Last year, researchers at the Children’s National Medical Center found that children who suffered from asthma and seasonal allergies were 20 times more likely to be Vitamin D deficient than children who didn’t suffer. Likewise, recent study results presented at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology demonstrated that Vitamin D supplementation helps prevent seasonal allergies and also makes symptoms go away more quickly.
As helpful as these studies are, I’m not a fan of taking nutrients in isolation. That’s not how they’re found in nature, and we’ve amassed plenty of evidence over the last few decades to demonstrate that nutrients don’t work in isolation. Rather, they work synergistically with the other nutrients present in food. When we take individual nutrients in isolation, we often create systemic imbalances in our body.
For example, consuming too much calcium can block iron absorption. Taking iron supplements can block copper absorption. Too much Vitamin C can block your body’s absorption of B-12. Rather than attempting to balance these and other isolated nutrients in a complicated dance of interactions we are only just now beginning to unravel or understand, wouldn’t it make more sense to simply give your body food?
For this reason, I’ve always encouraged people to get their Vitamin D from sun exposure and eating superfoods — those foods which naturally concentrate the nutrients you may be deficient in. Perhaps the best known, but least enjoyed, Vitamin D superfood on the planet is cod liver oil. Unfortunately, not all cod liver oils are created equal.
Until recently, I believed that the only cod liver oil on the market free of synthetic vitamins A & D was Fermented Cod Liver Oil. This wonderful superfood is made using traditional methods and naturally concentrates the vitamins found in cod liver oil through a fermentation process. It’s absolutely amazing stuff, made with integrity by a family in Nebraska, and still the cod liver oil I’d recommend first to anyone who asks.
I took fermented cod liver oil religiously for a long time. I thought I was a pro at taking it. My kids and I had all picked out our favorite flavors.
And then I got pregnant. The smell. Oh my! The smell! It gagged me, made me nauseous. No matter what tricks I tried, I just couldn’t get my pregnant self to swallow the oil. So, I figured I could take the capsules.
But WOW! In order to take enough fermented cod liver oil in capsule form while I was pregnant, I’d have to take 20+ capsules a day. (I don’t remember the math right now, but the number was really that huge.) I did it at first, but then I cringed at the cost. I wasn’t made of money.
High Vitamin Cod Liver Oil to the rescue!
If you’re looking for an inexpensive alternative to fermented cod liver oil capsules, consider taking Premier’s Quantum High Vitamin Cod Liver Oil capsules instead. These are the capsules that were recommended by the Weston A Price Foundation for more than a decade.
This completely natural cod liver oil is rich in real (not synthetic) Vitamins A & D, as well as the essential Omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA. Produced without harmful solvents, deodorants, or bleaches, Premier’s Quantum High Vitamin Cod Liver Oil is also regularly tested for mercury, PCBs, and other toxicity. It goes without saying that this oil is free of any toxins.
Sadly, Premier no longer makes these capsules!
The good news is that you can still find these babies if you look hard enough, although they’re almost always in super-limited quantities as retailers sell out the last of their remaining stock.
Where to find Premier’s Quantum High Vitamin Cod Liver Oil
Thankfully, one of my sponsors, Radiant Life, has them in stock. If you want them, though, you have to act quickly. That’s because Radiant Life only has a couple thousand bottles of these capsules left.
When they’re gone, they’ll be gone forever.
(photo by mcfarlandmo)