Cod liver oil is not some new fad – it’s been traditionally used by northern nations that had to get through long, exhausting dark winters. With no sunlight, no vitamin D is formed in our bodies.
Vitamin D is crucial for healthy bones and teeth because it increases calcium and phosphorus absorption. It also improves the immune system and is part of many other important reactions in the body.
Vitamin D deficiency is very common
Vitamin D deficiency is a health issue all around the world. Getting enough vitamin D becomes a problem primarily during the fall, winter and early spring, due to decreased exposure to the sun. And then in the summer, we tend to stay in the shade to cool down, or we apply sunscreen that blocks vitamin D synthesis.
Whenever we’re not getting enough vitamin D from the sun, we need to get it in our bodies through food or a supplement. The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) is now advising that people in the UK consider taking a vitamin D supplement from October to March. For those not getting enough outdoor sun, taking a supplement throughout the year is recommended.
Cod liver oil contains an excellent combination of vitamin D3, vitamin A and omega 3 fatty acids.
Taking Cod Liver Oil regularly:
- improves immune response,
- lowers levels of the “bad” LDL blood cholesterol,
- contributes to healthy heart and brain function,
- contributes towards maintaining good vision,
- helps maintain healthy skin and mucosa,
- contributes towards healthy and strong bones and teeth.
Not all Omega 3 fatty acids are equal
Two forms of fish oil are present on the market at the moment: triglycerides and ethyl esters. It is of utmost importance that we pick the right one.
Omega 3 in the form of ethyl esters is a synthetic form of omega 3 - it can’t be found in nature so your body could have trouble recognising and utilising it. On the other hand, triglycerides are a natural form of fish oil - our bodies have no problem recognising and using it. Cod Liver Oil Capsules contain fatty acids in triglyceride form.