Cod Liver Oil – Yuk!
We were having a discussion about the benefits of cod liver oil here at the office the other day when one of my staffers related a story from her childhood. Seems her mother had heard that cod liver oil was good for the immune system, and during a particularly bad flu season, she gave each of her family members a teaspoon full each morning. Yuk, you might say. My staffer said it was double yuk as her mom found mint-flavored cod liver oil, thinking it would taste better. Not really. However, despite the terrible taste, no one in her family got the dreaded flu that was going around that year.
Today’s cod liver oil is not your mama’s cod liver oil. We carry and recommend Standard Process Cod Liver Oil. Standard Process is a line of organic nutrients only available through doctors. Standard Process Cod Liver Oil comes in capsules and has no fishy burp after taste or stomach upset. If contaminants exist in the oil, they are removed, and Standard Process Cod Liver Oil is tested for purity by a third party.
So why is cod liver oil so good for you?
Cod liver oil contains omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) that are strongly associated with good health. According to the FDA, supportive but not conclusive research shows that consumption of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. EPA and DHA are most studied for their ability to modulate the body’s natural inflammatory response function as it relates to periodic challenges like strenuous exercise. Other areas of investigation are gut health, lung function, and effect on pathways that contribute to a healthy mood. Standard Process Cod Liver Oil has the perfect EPA and DHA ratio for good brain health.
Your brain is 60% fat! Your cell walls are also high in fat. If you do not have the right fats in your brain, you could have a tired, unhealthy brain that is at risk for decline. Your cell walls could be unhealthy, which means you will be unhealthy.
Because Standard Process cod liver oil is handled gently, naturally occurring vitamins A and D are preserved. Cod liver oil from Standard Process naturally contains multiple vitamin A esters, allowing their cod liver oil to have a similar makeup to vitamin A in foods. Vitamin A supports the health of the eyes, immune system, and other essential tissue. Vitamin D supports healthy bones and teeth, the absorption of calcium and phosphorus, and immune system health.
Each serving of Standard Process Cod Liver Oil contributes a small amount of naturally occurring coenzyme Q10 to the diet. Coenzyme Q10 is an enzyme that is essential for creation of energy within the mitochondria of cells and that helps protect cells from free radicals.
Let’s talk about cod liver oil next time you are in the office.
Here’s to a healthy week!