6.24.2011

Paleo Product Review: Carlson's Cod Liver Oil

When I hear bullshit anecdotal, non-evidence based arguments for why primal or paleo nutrition is flawed, it drives me absolutely bonkers (internally) because I know these folks are killing themselves by buying in to the SAD ADA AHA prescribed diets.  Worse, I can't say anything, because in order to do so, you have to come from a very smug place.  And as you all know, one must try to lead by example rather than preaching, because soap-boxing Paleolithic Nutrition is counter-productive.


One very popular argument I've heard involves supplements.  "Well, if Paleo is so awesome, then why do you take supplements?"  Well, in a perfect world, if one is primal, one wouldn't have to supplement.  In other words, if we had the same amount of time to hunt/gather, walk in the sun, and sleep, supplementation would be completely obsolete.  Instead, we supplement for convenience, or to correct exposure to toxins ingested in foods (such as grain-fed beef).  Toxins in foods are unavoidable for primal folks who do not have access to whole food sources like farmers markets, farms, or places that specialize in whole foods groceries.  If one eats out (for convenience) and he/she ingests lots of seed oils, or grain fed beef, then it's a good idea to supplement with a high omega-3 oil to combat the inflammatory effects of the food.  

A great way to do that is with Carlson's Cod Liver Oil:



JUST LOOK AT THE Omega-3 Fatty Acid Content!  It owns salmon oil in that regard.  The inflammatory nature of long chain omega 6 fatty acids are negated due to increasing one's ratio of O3s to O6.  Here's a nice helpful calculator on Whole 9 to help you calculate how much DHA and EPA one needs to ingest to counter-act the imbalance.

I don't calculate.  I'm more primal in that regard.  Like Dr. Harris over at Archevore.com, I just do a teaspoonful of Carlson's anytime I have consumed an unusually large amount of bad stuff, usually when I eat out.  The taste is not bad at all, neutralized by the lemon taste.  The sheer amount of O3's makes it worth the taste alone.  (of course, I love fish)

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