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Amazing Health Benefits of Cod Liver Oil

Updated on March 30, 2014
Cod Liver Oil comes from the Atlantic Cod Fish
Cod Liver Oil comes from the Atlantic Cod Fish | Source

Let food by thy medicine and medicine be thy food.

-Hippocrates

What is Cod Liver Oil?

Cod liver oil is quite an amazing nutritional supplement in part because there are a vast amount of ailments that cod liver oil can help to heal. Cod liver oil is derived from Atlantic Cod (Gadus morhua), the use of fish oil as a healing nutritional supplement dates as far back as the 5th century. As the quality of the modern diet decreases, the vitamin deficiency increases. Many people are suffering with conditions that are caused by vitamin deficiency. Cod liver oil has been found to supply the body with vitamins and nutrients that it is missing. By replenishing the deficiencies cod liver oil can help to cure a great number of ailments.

Cod liver oil can help to heal a wide range of ailments!

Cod Liver Oil History

The use of fish oils as a healing supplement dates back as far as Hippocrates in the 5th century. At this time it was used to heal skin conditions. The use of cod liver oil by medical doctors dates back to the 1700’s when it was used to heal a variety of ailments and specifically arthritis. Later cod liver oil was coveted in the early 1900’s when it was used to cure rickets. With its long history of success and uses, it is no wonder that cod liver oil is being highly coveted today as a cure with many uses.

Cod liver oil is available in capsule form
Cod liver oil is available in capsule form | Source

Not your Grandmother’s Cod Liver Oil

Many people think of Cod Liver Oil as bad tasting liquid that Grandma used to force them to swallow on a spoon, but the cod liver oil of today is available in capsules and flavored liquid, there is no need to suffer while trying to reap the benefits of this amazing suppliment.

Cod Liver Oil Benefits; Why is it so Good?

Cod Liver Oil provides omega 3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) and contains high amounts of vitamin A and vitamin D. These vitamins and nutrients benefit many parts of the body:

In the heart:

Cod liver oil helps to maintain a healthy and stable heartbeat; it also helps with circulation and artery elasticity.

In the brain:

Cod liver oil improves membrane fluidity and nerve transmission which helps the brain to stay healthy in old age.

Cod liver oil benefits retina function and night vision
Cod liver oil benefits retina function and night vision | Source

For the eyes:

The DHA in cod liver oil helps with retina function and the vitamin A in cod liver oil promotes good night vision.

Avoiding Illness:

Cod liver oil helps the body maintain strong immunity; it helps keep you from getting sick.

Healthy Bones and Teeth:

Cod liver oil aids in regulating calcium and phosphorus metabolism

Skin, Hair and Teeth

Cod liver oil, rich in vitamin A, helps improve the condition of hair and skin

Healthy Joints

Cod liver oil keeps joints functioning at their optimum

Healing and Prevention

Cod liver works to reduce inflammation and promote healing which aids in the overall improved functioning of the body. Cod Liver Oil has been found to help prevent and minimize the effects of many diseases and ailments, here are some:

  • Multiple Sclerosis,
  • Arthritis
  • High cholesterol
  • High triglycerides
  • Kidney disease
  • Heart disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Crohns Disease
  • Autoimmune disease called systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
  • Depression
  • ADHD
  • Glaucoma
  • Middle ear infections (otitis media)
  • Eczema
  • Dry Skin
  • Keratosis Pilaris
  • Psoriasis
  • Cod Liver Oil can also be used topically to heal wounds

Emulsified Cod Liver Oil masks the original taste

How to take Cod Liver Oil

Cod liver oil can be taken in a few ways, there are capsules, flavored, emulsified and natural. For those that don't like the taste of traditional cod liver oil, capsules, flavored and emlusified can be used. There are also many brands of cod liver oil. Cod liver oil is sold at most pharmacies and can be purchased online as well.

Cod liver oil benefits many parts of the body, from the depths of the brain to the surface of the skin. The use of cod liver oil dates back to the 5th century and has been used throughout history to both prevent and heal human ailments and diseases. With its’ large number of benefits, cod liver oil is a wise addition to any diet.

Please note: It is important to follow the manufacturers recommended dosage and if taking other vitamins or supplements to pay attention to the total vitamin A and D intake for the day.

© 2014 Ariel Laur

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