Fermented Cod Liver Oil

All The Reasons I Like Fermented Cod Liver Oil

Note: I am not an affiliate for Green Pastures. I am a group buyer to bring this oil to my community at a reduced price.

Fermented cod liver oil (FCLO) contains fat-soluble nutrients like Omega-3 (DHA/EPA), Vitamin A/D; nutrients that many of us lack, especially as we get older or have digestive issues. If you have ever been pregnant, you’ll prize this food even more because it helps replenish the stash of fat-soluble nutrients your body gave your growing baby. 

Where I live in New England it’s often cold with limited sun-shine, so I keep fermented cod oil on hand for my family to take year-round. This daily practice brings peace of mind, knowing everyone is getting what they need. I also have the pleasure of getting a thumbs up when I take my boys to the dentist – not one cavity since we started FCLO 😉 I wrote a post about keeping kids cavity-free here.

FCLO Benefits

  • Eliminates toxins
  • Stops tooth decay
  • Balances blood sugar
  • Increases fertility
  • Improves digestion
  • Reduces risk of heart attack
  • Relieves joint stiffness
  • Repairs wounds
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Relieves autoimmune diseases
  • Great for oil pulling
  • Grows healthy babies with strong teeth and bones
  • Prevents brain issues like dementia, ADD, and autism
  • Calms nervous system
  • Balances hormones
  • Builds strong bones by promoting calcium absorption
  • Great for pregnant/breastfeeding moms when child’s brain grows faster than ever

Most teeth, digestive, heart, joint, bone, and various other health issues are connected to a deficiency in Omega-3 and Vitamin A/D. FCLO is rich in these fat-soluble vitamins …. all in one bottle 

How it’s made makes a difference

ppyThink you’re good with the modern day made cod oil from the health food store? Maybe, but if it’s not Green Pasture look close at the ingredients as most cod oil is made with heat, solvents, bleaching, and deodorizing to extend shelf life; none of which are good for us.

This modern process destroys delicate fat-soluble vitamins found in cod oil – the very ones you are after for healing properties – which means synthetic versions of A, D, and E are added. This is no good for anytime you add a synthetic you need to worry about toxic build-up from fake vitamins. A whole food source like FCLO is recommended to supply natural vitamin A/D as it contains other nutritional co-factors that work in a synergistic way. Got my geek on 🤓

Green Pastures 

Green Pastures ™ makes fermented cod liver oil like your great grandma may have. They don’t heat or process, so it’s a raw ‘living food’ your body can metabolize. This family-owned company tests each batch of FCLO for heavy metals and toxic contaminants and works with sustainable fishermen. The oil comes in a variety of flavors (i.e. cinnamon, orange, chocolate) and forms (i.e. capsule, liquid, balm). If you are dealing with tooth or bone decay, check out the Royal Butter Blends; the best choice for effective and fast results.



How We Take Fermented Cod Liver Oil

Fish Head Stock for Strong Bones

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May all bellies be happy!

4 replies on “All The Reasons I Like Fermented Cod Liver Oil”

Fermented cod liver oil is the traditional way to go. Basically, anytime a food is fermented, its nutrients increase 10-fold. To get geeky on you, the lacto-fermentation (method used to make FCLO) breaks down the vitamins (like A & D) into much smaller molecules that are easily absorbed in your digestive lining (mouth on through to intestines). So you get more for your buck and possibly need less of it cuz of its potency. It’s also a raw food so without the fermentation it wouldn’t be stable.

Another way of looking at this is to take milk and ferment it into kefir. The casein (milk protein) and lactose (milk sugar) will be broken down/pre-digested in the fermentation process. So, someone who is sensitive to dairy may tolerate fermented dairy.

Why is fermented better than plain cod liver oil? If you could find a cod liver oil that wasn’t processed with solvents, etc. would it be as good as the fermented variety or is there something that fermenting it gives you that plain doesn’t?

The main difference between flax oil and FCLO is that flax seeds don’t contain fat soluble vitamins. That’s your A, D, and K. No plant food does. Some plants have some vit. K in it but not vit. A and D. Which all work synergistic-ally in your body. Here’s a link that talks more about all this

It’s by one of my fave bloggers. She’s evidence-based. Which comes in handy with stuff like this.

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