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Cod liver oil is the ultimate dietary supplement, find out why

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Chanshimla Varah | Updated on: 15 Nov 2018, 06:02:37 PM
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New Delhi:

Cod liver oil is a dietary supplement extracted from the liver of cod fish or Gadidae. It is one of the best sources of omega 3 fatty acids which is the only fat you don’t want to cut back on. Found in nuts and seeds, omega 3 fatty acids are one among the two fats the human body cannot produce. Cod liver oil contains high amounts of vitamin A and vitamin D.

And for a long time, this healthy oil has been used not only as a health supplement but also for treating diseases such as rheumatism, rickets and other vitamin D deficiency-related diseases.  In fact, cod liver oil is one of the heathiest superfoods, dietary supplements there is, proving to have many health benefits.

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These are hence, some of the many possible health benefits of cod liver oil:

  1. Abets cognitive performance: Vitamin D has long been associated to have its link in improving cognitive performance. Since vitamin D is richly found in cod liver oil, they can help improve the cognitive performance. An experimented conducted on rats given cod liver oil experiencing chronic stress, anxiety behaviour showed an improvement in the cognitive impairment in these rats.
  2. Helps reduce inflammation: Since, we already know that cod liver oil treats diseases such as rheumatism, it should be fairly obvious that this supplement can also reduce inflammation.And scientists have also reported discovering anti-inflammatory also known as cannabinoids which have a medicinal marijuana like effect in omega-3 fatty acids. 
  3. Helps fight arthritis: Another inflammation related disease that cod liver oil can prevent is arthritis. The use of marine oils, such as cod liver oil, has been found to treat rheumatoid arthritis. Older people ingesting this marine supplement showed a relief in pain, tenderness, and stiffness with this supplementation.
  4. Can be used to treat tuberculosis: Cod liver oil can also be used to treat one of the prevailing deadly viruses. One historical review from 1848, published in the British Medical Journal showed that cod liver oil could be an effective supplement/treatment option for tuberculosis (TB).
  5. Cod liver oil is the right kind of fat: One of the only fats you shouldn’t be worried about ingesting, the omega 3 fatty acids found in cod oil promote skin health, increase vitamin, mineral absorption, and also boost the immune system.Eating this healthy fat with a meal will help slow the breakdown of carbohydrates into sugar, keeping blood sugars levels stable. 

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Cod liver oil can also be used to treat age-related muscular degeneration, repair wounds and also prevent coronary atherosclerosis among many others.

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First Published : 15 Nov 2018, 06:01:00 PM