One of the most common questions I get asked by people interested in health & wellness is : "What supplements do you take and why?" When I was first introduced to the world of health, I found myself incredibly overwhelmed by all the options out there. There was SO much to choose from and every product claimed on thing or another. (want superhero powers? TAKE THIS!} It almost seemed like I needed to take EVERYTHING! It wasn't until I started focusing on my own personal health struggles and digging to the root cause of my symptoms that I discovered that not all supplements are created equal and no two humans are alike. I do not claim to be a doctor, nor do I pretend to be one...I just want to share with you all something that has worked for me!
With all that being said, I wanted to feature a core real food supplement that I take every single day that is SO good for your health!! Cod Liver Oil or Fermented Cod Liver Oil (a.k.a FCLO).
You have probably heard at one time or another how important Omega-3s are for you. What exactly IS an omega-3? Omega-3s are essential fats- your body cannot make them from scratch but must get them from food.
"What makes omega-3 fats special? They are an integral part of cell membranes throughout the body and affect the function of the cell receptors in these membranes. They provide the starting point for making hormones that regulate blood clotting, contraction and relaxation of artery walls, and inflammation. They also bind to receptors in cells that regulate genetic function. Likely due to these effects, omega-3 fats have been shown to help prevent heart disease and stroke, may help control lupus, eczema, and rheumatoid arthritis, and may play protective roles in cancer and other conditions."- Harvard T.H Chan
Ok, we get it, Omega-3s are pretty darn important. But what's with this Fermented Cod Liver Oil??
Fermented Cod Liver Oil is a traditional so called super food. FCLO is made when cod livers are fermented. ( Gross sounding, I know...but it's healthy!) Fermentation is KEY. This allows all those super good fat soluble vitamins (D, A, and K) and beneficial oils to separate from the rest of the liver without damaging the fat soluble vitamins. ( a lot of other fish oils use heat processing which can be very damaging)
"Fermented cod liver oil is a traditional super food that is prepared by old-fashioned methods that preserve the maximum nutritional benefit. Fermented cod liver oil provides much needed omega 3s, and vitamin A and D in proper proportions. It’s certainly worth taking on a regular basis." -Holistic Squid
Benefits of taking Omega-3s/FCLO
Improve & balance hormones
Aid in Depression, Anxiety, & Insomnia
Skin & Hair Health
Superhuman strength!!! ( ok, maybe not)
Side Note: RESEARCH!! Any time you plan to take something internally, do your research! ( food, supplements, ect.) NEVER base your decision off of someone else's advice or opinion without also doing some digging yourself. Read your labels, find out what it does to your body, where it comes from and how it is grown, made, or processed! This is YOU we are talking about. Your body is an amazing machine created to thrive! Take care if it!
Ok, class is over...but how do I get this stuff? Below are 2 brands of fish oil ( one is FCLO, the 2nd is just Cod Liver Oil) that I have personally used and have seen results with. Now keep in mind, this is FISH OIL we are talking about. NOT gummy vitamins. The liquid form, not matter the flavor, is still fish oil. I usually take in really fast and then wash it down with juice or water. I do this because I can make the liquid/gel form last longer than the capsules....but If you can't even stomach the thought of that, try it in capsule form! Also keep in mind that a good quality fish oil is not dirt cheap. This is for a good reason! (you get what you pay for) These are two brands I trust and know are good quality. You can order in bulk with friends for a lower price, or search on Amazon, Thrive Market, Vitacost, Radiant Life, to compare prices (instead of ordering directly from their site).
Green Pasture's Royal Butter/Fermented Cod Liver Oil Blend (I have tried the Cinnamon Tingle & capsules)
Nordic Naturals Arctic Cod Liver Oil (This is a cheaper option! I have tried the strawberry liquid and capsules!)