Jan 22, 2012

Toddlers and Cod Liver Oil

Today I'm sharing a video of my toddler eating her fermented cod liver oil right off the spoon. It looks like chocolate but I promise it is cod liver oil. (If you're reading from email, click here to view it.)  My family takes fermented cod liver oil from Green Pasture.  I aim for 5 days a week - sometimes it is more, usually it is less.  Consistently, it is the only supplement we take.

We've shared before reasons to take cod liver oil as well as methods. Cod liver oil contains key nutrients for brain development, most specifically it has ample amounts of fat-soluable vitamins A and D that aid the body in mineral absorption.

Because cod liver oil is actually food and not a man made supplement, you body can more readily absorb the vitamins in it. {synthetic supplements - think: round peg in a square hole}  If you are taking synthetic vitamin D, may I suggest trying cod liver oil?

Ramiel Nagel wrote a book called Cure Tooth Decay: Heal and Prevent Cavities with Nutrition (which can be found in the Central Arkansas Library System).  He gives convincing arguments that along with other things, cod liver oil can stop cavities and help teeth remineralize.  Check out his website for more info.

Antidotal evidence: a friend of mine had severe tooth pain one Friday afternoon and thought with certainty that she would need an emergency root canal Monday morning.  After some internet research, she decided to take large quantities of cod liver oil, hoping for relief.   I saw her Saturday morning in immense pain; she hardly talked and held her jaw the entire time. To her amazement she did not visit a dentist at all the next week and attributes the healing to cod liver oil.

To reiterate some of the things I learned at the Weston A Price annual conference:

- Vitamins A, D, and K are the activators for minerals.  A person cannot assimilate protein or calcium without vitamin A.  {Lori's post on Brain Pow-ah is expands a bit more on this.}

- Primitive diets contained 4 times the calcium and other minerals and 10 times the fat soluable vitamins compared to modern diet.

- Green grass that pastured animals eat makes vitamins A&K.  Vitamin D comes from the sun as well as from animals who have been in the sun.  It is so important to eat animals who have been on grass.

Since we have had a few cloudy days here in central Arkansas, I am motivated to give my family their cod liver oil every day this week.

Green Pasture did not compensate me to tell you about their cod liver oil.  I told you which brand because I thought someone would ask.

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  1. i have a question. I attended a real foods course in Little Rock recently and they mentioned that the ideal ratio A:D in cod liver oil is 10:1. they also mentioned that it should be molecularly distilled. I found one brand, TwinLabs, that fit these parameters. since i currently can't afford Green Pastures yet, I was wondering if you had an feedback, good or bad, on TwinLabs brand.

  2. Hi Karen.
    Off the top of my head I do not know the answer to your question. Have you looked on the Weston A Price website? I emailed another knowledgable friend and she said: "Check the Weston A Price website. Also, my experience with TwinLabs has been positive...but when/if you can move to Green Pastures, they are certainly THE guys on CLO."

    Hope this helps. Maybe someone else will read the comments and chime in.

  3. Karen - another option would be to contact the WAPF chapter leader here in town, Lisa Lipe: realfoodlisa AT gmail DOT com . She could definitely help you with economical choices with CLO.

  4. Hi,

    Cod liver oil contains plenty of nutrients necessary for health during toddlerhood. It is high in vitamin A, which helps grow bones and cells, boost immunity, enable night vision and allow for proper reproductive system development. Thanks a lot.



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