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We started taking cod liver oil a little over a year ago, and currently it’s the only supplement we take regularly.
I’m not necessarily against supplements, but my goal this year was to get the vitamins and minerals we need primarily through our food.
I’ve had bad experiences in the past with multi-vitamins making me nauseous. I suspect that part of the reason was that the vitamins weren’t in the proper proportions to be best assimilated by my body.
Our local dairy farmers explained to us that raw milk contains every vitamin, all in the proper proportions for assimilation! A glass of raw milk is a “supplement” (and a very filling, delicious one) all by itself! You’ll see in a bit why raw milk is a particularly good match for cod liver oil.
Why is cod liver oil our non-food supplement of choice?
Cod liver oil contains lots of DHA (aids in the functioning of a healthy nervous system) and EPA fatty acids, as well as Vitamins A and D.
Here are just a few highlights about these vitamins, although they have many more benefits:
Vitamin A– Helps your body digest protein, builds healthy blood and bones, and acts as an antioxidant.
Vitamin D- Also an antioxidant. Strengthens the immune system and is important for mineral absorption to build strong bones and teeth. According to this article, Vitamin D regulates calcium in the blood; if there isn’t enough of this mineral present, it will be drawn out of your bones.
For this reason, it’s important to take Vitamin D supplements (such as cod liver oil) with calcium. So have a glass of raw milk with your meal when you take cod liver oil!
We’re currently each taking a capsule of Carlson’s cod liver oil at dinnertime. Because we receive less Vitamin D from the sun during this darker season of the year, taking a daily capsule is particularly important.
To learn more about cod liver oil and to see a list of recommended brands (not all have the beneficial ratios of vitamins and fats) visit the Weston A. Price foundation.