Cod Liver Oil Benefits and Uses
What is Cod Liver Oil?
According to Wikipedia:
“Cod liver oil is a nutritional supplement derived from liver of cod fish. It has high levels of the omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA, and very high levels of vitamin A and vitamin D.”
Cod Liver Oild comes in two forms, oil and capsules.
You should use cod liver oil if you want:
- Healthy and fresh skin
- Strong bones and teeth
- Healthy and strong joints
- To maintain a healthy cardiovascular system
- To maintain a healthy nervous system
- To prevent depression and other mood disorders
- To maintain a healthy digestive tract
What are the Benefits of Cod Liver Oil?
Cod liver oil boasts many health benefits. As aforementioned it is abundant in nutrients like Vitamin A. Vitamin D, Omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA. All these nutrients are extremely imporant for our body. The functions and importance of all these nutrients have been discussed below:
Vitamin A is a very important vitamin for our body as it helps in maintaining a healthy immune system. It protects us against bacterial and viral infections,
Vitamin A is also necessary for good eyesight , healthy skin, and for mucosal linings (and lining of your digestive tract).
It is also required in adequate amount for healing many skin and digestive disorders.
One of the most important role of vitamin D is to help in calcium absorption. In this way it is necessary for making bones and teeth strong and healthy. It strengthens our immune system, and reduces the risk of developing autoimmune conditions.
Vitamin D helps regulate your blood sugar levels, and thus helps prevent type 2 diabetes. It also prevents high blood pressure and it even decreases the risk of almost every type of cancer.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids:
Omega-3 Fatty Acids boast anti-inflammatory properties that help in relieving the symptoms of arthritis. They also ameliorate the brain function and decrease stress. They also help in learning and behavioral disorders including bipolar syndrome. They can be really helpful in the prevention of allergies, asthma etc.
EPA (EicosaPentaenoic Acid):
EicosaPentaenoic Acid is actually a fatty acid that helps maintain a healthy cardiovascular system and reduces inflammation in your body. It also boasts anti-inflammatory properties that help in relieving the symptoms of arthritis. EPA has also been found to prevent depression.
DHA (DocosaHexaenoic Acid):
DocosaHexaenoic Acid is also a fatty acid that is essential for maintaining a healthy nervous system, skin and good eyesight. It is also a natural anti-depressant, so it can prove to be really useful for people who suffer from intermittent or chronic depression.
According to some studies, having DHA regularly while you are pregnant helps in proper development of your baby’s nervous system and it also prevent depression during pregnancy. It also helps in avoiding postnatal depression.
[ NOTE: Please consult your doctor before taking anything during pregnancy. ]
So in short, cod liver oil helps prevent serious health problems like cancer, diabetes, arthritis, musculoskeletal pain, kidney problems, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.
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