Fermented Cod Liver Oil

Why I Take Fermented Cod Liver Oil

Why I Take Fermented Cod Liver Oil

Tara Carpenter, NC.

Holistic nutrition for digestion; specialized in yeast overgrowth. 

Originally published on October 7, 2017.

Note: I am not an affiliate for Green Pastures. I simply believe in the products and am a Group Buyer to bring Central Vermont residents this oil at a wholesale price.

Fermented cod liver oil (FCLO) contains fat-soluble nutrients like Omega-3 (DHA/EPA), Vitamin A/D; nutrients that many of us lack, especially as we get older or have digestive issues. If you have been pregnant you will prize this food even more as it can replenish the stash of fat-soluble nutrients your body gave to your growing baby. 

Where I live in New England, we often have cold weather with limited sunshine. I keep fermented cod oil on hand for my family to take year-round. This daily practice brings me peace of mind, knowing everyone is getting what they need and I get the pleasure of a thumbs up from the dentist each 6 months that the boys and I go for a cleaning – not 1 cavity since we started on FCLO 🙂

FCLO Benefits

  • Eliminates toxins
  • Stops tooth decay
  • Balances blood sugar
  • Increases fertility
  • Improves digestion
  • Reduces risk of heart attack
  • Relieves joint stiffness
  • Repairs wounds
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Relieves autoimmune diseases
  • Great for oil pulling
  • Grows healthy babies with strong teeth and bones
  • Prevents brain issues like dementia, ADD, and autism
  • Calms nervous system
  • Balances hormones
  • Builds strong bones by promoting calcium absorption
  • Boosts unborn baby and children’s fast-growing brain when mom takes during pregnancy and/or breastfeeding (or add to bottle).

Most teeth, digestive, heart, joint, bone, and other health issues can be connected to a deficiency in Omega-3 and Vitamin A/D. FCLO is rich in these fat-soluble vitamins …. all in one bottle.

How it’s made, makes a difference

Modern day cod oil from the health food store is not always up to par and so my recommendation is that if the label is other than Green Pasture then take a close look at the ingredients and how it is made. Most cod oil is made with high heat, solvents, bleaching, and deodorizing; all of which extend shelf life and yet are not great for us. Such modern processes can destroy the delicate, fat-soluble vitamins in traditionally made cod oil; the very fats you are after for in the first place for their healing properties.

The good fats that are harmed from these modern processes are often replaced with synthetic versions of the fats A, D, and E and this is a concern due to toxic nature of fake vitamins that can more easily build-up in the body. A whole food source like FCLO is recommended to supply natural vitamin A/D as has other nutritional co-factors that work synergistically …. there, I got my geek on.

Green Pastures 

Green Pastures ™ makes fermented cod liver oil like great grandma did. No heat and is a raw ‘living fatty food’ the body can understand and metabolize/digest. This family-owned company tests each batch of FCLO for heavy metals and toxic contaminants and works with sustainable fishermen. The oil comes in various flavors (cinnamon, orange, chocolate) and forms (capsules, liquid, balm) and if you have tooth or bone decay, I highly recommend the Royal Butter Blends for quick and effective results.

How My Family Takes Fermented Cod Liver Oil (FCLO)

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4 replies on “Why I Take Fermented Cod Liver Oil”

Fermented cod liver oil is the traditional way to go. Basically, anytime a food is fermented, its nutrients increase 10-fold. To get geeky on you, the lacto-fermentation (method used to make FCLO) breaks down the vitamins (like A & D) into much smaller molecules that are easily absorbed in your digestive lining (mouth on through to intestines). So you get more for your buck and possibly need less of it cuz of its potency. It’s also a raw food so without the fermentation it wouldn’t be stable.

Another way of looking at this is to take milk and ferment it into kefir. The casein (milk protein) and lactose (milk sugar) will be broken down/pre-digested in the fermentation process. So, someone who is sensitive to dairy may tolerate fermented dairy.

Why is fermented better than plain cod liver oil? If you could find a cod liver oil that wasn’t processed with solvents, etc. would it be as good as the fermented variety or is there something that fermenting it gives you that plain doesn’t?

The main difference between flax oil and FCLO is that flax seeds don’t contain fat soluble vitamins. That’s your A, D, and K. No plant food does. Some plants have some vit. K in it but not vit. A and D. Which all work synergistic-ally in your body. Here’s a link that talks more about all this

It’s by one of my fave bloggers. She’s evidence-based. Which comes in handy with stuff like this.

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