In my last post, we've established that fermented cod liver oil is good for you.
But how much cod liver oil do I need to take?
The information out there can be a bit confusing, so I've sifted through it for you, and here's what I've concluded…
In their article entitled Cod Liver Oil Basics and Recommendations, The Weston Price Foundation recommends a varying dosage of FCLO based on the individuals health and needs, stating, “Fermented cod liver oil contains many co-factors that may enhance the body's uptake and usage of vitamins A and D; in fact, many have reported results equivalent to those obtained from high-vitamin cod liver oil with half the recommended dose.”
With that in mind, WAPF recommends the following daily dosage ranges for fermented cod liver oil:
- Children age 3 months to 12 years: 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon
- Children over 12 years and adults: 1/2 – 1 teaspoon or 5-10 capsules
- Pregnant and nursing women: 1 – 2 teaspoon or 10-20 capsules
Understanding FCLO capsules and dosage
One capsule of Fermented Cod liver oil = approximately 1/8 teaspoon, so 4 capsules = 1/2 teaspoon. Note: this is slightly less than the WAPF estimations. So what to do?
In a recent newsletter, I discovered some words of wisdom from Dave Wetzel, owner of Green Pasture (the only company that currently produces and sells fermented cod liver oil):
Most that take the capsules will take 3-6 caps per day. If you are taking the liquid most common range is 1/2 to 1.5 tsp per day”¦ I know some that take 3 tablespoons per day, others do well at 1/2 tsp. All people are different in needs and function.
In the old days we did not try to figure out or deduce FCLO to one or two molecular structures. We got the spoon out and took it. When under stress we went and took out the bigger spoon.
So the gist here is that your dosage will vary based on your current state of health. Use the recommendations above as guidelines, and adjust according to your body's needs. If you are pregnant or nursing, you will need to take approximately double your pre-baby dosage. If you are struggling with dental issues or other health problems (acute or chronic), it is likely that you will need to be in the higher range as well. When in doubt, consult with a qualified health practitioner.
What about the FCLO and high vitamin butter oil combo How much should I take?
If you are taking the liquid or gel blend of the fermented cod liver oil and high vitamin butter oil, you can simply double the dose of what you would take if you were taking the FCLO alone. You get the combo version here.
When it comes to the capsules, however, it's not as easy as multiplying by two. As mentioned above, the FCLO capsule contains 1/8 teaspoon of FCLO – which is equivalent to 500mg. One capsule of the Blue Ice Butter Royal contains 750mg or 1/6 teaspoon of the FCLO and butter oil blend. This means that one cap of the blend contains 1/12 teaspoon of FCLO, so to get 1/2 teaspoon of FCLO you will need 6 capsules of the FCLO/Butter Oil blend. Pregnant and nursing moms and those with health issues may need up to 24 capsules of the blend if they intend to take 2 teaspoons of FCLO with each dose.
Remember, the same rule applies for the blend as for FCLO alone – use these recommendations as guidelines only, choosing the appropriate dose for you based on your health and your body's need. When in doubt, consult with a qualified health practitioner.
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Ok. Now we know WHY to take fermented cod liver oil and how to determine the dose. Up next… Top tricks for getting FCLO down with a smile on your face. Got questions? Shoot them below!