12 benefits of cod liver oil

April 14, 2022

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Nine years ago, in the beginning of my serious health journey (you can read more HERE) I headed to California to a wellness clinic. While I was out in California I was introduced to some wonderful "alternative" remedies that I was either (a)not aware of or (b)like what I am going to suggest today had not been willing to try. *smiles*. When my doctor there first mentioned taking Cod Liver Oil each day I looked at her like she must not realize the disgusting taste. She laughed and admitted that this was something that she had been recommending her patients do for years but had only started taking herself recently. I was skeptical until she started sharing all of the health benefits from adding this quick and simple habit into my diet.

It is interesting to note that Cod Liver Oil has been used for over a hundred years! There are recorded notes of Cod Liver Oil being given in the 1890s to malnourished children and adults with arthritis! WOW!

I will warn you that the Cod Liver Oil truly does not taste good. There are some brands that offer "taste enhancers" but in my opinion nothing truly masks the taste of Cod Liver Oil! I have found that having a small glass of cranberry juice to drink immediately after is the only thing that truly kills the taste. So what makes me force myself to take this product each day? The list of benefits is extremely long but here are just 12 of the top benefits for you to consider!

1. Helps Arthritis Pain
The anti-inflammatory properties of Cod Liver Oil can help reduce some of the swelling that is known to cause arthritis pain.

2. Helps Lower High Cholesterol and Heart Disease
Cod Liver Oil can help those with high cholesterol and heart disease.

3. Helps Migraine Headaches
 Cod Liver Oil has been known to help relieve migraine headaches.

4. Anti-Inflammatory
Cod Liver Oil has been known to fight inflammation.

5. Immune Booster
Cod Liver Oil has been known to help regulate the immune system.

6. May Help Cancer Cells
Some studies have suggested that Cod Liver Oil inhibits cancer cells!

7. Cancer Fighting Properties
 Along the same lines as number 6, Dr. Patrick Quillin who holds PhD, RD, and CNS degrees and wrote the book "Cancer with Nutrition" said: "Fish oil is therapeutic and can slow cancer."

8. Omega 3 Fatty Acids
8. Cod Liver Oil has lots of omega-3 fatty acids that are important to the body! Cod Liver Oil contains excellent amounts of EPA and DHA which are important omega-3 fatty acids.

9. Vitamin A
 Cod Liver Oil contains high levels of Vitamin A.

10. Seasonal Allergy Help
Cod Liver Oil may improve seasonal allergies.

11. Help for Eyes
Cod Liver Oil helps support healthy eyes.

12. Help for Depression
Some studies have suggested that Cod Liver Oil may help depression.

With all of those benefits one small swallow and a little bad taste don't seem that important!

Looking for a Cod Liver Oil? Here are several options:
Nordic Naturals Cod Liver Oil (this is the one I am currently using)

What about you? Do y'all take Cod Liver Oil? 

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