You may have heard the slogan, “from farm to table,” but have you heard the words “from sea to bottle?” That is the saying for Dropi Cod Liver Oil. Fresh and pure from the cold and clean waters stretching between Greenland and Iceland, this brand of cod liver oil is newer to our store, but one of the most popular yet. This superfood is cold pressed and unrefined, meaning it has not gone through the heating or processing that would strip it of vital nutrients. There are a lot of cod liver oil brands out there today, so in this post, we are going to explore the benefits of the Dropi Cod Liver Oil brand and why it is superior to most.
As our website states, some key features of Dropi Cod Liver Oil include:
- No heat, no fermentation, no solvents
- Cold-pressed fresh with each day's catch
- Available in liquid and capsules
- No artificial ingredients
- No synthetic vitamins
- Trace amount of rosemary and natural tocopherol added as an antioxidant to maximize shelf life
- Fished sustainably and responsibly
This precious food is also packaged in a dark glass bottle, which keeps it protected from the light. And if the thought of swallowing fresh fish liver oil makes you squirm, or gag, or both, don’t worry, Dropi CLO comes in capsule form too! In addition, various flavors are offered, such as ginger, mint, and fennel.
There are so many health benefits to taking cod liver oil, especially that which is unrefined, and responsibly sourced, as Dropi is. Probably the most well-known, is its high concentration of vitamins A and D in their animal form. Vitamin D3 is critical for overall immune function and well-being. Especially with shorter winter days ahead and not as much sunlight exposure, it is so important to be getting adequate amounts of vitamin D each day. Vitamin D also helps the body to absorb calcium as well as retain muscle strength and function. Studies have shown that having an abundance of vitamin D in your daily diet will also help with the prevention of various types of cancers, such as breast cancer and colon cancer. (1) Dropi Cod Liver Oil offers 360 IU of Vitamin D per teaspoon serving, which is 96% of the daily recommended value.
Vitamin A, on the other hand, is known for maintaining healthy eye and brain function. For women, adequate stores of vitamin A are necessary for healthy reproduction. In addition, Vitamin A helps the vital organs of the body, such as the heart, lungs, and liver, to work properly. (2) Dropi Cod Liver Oil is high in Vitamin A with 3650 IU per teaspoon serving.
Another benefit of Dropi Cod Liver Oil is its omega 3 fatty acids, of which there are 1150 mg per spoonful. Omega 3 fatty acids aid in the reduction of overall systemic inflammation in the body. Inflammation is a natural process, which alerts the body of any injury or infection. Inflammation, when working as it should, is a very good thing. But when inflammation becomes chronic, continuing at a low level for a very long time, it can cause a host of symptoms and issues all over the body. That is where omega 3 fatty acids come in. According to the Advances in Nutrition academic review journal (3), “omega 3-fatty acids in cod liver oil may reduce chronic inflammation by suppressing the proteins that promote it. These include TNF-α, IL-1 and IL-6.” Systemic inflammation really is at the root of most chronic conditions, so getting to the heart of the matter is key. Without calming and reversing the inflammation, none of the illnesses or symptoms resulting from the inflammation will go away on their own.
The omega 3 fatty acids also help assist in the prevention of heart disease, joint pain and rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, and support good, healthy bone growth. Omega 3 fatty acids are known to reduce blood triglycerides by 15%-30%, as well as lower blood pressure. They can also help raise HDL cholesterol (the good kind), and prevent plaque buildup in the arteries. (4)
One more benefit, but surely not the last one, is the benefit cod liver oil has on mental health. Again, the omega 3 fatty acids can reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression by lowering inflammation levels in the brain. (5)The omega 3s also work together with the vitamin D in cod liver oil to combat depression and other seasonal affective disorders. All in all, cod liver oil can help with brain and mental fog, clarity, and overall increased mood. (6)
There are so many benefits to supplementing with cod liver oil. And as I stated above, with Dropi there are also a number of different flavors, as well as capsules, so that no one has a reason not to take it because of taste.
In closing, I thought I would share a few of my tried and true tips and tricks for swallowing that fishy goodness, if you are going to go for the most bang for your buck and get the liquid.
My favorite way to take cod liver oil is with a big glass of kombucha on the side. I usually will have my spoon in one hand and the kombucha in the other. One, two, done! Typically, I find that the faster the better when trying to swallow it down. I have tried mixing the cod liver oil in various kinds of foods, but unfortunately that taste just takes over everything.
If you have a favorite way to take your cod liver oil, or a not so favorite way, leave it in the comments section below!