***Please read this new post: Fermented cod liver oil: Have we all been duped?! (I have switched my links in this post to redirect to the only kind of cod liver oil that I currently recommend, FYI.)
Some of you may be sick to death of reading about cod liver oil by now. Others really won’t care about the following information at all, and may be quite content just clicking over into the cod liver oil post-part 3 to find out which are the good quality brands (there IS a difference) and where to get the best price.
But if your mind is more detail-oriented (OK, and more twisted like mine), and you wonder why the Carlson brands are no longer on the Weston A. Price Foundation recommended brands page (they actually haven’t been there for a while now), then I can help clue you in.
UPDATE 10/08: the following information is irrelevant now, see this fermented cod liver oil post for the latest information.
I actually did this research months ago, before I put up my cod liver oil series, but decided to post this now after receiving an email from my friend, Julie:
Kel, Just read your great updates about cod liver oil. Do you know if WAPF no longer recommends Carlson? I say that because I am currently taking Carlson, as Murphy’s Law would have it. I’m in the market to get more soon, so if you want to go in on the Blue Ice, count me in!
Since you asked about the Blue Ice, I assume you’re talking about the Carlson liquid, and no, it is not on the WAPF page of recommended brands anymore because their vitamin A & D amounts are much lower than the other brands listed there.
In comparing what they do recommend, I found Green Pastures and Radiant Life had similar pricing on the liquid, but Dr. Ron’s was much more expensive. So I recommend the Green Pastures brand, since that’s what I’m familiar with and have always bought for the kids.
I can’t remember where I read it, but I believe the liquid is the best way to take it; one reason is so you don’t have the problem of possible issues with the gelatin in the gel tabs, another is probably so you don’t have to swallow a lot of pills. But if you’re like me and can’t take the liquid…
INFO ON THE GEL TABS:
I take the Carlson gel tabs and when Carlson was no longer on their recommended brands page, I did some research. First, I emailed Sally Fallon, and she said the reason is the same as above, that the vitamin amounts were much lower than the WAPF recommended brands. But that isn’t what I found in regards to the Carlson “high vitamin 1000 mg” gel tabs, only with the Carlson liquid.
All this made me want to research even more – it actually took me hours and hours getting all the information and prices and sizes and comparing them, calling/emailing the companies to clarify things, etc. I wanted to be sure about what I suggested people buy, since what I found was different than what the WAPF was recommending (in regards to cod liver oil in capsule form)…
Here is what I found out about Carlson’s “high vitamin 1000 mg” gel tabs
- They are processed in the same high quality ways as the brands on the WAPF site. (This part took a loooong time: calling the various companies, looking things up online, etc. – I’m confident with what I found, but if you find anything different, please let me know.)
- They also have only natural vitamin A & D (not synthetic)
- With Carlson brand you need to take 5 gel tabs/day to get the amount recommended on the WAPF site, compared to 4/day with 2 of the brands they recommend, and 7/day with the other brand they recommend. (To clarify, here I am just comparing the brands of cod liver oil in capsule form.)
- BUT, prices are MUCH less expensive (through the site I recommend anyway) for the Carlson gel tabs compared to the other capsule forms of cod liver oil that they recommend, which is worth taking one extra gel tab a day to me.
Hopefully all this has been helpful and doesn’t bore you to death!
- Kitchen Kop Cod liver oil series – here you’ll read about the benefits of cod liver oil and also information on possible vitamin toxicity
- More info on possible toxicity from Chris Masterjohn
- Cod liver oil update from Sally Fallon/Weston A. Price Foundation
Enough about cod liver oil already!