For months now, I have recommended the Carlson 1000 mg Cod Liver Oil capsules for those who are (like us) unable to take the liquid. However, I need to let you know that I plan to use up the capsules we have, and then either TRY to take the cinnamon fermented liquid Cod Liver Oil from Green Pastures (because it’s much less expensive than the capsules), OR we will bite the bullet and start getting the Fermented CLO capsules from there, even though they are more expensive.
- The more research I do, I am completely convinced that the Fermented Cod Liver Oil is nutritionally SUPERIOR to the regular Cod Liver Oil. Read more about why the Fermented Cod Liver Oil is so much better and where to get it.
- Second, and IMPORTANT – I found out today that in the near future, most cod liver oil available to us will no longer have natural vitamins A & D, but will instead have synthetic vitamin A & D. These are two VERY different things. One is essential for good health, the other is dangerous.
- Update: more details about this in the comments at this CLO post. Also, see the update from Green Pastures.
- Another update: Readers in the comments have said that Carlsons DOES still use natural vitamin A & D, so for those who are unable to take the Green Pasture fermented CLO (due to price, or taste, or for some it doesn’t set well with them), here is the Carlsons.
If you are really unable to take the liquid (I’ve heard the cinnamon isn’t bad, though – I’m going to try it in a little cranberry juice…yes, I know I just did a post on why you shouldn’t drink juice everyday! I didn’t know about this then!), and if you’re really unable to afford the Fermented CLO capsules, then I suppose you could try to eat more fish. However, I doubt you could get the same amounts of concentrated super-nutrients that are available in the Fermented CLO. Either way, I would recommend you do not waste your money on anything with synthetic vitamins – these are no where near as beneficial as natural vitamins, and could be harmful to your health. Another option would be getting a good quality omega-3 supplement that does not have vitamin A & D (so you wouldn’t have to worry about taking synthetic A & D). This would be a very poor alternative, in my opinion, so I have not checked into brands, etc. The natural vitamin A & D are a big part of what makes CLO such a superfood. UPDATE: read what I thought after I tried the fermented cod liver oil liquid!
- Read more here about synthetic vs. natural vitamins.
- One more about synthetic vs. natural vitamin A
- Cod Liver Oil information on possible toxicity (not likely, but this post addresses that concern)
- Are you stressed? Health & Nutrition issues not high on your priority list right now?