Top 5 Immune-Boosting Supplements: Cod Liver Oil

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  1. Great, yes. we all need cod liver oil, but how on earth do you get little kids to take it? I’ve tried all varieties available at Whole Foods – tangerine gummies, strawberry capsules, mango syrup etc. all received with a flat ‘NO’ HELP

    1. Sophie,

      That’s a hard one. I am lucky that my daughter willingly takes it, because she knows it’s important for healing. We do have some days where she flat out refuses, and I either compromise with her and find out what she would like as a ‘thank you’ for taking it (maybe a special meal) or give her another healing food like frozen fish eggs to replace it. I know the most successful method is to add it to a smoothie. Many smoothies that include milk and banana hide the taste well. A great healing smoothie for those with less delicate stomachs is milk, a raw egg yolk, frozen banana, honey or maple syrup, berries, cod liver oil, and occasionally greens.

      I hope that helps a bit!

  2. I really need to get some more cod liver oil before winter to support my vitamin D needs. I had been on it a while but not as regularly as I probably should have been, and found that it really helped eliminate my SAD symptoms. And knowing that it can also help with healing dental carries is great news! Thanks for sharing this information!

    1. You’re welcome Amy! I find we have to take an extra D supplement to increase our D levels enough in the Michigan winters. I’m glad cod liver oil works for you!

  3. I tried to take whole food supplements, but they contain so many of the foods I am intolerant to that they gave me trouble. Any thing else you would suggest? I feel dizzy when I stand up without a multi-vitamin and Vitamin B supplement, but I just can’t handle the ingredients in the multi-vitamins yet.

    1. A balanced diet that includes fermented foods with every meal is a great start. Fermented foods help break down fibers in the food to make nutrients more available, assist in digestion, and help absorb nutrients from your food. Eating organically, locally, and seasonally will also help to ensure foods have more nutrients.

      Here are the food supplements I recommend starting with: Great food sources of B vitamins are organ meats and muscle meat of animals (pastured are best) and kombucha. A popular store-bought brand of kombucha claims high levels of multiple type of B vitamins, and I definitely notice a huge boost in energy when I have a glass of kombucha.

      It’s a big topic, but I hope that I gave you some info to get started with.

  4. I bought some fermented cod liver oil, and my toddler refuses it of course. Have you tried fermented oil into a smoothie? If you put it on your child’s belly or bum, will they walk around smelling like it?

    1. We have tried it in smoothies, and it’s not too bad with the Cinnamon Tingle flavor. That’s how many people take it.

      If you’re going to rub it on you little one’s skin, you will definitely smell it. Apply it before bedtime, and the smell should either disappear by morning or you can pop your munchkin in the tub if need be. All of the nutrients will have absorbed overnight.

    1. Individual recommendations will vary based on your level of nutrient deficiency, health symptoms, digestion, and diet. I know of doses that range anywhere from the recommendations on the bottle of 1/2 teaspoon daily to 1 tablespoon a day. I recommend rotating it in with other nutrient-dense foods that provide the same range of nutrients like wild fish, fish eggs, and liver from pastured animals.

  5. Hi Jennifer,
    My almost-5-yr-old with severe tooth decay and tooth structure loss refuses to take the chocolate CLO/BO. I have 4 bottles on hand! I filled capsules which she still refuses even though she can swallow them when filled with a probiotic. So today, she allowed me to rub some into her skin twice. I know the skin is an amazing organ and absorbs what is placed on it. But I want to be 100% certain she is absorbing all the benefits of both oils. Do we know if this is so? I want the benefits to be systemic, not just topical, and to definitely aid in the healing of her teeth. Thanks for your thoughts.

    1. Her body will absorb the nutrients through her skin, but I don’t have any hard data as to how much. She will likely get either the same concentration or more, because you can bypass her compromised digestion system and avoid any maldigestion issues. The most important thing is to make sure she’s getting the correct co-factors into her system to utilize the fat-soluble nutrients like Vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, and Vitamin D and that you are working on healing her digestion to be sure that she’s getting the much needed nutrients.

      1. Thank you! Yes, I rub magnesium gel into her skin daily, and she takes Vit D3 drops. I’m not too successful with getting her to take what the rest of us feel is delicious – Vit C chewables. Here in Ohio, we cannot get raw milk, but she is now drinking non-homogenized, low-pasteurized, grass-fed milk (as close as we are able to get to the real thing). She also is eating raw cheese and some grass-fed raw cheese (a bit drier).

        Now, to the gut healing. I made a wonderful pot of bone broth from pasture-raised chicken… and I left it out overnight by accident! About 10 hours too long! Do I toss it and start over again??

        Thank you for your link on gut healing. I have never read anything on this subject more well-outlined, organized, & informative. I will read further and delve into your additional links, but for now, are probiotics helpful?

        1. Please share your thoughts on leaving bone broth out overnight. The chicken used was organic and pasture-raised. Does that make a difference? Thanks!

        2. Sorry my reply is so late for your broth question! I can’t usually get to them right away. I have left my broth out many times by mistake and just bring it to a rolling boil the next morning for a minimum of 5 minutes. Many people don’t refrigerate it but leave it on the stove and reheat it each day, so I feel safe doing it once in awhile.

          You’ll find a post on probiotics in the series on healing digestion. 🙂

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