What to buy and how much to take?
Choose a reputable brand and ideally one that also contains antioxidants like astaxanthin to keep the oil from oxidizing. Fermented cod liver oil is also available by some brands. This means that the livers were fermented to produce more vitamins and make it more digestible prior to the oil being extracted.
The Weston A. Price Foundation recommend the following doses of cod liver oil:
- Children age 3 months to 12 years: A dose of cod liver oil that provides about 5,000 IU vitamin A daily and 500–1,000 IU vitamin D. This is equal to about 1 teaspoon of regular cod liver oil or 1/2 teaspoon of high-vitamin cod liver oil. Check the brand’s label; you may need to give a child as little as 1/8 of a teaspoon.
- Children over 12 years and adults: A maintenance dose of cod liver oil that provides about 10,000 IU vitamin A daily and 1,000–2,000 IU vitamin D. This is about 2 teaspoons of regular cod liver oil or 1 teaspoon of high-vitamin cod liver oil, but again the amount varies by company.
- Pregnant and nursing women: A dose of cod liver oil that provides about 20,000 IU vitamin A daily and 2,000–4,000 IU of vitamin D. This is about 4 teaspoons regular cod liver oil or 2 teaspoons high-vitamin cod liver oil.
How to make cod liver oil more palatable?
Mix with a small amount of juice, lemon water, a smoothie, apple sauce, yogurt, almond butter or anything you prefer or choose that will help disguise the slightly fishy taste. While good brands will not add flavor enhancers and more, some will add a natural extract such as mint or lemon.
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