You didn’t get to hear my discussion about fermented cod liver oil with Stacy on The Paleo View podcast because we cut the discussion for the sake of time (we are trying very hard to reign in our podcasts and keep them to about an hour). I will summarize for you.Stacy: “Femented cod liver oil is magical.” Sarah: “Ew, gross!” Stacy: “You really should try it!” Sarah: “Ew, gross!” Stacy: “You really should try it!” Sarah “Ew, gross!” Stacy: “You really should try it!” Sarah: “Sigh. I know.”
Fermented cod liver oil is strongly touted by some pretty smart people, like Chris Kresser, Diane Sanfilippo (in her awesome book Practical Paleo), and the Weston A Price Foundation. Green Pastures brand is reputed to be the best (Diane only recommends Green Pastures brand). Given that I am still recovering from a recent lichen planus flare, what did I have to lose?
I was unable to find fermented cod liver oil in stores near me. In fact, they looked at me like I was crazy when I asked if they had it at my local Whole Foods, even though I tried to explain that fermentation was less likely to damage the fragile omega-3 fats while also retaining all the fat soluble vitamins compared to other fish oil processing methods. So, I ordered it online from amazon. I thought I was ordering the straight orange-flavoredGreen Pastures Fermented Cod Liver Oil(I wanted to stay away from the stevia which is added to the Artic Mint and Cinnamon Tingle flavors), but I ended up with orange-flavored capsules (the capsules are made from plant cellulose and don’t contain magnesium stearate, which I am trying to avoid right now).
In just four doses, I have noticed an improvement in my skin (glowing!) and my lichen planus lesions have shown noticeable improvement too (yay!). The capsules are completely painless to take (although more expensive than the straight oil, which I will probably buy next time) and I haven’t had any fish oil burps (this is important!). I intend to keep taking this supplement for a while, but already I can see why it has such a good reputation.