Fermented cod liver oil is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins A and D. It is important for everyone to use fermented cod liver oil, more so pregnant women and kids. The benefits for kids are many and include:
Source of Vitamin D
Vitamin D is available in only a few types of food, most of us get our vitamin D from the sun. However, there are many places in the world which do not receive adequate sunlight, especially during winter seasons. Vitamin D is essential in the formation of strong healthy bones and this is very important for growing kids. A vitamin D deficiency in kids is likely to cause rickets. Apart from brittle bones in kids, deficiency may also result in dental problems, osteoporosis, and a weak immune system.
Source of Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3 fatty acids can help kids avoid juvenile arthritic symptoms and conditions. They also greatly enhance brain formation and function in kids. Fermented cod liver oil helps in the development of joints in kids and decreases inflammation. It also slows down enzymes that destroy bone cartilage in kids with arthritic symptoms. Fermented cod liver oil has a calming effect on kids suffering from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and is even used as a prevention measure against developing the condition. Studies have shown that the omega-3 acids found in fermented cod liver oil improve attention and focus in kids who regularly take it.
Addition of omega-3 fatty acids as a dietary supplement has been shown to greatly improve kids’ immune systems.
Source of Vitamin A
Kids need retinol (a natural animal form of Vitamin A) for the development of the retina of their eyes. This greatly improves their eyesight and avoids blemishes in the eye.
Natural and Safe
The difference between processed cod liver oil and fermented cod liver oil is that the fermented one is full of natural nutrients. The processed one contains synthetic minerals which are at times not very useful for kids’ bodies. Some of the processed ones have also been shown to contain carcinogenic dioxins, polychlorinated biphenyls, and other harmful substances.
Fermented cod liver oil has been shown to reduce cholesterol levels in kids. This is very important especially for obese kids. It also relieves and even protects against middle-ear infections in children. This in effect means kids who take fermented cod liver oil regularly need fewer antibiotics to fight off ear infections and any other infections.
Studies have also indicated that regular intake of fermented cod liver oil prevents against blood clots in children and adults. Such blood clots may cause stroke and heart attacks. Cod liver oil is very effective in the prevention and treatment of psoriasis. It is also very effective in reducing high blood pressure. Additionally, it has also been shown that fermented cod liver oil aids in the correction of some birth defects. Pregnant mothers are advised to regularly take fermented cod liver oil to prevent such defects.