Grandma’s Flu Shot

What did grandma use to boost her immune system and keep the kiddies from getting sick?  Cod liver oil!  Cod liver oil is a source of essential vitamins including vitamin D and vitamin A as well as omega-3 fatty acids, which are critically important for cardiovascular, hormonal, immune, reproductive and neurological health. 

            Vitamin D acts more like a hormone then a vitamin, since it affects neurotransmitters, heart health and inflammation.  Low levels of vitamin D are associated with rickets, osteopenia, cancer, autoimmune disease, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, diabetes, mental illness, rheumatoid arthritis, autism and tuberculosis. (1)

            Vitamin A is an antioxidant that is good for eye related disorders, brain health and fights cancer.  A teaspoon of cod liver oil has about 90% of your daily requirement.  From Dr. Axe, “Vitamins A and D are fat-soluble nutrients often found together in animal foods. Both act like precursors to active hormones, so we produce certain enzymes that convert each of these to active forms the body can use to regulate our immune system. (2) In this case, vitamin A is converted to retinol. Obtaining vitamins A and D together is completely natural and allows these processes to happen in a way that protects us from toxicity.
            Applying cod liver oil to the skin gives a radiant glow after a few weeks.  If you should burn yourself, applying cod liver oil heals the skin immediately with no scarring. 

            Cod liver oil is phenomenal at healing injuries of the eye.  From the British Journal of Ophthalmology, there was a case of a man who had a red hot rivet burn his right eye, so the doctor dressed the wound with a pad soaked in cod liver oil.  The patient was told to re-soak the pad should it become dry and was sent home.  He was seen daily for a week, and after four weeks the lids were completely healed! (13)  In another case, a man had a drop of a caustic liquid hit him in the right eye damaging the cornea and after FIVE DAYS his eye healed and he was able to return to work.

            Cod liver oil is being studied at many universities due to its amazing health benefits.  Research has shown that consuming this oil every day can protect you from ailments such as cancer, diabetes, arthritis, kidney issues, cholesterol and musculoskeletal pain.  Here is a listing of cod liver oil’s many benefits.

            Benefits of cod liver oil:

1.    Lowers risk for cancer, particularly breast cancer (3)

2.    Prevents heart disease, treats high blood pressure and helps balance cholesterol levels and prevents hardening of the arteries (4, 5)

3.    Combats depression(6)

4.    Treat diabetes naturally(7)

5.    Treats rickets and rheumatoid arthritis(8)

6.    Boosts brain development in infants(9)

7.    Maintains bone health(10)

8.    Fights ulcers(11)

9.    Controls asthma(12)

10. Prevents and fights infection(14)

11. Reduces multiple sclerosis(15)


You can take cod liver oil in a caplet form to mitigate the fishy taste.  It is so easy to add to your diet and you only need about one teaspoon per day.  Cod liver oil can act as a blood thinner, so check with your doctor before adding any supplements to your diet.  As always, I am simply offering information, it is up to you to decide what to do with it!

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