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Sources of vitamin D for mood support

Cod Liver Oil and Vitamin D will help support mood, especially during winter months. Cod Liver Oil is one of those time-tested remedies, that your parents and grandparents may have talked about. It has been used as a food and medicine for centuries. Reports indicate ancient Vikings would store cod livers in caskets to ferment.

The first official medical documented use of Cod Liver Oil was in 1789 when a doctor in Manchester, England, used it to treat rheumatism. In the following centuries doctors began to use Cod Liver Oil to treat rickets; a disease linked with vitamin D deficiencies. The use of Cod Liver Oil for this condition and related conditions continued into the 20th century.

 Vitamin D and Fatty Acids for mood support

Only in the last 15 years or so has the idea of a vitamin D deficiency became more apparent. Researchers have discovered that this deficiency is far more common than previously thought. An area of concern regarding this is in depression. Studies indicate that  approximately 63% of women and 35% will experience clinical depression at some point in their life.

Research from Oregon State University shows that low blood levels of vitamin D are associated with significant clinical symptoms of depression in otherwise healthy individuals. Receptor sites for vitamin D are located in the same part of the brain that processes emotions. Exhibiting some similar symptoms to depression, evidence exists that suggests Seasonal Affective Disorder is linked to the level of vitamin D in the blood.

So how can vitamin D support mood? A supplement can help regulate the production of key brain chemicals, such as serotonin, that are involved in the regulation of mood. Vitamin D also dampens the inflammatory response in the brain, which is key in influencing mood by activating the stress response.

Fish oil supplement

In addition to supplementing with vitamin D, adding a fish oil supplement such as Fermented Cod Liver Oil to your diet can help counter a deficinecy. Studies have also reported that there is a correlation between countries with high rates of fish oil consumption and low rates of depression. The omega-3 fatty acids found in fermented cod liver oil improve cell membrane and nerve function, which is critical to the richest source of fats in the body, the brain.

The bottom line is that fish oils rich in fatty acids provide powerful nutritional support for brain health and a positive mood. Cod liver oil is a rich source of fatty acids and vitamins A & D. To starve off mood disorders, it is recommended to supplement with vitamin D and fish oil.

Green Pastures Fermented Cod Liver Oil

What is so special about Fermented Cod Liver Oil?

 The answer lies in the fat. Actually in the fat soluble activators in found in foods like butter and especially Fermented Cod Liver Oil. This food based supplement is rich in Vitamins A, D and K.The importance of these fat soluble vitamins, besides the fact that they are not readily available elsewhere is that they play an important role in mineral and protein metabolism. Now lets take a look at each of these fat soluble vitamins individually.

Vitamin A

Contrary to popular believe Beta Carotene is NOT Vitamin A, so if you think you are getting enough Vitamin A from plant foods you are mistaken. True Vitamin A is found in Fermented Cod Liver Oil and it is used by the body in a variety of ways including:

  • Helps prevent Birth Defects
  • Supports optimal infant and child development
  • Protects against infections
  • Used to produce stress and sex hormones
  • Supports thyroid function
  • Is important for healthy eyes, skin and bones

Vitamin A is depleted by stress and exposure to pesticides, industrial chemicals and from excess protein consumption.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D has been receiving a lot of press in the past few years, many because modern research is finding it is more important to our health than was previously believed. Some of the ways Vitamin D supports health include:
  • Vital for mineral metabolism
  • Needed for healthy bones and teeth
  • Useful for the nervous system
  • Important for insulin production
  • Protects against depression, heart disease and cancer

Fermented Cod Liver Oil is an excellent source for vitamin D, other sources include exposure to the sun.

Vitamin K

This is a little know vitamin, once referred to as Factor X, vitamin K plays an important role in:
  • Facial development
  • Health bone and teeth development
  • It protects against calcification
  • Support the arteries and myelin sheath synthesis
  • Learning capacity

As we learn more about the importance of fat soluble vitamins it becomes important to have a trusted source for these nutrients. The folks at Green Pastures have gone the distance to provide us with a high quality product that supplies with these vital nutrients. The 3 vitamins mentioned also work synergisticly. So to supplement you diet with only one of these vitamins would not give you the same benefit as getting them in combination from Fermented Cod Liver Oil.

Many people get scared when they hear the word fat and diet in the same sentence but the misconception that fat is bad needs to be dispelled. Quality saturated animal fats are sources for these vital nutrients and because it is hard to find the type of high quality fat soluble nutrients we need from food many health practitioners recommend Fermented Cod Liver Oil. And finding a high quality cod liver oil is becoming harder and harder that is why we only stock the Greener Pastures brand. Enjoy the highest quality Cod Liver Oil on the market when you purchase Greener Pastures Fermented Cod Liver Oil.

And, now is the type to soak up your Vitamin D from the sun, because as we get into fall and winter it becomes harder and harder to get this vital nutrient from sun exposure.

Enjoy you summer,
Zebra Organics

Vitamin D for the Winter

 Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin most known for its role in maintaining proper bone health and density.  It is a necessary nutrient produced in the body through the skin’s exposure to the sun.  General daily sun exposure is usually enough to maintain healthy levels of this vitamin.  In winter when the sun is not in the sky as much and we are not outside as much using vitamin D supplements may be an option.

                                                                                      
Why is Vitamin D so important?

Because it has a positive affect on:

  • Heart Health
  • Immune system function
  • Bone Health
  • Calcium uptake
  • Integumentary System 
  • Mood

Over the past few years researchers have discovered Vitamin D has a wide range of health benefits, some of which are listed above.  Its role of maintaining a healthy immune system is what I want to talk address now as we are headed into the winter.   Commonly during winter there is a rise in colds and the flu, which makes it a good time to do what we can to stay healthy.   Knowing that Vitamin D can play a role is promising because we need it anyway for general health.  So making sure we get enough of it now may help us stave off the common cold or something more serious. 

Recent Study*

A study in Japan on vitamin D3 and bone density found that subjects taking the  supplement were three times less likely to report cold and flu symptoms.  These unintended findings led to more research. Further research was conducted and the findings indicated that subjects using a 1,200 of D3 were 58% less likely to catch influenza A.  The study included 334 subjects half received a placebo and half received Vitamin D3 1,200 units a day.  Out of these two groups 31 people in the placebo group caught influenza A and out of the group who supplemented with D3, 18 subjects caught influenza A.

Safety and Food Sources
Vitamin D is relatively safe, toxicity beginning to occour at around 50,000 IU’s a day.
Food sources of Vitamin D include fatty fish:

  • mackerel
  • sardines
  • salmon 
  • anchovies 

Many foods are also enriched with Vitamin D including milk and orange juice; egg yolks are also a good source of Vitamin D.  If you look to eggs for this nutrient and other nutrients it is best to source eggs from local chickens who have time in the yard to feed on insects and who receive healthy feed.

The Linus Pauling Institute at the University of Oregon is a great source for scientifically detailed information on Vitamin D and its benefits.

Another Excellent Source of Vitamin D is Fermented Cod Liver Oil.


 * American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, online March 10, 2010.

This blog is for informational purposes only.  It is not medical advice and is not intended to substitute medical advice from your doctor.  You should not use the information in this blog for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, or prescribing any medication or other treatment.

Fish Oil the power of Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Omega 3 fatty acids are part of a group of fats known as Essential Fatty Acids. They include omega 3,6 and 9 fatty acids. They are known as ‘Essential Fatty Acids’ because the body cannot synthesize them and they must be obtained from food or by supplementation. Omega 3 fatty acids are found in both fish and certain plant oils. The difference is omega 3’s from fish contain DHA and EPA and omega 3’s from plants do not contain DHA or EPA. The body can convert the elements of plant based omega 3’s into EPA and DHA.* But with fish oi they are readily available to the body for immediate use.

Benefits of Omega 3 fatty acids include: 
  • alleviation of pain
  • reduces inflammation
  • prevents excessive blood clotting
  • enhanced cognitive function
  • important for fetal development
  • boosts mood
  • regulates cholesterol and triglycerides
Zebra Organics features a variety of fish oil supplements including Fermented Cod Liver Oil.  Beyond the widely known benefits of omega fatty acids, fish oil and particularly fermented fish oil contains a variety of fat soluble nutrients in a bio available form.
Nutrients from Fermented Cod Liver Oil
  • Wide spectrum of Vitamin A components*
  •  Wide spectrum of Vitamin D components
  • CoQ enzymes, Vitamins E & K
  • more nutrients per tablespoon than regular fish oil
Anyone can benefit from omega 3 supplements and when using fermented fish oil you can know that you are getting one of the most bio-available nutrient rich essential fatty acid supplement on the planet. Blue Ice Fermented Cod Liver Oil is cold processed and produced in the old world tradition.
* While the body can convert plant based omega 3 fats into EPA, this process can be easily blocked by alcohol, trans fatty acids and a zinc deficiency.
* Vitamin A is more than just beta carotene there are up to 15 different types of Vitamin A