It is said that fishermen used to fill a barrel with cod livers and salt water, let it ferment for up to a year then consume the oil or apply it to their skin. This doesn't sound appealing but research indicates these were very smart fishermen.
Cod liver oil contains certain fatty acids that prevent your blood from clotting easily. These same fatty acids have also been proven to reduce pain and swelling.
Cod liver oil contains vitamins A & D in addition to omega 3 fatty acids which can help with:
wounded skin (when applied to the skin)
reduced mortality for all cancers
damaged hair and nails
boosting your immune system
regulating blood sugar
lowering blood pressure
proper embryonic development
boosting brain power
lowering high triglycerides (by 20% to 50%)
and much more!
Some research even indicates that cod liver oil aids in weight loss....although I'm not sure this has been proven.
The following doses have been studied in scientific research:
- For lowering triglycerides: 20 mL of cod liver oil per day.
- For high cholesterol: 30 mL of cod liver oil per day.
- For lowering blood pressure: 20 mL of cod liver oil per day. WebMD
Of course, you should do your own research and consult your doctor before you begin taking any supplement including cod liver oil especially if you're pregnant. However, based on my research, the benefits of taking it are astounding. Now, this doesn't mean you should continue to eat junk food and count on a supplement to fix your problems. I'm a firm believer in a healthy diet. If you maintain a healthy diet/lifestyle and take a supplement like cod liver oil, my opinion is, you're giving your body a fighting chance. Don't wait until you're older and wish you had. If you're already older, don't say it's too late. It's never too late to fuel you're body correctly.