Cod liver oil has a long and storied history and has played a key role in human health and survival for centuries.
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
Flu is Vitamin D Deficiency Disease
MARY ANN WAGNER
I FOUND OUT FROM RADIANT LIFE THAT PREIMER RESEARCH LABS WILL NOT BE SELLING THIS COD LIVER PRODUCT ANYMORE BECAUSE THE NORWEIGENT GOVERNMENT CLOSED IT BOARDERS FROM SELLING TO OTHER COUNTRIES AND SAVING IT FOR THEIR OWN PEOPLE. HAVE YOU HEARD ANYTHING DIFFERENT???
Grass fed High Vitamin Butter oil is naturally rich in Vitamin A , vitamin E and antioxidants.
It is tasty and easy to take. A food fat that was created naturally by the nature.
I am confused about the dosage of the fermented cod liver oil and butter oil mixed to give my family. I have a 3 a 7 and a 10 year old and the dose on the back of the green pastures bottle seems so low. How do you make sure you dont overdose.
My children get 1 tsp per day of the fermented liquid plus 1/4 tsp of the butter oil.
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Hey Sarah. My Grandmother used to give me and my cousins cod liver oil on a regular basis growing up. From what you wrote about this High Vitamin Cod Liver oil I wish I had kept it in my regiment as a teen and early adulthood as a source of Vitamin A. Still to this day I do not use Cod Liver Oil …I simply take a daily multivitamin to get my Vitamin A intake. But now you have got me thinking that it may be good to get another source for my Vitamin A & D. Thanks.
can i ask why some people cannot tolerate fermented cod liver oil . What type of symptoms does it cause.
Some folks have a problem with the lactic acid from the fermentation process burning their throat when they swallow.
We take care of the burn by following it with a chaser of some kind. Something fatty seems to work well, so I really like butter or a little bit of chocolate (my great downfall). I wonder if that’s why the FCLO/butter oil blend doesn’t seem to burn as far as I can remember?
Capsules would completely avoid the issue but they’re not as cost effective.
OT, but hey, if it’s dark chocolate (WITHOUT milk powder), at least it has a good ammount of antioxidants!
thanks for the post – i dont know if im the only one – but the Resources page has never worked for me? it brings me there and to the list and i click on one and i get nothing? never-the-less i did a google and ended up on the Radiant Life site – but before i place my order….
cod liver oil i get that it should be taken in place of vit d supplements (specially artificial ones!) but what about taking it in conjunction with Fish OIl? currently i take X-Tend lifes brand of fish oil (http://www.xtend-life.com/product/Omega_3_DHA_Fish_Oil.aspx ) high in DHA. been on this for about 3 months as i found out the one i had been taking for 3+ years was….well basically garbage. so, does one take it in with or in place of?
iniQuity – information abounds about Flu and Vitamin D deficiency – i would say that the ‘flu’ is nothing more than a deficiency of vit D. the vast majority of americans are deficient in this vitamin. the ‘vaccines’ are horrible for you and cause more illness and death than they do otherwise. this site is great for information as well as naturalnews dot com.
glad i found this site, thanks for all the hard work you put in.
It’s not just you. The resources pages on the real food media sites always have problems with certain browsers. They hardly ever show up for me.
What browser are you using Joe? I use Chrome and Firefox and it works well for both of these.
Joe, just checked with Real Food Media tech support, and the Resources page works for all browsers. Your problem is most likely an ad blocker of some kind which can be turned off using your browser options. You can then turn it back on later if you like.
Hi Joe, skip the fish oil. Cod liver oil has everything you need (DHA/EPA) plus the fat soluble vitamins which are critical for mineral assimilation.
Thanks for looking into it for me. I DO have an ad blocker on my browser and I did not even think about it!
And per your advice I am going to cease my monthly order of Fish Oil and replace it with the Cod Liver Oil; hopefully I can get some before it runs out!
Also, I just disabled my ad block and immediately the links showed up.
What do you think about the capsules from Green Pastures? Is there something more beneficial in taking a spoonful? I think i could get the DH to take capsules. Thank you so much for your blog!
The fermented capsules are a great option also. I take off the spoon as it is more cost effective this way. I do use the caps for traveling.
So looking at the amounts of Vitamin D in the recommended dosage (3 capsules = 475 IU), does that mean I’d have to take like 27 capsules to get 4000 IU Vitamin D??
If you want that much vitamin D, best to stick with the fermented or if you can’t tolerate it or afford it, then use the Quantum capsules for a decent dose of A/D and omega 3 fats and supplement with fish eggs (1 tsp of fish eggs has 17,000 IU of D)
Could you tell me where you found the nutrition content of fish eggs (do you mean salmon in particular?) Thanks! Irene
You mean if I order a bottle now, I can’t ever get it again after it’s gone??? Why would I want to start something I can’t continue to take?
Maybe some folks prefer it to the fermented or can’t afford the fermented because of job loss. This would be a great alternative.
But according to your article, it will only be available for a short time, did I read that right? I have trouble with CLO liquids so this would be a great answer for me. But I don’t want to get started taking it and liking it, if I am unable to get more than one bottle.
It’s definitely a short term supply. Who knows what might happen in the future though. If there is an overwhelming demand for it, it may convince the manufacturer to start making it again.
If Premier isn’t actually closing its doors, maybe I’ll give it a try and hope it makes a comeback then. I love what CLO does for me – I just can’t tolerate the taste so after I finished my last bottle in June I sorta quit taking it. I can tell the difference in my eyes and my skin without it, though. If it just didn’t taste so bad – and then a couple of hours later it tastes so bad again!