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Highly recommended by the Weston A Price Foundation, fermented cod liver oil provides ample amounts of the fat-soluble vitamins A and D as well as omega 3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA. This remarkable combination of nutrients accounts for cod liver oil’s longstanding reputation as a home remedy for strengthening immunity, reducing inflammation and improving general resistance to disease.
Dr Weston A Price always prescribed cod liver oil alongside high vitamin butter oil, the nutrients in each having important synergy. Bedrock supplements for a traditional, nourishing lifestyle!
Traditionally prepared fermented cod liver oil is the natural choice! It is a wisely and slowly prepared wholefood, rich in the following critical nutrients in correct ratios:
- EPA: a critical link in fatty acid chains that ultimately results in the production of prostaglandins – localised tissue hormones. EPA is an important anti-inflammatory agent in the body.
- DHA: vital for the optimal functioning of the brain and nervous system.
- Vitamin A: the fat-soluble vitamin that innumerable biochemical processes depend on! Vitamin A is directly involved in the utilization of proteins, minerals and water-soluble vitamins, and also acts as a potent antioxidant. Vitamin A stimulates the secretion of the gastric juices required for optimal digestion of proteins. Dr Weston A Price found that the diets of healthy, indigenous people included at least 10 times more vitamin A from animal sources than the standard Western diet, which he believed contributed to their excellent bone health and structure and beautifully wide jaws and dental arches and straight teeth. Vitamin A is a critical nutrient for minimising the effects of a variety of stressors.
- Vitamin D: an essential nutrient for healthy growth, teeth and bones and the optimal absorption of calcium and phosphorus. The primitive diets Dr Weston A Price studied were all particularly rich in vitamin D from animal sources including butter, liver and other organs, marine oils and seafood. Vitamin D is a complex nutrient that in many ways acts more like a hormone than a vitamin in the body. Vitamin D deficiency has reached epic proportions in the modern world, no doubt due to the lack of this fundamental nutrient in our diets.
This remarkable combination of nutrients accounts for cod liver oil’s longstanding reputation as a home remedy for strengthening immunity, reducing inflammation and improving general resistance to disease.
The majority of cod liver oils on the market are heated and rendered in such a way that the naturally occurring vitamin A and D content is significantly compromised. These products are then fortified – the nutrients (often synthetically derived) added back in – but no longer appearing in their naturally occurring proportions. This can mean that they contain too much vitamin A relative to their vitamin D content, which can cause nutrient imbalances and even vitamin A toxicity in susceptible individuals.
Fermented cod liver oil, often abbreviated to FCLO, is the number one fish oil recommended amongst the traditional food community. Up until the mid 1850’s, fish livers were traditionally fermented before the oils were extracted. This process allowed the fatty acids and fat-soluble nutrients to naturally separate from the liver tissue without the involvement of heat. The Industrial Age sought more efficient processing methods and resorted to heat to minimize time, maximise output and optimise the taste of the final product. Indeed – heat processed cod liver oil is easy and quick to produce with a relatively non-offensive flavour (and thus, added marketability), but the naturally occurring nutrient density of these products is significantly reduced.
Fermented cod liver oil is manufactured without heat. Its cold processing and slow fermentation methods ensure that the naturally occurring balance of omega 3 essential fatty acids and vitamins A and D is retained in correct ratio, and more easily digested and assimilated. Additionally, fermented cod liver oil contains many naturally occurring cofactors that enhance our uptake and utilization of vitamins A and D.
Dr Weston A Price always prescribed cod liver oil alongside high vitamin butter oil, the nutrients in each having important synergy. Fermented cod liver oil and high vitamin butter oil are, in our opinion, baseline nutritional supplements critical for the vital health of one and all, young and old.