Benefits of Cod Liver Oil

Cod liver oil, which is obtained from the livers of codfish, is rich in vitamins A and D, and in omega-3 fatty acids. As a supplement, in either capsule or liquid form, it supplies the important fatty acids EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). EPA is used by the body to produce prostaglandins, hormone-like substances that help reduce stickiness of the blood, making it less prone to develop blood clots and thrombosis. EPA also reduces triglyceride levels and high blood pressure. These combined effects can significantly reduce the risk of heart disease, and the mortality of those who have already suffered a heart attack. DBA, a fatty acid found only in fish oil, is a vital component of the brain, and is needed for brain development, especially during the late stages of pregnancy. DHA is very important for children and nursing mothers since it affects learning ability. It provides an important supplement to a vegetarian diet. DBA is also produced in the body trom linolenic acid, which is found in linseed oil and evening primrose oil.

Pure cod liver oil has been a traditional remedy for both rheumatoid and osteoarthritis arthritis. The first written reference to its use as the best cure for arthritis was made by a Dutch doctor in 1849 and since the turn of the century modern science has been actively studying its benefits.

Cod liver oil was found to lubricate the joints and reduce the dryness and friction in the joint bones that cause the pain and inflammation of arthritis. Unlike normal fats, which are first absorbed by the liver, the tiny droplets of cod liver oil go directly into the blood and can readily reach the joint linings. In these linings, cod liver oil is converted to mucin and hyaluronic acid, two by-products that thicken the joint fluid and help prevent bone friction at the joints. Cod liver oil has also gained a reputation for helping to cure other conditions, such as dry eyes, dry ears, dry skin, bursitis, hair loss and arteriosclerosis.

Cod liver oil is available trom health food stores and pharmacies.

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