Halibut Liver Oil
Cod and halibut liver oils have been used as nutritional
supplements for many years. These liver oils decrease inflammation, and
thereby, prevent and treat heart disease. A component of the liver oil, EPA,
is an important fatty acid in the maintenance of cardiovascular health and
the regulation of inflammation. EPA is a precursor to a series of chemicals
whose job it is to regulate the inflammatory effects of arachidonic acid.
Arachidonic acid causes inflammation in arteries and leads to the
development of atherosclerotic plaques. Syndrome X conditions such as
obesity, hypertension, insulin resistance, adult onset diabetes and stroke
are helped by cod/halibut liver oil. Fish liver oils contain the vitamins D
and K which improve bone health by regulating the uptake of minerals in the
intestine and modulating bone building.
Thus fish liver oils prevent and reverse rickets in children and
osteomalacia in adults. The essential fatty acid, DHA, in fish liver oils
is an essential component of the brain and central nervous system. It seems
to concentrate in areas where there is lots of electrical activity, such as
the synaptosomes, where nerve cells communicate, and the photoreceptors of
the eye. This is why a deficiency of DHA can result in poor brain
development, attention/deficit hyperactivity disorder, learning disorders,
memory problems and poor visual development. Topically applied,
cod/halibut liver oil contributes to faster wound healing and improvement in
skin quality sue to it’s vitamin A content.
Vitamin A comes in two
basic forms, "regular" Vitamin A and Beta carotene. Beta carotene is known
as provitamin A and is found in plants. The carotenes are powerful
antioxidants. Natural Factors beta carotene products use natural source beta
carotene. Vitamin A is essential for many bodily processes including: vision
and healthy skin, digestion, respiration, reproduction and the building of
bones and teeth. Beta carotene, also known as "pro-vitamin A" is an
excellent antioxidant and Vitamin A source, with no danger of buildup in the
Vitmain D is required for the absorption and utilization of calcium and
phosphorus, making it essential for skeletal health. It protects against
muscle weakness and is involved in the in the regulation of the heartbeat.
It is also important in the prevention and treatment of breast and colon
cancer, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, enhances immunity, and is necessary
for thyroid function and normal blood clotting.