I remember having cod liver oil as a child. I can’t recall why my mom put it on a spoon and made me snarf (that is the only word that fits) it down. (I thought it was a punishment. Oh, little did I know then what a powerful supplement that really is.) My Dad will read this, so I’m sure he’ll revisit this early childhood trauma of mine.
Most of us remember cod liver oil as a supplement that was used to treat rickets, which affected many of the children from the depression era. But now, cod liver oil has been used to treat and prevent heart disease, diabetes, cancer, depression, Alzheimer’s and other chronic diseases.
What is cod liver oil? It is an essential fatty acid derived from fish. It is packed full of Vitamin A, Vitamin D, EPA and DHA. These fatty acids have so many potent properties, I’m not quite sure I can even scratch the surface of the benefits. (Oh yes, but you know I will try.)
It is super source of omega-3 fatty acids that keep cholesterol levels low and arteries free of plaque. Do you know anyone who has suffered a heart attack? They should be taking a teaspoon of cod liver oil per day. (Yes, Dad, that’s you. Go buy some.) It will help prevent other cardio-related diseases, like heart disease as well.
It can help lower blood pressure and decrease stress levels. Are you forgetful? “Where did I leave my keys?” (Sound familiar?) Cod liver oil has been shown to improve memory, and improves brain function. It has even been proven to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s.
In this world of chronic illnesses and diseases, cod liver oil has been shown to help treat many of the mainstream chronic ailments that drift through our world and society, and weigh down our health care system. From diabetes, multiple sclerosis, autoimmune disorders to arthritis.
Yes, it may be the middle of the summer, but you all can recall the dreary cold sunless winters. Your body cannot produce enough Vitamin D on its own. During the winter months most of us do not get enough exposure to the sun needed to produce the suggested amount of Vitamin D needed. Just because of this factor alone, cod liver oil is such a beneficial supplement to your diet.
So.. here is the million dollar question: How does it taste?
It tastes like lemon. Lemon. You like lemons, yes?
As you look through all the not-so-necessary supplements in your vitamin cabinet – or your refrigerator, won’t you revisit the potency of cod liver oil?