Green Pasture Cod Liver Oil

Update 3/13/2012: This giveaway is closed and the winners have been notified. Thanks for entering! You can buy Green Pasture cod liver oil on Amazon or on their website.

OK. I’m going to do it. Let’s talk cod liver oil.

Before you scrunch up your face and go “Eww!”, read on. I’m going to tell you a little bit about the health benefits of cod liver oil and why it’s so good for us (it’s a superfood, folks!), what it’s done for my husband and I thus far, why I recommend only this brand, and the best and least painful way to take it. And at the end of this post, you’ll have the opportunity to enter a giveaway for one of three available Green Pasture $49 coupon codes (that’s a free bottle!).

So Why Is Cod Liver Oil So Good for Us?

Green Pasture Cinnamon Tingle Butter and Cod Liver OilThere are really three great things about cod liver oil.

#1: Cod liver oil contains more Vitamin A and Vitamin D per unit than any other common food. It has three times more than beef liver, which is the next richest source. A lot of us North Americans are deficient in Vitamin D, and research has connected Vitamin D levels with autoimmune diseases, bone strength, blood sugar balance, fertility, cancer prevention, and more.

#2: Cod liver oil is rich in EPA and DHA – crucial omega-3 fatty acids. These essential fatty acids are important for fighting inflammation in the body (and inflammation is a root cause for all those scary diseases we’re fighting, like diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer’s). DHA in particular is important for proper brain and nervous system function.

#3: Cod liver oil also contains small amounts of Vitamin K, which is important for strong bones and healthy blood clotting.

But hey, don’t take my word for it:

“Doctor Price was right, as usual. Cod liver oil is very good for you, more than you ever knew. Research studies ranging from 1918-2001 give cod liver oil an A+ rating…There is hardly a disease in the books that does not respond well to treatment that includes cod liver oil, and not just infectious diseases but also chronic modern diseases like heart disease and cancer. Cod liver oil provides vitamin D that helps build strong bones in children and helps prevent osteoporosis in adults…Many of the conditions addressed by cod liver oil are considered related under the title Syndrome X. These include obesity, hypertension, insulin resistance, adult onset diabetes and stroke.” Source.

It really comes down to this. Moving towards real food is a never-ending process, but taking cod liver oil is an easy way to get yourself on track today.

What Cod Liver Oil Has Done for My Husband and I

We’ve been taking the Cinnamon Tingle butter and cod liver oil consistently for about two weeks now. Here are the changes in our health that we can report in this short period of time. This is just us, to reiterate, but I’m sure you’ll notice your own health changes:

  • Increased energy. It’s no secret that, at the moment, I’m in the midst of dealing with some thyroid and adrenal issues naturally. A side effect of those issues is that I typically feel exhausted beyond all measure around 4:00pm. So this is when I’ve started taking my cod liver oil. The result? No fatigue. This is such a huge win for me. If you’ve ever dealt with chronic fatigue, you know what I mean.
  • Increased weight loss. Since I’ve started taking the cod liver oil, I’ve seen a pick-up in my weight loss efforts. This could be directly related to the cod liver oil, or it could be a side effect simply because I’m not as hungry when I’m taking the cod liver oil (healthy fats will do that to you)!
  • Less headaches. My husband has reported having less headaches. And actually, a couple times he’s been in the midst of a headache, taken some cod liver oil, and the headache goes away.

We’re, overall, feeling better. I have a lot of healing to do still, and I can tell the difference cod liver oil is making.

Why the Only Brand I Recommend Is Green Pasture

We’re all about real food in our family. So why should we settle for anything less when it comes to cod liver oil or any other supplement (there’s a reason the good stuff costs a bit more)?

Simply put, Green Pasture is fermented cod liver oil, processed in a traditional way, which preserves all the nutrients.

“Cod liver oil was always fermented until 1850, when we learned to render. If heated, we could extract oil in a day instead of fermenting, which takes 6 months. They didn’t understand oxidation and that they were cheating the system, so as we started to industrialize fish oils, we lost a lot of the nutrition…Making fermented cod liver oil is taking it back to its historical roots. Throughout history FCLO was commonly used, and people knew what it did and that it was important without understanding nutrients. I don’t think regular cod liver oil is even the same product that was revered for centuries.” Source.

OK, So, How Do You Like…Eat It?

First of all, when it comes to the Cinnamon Tingle flavor, if you’re worried about taste – don’t be. It’s really not that bad, folks. It’s a gel-like texture that slides down smoothly and leaves a cinnamon after-taste. You’ll be fine, I promise.

My Husband Taking Cod Liver Oil for the First Time

With that said, it’s not like eating peanut butter from a jar. There is a technique involved to make it the most enjoyable experience possible. Here’s what my husband and I suggest:

  1. Get a recommended amount (the recommended amount is on the bottle) on a butter knife. We just eyeball it.
  2. Scrape the cod liver oil off the butter knife with your teeth. Obviously, if you have kids, you may not want to use a butter knife (probably a spoon is best, which we tried and didn’t like as much) – but we’re just feeding us adults, so we can lick all the butter knives we want.
  3. Swallow it with some water like you’re taking a pill.

Quick and painless, and a lot of times I don’t even taste anything.

How to Win a $49 Coupon to Green Pasture

I have three $49 coupon codes, each good for a free bottle of cod liver oil from Green Pasture, to giveaway! 

To enter the giveaway, just click on the button below and enter your name and email address. That’s it!

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You have until Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 12:01am EST to enter the giveaway. The winners will be chosen randomly (via Random.org) and notified at that time. You’re welcome to post comments/questions on the post here, but they won’t count as entries. Giveaways on The Home Life {and Me} are open to US residents only who are 18 or older.

I purchased Green Pasture Cinnamon Tingle butter and cod liver oil as a consumer, and then contacted Green Pasture to do a giveaway of three $49 coupon codes. I was not compensated in any way – money, products, or otherwise – to do this product review and giveaway, and all opinions are my own. For more information on my disclosure policy, click here.

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Comments

  1. says

    You’re brave. I bought the chocolate and I can’t tolerate it. I tried swallowing like a pill too. BLECH. But I do take the capsules. I need to get back to taking this regularly. I also have thyroid issues and I’m not on meds. I’d love to know how you’re dealing with that issue naturally.

    • Lisa Morosky says

      Yeah, I’m due for a post on it I think.

      Just in the last couple months have I seen a real breakthrough – and I think it has something to do with being really, really specific about our diet and getting all the trace amounts of things out (we’ve been without grains, sugar, soy, and processed foods for awhile, but there were lingering bits of those things indirectly getting us, I think) and being deliberate with the cod liver oil (and a Standard Process thyroid/adrenals therapy I’ve been on – laid out for me by my chiropractor husband!) and probiotics. I’m definitely in a “healing” phase right now – it won’t be this nuts forever, I hope. :)

  2. Jeff says

    Thank you for the information above. I’ve read about cod liver oil and high vitamin butter oil in Dr Prices book and it is also mentioned in the 4 hr body book i’m currently reading which turned me on to this supplier for this supplement. I wasn’t aware that the industry lost site of using “fermented” oil , vs plain cod liver oil – due to food processing (imagine that), so that is very interesting. I also like that I can get both in once capsule. The more I learn about health, the more I agree with Kevin T’s statement “science is not better than nature”

  3. Drema says

    Lisa – Thanks so much for your recommendation and your article!

    I have become debilitated with chronic fatigue I’ve had for 14 yrs. The severity it’s reached is directly related to almost all foods I eat & there are many foods that DEFINITELY put me into a coma-like sleep & cause brain swelling for days. The foods that are fine to eat for me are green beans, peas and beef, grapefruit, kiwi, and bananas. I’ll look into the diet you are trying. Grains for me are awful – especially corn. Rice, beets, all potatoes, all berries, all citrus (except grapefruit), chocolate, all nuts. I even went right into a coma like sleep from homemade by me: basil using only basil and olive oil! YIKES!

    I just ordered Green Pastures Cod Liver Oil and I’m looking forward to starting it. Just for your own information did you know that 99% of vitamin C in health food stores are corn derived?

    Also, I asked Green Pasture what their capsules were made out of and they replied vegetable cellulose (which I’ve heard before working in the nutraceutical industry for 12 years.) I thought that meant it was made from certain vegetables. It’s made from pine – like a pine tree! If you have allergies to pine it would be no good. I bought the liquid and I’ll chase it with

    • Lisa Morosky says

      I hope the cod liver oil is helpful for you, Drema! I DIDN’T know that about vitamin C. But luckily I get my supplements through my husband’s chiropractic office, and they’re all whole foods based. But – yikes!

      Thanks for asking what the capsules are made of. I figured that was the case. I personally prefer the gel. It really isn’t too hard to get down! :)

      • says

        Aloha Lisa -

        found your site while researching green pastures. have been wanting to invest in their product for @ a year. wisdom teeth extraction crisis is pushing me hard to get my health/dental health back. I have struggled w/low thyroid/fibro as some of posts.

        in my internet health search this week I was reminded of importance of amino acids in everything (and minerals -soil is so leeched of minerals)
        just before oral surgery…shaking like a leaf, I prayed- “Lord what do I need the most afterwards” I rifled thru my box of vitamins and pulled out a new bottle of L-Glutamine I’d bought on sale thinking I might need and put it on the counter.
        After I came to, I began healing protol and meds and googled L -Glutamine and according to these and other sites its brilliant in repairing the body after surgery and athletic workouts. On day 3 after oral surgery I began taking amino acid powder in juice and double dose of L- Glutamine and noticed dramatic improvement in health, stamina and emotional well being.
        I thank God I heard that “still small voice” of His Spirit pre- op.
        http://www.moodcure.com/
        http://www.soselist.org/amino%20acid%20guidelines.htm

        also found great help with teeth from http://www.calciumtherapy.com

        Sharing this in hopes it might help others. ps. Lisa, I’m about to purchase a bottle of Skate Oil tablets (my research on that says its amazing for teeth) any other products you’d recommend purchasing? are there any cooking uses for their products?
        glad I found your blog
        blessings in Christ Romans *:37-39
        much aloha from O’ahu

        • Lisa Morosky says

          Thanks for sharing all of this!

          I haven’t tried skate liver oil. I’ve mostly stuck to cod liver/butter oil (which is what I get from Green Pasture). As far as cooking uses, I don’t think so (I know I wouldn’t cook with their cod liver oil!). :)

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