Readers Ask: Cod Liver Oil

Here’s a couple of questions I was asked (granted it was months ago during a giveaway) about Cod Liver Oil.

LaurenS asked:

What brand of Cod Liver Oil do you use (if any)?

Well, believe it or not, I actually have never taken it. I know right?! I’m supposed to be all “eat everything that’s healthy” right? Well, I really started looking into the cod liver oil just as I became pregnant. And then the thought of taking cod liver oil just grossed me out to much to look into it anymore! But, now that I’ve done my research I know exactly what I’ll be taking and plan on purchasing some soon.

I’ll be buying it from Green Pastures. They sell fermented cold liver oil. Why fermented? Well, fermented CLO (yes, I’m getting lazy here. From now on CLO is cod liver oil!) is actually an unprocessed oil while the regular stuff is actually quite processed. And there is the fact that the vitamins A&D are taken out of the regular stuff and synthetic A&D are used instead. Now, I’ve talked about whole foods vs. synthetic vitamins before and the thing is…not only does your body have a hard time absorbing these synthetic vitamins, they can actually be bad for your health as well. The fermented CLO is also not heat treated at all.

They also sell the CLO combined with a high quality butter oil. Weston A. Price was quoted as saying “One without the other did not do his patients justice, but the two together worked like magic”. So basically we’re able to absorb and use more of the nutrients when our diet consists of both! Now, if you already consume a good amount of high quality butter there would be no need for this, but I think most people would benefit from the combo!

(and one more great thing about Green Pastures is that they give a discounted price depending on how many bottles you buy. So if you know others who want to give it a try, buy it together!)

and Becky also asked:

I have read at the Weston A. Price site that cod liver oil doesn’t do much on it’s own, but that it needs to be coupled with a good butter. Due to my son’s life threatening allergy to milk, we can’t “do” butter. Do you have any suggestions for a suitable substitute to pair CLO with?

I don’t, sorry! At this point I’ve yet to come across something else to pair it with. So I’m throwing this question out to the rest of you. Do you know a suitable pair for CLO that’s not butter?

About Donielle

Donielle is an amateur herbalist and natural momma to two littles (with another babe in heaven) after dealing with being less than fertile. She has a passion for nourishing nutrition, natural living, and spreading the word on how food truly affects our health.


  1. WannabeMommy says:

    Very interesting. How are you supposed to take it? Do you drink it? Cook with it? Mix it with other foods? Just curious…

  2. I've taken the fermented CLO from Green Pastures in capsules. I actually have a thing about trying to avoid encapsulated supplements most of the time, but.. whew! the idea of fermented fish oil was too much for me, and I wimped out and bought the capsules. My hubby and kids take Green Pastures CLO and they just gulp it right down. I think I could manage the unfermented kind if I had to… however, their butter oil is just too much. I think it's good stuff, mind you, as far as health goes. But MAN! It's got this distinctly rancid smell/taste to it that requires some REAL determination to get it down. I thought maybe we just got an "off" bottle, but I think we're on our third or fourth bottle of the stuff now, and it hasn't improved. So just be warned: if you can't take the taste, DEFINITELY go with capsules.

  3. Carissa says:

    I know this is a bit late, but I have the answer for Becky’s question above. According to Sally Fallon’s chapter in _The Fourfold Healing_, you must take CLO with a saturated fat. Normally this is butter, but it doesn’t have to be: coconut oil, lard, tallow, etc. work equally well as nondairy options.

    donielle Reply:

    @Carissa, Thank You Carissa! I just had someone else ask me this as well, so you’re answer is extremely helpful. :-)