The Benefits of Cod Liver Oil

cod liver oilPerhaps the words, “open up, this is good for you,” bring back childhood memories of cod liver oil slipping down your throat.

Whether you remember it fondly or with a shudder, you swallowed one of the world’s healthiest foods.

Cod liver oil provides necessary doses of Vitamins A and D. The latter vitamin is a key component to building strong bones in newborns and young children and maintaining them as we age.

For centuries, it bolstered health and well-being particularly in Northern European fishing villages from Scotland’s Shetland Islands to throughout Scandinavia. Then as now, winter weather is harsh and the sun’s seasonal appearance brief.

By the mid-18th century the oil’s healing properties were discovered to also benefit those afflicted with rheumatism. Advocates grew to include people with chronic dry skin, brittle nails and hair.

Throughout the 19th century and up until the mid-20th, millions of bottles of cod liver oil were consumed in pursuit of good health.

So what happened?

The oil’s slightly fishy smell and taste fell out of favor.

Now as medical health experts again tout cod liver oil’s prowess with its high omega-3 levels it comes with palate pleasing flavors like cinnamon, lemon and mint.

The Weston A. Price Foundation, long a recognized leader in nutrition education, advocates the inclusion of the supplement into our daily diets.

Many of us have cut down or totally eliminated animal fats from our diets resulting in the depletion of Vitamins A and D’s natural ingestion.  An increase of children trading once traditional outdoor play for inside activities also severely curtails their bodies’ absorption of Vitamin D from the sun’s radiant energy.

Lack of these vital organic substances can lead to eye disease, an inability to fight infections and poor skeletal health.

The oil’s anti-inflammatory properties ease painful arthritic swelling and its fatty acids aid the brain and nervous system. In addition, heart health can increase by the lowering of high cholesterol and lower blood pressure with its good levels of EPA and DHA. Women taking it during pregnancy lower the risk of Type 1 diabetes developing in their babies.

Take a tip from the past and incorporate cod liver oil into your healthy lifestyle.

To view Healing Quest’s cod liver oil episode click here.

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