Side Effects From Cod Liver Oil
by Kevin T. Lee
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Cod liver oil entering North America has to meet strict AOAC standards for freshness,
potency and purity by an independent, FDA-registered laboratory. These pure liver
oils must be free of any detectable mercury, cadmium, lead, PCB's and dozens of
To protect the oil from light, it's packaged in dark glass bottles. Some manufacturers
will even replace the air in the bottle with nitrogen to avoid any oxidative damage to
This fish oil is high in vitamin D. Depending on the brand of cod liver oil, one teaspoon
of oil may contain up to 1200 iu of vitamin D. Vitamin D if a very important vitamin.
It helps your body metabolize calcium and phosphorus. These 2 elements help your
body create strong healthy bones.
Your body can make vitamin D from sun exposure. Thirty minutes in the sun for half
an hour can allow your body to create up to 12,000 iu of vitamin D.
If you spend a lot of time in the sun and you're also taking vitamin D supplements
(including cod liver oil), there's a possibility you may suffer an overdose of vitamin D.
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin and any excess vitamin D is not eliminated and
stored in your fatty tissues and liver.
The only way to know your vitamin D levels is by getting your blood check by your
doctor. Symptoms of vitamin D overdose includes nausea, vomitting, and
This fish oil also contains vitamin A. Recent medical reports suggest pregnant women
and women planning to become pregnant avoid high levels of vitamin A to avoid birth
defects. One teaspoon of cod liver oil can contain 700 - 1200 iu of vitamin A. The
recommended daily allowance set forth by the National Institue of Medicine for adults
is 700 - 900 iu per day.
Like other fish oils, you also get omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3 fatty acids have been
shown to reduce your risk of clots by making your blood thinner. This may affect any
medications you take for high blood pressure, anticoagulants, and any heart
medications. Consult your doctor before taking cod liver oil to see if it will affect any
medications you're taking.
This oil has many benefits for you. Safe and intelligent use will prevent any side
effects from cod liver oil and provide you with the health benefits you seek.
About The Author
Kevin L. owns a website on the health benefits of fish oils, tea
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There are many health benefits of
taking cod liver oil. This healthy oil is
packed with omega 3 fatty acids and
is a natural source of vitamin A and
vitamin D. Cod liver oil contains more
vitamin A and vitamin D per weight
than any other food on the planet.
One question to ask is, "How pure is
your cod oil?" The main concern is if
there are any contaminants in your
oil. To ensure purity, any cod liver oil
entering North America must pass
standards set forth by the AOAC
(Association of Analytical
Communities). The AOAC is a
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