|Fermented Cod Liver Oil: More powerful, bioavailable and nutritious than regular cod liver oil
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To answer that, let's look at what the head of the Weston A. Price Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to restoring nutrient-dense foods to the human diet through education, research and activism says.
Its President Sally Fallon Morell spoke about the differences between regular high-vitamin cod liver oil and super-nutritious fermented cod liver oil. She said, “Throughout history, cod liver oil was traditionally processed via fermentation, and not processed with heat. The fishermen would throw the livers into a barrel, add a little sea water, and then leave it to ferment.”
Today, almost all cod liver oil is processed by heating it; except for Green Pastures fermented cod liver oil, which is traditionally prepared…but without using old-fashioned barrels. The benefits of raw foods and fermentation are well known and established. Fermented cod liver oil has thousands of times more nutrients and thus is much more nutritious and has more bioavailability than traditionally processed cod-liver oil.
Dave Wetzel’s blog (founder of Green Pastures -- which provides high-quality sacred-food oils just as they were made by Nature prior to the industrialized food and farming revolution) shares some of the following information about why fermented fish oils (cod liver oil and skate liver oil) are better for us. These are some excerpts.
Source: Green Pastures
According to Sally Fallon Morell of the Weston A. Price Foundation, most brands of cod liver oil go through a process that removes all of the natural vitamins. The resultant product contains very low levels of vitamin A and virtually no vitamin D.
Some manufacturers add manufactured vitamins A and D to the purified cod liver oil and until recently, one manufacturer added the natural vitamins removed during processing back into the cod liver oil. Fortunately, we now have available in the U.S. a naturally produced, unheated, fermented high-vitamin cod liver oil that is made using a filtering process that retains the natural vitamins. The high-vitamin fermented cod liver oil is sold as a food so does not contain vitamin levels on the label.
However, after numerous tests, the approximate values of A and D have been ascertained at 1900 IU vitamin A per mL and 390 IU vitamin D per ml. Thus 1 teaspoon of high-vitamin fermented cod liver oil contains 9500 IU vitamin A and 1950 IU vitamin D, a ratio of about 5:1.
Based on these values, the dosage for the high-vitamin fermented cod liver oil is provided as follows:
Please note that the fermented cod liver oil contains many co-factors that may enhance the body's uptake and usage of vitamins A and D; in fact, many have reported results equivalent to those obtained from high-vitamin cod liver oil with half the recommended dose, that is ¼ teaspoon or 1.25 mL for children age 3 months to 12 years; ½ teaspoon or 5 capsules for children over 12 years and adults; and 1 teaspoon or 10 capsules for pregnant and nursing women.
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