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Why You Should Have Fermented Cod Liver Oil Every Day


fermented cod liver oil

You may have heard about fermented cod liver oil, but you may not know about the many health benefits that are associated with this superfood. Yes, a superfood! I don’t like to throw that word around, but when it comes to fermented cod liver oil, “superfood” is the best way to describe this stuff. Well, that and the fact that it tastes pretty nasty, but let’s first talk about the benefits, shall we? ;)

Why Fermented Cod Liver Oil?

Why not eat plant sources that contain vitamin A? Well, still eat those, of course! But I prefer to get my vitamin A through fermented cod liver oil for several reasons:

Fermented cod liver oil is one of the best (highly concentrated) sources of vitamins A and D, which are both need to assimilate minerals and other vitamins in the body. In just 1 teaspoon of fermented cod liver oil, you’ll get the vitamin A and D that your body needs (see recommended amounts below)

Since fermented cod liver oil is a natural fat, this helps the fat-soluble vitamins A and D become better absorbed (and therefore used) in the body.

Fruits and vegetables contain carotenes, which is not a true form of vitamin A. In order to create vitamin A, the carotenes go through a complicated enzymatic process in the small intestine, resulting in small amounts of vitamin A. Many lack the enzymes needed to convert carotenes into vitamin A in the body, including babies and young children, those who have diabetes, thyroid problems, and digestive issues.

Cod Liver Oil versus Fermented Cod Liver Oil

First, let’s talk about cod liver oil, and briefly discuss how it is made when compared to fermented cod liver oil.

When creating cod liver oil, most manufactures extract the healthy oils with extremely high heat, which ruins the natural vitamins in it. Because of this, companies will add synthetic vitamins A and D to the cod liver oil.

Fermented cod liver oil, however, is different. It takes 6-12 months to make, using traditional fermentation methods that preserves the natural nutrient content and helps make the oil much more bio-available to your body.

Health Benefits of Fermented Cod Liver Oil

If you want to boost your immune system, fermented cod liver oil is the way to go! Fermented cod liver oil helps with the following:

• Prevents diseases and if you do get sick, you’ll recover quicker!

• Supports bone health, including your teeth.

• Helps promote healthy cholesterol levels.

• Promotes mental health (prevents degenerative mental diseases) and may help stabilize mood disorders such as depression and bi-polar

• Helps manage asthma symptoms

• Reduces inflammatory skin conditions, such as eczema and acne.

• Helps manage the symptoms of ADHD.

• Promotes healthy hair, nails, and skin.

• Helps provide healthy hormone balance

• May reduce the symptoms from arthritis

How to Take Your Fermented Cod Liver Oil

You can buy fermented cod liver oil in capsule or liquid form. Capsule form is usually more expensive, but you don’t have to taste the fermented cod liver oil! If you can afford it in capsule form, it’s the way to go! However, I am currently finding ways to get my fermented cod liver oil in through liquid form.

Let’s be real: fermented cod liver oil is some pretty nasty stuff! However, because of the amazing health benefits associated with fermented cod liver oil, I choose to take it anyways. That said, how do you get little kids to take it, when they just don’t care about the long list of health benefits? Depending on the age, there are some things you can do.

Juice – This works for my 2 year old daughter. I normally don’t give her juice, but I have found that when I add fermented cod liver oil to her juice, she drinks it right up!

Smoothie – Make yourself a smoothie and add your fermented cod liver oil in it.

Chase it! – Go ahead and quickly drink the fermented cod liver oil and then “chase it down” with water, juice, kefir, or raw milk!

Mix it – If I want to mask the flavor, I’ll put juice or smoothie in a shot glass with the fermented cod liver oil and quickly drink it and have it done and over with. This is my preferred method. Find what works for you!

Recommended Dosages

Children (3 months  – 12 years) 

1/8 tsp –  1/2 tsp or 1-4 capsules (0.625 – 2.5 ml)

Adults (and children 12 years up)

1/2 tsp – 1 tsp or 5-10 capsules (2.5 – 5 ml)

Pregnant and nursing women

1-2 tsp or 10-20 capsules (5-10 ml)

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Do you already take fermented cod liver oil? If so, please share with us your story, tips, and suggestions! Thank you!


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