Are You Taking Enough Cod Liver Oil?

by Ann Marie Michaels on June 24, 2011

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I recommend taking the Green Pasture brand fermented cod liver oil and high-vitamin butter oil. I truly believe in these two supplements. In fact, while there are a few other supplements I take, I think these two are non-negotiable.

But how do you know if you’re taking enough?

If you’re taking the liquid cod liver oil, you’re probably doing fine. It’s easy to measure a teaspoonful per day (most people will want to take around 1 teaspoon of fermented cod liver oil per day, according to the WAPF guidelines.)

But for those of you taking the capsules, you may not be taking enough. I know this is confusing to many of us, since I get this question a lot. So I wanted to write a post about it to refer to.

Dental Problems on Cod Liver Oil?

I got a call from my mother-in-law the other day, saying she was probably going to have an expensive dental surgical procedure. She said the plaque in between her teeth was eating away at the bone.

This didn’t make sense to me. I thought she had been taking the cod liver oil and butter oil. If you’re taking adequate amounts of these two supplements, you shouldn’t have dental problems like this.

When I asked her how much she was taking, she said she was taking two capsules per day of the fermented cod liver oil/butter oil blend. A reasonable thing to do, since the bottle says 2 capsules is a serving size. But clearly that’s not enough!

How Much Cod Liver Oil is in a Capsule?

According to this article by Ramiel Nagel, author of Cure Tooth Decay.

2 capsules of the Blue Ice Butter Royal is 1500mg (750 mg per capsule). This is approximately 1/3 of a teaspoon. The Fermented Cod liver oil capsule size is 500mg, so two capsules is approximately 1/4 teaspoon. Dave, the owner of Green Pasture’s said that 5 grams of capsules equals one teaspoon.

This means my mother-in-law is only taking the equivalent of 1/3 of a teaspoon of the blend of butter oil and cod liver oil. So she’s not getting a full teaspoon of cod liver oil per day. And with any kind of dental problems, she should arguably be taking more than one teaspoon per day.

Conversion from Liquid to Capsules

Fermented Cod Liver Oil Capsules

In order to get equivalent of 1 teaspoon per day of the plain fermented cod liver oil (not the butter oil blend), you need to take 8 capsules per day.

For children, that’s 4 capsules per day.

If you are pregnant or nursing, that’s 16 capsules per day.

Fermented Cod Liver Oil/Butter Oil Blend Capsules

If you are taking the cod liver oil/butter oil blend, you need to take 12 capsules a day to equal 1 teaspoon of cod liver oil and 1 teaspoon of butter oil per day.

For children, that’s 6 capsules per day.

If you are pregnant or nursing, you want to take 24 capsules per day.

Now, please keep in mind, these supplements are not drugs. They are foods. There is no “dosage” — these numbers are just based on the recommendations of the Weston A. Price Foundation.

You may want to increase or decrease these numbers based on your own personal needs.

Where to Buy Fermented Cod Liver Oil and Butter Oil

Please check out the marketplace for where to buy fermented cod liver oil and butter oil.

Questions? Comments?

Please post your comments and questions below.

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