Cod Liver Oil Benefits

Published 5/14/13

What Is A Cod Liver Oil?

Cod liver oil is derived from the liver of codfish, typically Atlantic cod and Pacific cod, and is consumed primarily as a nutritional supplement. Just like many other popular fish oils, cod liver oil contains high levels of vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E, and omega-3 fatty acids, specifically Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). The oil is extracted by drying the fish body tissues after cooking it and then grinding the tissues up. Other names for cod liver oil include liver oil, fish liver oil, or polyunsaturated fatty acids.

Cod Liver Oil Nutrition

One-tablespoon serving of cod liver oil, roughly 4.5-grams, contains 41 calories, 5-grams of fat, no protein or carbs, 450-individual units of vitamin D (recommended daily amount is 600 individual units), and 4,500-individual units of vitamin A, (recommended daily amount is 3,000-individual units).

Cod Liver Oil Benefits

The benefits of cod liver oil include relieving the pain and stiffness associated with arthritis, controlling cholesterol levels, reducing the symptoms of mental conditions, and prevent the development of type 1 diabetes in children and infants. Cod liver oil showcases a unique anti-inflammatory characteristic that can reduce arthritic pain and stiffness. Cod liver oil can also help with general muscle aches and pain throughout the body as a result of inflammation. The omega-3 fatty acids in cod liver oil are known for their ability to reduce the level of “bad” cholesterol level while increasing the level of the “good” cholesterol, which results in improved blood flow throughout the body.

Cod Liver Oil Warnings

It is very important that the daily consumption of cod liver oil does not exceed 2-teaspoons. The amount of vitamin A in cod liver oil amounts great than 2-teaspoons can result in bone weakness and increase the risk of birth defects if consumed by a pregnant mother. High doses of cod liver oil can also result in increased risk of bleeding because the omega-3 fatty acids in fish oils reduce the body’s ability to form blood clots. 

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