I believe cod liver oil to be toxic. Any benefit these people feel is probably due to Vitamins A and D, which are found in large quantities in cod liver oil and Americans are notoriously deficient in. I would advise you get those nutrients from safer supplements, or preferably whole foods. Egg yolks, beef liver, grassfed dairy and regular sun exposure would be a lot healthier than taking what amounts to oxidized paint thinner pills IMO.
I believe it.
The original "essential fatty acids" were linoleic, linolenic, and arachidonic acids. Now that the toxic effects of those are coming to be recognized, new "essential fatty acids," the omega-3 fatty acids, including those with long chains, found in fish oils, are said to make babies more intelligent, to be necessary for good vision, and to prevent cancer, heart disease, obesity, arthritis, depression, epilepsy, psychosis, dementia, ulcers, eczema and dry skin.
With just a normal amount of vitamin E in the diet, cod liver oil is certain to be highly oxidized in the tissues of a mammal that eats a lot of it, and an experiment with dogs showed that it could increase their cancer mortality from the normal 5% to 100%. Although fish oils rapidly destroy vitamin E in the body, some of them, especially the liver oils, can provide useful vitamins, A and D. In studies comparing fish oil diets with standard diets, these nutrients, as well as any toxins besides fatty acids (Huang, et al., 1997; Miyazaki, et al., 1998) in either type of oil, should be taken into account, but they seldom are.
Last edited by ChocoTaco369; 05-28-2013 at 08:52 AM.
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