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The Benefits of Taking Cod Liver Oil.

Updated on September 29, 2012

Cod Liver Oil, the facts

Taking cod liver oil supplements is a wise decision for anyone. I say this with confidence as I had taken them for more years than I care to remember. I stopped taking them about a year ago on the advice of our Doctor. He believed that because I had been taking them for so long that there was no obvious reason to continue taking them as a supplement. I had sufficient levels of Omega3 and was getting enough from my diet which includes regular oily fish.

We all take advice from our Doctors, but sometimes thay don't always know what is in our best interests. Sometimes you have to go with your own instinct and facts.

Since I stopped taking them I have recently suffered with back to back colds, something which I hadn't had virtually all the time I was taking the tablets.

Omega3 is needed in order to fight off infections and boosts the immune system. Call it coincidence if you like, but I believe it is more than that and this product does exactly what it says on the bottle.


Omega3 for a healthy immune system.

In the early 1990s a study was carried out using the Inuit tribe of Alaska as they consume large amounts of fatty acids from fish in their daily diet. It was found that they had very low levels of heart disease to the point that it was virtually non existent. This in turn means that blood pressure levels amongst these people is as good if not better than you will find anywhere else in the world.

Various studies have been carried out in association with Omega3 intake and many benefits have been uncovered.

Health promotion seems to be the watchword of these little golden capsules. There are various theories backed up by hard evidence that these supplements have major health benefits to people who take them on a daily basis.

  • Reduced risk of certain types of cancer ( bowel cancer)
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Control od blood pressure
  • Benefits to pregnant women
  • Reduced risk of mental health episodes.
  • Joint and muscle suppleness improvements

Foods containing fatty acids.

Foods which contain Omega3 and other fatty acids are abundant and should be made part of your daily diet.

  • Oily fish such as Tuna and Mackeral
  • Vegetables
  • Eggs
  • Lean red meat
  • Turkey
  • Rice, pasta
  • Fruit
  • Milk
  • Bread
  • Flaxseed
  • Butternuts
  • Walnuts
  • Pecans
  • Hazel Nuts

We can all add some of the above foods to our daily diet as well as taking Omega3 supplements.

It is difficult to evaluate whether taking this type of supplement does have any benefit as we can not see anything tangible. In my case it seems too much of a coincidence for this not to be the case so I am happy to start taking them again with the hope that I will not have any repeat cold infections in the near future.

Aching limbs and joints?

Probably the most recognised improvements which can be achieved by taking Cod Liver Oil is increased lubrication to joints and muscles. Omega3 can bring significant relief to joints which cause pain and discomfort. Inflammation in the joints is thought to be a major cause of pain and the pain relieving qualities of the product as well as the anti inflammatory effect it can bring.

Anyone who suffers with aching or stiff joints can get significant relief in a relatively short time if my experience in this subject is anything to go by.

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  • THEHuG5 profile image


    6 years ago

    I've been taking fish oil supplements for about 2 months now and I'm pretty healthy in the first place so I'm not quite sure if they've made a difference for me or not but I'll continue to take them. I might give cod liver oil a try though. Interesting article, thanks for sharing.

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    Mark G Weller 

    6 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

    I have been a supporter of Omega 3 for many years, I found out about it by reading and using the Zone Diet when I was training 7 days a week in Aikido and bicycling 60 miles a day. Awesome article! Voted Up and shared.

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    Chris Achilleos 

    6 years ago

    Interesting and useful hub :) Voted up!

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    Steve Mitchell 

    6 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    Drtruthman, great to see you and thanks for the support. I agree, Lee CLO is the best. Keep popping those pills!

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    6 years ago from Harlingen, Texas

    Interesting Hub Steve. Yes, Cod liver oil is great for everything. I have been taking since a child and I'm 60 yrs. old. Great advice to one and all. I voted up all across except for funny. Lee

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    Steve Mitchell 

    6 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    Thanks to my bevvy of Hub page beauties for commenting and voting. I can always rely on your support.




    Deborah B

    Stick with the CLO as it does take time to get into your system and remember it is a supplement so keep eating foods high in Omega3.

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    Deborah Brooks Langford 

    6 years ago from Brownsville,TX

    I take vitamins all the time. thanks for sharing I will add these to my diet. voted up


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    Joyce Haragsim 

    6 years ago from Southern Nevada

    We have recently add omega3 to our vitamins. I have plenty of aches and pains right now. I think it takes vitamins 3 months before now you can feel they are working? Joyce. Voted up and interesting.

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    Audrey Howitt 

    6 years ago from California

    I knew about fish oil--but not cod liver oil--thank you Steve!

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    Christy Birmingham 

    6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    My mom took the pills as a girl and I have taken a few over the years. I do not currently take the pills but I do find your information here very useful. A good read Posh!

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    Steve Mitchell 

    6 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    mbyl thanks for the vote and comment. Hope Cod liver oil works for you.

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    Slaven Cvijetic 

    6 years ago from Switzerland, Zurich

    I didn't know about this. I will certainly now improve my life quality. Interesting and Useful Hub! Voted up and shared/twittered!


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