Cod Liver Oil may seem, well...gross to you and probably to your kids, but this type of fish oil was the go to supplement for better oral heath 80 years ago. Many supplement nay sayers hail Cod Liver Oil as a product they would recommend using http://www.smileusa.com/dental-implants/ in the home because of it's various heath and dental benefits. Here are 3 major benefits of Cod Liver Oil:
It contains high amounts of EPA and DHA (both key players in the family of Omega-3 fatty acids)
High levels of a natural form of vitamin A are found in Cod Liver Oil, which is essential for pregnant women and growing children, especially. Although, not enough is known about the use of cod liver oil during pregnancy and breast feeding, so pregnant and nursing mothers may want to avoid consuming cod liver oil to be on the safe side.
Abounding in vitamin D, a nutrient that most North American people are deficient in, especially those living in cloudier climates with less sunshine (which puts myself, my family and the rest of my Vancouverite neighbours at risk for not getting enough vitamin D). Recent studies have shown a clear connection of vitamin D to the immune system and autoimmune diseases.
Butter Oil (found in combination with Cod Liver Oil), is a key ingredient to re-enameling teeth because it contains certain fats and activating substances that help bond the nutrients in the body to the bones. The butter must come from cows or goats eating rapidly growing green grasses.
*Don't buy regular cod liver oil from the store as it has synthetic vitamins and is likely toxic. It is recommended you/your offspring daily ingest Butter Oil mixed with High Vitamin Cod Liver Oil
The recommended dosage for the high-vitamin fermented cod liver oil is provided as follows:
Children age 3 months to 12 years: 1/2 teaspoon or 2.5 mL, providing 4650 IU vitamin A and 975 IU vitamin D.
Children over 12 years and adults: 1 teaspoon or 10 capsules, providing 9500 IU vitamin A and 1950 IU vitamin D.
Pregnant and nursing women: 2 teaspoon or 20 capsules, providing 19,000 IU vitamin A and 3900 IU vitamin D.
*It's important to strictly follow the recommended doses of Cod Liver Oil as it is possible to overdose.
How can I get my kids to take cod liver oil?
Mix the oil in with your child's juice
Find the best flavour your family likes: cinnamon, mint, lemon, just to name a few flavour choices.
Try emulsified oil, such as Emulsified Mint. It may help it go down easier.
After taking in the oil, have your child take a drink of water and eat something with a strong flavour such as cheese, raisins or even chocolate chips.