100yrs ago our society depended on grass fed beefs and wild fish. Today a diet with adequate amounts of fish is diminishing. Your probably saying to yourself, “I don’t like fish,” that is because you were never brought up eating fish or “fish is too expensive!” Which in most cases is. Another thing that keeps people away from fish is mercury poisoning. Well, mercury poisoning is a problem but in a very small population.
The benefits of fish is not only high quality protein but is an essential fat and loaded with vitamin A and vitamin D! Fish fat, also known as Omega-3 fatty acids (good fats), are the top nutrient dense foods you could consume!
Omega-3 fatty acid benefits are:
- Production of testosterone
- Reduce stickiness of blood platelets reducing blood clots and thrombosis
- Protect and grow a healthy brain. DBA, a fatty acid found only in fish is an essential component of the brain, and is needed for brain development, especially during the late stages of pregnancy. DHA fatty acid also found in fish oil, is very important for children and nursing mothers since it affects learning ability.
- Reduces inflammation after workouts, within muscles and joints and is very beneficial for those with rheumatoid and osteoarthritis arthritis or most of us now as just plain old arthritis.
- Builds cell membranes.
In recent years omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to protect people from heart diseases and is showing promise in cancer therapies and prevention. Did we have cancer and heart disease 100+ years ago? Yes, but not like today. Years ago when fish was a corner stone in Americas diet, disease, if inevitable, was pushed off into the golden years. Today people who never were genetically prone to having a heart attack are now having them and at even younger ages. For instance, the over use of cooking oils… they are absolutely terrible for us (though taste good) because our bodies have such a hard time breaking them down for fuel. Now half an ounce of these fats would be fine but in reality you can’t cook a stir fry with only half an ounce. Our bodies become over loaded and we can’t use it as immediate fuel. The build up makes our bodies a toxic environment, leading to depression, mood swings, more laziness, bringing about heart disease, diabetes, obesity, cancers and others. Who wants this? Luckily people are finding alternatives to cooking oils like coconut oil.
Cod liver oil also contains Vitamin D. Now unless you are standing in your underwear in the sun then most likely you are lacking vitamin D. Vitamin D deficiency could cause heart disease, chronic pain, Fibromyalgia, hypertension, arthritis, depression, inflammatory bowel disease, obesity, PMS, Crohns Disease, cancer, MS and other autoimmune diseases.
The Vitamin D Council also has stated that Vitamin D deficiency can also cause stroke, osteoporosis, muscle weakness, muscle wasting and birth defects. Now again.. who wants this?
If you are not into working out hard and good nutrition…fine, but think about your kids and your overall health. Cod liver oil is the key component to helping you and your kids develop into self sustaining humans. So, take a shot of cod liver oil in the morning. You will thank me when your 80 years old!