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I've been using Carlson Cod Liver oil for more than ten years now. I appreciate that every lot is tested for potency and purity, ensuring the highest quality essential fatty acids and vitamins with no traces of metals and other environmental pollutants. A mild lemon flavour makes it easy to take on a daily basis.
Cod liver oil promotes and supports:
A strong and healthy cardiovascular system, particularly a healthy heartbeat and clean blood circulation.
A healthy brain and nervous system, especially important if you suffer from depression or other emotional disorders.
Optimal night vision.
A balanced and strong immune system.
Strong bones and teeth.
Healthy joints, particularly helpful if you suffer with arthritis.
Healthy skin and mucosal linings, including the lining of your digestive tract.
Cod liver oil is one of the most reliable and concentrated food sources of four nutrients that are essential to your health: DHA, EPA, vitamin A, and vitamin D.
DHA is a fatty acid that is essential to the health of your nervous system and eyes. It is vital to preventing depression. If you suffer from intermittent or chronic depression, this is one nutrient that you want to get every single day. If you want to get pregnant or are pregnant, you need to eat foods with DHA on a regular basis in order to support proper development of your baby's nervous system and prevent depression during pregnancy and after the baby arrives.
EPA is a fatty acid that promotes a healthy cardiovascular system and decreases inflammation throughout your body. Its anti-inflammatory properties makes EPA especially helpful to people who suffer with arthritis. EPA is also closely linked with your emotional health, with many studies showing that it plays a strong role in preventing depression.
Vitamin A is necessary for proper vision, healthy skin, and strong mucosal linings, including the lining of your digestive tract. Many skin and digestive disorders cannot fully heal without a reliable supply of vitamin A.
Vitamin D is essential to maintaining strong bones and teeth. It enhances the strength and efficiency of your immune system, which decreases your risk of developing autoimmune conditions. Vitamin D helps your body regulate its blood sugar levels, playing an important role in preventing type II diabetes. Finally, vitamin D is one of several nutrients that are necessary for preventing high blood pressure.
For the past twenty years, Carlson has been providing exceptionally high quality cod liver oil by using only cod that are harvested from clean arctic waters off the coast of northern Norway. These cold ocean waters contain the ideal nutrients for the growth of healthy cod, rich in the nutrients mentioned above.
During the fishing season, cod are gathered and brought to the fishery everyday, where workers immediately remove the liver oil from the liver tissues. Many other types of cod liver oil are not made on a daily basis because they come from cod that are caught by large boats which are out on the ocean for 1-2 weeks, making it impossible to make as fresh a product. This is an important point, as the freshness and nutritional content of cod liver oil depends largely on how quickly the oil is removed from the liver tissue.
Carlson uses a special steam extraction process that produces a super high quality oil that doesn't have a bad taste or smell like some other varieties. As soon as the oil is produced, it is put into 2.5 ton containers that have nitrogen pumped into them. Nitrogen is necessary to remove any oxygen in the containers, another important step that is taken to maximize freshness, as oxygen can damage the valuable fatty acids in cod liver oil.
Ultimately, purified cod liver oil that is rich in nutrients and naturally occurring antioxidants is bottled in Norway and nitrogen-sealed, which ensures that there is no air in the oil or bottle. Many other providers of cod liver oil have it shipped to the U.S. in large drums, to be bottled later to save on costs. Having the cod liver oil bottled in Norway is another step taken to ensure freshness, eliminating the potential for problems that could come up during storage or shipping.
I appreciate that Carlson Cod Liver Oil is regularly tested using AOAC international protocols for purity and potency by an independent, FDA registered laboratory. These tests regularly confirm that Carlson Cod Liver Oil is free of detectable levels of mercury, cadmium, lead, PCBs and 28 other contaminants.
If you are anxious about the taste, not to worry. Carlson Cod Liver Oil has a natural lemon flavour added to it, which makes it totally fine to take before or during your meals. We prefer to take it right before lunch or dinner in order to facilitate optimal assimilation of the healthy fats and fat-soluble vitamins in the foods that we eat.
Please note that each glass bottle provides 16.8 ounces (500 ml) of lemon flavored Carlson cod liver oil.
If you're regularly on the go or on the road and you prefer gel capsules, I can suggest the following:
Carlson Cod Liver Oil, 300 Soft Gel Capsules