Cod Liver Oil

Cod liver oil has a long-standing Nordic history and was once declared “one of the most valuable medicinal agents known to man” by F. Peckel Möller, who in 1850 devised a way to use steam to extract the oil, creating a fresher, more potent product.

A popular home remedy in the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s, cod liver oil was once given by the spoonful to help protect against illnesses associated with cold weather. (Mums loved the stuff, but the reluctant children who were the recipients, not so much.) 

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Cod Liver Oil Benefits

Cod liver oil is still available in liquid form or for those prefer also available in capsules. Packed with nutrients including vitamin D, vitamin A and omega 3 fatty acids, cod liver oil is not only a good natural option to bolster the immune system – a 2012 study from Sweden found that those taking cod liver oil were less likely to have sick days than those who were not – it may also offer protection against a host of other health issues.

Some potential benefits of cod liver oil include:

  • Less joint and muscle pain.
  • Protection against the effects of inflammation. Uncontrolled inflammation has been linked to myriad diseases including type 2 diabetes, autoimmune disorders and some cancers.
  • A lower rate of depression. According to a 2007 study from researchers in Norway, cod liver oil helped decrease the risk of depression by 30 percent. Experts believe the omega 3s played a role.
  • Better heart health. Omega 3s have also been linked to a healthier cardiovascular system, including lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
  • Stronger bones.

Because cod livers are not part of many contemporary diets, adding cod liver oil to a diet has the potential for numerous health benefits, not only for children, but also for adults. 

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