I visit dozens of natural food stores and pharmacies every year and attend a number of conferences and trade shows. I’m always asked, which is best: cod liver oil or fish oil. It’s a great question. Here are my thoughts…
Cod liver oil and fish oil are both great sources of omega-3s. Here’s the difference – cod liver oil also provides vitamins A and D3. This is the main distinction between the two. So what’s best for your family? I ask three questions.
- Do you and your family already take vitamins A and D3? You may be getting them through a multivitamin or take them separately. If so, you may not need additional A and D3, so fish oil will suffice.
- How is your health during the winter months – are you resilient? I ask this because vitamins A and D3 support respiratory health in colder months. Cod liver oil helps ensure you’re getting the A and D3 your body needs.
- How is your vision at night? If the glare from headlights bothers you when you drive, cod liver oil may be your best bet. Vitamin A is known to support healthy vision and to help the eyes adapt to light changes.