If you choose to boost your body’s essential supply of omega 3 from supplements, both omega 3 and cod liver oil supplements are available. The source could come down to personal preference.
“Cod liver oil is a good source of omega 3 if someone doesn’t like eating oily fish or doesn’t eat it very often,” Linda says. “The recommended dosage is 450 milligrams of EPA and DHA and no more than 100% of the RDA for vitamin A for most people.” Cod liver oil is also rich in vitamins A and D so may be preferred by people wanting to boost their body’s supply of these vitamins. However, pregnant women should avoid cod liver oil as it contains high strength vitamin A.
Omega 3 supplements tend to have a higher dose of DHA and EPA fatty acids than cod liver oil and can be combined with other nutrients, such as glucosamine, which could help joint health. Omega 3 supplements are also suitable for people who don’t like oily fish.
Whether sourced from oily fish, cod liver oil or supplements, omega 3 could help those suffering from heart disease, high blood pressure, kidney disease and glaucoma, as well as diabetes, osteoporosis and cognitive decline.