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7 Benefits of Cod Liver Oil

Updated on October 8, 2015
Benefits of Cod Liver Oil
Benefits of Cod Liver Oil

The Great Benefits of Cod Liver Oil

The benefits of cod liver oil are amazing, wide ranging and highly recommended by health care professionals around the world as part of your daily healthy diet.

Omega-3 fatty acid is one of the most important fats to consume and cod liver oil contains these in highly concentrated doses.

Cod liver oil is a great natural source of Vitamin A and D.

Cod liver oil contains the fatty acid Omega-3 DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid) which is a primary essential element for many parts of the human body including the skin, retina and brain.

Another omega-3 fatty acid found in cod liver oil is EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid) which helps in the reduction of pain and blood clotting to name but a few.

Here you will find 7 Benefits of Cod liver Oil and why it is important to consume the omega-3 fatty acids found in them on a daily basis.

Norwegian Fishing
Norwegian Fishing

Discovering the Benefits of Cod Liver Oil - The Modern Day Superfood

The benefits of cod liver oil were first discovered in Scottish fishing towns and the Scandinavian fishing coasts of Norway and Iceland.

These communities would put up with severe winters and lack of sunlight due to their geographical position in the northern hemispheres.

As they were fishing towns cod was in abundance and they found that cod liver oil seemed to have properties which helped them beat any infection or illness.

They would religiously feed the natural oil from cod livers to those brought down by illness.

Cod liver oil used to be made by putting fresh cod livers and seawater into a wooden barrel and letting the combined mixture ferment. They would extract the oil after a about a year of fermentation.

Benefits of Cod Liver Oil - Healthy Brain, Development and Growth
Benefits of Cod Liver Oil - Healthy Brain, Development and Growth

#1 in Benefits of Cod Liver Oil - Healthy Brain, Development and Growth

Cod liver oil contains more Vitamin A and D than any other food and is classed as a "superfood" when it comes to brain development and stability.

DHA found in cod liver oil is also what the mother of a newborn produces in her milk. This is vital for the growth and development of the brain in infants.

Some studies have suggested that ADHD (Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) can be attributed to a lack of DHA in the brain. A major benefit of cod liver oil consumption is the improved function of the brain including memory, depression and bipolar among others...

See the Benefits of Cod Liver Oil - Healthy Eyes
See the Benefits of Cod Liver Oil - Healthy Eyes

#2 See the Benefits of Cod Liver Oil - Healthy Eyes

The deterioration of eyesight can be delayed by the intake of Omega-3.

The condition AMD (Age-related Macular Degeneration) can lead to the loss of sight due to the damage it causes to the center of the eye.

The intake of Omega-3 from cod liver oil is a great benefit to your eyes as it will lower the risk of AMD. This along with Vitamin A will help keep your eyes healthy.

The Omega-3 fatty acid DHA is at it's highest concentration within the eye.

Taking cod liver oil will help replenish any deficiency in that region.

Benefits of Cod Liver Oil - Keep a Healthy Heart
Benefits of Cod Liver Oil - Keep a Healthy Heart

#3 Heart Benefits of Cod Liver Oil - Keep a Healthy Heart

Omega-3 fatty acids in cod liver oil benefits your heart as they produce Myocytes.

Myocytes are required to make your heart beat through electrical pulses it generates and they stabilizes the rhythm of the heart.

Heart attacks are one of the biggest killers on Earth and Omega-3 will help stabilize and steady the heart for those who have previously suffered a heart attack.

Maintain Healthy Bones
Maintain Healthy Bones

#4 in Benefits of Cod Liver Oil - Maintain Healthy Bones

The most common known benefit of cod liver oil is to maintain healthy bones.

Cod liver oil is a great natural source of Vitamin D, which is required to keep density and strength in our bones.

Being deficient in Vitamin D can cause Osteomalacia (also known as Rickets in children) and studies have shown that cod liver oil and other oily fish naturally containing Vitamin D can help prevent such a condition, although cod liver oil contains higher doses of Vitamin D than other oily fish such as mackerel.

If your bones do not have enough Calcium or Vitamin D they can become brittle and thin, cod liver oil can help enable the growth and structure of bones, thus helping with conditions such as Osteoporosis, the most painful of degenerative diseases.

Cod liver oil is very effective in slowing the depreciation of joint cartilage.

Another benefit of cod Liver oil is in the treatment for Arthritic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis. This is due to it's anti-inflammatory properties through EPA and DHA.

It's also advised to take cod liver oil for diseases such as as Crohn's disease and lupus.

Healthy Skin and Anti-Ageing
Healthy Skin and Anti-Ageing

#5 in Benefits of Cod Liver Oil - Healthy Skin and Anti-Ageing

A great benefit of cod liver oil is that it's a natural source of Vitamin A.

Vitamin A is what keeps our skin healthy and a daily intake of this can help slow the anti-ageing process of our skin cells and the decline in naturally produced collagen.

This means cod liver oil is fantastic at fighting acne and sun damage.

Benefits of Cod Liver Oil - Cancers & Cancer Prevention
Benefits of Cod Liver Oil - Cancers & Cancer Prevention

#6 in Benefits of Cod Liver Oil - Cancers & Cancer Prevention

Although information related to omega-3 fatty acids are speculative and complex in nature in relation to the prevent of Cancer, studies have indicated that omega-3 can help with prostate, breast and colorectal cancers.

This may be due to the Vitamin D in fishy oils such as cod liver oil identifying the bad cells in the body, helping your system attack them.

There was a study conducted at Manchester University (UK) recently that suggested volunteers who were given Omega-3 supplements were more able to combat the ill effects of sunshine on the skin than those given a placebo.

Manchester University did advise that the evidence is not conclusive but did show that the benefits of omega-3 nutrients can go some way to help the prevention of skin cancer.

Get a Good Nights Rest
Get a Good Nights Rest

#7 in Benefits of Cod Liver Oil - Get a Good Nights Rest

For those who have trouble sleeping at night, it has been recommended that cod liver oil can help get a good night sleep.

Some studies have shown that it seems to have a calming affect on those who previously could not sleep. People who would only get on average 3-4 hours a night saw an improvement when taking cod liver oil on a daily basis.

It may be down to the affect it has on the heart and brain that gives a calming affect and allows those who struggle to sleep get a good nights rest.


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    • Paul Fischer profile imageAUTHOR

      Paul Fischer 

      7 years ago

      JPCMC, Thanks for your comment. This is very true. The essentials we need as humans to survive are available all around us. Cod liver oil has so many benefits we cannot afford to ignore them.

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      JP Carlos 

      7 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Almost everything we need is found in nature.


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