Cod Liver Oil began showing up in the fishing communities of Norway, Scotland, and Iceland in the middle of the 19 th century according to Jordan Rubin in his book “The Great Physicians Rx”. They endured harsh winters with long periods of darkness in some of the most remote places in the world. During illness they turned to cod liver oil because they had learned over the years that its medicinal properties were a natural effective remedy for many infections that ailed them. By the 1890’s cod liver oil was used in many illnesses and also used by adults who suffered from arthritis believing it lubricated their joints.
One of the most important fats we should consume is omega 3 fatty acids, which is found in cod liver oil. Omega 3 fatty acids are highly concentrated in cold water fish such as salmon, sardines, herring, blue fish, lake trout, mackerel, sable fish, white fish, blue fin tuna, anchovies, and as well as in cod liver oil.
Cod liver oil also contains EPA, DHA, Vitamin A, and Vitamin D which benefit us by:
EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) – is great for the cardiovascular system and helps reduce inflammation throughout the body. Also works as a natural stimulant.
DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) – is also a fatty acid which is vital for good eyesight, healthy nervous system, and healthy skin.
Vitamin A – helps maintain a healthy immune system, helps resist bacterial and vital infections, and is beneficial for eyesight and healthy skin.
Vitamin D – help maintain strong and healthy bones.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids – have anti-inflammatory properties which help relieve symptoms of arthritis, improve brain functions, reduce stress, prevent allergies, relieve asthma, and help with learning and behavioral problems.