Cod Liver Oil Benefits and Uses

Some of you may be old enough to recall when children had to swallow a spoonful a day of cod liver oil as a vitamin supplement. In a current small study conducted at Cardiff University in Wales, people with severe osteoarthritis who took cod-liver-oil capsules for 12 weeks showed dramatic reductions in enzymes that cause cartilage damage and joint pain. Thus, the researchers claimed to have proven that Grandma was right about the oil, and hailed it as an arthritis breakthrough and a way to reduce the rising demand for joint replacement operations.

Osteoarthritis, the breakdown of the cartilage that cushions the joints, causes pain and stiffness in millions of people as they grow older. Cod liver oil, rich in omega-3 fats, is believe to counter inflammation, so some people with another form of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis (an inflammatory disease), take fish oil supplements to help re-duce symptoms.

If you have arthritis and want to see if fish oil helps, try cod liver oil and see if it helps. Even if it turns out that fish oil doesn't help, there are other known benefits it can provide.

The main distinction between cod liver oil and fish oil is that cod liver oil is very high in vitamin D. In warm weather, the sunshine produces high and usually sufficient levels of vitamin D without any supplementation necessary. Consequently, consuming cod liver oil in the warm weather months or climates in not recommended as this can result in an excess of vitamin D in your system and consequential complications. Conversely, in cool weather, your body needs more vitamin D, and so it is recommended that you take cod liver oil versus other types of fish oil in cool weather months or climates.

A suggested rule is to take cod liver oil from autumn to early spring and fish oil from late spring through the end of summer. Adjust accordingly the closer or farther from the equator you live.

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