The Facts About Cod Liver Oil
A great deal of
confusion exists about cod liver oil, vitamin A
and vitamin D. “Modern cod liver oil does
not supply vitamins A and D in healthy ratios to
each other,” one popular web site states,
while pointing out that most
brands of cod liver oil are highly processed and
contain synthetic vitamins, and that most
manufacturers remove much of the vitamin A and vitamin
D from the oil. This site then goes on to condemn
liver oil and recommend against using any as a supplement.
Talk about throwing the baby out with the bath water.
Cod Liver Oil contains all
of the naturally occurring vitamins A and D, in
their natural ten to one ratio, and no synthetic
vitamins. This is the quality cod liver oil used
to complement traditional diets throughout the world
for centuries. Traditional diets centered on foods
rich in vitamins A and D – liver and other
organ meats, seafood and the fats of grass-fed animals.
People spent much time outdoors in the sun. Yet
still these people used fish liver oils as an essential
part of their diets.
shows that natural vitamin A in foods such as cod
liver oil is not toxic except in cases where vitamin
D is deficient. Avoid cod liver oil that contains
low levels of vitamin D in relationship to vitamin
A. The natural ratio is about ten to one, yet in
some brands the ratio is as high as one hundred
You may wonder
why. The answer is that most manufacturers have
bowed to the misinformation the medical and drug
industries have spread about the toxicity of vitamins
A and D.
The so-called experts refuse to recognize
that research has shown it is the synthetic and
not the natural forms of these vitamins that are
highly toxic. A study in the American
Journal of Clinical Nutrition (December,
2003) demonstrated that synthetic, water-based forms
of vitamin A were at least ten times more toxic
than oil-based forms. Other studies have shown the
toxicity of synthetic forms of vitamin D.
A vast amount
of literature demonstrates the safety of modest
doses of natural vitamins A and D, in their proper
ten to one ratio, as supplied in traditional cod
liver oil. Weston Price found that healthy primitive
people consumed at least ten times more vitamins
A and D than modern diets supply.
natural, old-fashioned fermented cod liver oil is a wonderful
food that everyone may benefit from. That said, it is important to balance fermented cod liver oil, butter oil and vitamin K2.
See my recommended doses of these oils. Fats from fish
or grass-fed domestic animals are rich in nutrients
essential for health and reproduction – these
are the foods that were most emphasized in traditional
cultures, especially for pregnant women and young
children. Do not let politically correct nutrition,
marketing hype, fear of cholesterol, and ignorance
in high places scare you away from traditional cod
liver oil and other marvelous, animal-fat rich foods.