The Benefits of Cod Liver Oil and Algal Oil
Our Cod Liver Oil Capsules provide you with Omega 3, which contains DHA and EPA, along with other important vitamins. With all its benefits sealed inside an easy to swallow softgel capsule, it’s a convenient way to ensure you reach your daily recommended dose. Alternatively, we offer Vegan Algal Oil Capsules for those who follow a vegan/vegetarian lifestyle or to those who choose not to consume fish. Our intake of omega 3 comes from our diet, as our bodies do not produce it, so with a diet lacking or low in fish it can be hard to consume enough. Continue reading to explore all the benefits of our omega 3 products, and see for yourself why this supplement is an essential part of your daily diet.
Omega 3 fatty acids, present in both Cod Liver Oil and Algal Oil, are potent anti-inflammatories, antioxidants and anticoagulants, so have dozens of potential health benefits including helping to reduce inflammation following injury, supporting healthy bones, joints and skin, improving sleep quality, counteracting painful periods and PMT, lowering the risk of certain cancers, fighting stress and anxiety, improving autoimmune responses, reducing the symptoms of high blood pressure, arthritis and diabetes and lowering cholesterol.
Along with Omega 3, Cod Liver Oil also contains Vitamin A and Vitamin D3. Vitamin A may offer a range of benefits, including aiding eye sight. Studies have shown that consuming or supplementing with Vitamin A can help to prevent night blindness (Nyctalopia), as it can be caused by a lack of Vitamin A (1). Vitamin A is a component of rhodopsin, located in the retina of the eye which is very sensitive to light. Another benefit, especially important during this time, is its ability to help support the immune system. The vitamin helps to maintain our body’s natural defences, including mucous barriers in your eyes and lungs which trap bacteria, keeping infectious agents from entering our body. Vitamin A also aids the production of white blood cells, which can clear bacteria from the bloodstream (2). Vitamin D3 is sourced mainly from the sun. Supplementing with Vitamin D ensures you receive a daily dose, important when living in countries that don’t see sunshine all year round. Benefits include helping to regulate and control the body’s ability to absorb phosphorus and calcium, two important compounds which provide bone density and strength, as well as maintaining normal blood calcium levels and aiding the absorption of calcium in the small intestine. Another significant benefit of Vitamin D is the effect that it has on our mood. Many people suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, meaning that their mood may be lowered during the winter months. This could be due to reduced Vitamin D synthesis having an effect on certain hormones that are related to feelings of depression. Like Vitamin A, Vitamin D also contributes to supporting the immune system. Cells of the immune system are capable of synthesizing and responding to vitamin D. T-Cells respond well to increased level of Vitamin D, which helps to protect against pathogens (3, 4).
Our vegan Algal Oil Capsules are a sustainable and environmentally friendly way to source omega 3, and an ideal alternative to fish or cod liver oil without any fishy smell or aftertaste. Algal Oil also contains Vitamin E alongside Omega 3. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant. It can help to protect the immune system by reducing free radical damage that leads to oxidative stress, which will slow the aging process of your cells (5). Taking a supplement with both omega 3 and vitamin E together offers a perfect solution to help support your body’s antioxidant defence system.