In our grandmother or even great-grandmother's day, a daily spoonful of cod liver oil was given out to all the children in the family. You might think this is old fashioned with no place in today's home but that is not so.
There was logic in granny's reasoning when it came to caring for your health - and your joints in particular.
Cod liver oil is rich in omega-3 fats
But today too many people consume foods that are actually high in omega-6 fats. Omega-6 fatty acids are the most common polyunsaturated fat consumed in the US diet. The top three sources of omega-6 fat in the American diet are soy bean oil, cotton seed oil and corn oil. You'll find them as key ingredients in margarine, mayonnaise, salad dressings, snack foods, processed foods and fast foods. They are even high in so-called health foods such as granola and veggie burgers. There are two key dietary omega-6 fatty acids, one found in plants, called linoleic acid and the other is found in animal foods, arachidonic acid. A diet high in omega-6 fatty acids can lead to serious inflammation problems including arthritis and more.
Cod liver oil helps restore a balance between omega-3 fats and omega-6 fats
And you don't have to take a fishy tasting spoonful – you can swallow a tasteless and odorless capsule containing pure cod liver oil that is both easy to take and inexpensive to buy. Carlson's cod liver oil is one suggestion for those of you in the USA while Seven Seas pure cod liver oil extra high strength with vitamins D and E is available for those living in the UK.
Professor Bruce Caterson (from the School of Biosciences at Cardiff University) says: “There is evidence to show that taking cod liver oil can relieve the pain of osterarthritis and help prevent the degradation of cartilage
". He recommends taking one gram daily from the age of 45 and not to wait until you actually start to feel the pain of osteoarthritis.
Other research studies show cod liver oil to be anti inflammatory, helping those who suffer from arthritic pains
to reduce their dependence on anti-inflammatory drugs. Anti-inflammatory drugs with their unwanted side effects and long term harm are largely prescribed with the aim of relieving pain associated with arthritis rheumatoid or osteoarthritis.
There are benefits from cod liver oil for people of all ages
1. Fighting off disease.
2. Increasing Vitamin D levels.
3. Slowing down the effects of ageing.
4. Keeping the body, heart and mind a well oiled machine to stop depression and improve thinking and motor skills.
5. Improving the health of patients after surgery.
6. Improving heart health and preventing heart disease.
7. Improving bone and eye health.
8. Avoiding the symptoms of menopause while fighting osteoporosis.
9. Preventing disease and other health problems in children - such as diabetes.
Keep mobile and in better health generally with cod liver oil.