Cod liver oil capsules are dietary supplements that can be taken for several reasons, the greatest health benefit for cod liver oil supplements lays in the omega-3 fatty acids contained in the supplements which helps your body in a number of ways. Regular consumption of omega-3 fatty acids can help reduce your risk of heart diseases or even allow you to get over depression.
Cod liver oil is different to the regular fish oil supplements, it has a more pungent taste and contains more vitamin A and D. Due to the strong fish taste, cod liver oil would often be found in capsules form to make it easier to consume.
Here’s how to take cod liver oil supplements.
Take one or two capsules of cod liver oil once or twice a day depending on the dosage and the size of the capsule itself which depends on the manufacturer and you can find those information on the box. Usually most brands of cod liver oil capsules come in equivalent size which is the size of a teaspoon of fluid and due to the contained vitamin A, D and E in cod liver oil supplements you shouldn’t overdose and stick to the daily allowance detailed in the container.
Take the capsule with meals and drink a small amount of water with it to facilitate digestion in order to break down the proteins and lipids found in the oil and absorb it properly.
If your cod liver oil supplements don’t contain vitamin E, make sure to consume vitamin E supplements of 400 milligrams with the cod liver oil supplements. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant and it is oil soluble like the fish oil so it will help to reduce the oxidant stress cod liver oil place on your body.
Avoid taking cod liver oil if you are pregnant because some brands may contain significant levels of vitamin A which should be keeps under limits while pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Diabetics should consult their doctor before taking cod liver oil supplements as the supplement can cause a spike in blood glucose levels.
If you have high blood pressure and using medications for that, consult your doctor if it is OK to take cod liver oil supplements as the oil helps to lower blood pressure naturally and if combined with the medication that can cause your blood pressure to go too low.
Do not take cod liver oil supplements while taking other supplements that contain vitamin D, E or A as that can form a stress on your liver to eliminate from your system.