This time of year, UVB rays of the sun, which produce vitamin D via the skin, are not reaching most of North America and even where I live in Florida, are only available for a brief window of time around noon if the skies are clear. Cod liver oil at this time is essential to maintaining health through the cold and flu season primarily by helping to keep vitamin D blood levels from falling to dangerously low levels.
Did you know that flu is really just a symptom of vitamin D deficiency the same as scurvy is a vitamin C deficiency disease? Surprising but true. Keeping your vitamin D blood levels optimal keeps that flu bug at bay very effectively.
Think that you don’t need cod liver oil because you already take a vitamin D supplement?
Reality Check: Skip those vitamin D drops and pills. Taking a nutrient in isolation is rarely a good idea. Doing so treats vitamins like drugs. This pseudo approach to health can cause systemic imbalances as nutrients are designed to be taken as food and in the case of cod liver oil, the vitamins A, D, and K are synergistically balanced by nature to prevent toxicity. As far as I know, there is not a single case of vitamin D toxicity that resulted from taking cod liver oil!
Now for the really good news.
I’ve been recommending for some time to buy only the fermented cod liver oil and none of the others on the market. This is because the factories that produce cod liver oil in Europe are no longer using natural vitamin A and D in their product.
Cod liver oil made with synthetic vitamin A and D? Seems implausible and counterproductive, I know, but that is exactly what the European cod liver oil manufacturers are doing – most likely to improve profitability.
Only the fermented cod liver oil which is manufactured in Nebraska is currently produced using traditional methods with natural vitamin A/D still intact.
My recommendation to only buy the fermented cod liver oil still holds true, but with a caveat. I discovered at the Wise Traditions 2011 Conference recently that there is a limited supply of the Premier brand Quantum High Vitamin Cod Liver oil still left in the world. This cod liver oil is not fermented but still contains natural vitamin A and D.
This is the same high vitamin cod liver oil I took starting about 10 years ago when I first discovered the benefits of high vitamin cod liver oil as described and recommended by Dr. Weston A. Price DDS in his epic book Nutrition and Physical Degeneration.
If you find the fermented cod liver oil out of range of your budget or you cannot tolerate it for some reason, the Premier brand Quantum High Vitamin Cod Liver Oil would be an excellent alternative. But, act soon if you want some because when it sells out (there are about 3,000 bottles of capsules left), that’s it. It’s gone for good.
Where to Find Premier’s Quantum High Vitamin Cod Liver Oil
There is only one place to find this limited supply of Premier’s Quantum High Vitamin Cod Liver Oil and I am very pleased to tell you that they are a new sponsor of this blog – Radiant Life.
Click here to find out more about Radiant Life and how to order some of this limited edition Quantum High Vitamin Cod Liver Oil for yourself and your family.
Let’s all stay well through the winter!
Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist
Sources: Fish Livers in Ancient Medicine