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Cod-liver oil is an ancient sacred food with real benefits that we as modern people would find extraordinary.
We are surprised at its healing capacity only because foods of such profound therapeutic value are quite rare these days.
Yes, there are many brands claiming to be the real thing. However, I think the hale and hearty Vikings of old would emphatically disagree. You see, real cod-liver oil is the one made with a high regard for keeping intact its vast multitude of beneficial compounds. Every company out there will tell you how pure, fresh and potent their product is; almost none are anywhere near as good as claimed.
The Vikings of course, only had one way of making cod-liver oil. They kept a covered barrel outside the door and tossed fish livers in there when they brought home the day's catch. As the weeks passed and the livers fermented, the liquid fat portion, being lighter, would rise to the top. This was carefully skimmed off, highly prized as a food for maintaining vitality. It also had good keeping capacity and did not easily spoil.
What passes for cod-liver oil these days would raise the eyebrows of any respectable Viking. The phrase 'Molecularly distilled to preserve freshness and ensure purity' would probably get you some good belly laughs if you dared to try and explain it to them!
For months or even years, I devotedly included every one of the products below in my diet. I was convinced cod-liver oil benefits were an important part of keeping healthy. Looking back, in my naivete, I spent a lot of money on useless products.
Dale Alexander brand was the first one I used. It tastes so bad that it surely validates the idea that this sacred food is vile tasting stuff. I took it on faith for a couple of years, 30 years ago. The acrid burning sensation at the back of my throat attested to the massive amount of rancid compounds in this product. The fact that I continued to take it attested to massive denial and ignorance of what constitutes quality. I tried all their different flavors including an emulsified version. Pure garbage - it may not be on the market any more but if you see it - stay away!
Pharmaceutical grade from Norway; this was obtained by a colleague of mine who was in the supplement business, and an expert at finding the very best products. A pleasant nutty flavor characterized this one. It was not obtainable for long. While it felt very pure, it did not produce noticeable health benefits that I could attribute to taking it.
Carlsons Cod-Liver Oil: I used this one for a number of years. It had no rancid taste and seemed of decent quality, however again, I did not notice any distinct benefits. As well, at the time, I was attempting to heal a cavity in one of my teeth and unfortunately did not see any results at all.
Nordic Naturals Cod-Liver Oil: A popular brand these days. I used their cod-liver oil for a few months. It was tasteless and totally lacking in character. It had no impact whatsoever on my well-being.
This company emphasizes how 'clean' their product is. Their 'multi-patented manufacturing process' filters and molecularly distills all the toxins AND all the health benefit right out of this one.
Green Pastures Butter Oil / Fermented Cod Liver Oil Blend: I used to recommend this one and it is better than all of the above - HOWEVER, to be totally honest in my Cod Liver Oil reviews, I will confess I no longer recommend it.
There is a MUCH higher quality product which I now have made available for you:
NOTE: I no longer recommend 'fermented' Cod Liver Oil - it contains compounds that can exacerbate inflammation.
There is no way to 'ferment' fats and oils - when 'fermented' they really ROT and DECOMPOSE.
I recently tossed my remaining stock of Fermented Cod-Liver Oil / Butter Oil Blend in the garbage and took the loss.
I refuse to sell you any product that is not the BEST of its kind.
Here is the EVCLO (Extra Virgin Cod Liver Oil) we now carry - oil from freshly-caught cod extracted from the liver immediately once the boat comes in - only during time of year when it is best, and immediately refrigerated. I keep it frozen 'til shipping:
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