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Green Pasture Blue Ice Royal Butter/FCLO capsules.

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Created July 20, 2011 at 2:12 AM

A number of sources spoke highly of Green Pasture fermented cod liver oil (FCLO), so a short while back, I picked up a bottle of their FCLO/butter oil blend capsules. Problem is, the dosage is unclear, as I believe Green Pasture claims that the contents in their FCLO vary. Does anyone have a recommended dosage for these capsules, or at least a rough estimate as to how one capsule compares to, say, another brand of fish oil?

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on November 30, 2011
at 03:58 PM

awesome post, thank you

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on July 20, 2011
at 07:13 PM

Unless you are pregnant, building muscle, or have a malfunction in terms of fatty acid assimilation, you probably don't need to supplement Omega 3. With the CLO/butter is good for other things.

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on July 20, 2011
at 07:02 PM

WyldKard- it's a much better deal to take the emulsified blend if you can stand the texture. I can handle the taste, but not the texture, so I take the Arctic Mint flavor in liquid form, and then pop two butter oil capsules to go with it. At two BO capsules and 1/2 tsp FCLO per day, it should cost me about $70 for 2-3 months, vs about $70 per month for the blended capsules. I think the emulsified is even cheaper, but I never measured it carefully. I never noticed a bit difference from two blended capsules a day, but the 1/2 tsp of liquid, I'm noticing!

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on July 20, 2011
at 04:19 PM

Also note in Cheeseslave's article that Dr. Thomas Cowan recommended about half the dosage of fermented cod liver oil that Ann Marie does. On the Weston A Price website (to which Dr. Cowan is a contributor), they state that because it's fermented, many people may be able to take less. But even then, it would still be 6 capsules a day (more if you're nursing or pregnant).

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on July 20, 2011
at 02:19 PM

great question! i was so confused by the labeling and lack of info that i was about to ask the same thing. looking forward to incorporating these in. thanks :)

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on July 20, 2011
at 01:28 PM

One has to wonder, if you're to take 12 capsules a day, then how much better a deal is it to just buy the blend in gel form instead? Per Green Pasture, the gel form recommendation is 1/2 tsp, which would also be low, then. Do we know how much we should actually take per Weston Price?

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on July 20, 2011
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I think it was Chris Kresser that recommended Green Pasture FCLO for Omega 3 over other fish oil supplements. The impression given was that you wouldn't need to supplement for Omega 3 via other means.

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on July 20, 2011
at 05:20 AM

Great link -- thanks for sharing!

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on July 20, 2011
at 05:19 PM

No doubt, the recommended dosages are confusing, and probably always will be. That's because we are talking about vitamin dosages contained within a whole food. By nature, fermented cod liver oil vitamin content will always change with each batch, so the A & D and K2 in there will surely vary every time.

Also, you gotta take into account that there is a wide variety in the acceptance of what is the real truth about the recommended doses. WAPF says you should be getting somewhere between a 5 to 1 and 10 to 1 A:D ratio. The percentages on the Royal Blend indicate 5:1. The 'general' (knowing that it can be different for any one person at any time) recommendation is for 9500 A and about 2000 D. For the Royal Blend, 1/2 tsp equals 3000 A and 600 D. So 1.5 tsp would be the dose that WAPF recommends. I think where the confusion comes into play is that Green Pastures must wrestle with the "RDA" vs the Weston A Price recommendations.

Personally, I think the capsules are too expensive. Taking a half teaspoon of the blend or maybe one full teaspoon is sufficient, especially for those that are getting sun combined with some amount of vitamin A and D from foods. The cinnamon tingle flavor masks the nastiness of the CLO very well. The chocolate one... not so well. Straight FCLO like the Oslo Orange flavor taste like raw sewage in my opinion (at leat what I would imagine raw sewage to taste like).

Anywho, here's an excerpt from: http://www.westonaprice.org/cod-liver-oil/238-cod-liver-oil-basics

green-pasture-blue-ice-royal-butter/fclo-capsules.

By the way... someone named "Adrian" broke it down mathematcially in the comments below the article if you want to check it out.

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on November 30, 2011
at 03:58 PM

awesome post, thank you

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on July 20, 2011
at 03:46 AM

Cheeseslave just posted on this - I forget her answer but it's WAY more than just 2 capsules.

http://www.cheeseslave.com/2011/06/24/are-you-taking-enough-cod-liver-oil/

372a7df16057a50e588e0a6310b94027

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on July 20, 2011
at 04:19 PM

Also note in Cheeseslave's article that Dr. Thomas Cowan recommended about half the dosage of fermented cod liver oil that Ann Marie does. On the Weston A Price website (to which Dr. Cowan is a contributor), they state that because it's fermented, many people may be able to take less. But even then, it would still be 6 capsules a day (more if you're nursing or pregnant).

Bbc6e90e45ac205d0ebb544b8928f294

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on July 20, 2011
at 05:20 AM

Great link -- thanks for sharing!

Da8e709acde269e8b8bfbc09d1737841

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on July 20, 2011
at 01:28 PM

One has to wonder, if you're to take 12 capsules a day, then how much better a deal is it to just buy the blend in gel form instead? Per Green Pasture, the gel form recommendation is 1/2 tsp, which would also be low, then. Do we know how much we should actually take per Weston Price?

E2b9c679315c7c9c7265783dde89f350

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on July 20, 2011
at 07:02 PM

WyldKard- it's a much better deal to take the emulsified blend if you can stand the texture. I can handle the taste, but not the texture, so I take the Arctic Mint flavor in liquid form, and then pop two butter oil capsules to go with it. At two BO capsules and 1/2 tsp FCLO per day, it should cost me about $70 for 2-3 months, vs about $70 per month for the blended capsules. I think the emulsified is even cheaper, but I never measured it carefully. I never noticed a bit difference from two blended capsules a day, but the 1/2 tsp of liquid, I'm noticing!

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on July 20, 2011
at 11:17 AM

Their recommendations are somewhat frustrating, aren???t they? I have taken their royal blend for years. I just take two pills every morning and call it a day.

I???ve emailed back and forth with them, read through WAP boards, etc. The guy from the company always goes with the ???this is food, not a supplement, so there is no actual dosage??? kind of line. Fine by me.

Though about six months ago they did finally redo their bottle labels and now it does have that somewhat hidden thing about the RDAs.

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on July 20, 2011
at 06:22 AM

You are not just taking fish oil but fish liver oil, and there is a difference. Also you are taking it the only way Dr. Price recommended it, with butter oil. He said neither the butter oil or the fish oil were as effective separately as they were when combined in a synergistic manner. He used it constantly in his clinical practice with great results. He also warned against taking cod liver oil in large doses.

There is no need to supplement with any additional omega-3. You might also want to read Green Pasture's website for an explanation of why they no longer list exact amounts in terms of content.

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on July 20, 2011
at 03:32 AM

I've got these. My last bottle recommended 2 capsules for about 400 IU vitamin D and 18% RDA vitamin A. My current bottle doesn't have any vitamin content details on it, but I would assume it's similar.

I don't think the FCLO has all that much omega 3, so you might want to plan on getting that from other foods/supplements.

Da8e709acde269e8b8bfbc09d1737841

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on July 20, 2011
at 01:12 PM

I think it was Chris Kresser that recommended Green Pasture FCLO for Omega 3 over other fish oil supplements. The impression given was that you wouldn't need to supplement for Omega 3 via other means.

37f4b3c51afbd92d259afaa171270874

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on July 20, 2011
at 07:13 PM

Unless you are pregnant, building muscle, or have a malfunction in terms of fatty acid assimilation, you probably don't need to supplement Omega 3. With the CLO/butter is good for other things.

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on February 28, 2013
at 06:39 PM

A lot of people are confused about the dosage recommendations for the High Vitamin Butter Oil/Fermented Cod Liver Oil blend. Since Green Pasture labels its products as food instead of as drugs, there are serving sizes, but no clear dosage instructions.

To break it down for you, the Green Pasture High Vitamin Butter Oil/Fermented Cod Liver Oil blend uses a 1:2 ratio, meaning that the product is 1/3 High Vitamin Butter Oil and 2/3 Fermented Cod Liver Oil.

The recommended 2 capsules per day of High Vitamin Butter Oil are equal to 1/2 teaspoon.
The recommended 10 capsules per day of Fermented Cod Liver Oil are equal to 1 teaspoon.

Therefore, the recommended 1 1/2 teaspoons per day of Green Pasture High Vitamin Butter Oil/Fermented Cod Liver Oil blend is equal to 12 capsules of the blend, OR 10 FCLO capsules and 2 HVBO capsules if taken separately.

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