Not all cod liver oil is made from cod livers…
Cod liver oil made from 100% Arctic cod livers is an excellent source of omega-3 essential fatty acids (EPA+DHA). This oil has a long history of use and great cultural importance for the people of Scotland, Ireland, northern Europe, Iceland, and Newfoundland, where it is consumed to treat a variety of ailments and maintain good health.
However, some people are not aware that almost all ‘cod liver oil’ products on the market are not actually made from cod!
Cod Liver Oil: Your Questions Answered
What’s the difference between fish oil and cod liver oil?
Cod liver oil is extracted from cod livers, whereas fish oil is extracted from the body flesh of fish. Both are excellent sources of the omega-3s, EPA and DHA, but in different ratios: Arctic cod liver oil has about 9% EPA and 14% DHA, whereas fish body oil provides about 18% EPA and 12% DHA.
Another difference is that cod liver oil contains small amounts of naturally occurring vitamins A and D. For example, the natural vitamin A found in Nordic Naturals’ Arctic Cod Liver Oil liquid averages 650–1500 I.U. per serving.
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