Friday, December 7, 2007

Herb of the Week - Cod Liver Oil

Chloe and I both take CLO for our skin, but it has so many other great benefits that I've come to realize that we all need to be taking it for our health. Cod Liver Oil is one of the most reliable and concentrated food sources of four nutrients that are essential to your health: DHA, EPA, vitamin A, and vitamin D. These four nutrients are needed for:

  • Healthy skin

  • Strong bones and teeth

  • Healthy joints

  • A healthy cardiovascular system

  • A healthy nervous system and prevention of depression and other mood disorders

  • A healthy lining for your digestive tract

DHA is a fatty acid that is essential to the health of your nervous system and eyes. EPA is a fatty acid that promotes a healthy cardiovascular system and decreases inflammation throughout your body. Vitamin A is necessary for proper vision, healthy skin, and strong mucosal linings, including the lining of your digestive tract. Vitamin D is essential to maintaining strong bones and teeth. It enhances the strength and efficiency of your immune system.

I have heard many personal testimonies from friends who say that CLO cured their dry skin and/or eczema. Dry skin is a particular problem for my little Africans. They need skin lotion at least daily to avoid becoming ashy. I have just started them on the CLO as well, after hearing from so many friends who were able to cure their dry skin from the inside out with CLO.


Nealy said...

Wow, that's good to know. I always associated CLO as that wicked medicine the moms of one or two generations before forced on their kids who received it with great protest. (1) How does it taste (2) how do you give it to the kids (3) how do YOU take it? You know me: I'm looking for the capsule!

Ginger said...

We (Chloe, Isaac, Maya, Elena, and I) all take the capsules. I haven't bought the liquid yet, but that's what the babies will be taking. I've heard that kids don't seem to mind it - they make it in flavors (lemon, orange, strawberry). The daughter of a friend of mine takes the capsules and chews them up. I can't imagine!

Tiany said...

Great post, we take a table spoon of the stuff daily here at out home. The benefits far out-way the horrible taste and feel of it going down. Yuck! LOL

You have such a beautiful family, you are so very blessed!!!


MommaofMany said...

I have used a bottle of CLO once with my kids, but haven't been able to get it from my co-op again. Care to share your source?


Ginger said...


I get mine at the local health food store. I live in a big city, so there's lots of options for me.