Now, this is a product I’ve posted on before. Last fall I did the giveaway of Green Pastures fermented cod liver oil. But I know since then I’ve gathered several new readers. Also, we had limited — just a couple weeks — experience with the product then, and now we have several months. I’d really like to tell you about it again!
Last year I’d heard a whole lot about this fermented cod liver oil. People swore it was amazing stuff. They also said it was really nasty to take. I held out, because it’s expensive. What if I didn’t like it? What if it really wasn’t that amazing? I’d be out a whole lot of money.
Then it was fall. We were heading into the winter and I knew it wasn’t going to be fun. I’m sure our vitamin D levels weren’t optimal then, and they’d only get worse as we were kept inside all winter long. Plus, we had one nasty cold in August and I did not want that repeated constantly for months. The solution, according to many, was Green Pastures Cod Liver Oil/Butter Oil blend.
So, I worked with Dave (on that awesome review/giveaway) and got some to try. I could not get the kids to take it, initially. Daniel, especially, wasn’t having it. I took it, though, and eventually got the kids on board too. They love their “special chocolate” now (the Chocolate Cream flavor) and beg for it daily. They’d sit and just eat it with spoons, if I let them (but obviously I don’t).
I like my Cinnamon Tingle, too. It really only tastes like cinnamon. It is not nasty or fishy or weird at all. I actually like it most of the time. So, the “taking the medicine” part hasn’t been a problem for us at all.
How Does it Work?
As best I can tell, amazingly well. We had that nasty cold in August. Miserable — coughing, sneezing, sinus pressure, the works. In September we started our FCLO. We caught another cold, but it was basically a day of slightly runny nose and that was it! Very minor cold symptoms and we never really felt sick. We went off the FCLO again around the holidays because we were busy and I was newly pregnant, and BAM! another nasty cold. We went back on it in January and haven’t had another cold.
We have had a couple of other minor viruses, but even those we bounced back from in just a day or so. The kids either didn’t get it or were over it in a matter of hours. Some of our friends with the same illnesses were sick for days, sometimes weeks. They’d pass it back and forth through the house for 10 days or more. But we’d each get it and get over it in 12 – 24 hours and then it was gone.
I haven’t found any other supplement that makes a difference the way this one does. And in the past, I have tried other fish and even cod liver oils. I’ve tried probiotic supplements, vitamin C, vitamin D, and so on. I never noticed any real impact from any of those. But this product clearly has made a difference for us.
Even over the weekend I felt like I might be getting a sore throat, just slightly. I kept up with my FCLO and it was gone in a few hours and I’ve had no other symptoms.
I feel like this just boosts our immune system so strongly that we are able to fight off illnesses very easily. After we tried our first bottles, I didn’t care what it cost to keep buying it (it’s not cheap), I was going to do whatever I could to make sure we always had it around. And I have. I don’t consistently take or give my children any other supplements on a regular basis. I don’t bother with any vitamins, or even food-based supplements. This is the one supplement that I have to have, and the only one. I even stopped the elderberry after awhile because this, alone, was so much more effective than the elderberry (not that I don’t think elderberry is good, but it just didn’t make nearly as much difference for us).
I really can’t say enough good things about it. It ships to us fast, it works wonders, and it even tastes good!
What are the Benefits?
You’ve heard what I have to say, but some of you are still concerned. Some of you like to hear a bit more science.
First, why fermented? The answer is that it is a traditional method of extracting the oil from the cod livers. It is used instead of heat or chemical solvents. Green Pastures is the only brand that does this. They also don’t filter or process the oil in any way.
Most companies use chemical or heat extraction, then they purify it so it’s the see-through golden color you’re used to. But this process strips the oil of almost all its nutrients and makes it basically worthless. In my experience, it costs about 1/2 as much as the Green Pastures does, which is still expensive. Why would you pay half the price for no benefit?
The version we’ve been taking is actually a blend of fermented cod liver oil and butter oil. The butter oil is extracted from butter made from the milk of cows out on fresh spring pasture. This butter would be deep gold colored, signifying an incredible source of nutrients. The blend of both together seems to increase its impact on the body. You can read more about this blend here.
There has also been a study done showing that this blend remineralizes teeth and protects against tooth decay, something very interesting in an age where many face this problem.
Some have shown benefit in thyroid health as well. Immune health is obviously highly affected, with the high levels of vitamin A and D. And no, the levels of vitamin A aren’t toxic, even for pregnant women. Naturally occurring vitamin A is actually crucial to health and most people are deficient (synthetic vitamin A, which is not in this product, is toxic at high levels).
Is it Affordable?
The price is the kicker, though. For the FCLO/BO gels are $49 for 8-oz. bottles. The recommended dose on the bottle is 1/2 tsp. per day, so it does contain 96 servings. About $50 for 3 months of the supplement isn’t too bad. But, if you consider that pregnant and nursing women should take about twice as much, and if you consider multiple family members all needing to take it, it can get expensive. Remember that high-quality doesn’t come cheap, though.
(I still think it is worth it and I will pay any price. I would buy it if it cost more. It has made that much impact on my family’s health. I do not want to ever be without it. I have even talked my parents and Ben’s parents into taking it too.)
But, Green Pastures does offer some deals. A couple times a year they’ll have a sale (unfortunately not now or soon). And they always offer discounts when you buy 6 or 12 bottles. It’s a mix’n'match type of deal, so you don’t have to buy the same product or flavor to get the deal. We buy capsules (for Ben), Cinnamon Tingle, and Chocolate Cream, and get the discount (2 of each). At 6 bottles, the discount is about 11% ($49 down to $44). At 12 bottles, the discount is 22% ($49 down to $39).
I worked it out once. If you bought 12 bottles at once (enough for a family of 4 – 6 for 8 – 12 months), with the decreased shipping costs, it’s like getting 3 bottles free. About $155 savings. That does mean paying about $500 at once, though, which is not feasible for many families. Instead, what you can do is gather some friends and family together and each go in on a couple bottles to make up a larger order. Split the shipping and bottle costs and you all end up saving. It’s what we’re doing right now! (And by the way, if you are local and want a bottle or two, we still have a couple not spoken for! Since it is mix’n'match you can choose whatever you really want.)
That is Green Pastures Fermented Cod Liver Oil!
Do you take it? How does it work for your family?