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Nutrition and Fitness » Benefits and Risks of Cod Liver Oil

Cod liver oil is extracted from cod fish liver. It is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acid, Vitamin D, Vitamin A, EPA and DHA. It is given for the betterment of arthritis condition and given to children to prevent rickets.

Benefits of cod liver oil:

• Cod liver oil is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids which has an anti-inflammatory property. This helps to cure symptoms of arthritis, maintain brain functioning and prevents allergies.

• Cod liver oil has Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) which is a fatty acid good for eye vision, proper functioning of nervous system and glowing skin.

• Cod liver oil also contains EicosaPentaenoic Acid (EPA) which does wonders for the cardiovascular system by reducing inflammation and it also works as a natural anti-depressant.

• Cod liver oil is rich in vitamin A that is needed to maintain a healthy immune system, better eyesight and healthy skin.

• Vitamin D in cod liver oil helps to maintain strong and healthy bones.

• The fatty acids in cod liver oil helps to decrease LDL in our body.

Risks of Cod liver oil:

• Large doses of cod liver oil leads to high blood pressure.

• Increased dose of cod liver oil suppress the immune system hereby increasing the risk of infection and disease.


• The cod fishes are obtained from oceans which have the possibility of being polluted with toxins like mercury. This problem need to be considered.

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