8 Health Benefits of Cod Liver Oil
Last updated on August 5, 2012
The idea of consuming cod liver oil may seem disgusting, but there’s a reason that your grandparents and great-grandparents swore by it: it’s just plain good for you.
If you don’t want to take it by the spoonful, you can take it in capsule form.
Here are 8 health benefits of cod liver oil:
Rickets (weakening of the bones caused by lack of sunlight and lack of vitamin D) was a big problem for children in the 19th century and that’s why cod liver oil became a popular supplement for children in those days – it was taken as a cure for rickets. That’s because cod liver oil is an excellent source of vitamin D which is essential for bone health. In fact, cod liver oil has higher levels of vitamin D than fish oil. Rickets might not be a common problem in today’s world, but everyone needs stronger bones and cod liver oil may help.
Cod liver oil contains omega-3 essential fatty acids, including DHA (docosaHexaenoic acid), which are beneficial for skin health. It also contains vitamin A, which helps to prevent aging, fights acne, and protects against sun damage.
The DHA and other omega-3s in cod liver oil help to maintain healthy eyesight. The vitamin A it contains is also essential for eye health and helps to prevent certain age-related eye conditions such as macular degeneration.
The essential fatty acids in cod liver oil help to reduce chronic inflammation that can lead to arthritis, chronic pain, heart disease, cancer, and other diseases. Research has found that it has positive effects on rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
The essential fatty acids in cod liver oil can help your body to maintain healthy cholesterol levels, which in turn leads to a decrease in the risk of heart attack and stroke. It also lowers blood pressure and thins the blood, which prevents dangerous blood clots from forming as well as clogging of the arteries.
One study in Norway found that women with cancer who took cod liver oil every day significant reductions in mortality rate, with a 45% reduction in the mortality rate for women with lung cancer and 25% reduction in all cancers combined.
Research has found that people with multiple sclerosis have higher rates of deficiency of omega-3 fatty acids and omega-6 fatty acids compared to people who don’t have MS. Many experts recommend that MS patients take cod liver oil supplements every day in order to help halt its progression. It is also believed that supplementing with cod liver oil early in life may help to prevent developing MS later in life.
Omega-3 fatty acids, especially DHA, are crucial for the brain. Mother’s milk contains DHA and it is crucial for the development of a baby’s brain in the first year of life. Those who do not get enough DHA have poor cognitive development compared to babies who do. As children get older, a lack of DHA may be connected with ADHD and poor academic performance. Adults need DHA to keep their brains in shape and to prevent age-related cognitive decline.