Sunday, March 29, 2015

What's the Deal with Fermented Cod Liver Oil?

John and I have often been asked what nutritional supplements we take on a regular basis. Fermented Cod Liver Oil is one of the the only supplements we take regularly & recommend to friends and family.  

Fermented? Why not Regular ol' Fish Oil?

We choose Green Pastures FCLO rather than other brands because the cold-processed fermentation allows the Omega-3, Vitamin D and Vitamin A content to be more readily absorbed by the body.  The heat-processing implemented by other manufacturers damages these nutrients. Fermented Cod Liver Oil is more of a whole food than a nutritional supplement.

Why Cod Liver Oil in the First Place?

Fermented Cod Liver Oil is a traditional food, having been around for centuries.  Diane Sanfilippo outlines some of the benefits of taking FCLO :

So, What do we take?

We actually take the Fermented Cod Liver Oil/High Vitamin Butter Oil Blend in Gel Form. Butter Oil adds Vitamin K2, which is another beneficial fat-soluble vitamin. It's also very helpful for treating cavities & teeth remineralization as described by Ramiel Nagel's book Cure Tooth Decay.  Although the FCLO/BO blend is a bit pricey, we both have seen a difference in our health and bodies after adding it to our diet.

I prefer FCLO/Butter Oil Blend in Cinnamon Tingle while John goes for the Chocolate Cream. Trust me, you get used to the flavor!  We usually take about a teaspoon per day, but will double up and add a homemade elderberry syrup chaser if we feel a cold coming on!  Green Pastures FCLO is safe for babies and children too.

If you prefer not to deal with the taste, you can also find Fermented Cod Liver Oil/Butter Oil Blend in Capsule form.

Sources & more information can be found here
The Cod Liver Oil Debate - Weston A. Price Foundation

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