Most of you already know how important it is to include cod liver oil in our diet. We all need this superfood as it is one of the best sources of omega 3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) and contains relatively high amounts of vitamin A and vitamin D — CLO boosts our immunity, works as an anti-inflammatory in our body, and improves our overall health! If you have any type of health concern, cod liver oil is an important supplement for you and also for anyone wishing to prevent future health issues. It protects against bone loss, cancer, depression, diabetic complications, heart disease, chronic pain, and so much more! (Source) We are rarely sick around here, but when we are, we always take a little extra CLO to give our immune system an extra bump. (Along with other superfoods like fermented vegetables and dairy kefir for the healthy probiotics, and of course, nourishing bone broth.)
Why take it with butter or butter oil?
Dr. Price always gave cod liver oil along with high-vitamin butter oil, extracted by centrifuge from good quality spring or fall butter. He found that cod liver oil on its own was relatively ineffective but combined with high vitamin butter oil produced excellent results. The butter oil contains what he called Activator X, now considered to be vitamin K2, which works synergistically with vitamins A and D. Your diet should include sources of vitamin K, such as good quality butter from grass-fed cows and/or high-vitamin butter oil, fat from grass-fed animals, cheeses from grass-fed animals and duck or goose liver, along with cod liver oil. (Source)
Is just eating pastured butter enough?
In most cases I’d say yes, but if you have a health issue, you may want to get out the “big guns” and take your CLO with butter oil, so you’re sure you’re getting high amounts of vitamin K.
I know there’s been a lot of confusion lately over which brands to take, so today I want to make your best options super clear…
Read below for information about the three kinds I recommend, which will help you decide what’s best for you and your family.
***Note that ALL 3 of these recommended options below can be found in the Weston A. Price shopping guide “best” category — these are the highest quality because they are unheated and therefore retain the most natural vitamins compared to other brands.
***If you want something more affordable and are okay with the “good”, but not “best” category in the WAPF shopping guide, try this brand, which is also available in capsules.
Which Cod Liver Oil Should You Take?
We’ve been taking this one because it was becoming increasingly difficult to get our family to take their CLO due to the taste. Even with a little chocolate chip chaser it was getting to be too big a battle. We just really like how this one goes down — I might even say, believe it or not, that the lemon flavor is actually sort of pleasant — no gagging! Of the 3 options here, this one has the mildest taste.
- Naturally Occurring Vitamin D3 (250 IU/2.5 ml — half teaspoon.)
- Naturally Occurring Vitamin A (2500 IU/2.5 ml.)
- EPA (Approx. 350 mg/2.5 ml.)
- DHA (Approx. 250 mg/2.5 ml.)
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