilate its nutrients with more ease and efficacy.
Fermented Cod Liver Oil is a Traditional Superfood
Here’s an interesting quote in this post by Cheeseslave from Dave Wetzel maker of Green Pasture Fermented Cod Liver Oil:
Fish oils have historically been fermented for extraction; back in the Roman empire days, Viking era and all the way up to the Mid 1850′s. Rendering was introduced during the mid 1850′s as a more efficient fish liver processing method. The livers yielded a much higher total oil volume and the process could be accomplished in several hours rather than several months. What they did not understand is the effects that heat had on the nutrients (their science was not ready to address this question). As with all industrial models, the focus was on: profitability, speed or turns and, marketability (taste).
In summary, fermented cod liver oil is a traditional super food that is prepared by old-fashioned methods that preserve the maximum nutritional benefit. FCLO provides much needed omega 3s, and vitamin A and D in proper proportions – certainly worth taking on a regular basis
A great sourceApril 9, 2012 at 2:00 pm #78424
princeofsinMemberTopics: 1Replies: 224
That is kind of pricey for my taste.April 9, 2012 at 11:10 pm #78484
MarbroMemberTopics: 19Replies: 252
princeofsin wrote: That is kind of pricey for my taste.
Lol no doubt and I can tell you fist hand it taste like crap.
Regular cod liver oil is cheap and still a good source of vitamin A&D. As well as a good anti-iflamatory agent.
This Is good for folks who Do not get much sun exposure.
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