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Fermented Cod Liver Oil vs. Carlsons - Worth it?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 15, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Is it worth it to spring for the Fermented Cod liver oil (Green Pasture Fermented Cod Liver Oil)

vs the normal Carlson cod liver oil? (Carlson cod liver oil)

Anyone have any firsthand experience? I've read conflicting thing about Carlson's (relatively careful, apparently) processing removing "the good stuff" compared to the fermentation process.

532cfd279d793e8fcc23b9f6d91dde5c

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on March 26, 2013
at 05:04 PM

Ben, I love reading your input.

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on March 26, 2013
at 04:20 PM

I just got the BLUE ICE™ Royal Butter Oil/Fermented Cod Liver Oil Blend and it is amazing. The butter part adds Vitamin K2 as well, which is synergistic with Vitamins A and D. The main goal or focus of supplementation with fish oil is to increase your omega 3 fatty acid intake whereas the main goal or focus with fermented cod liver oil is to increase your intake of fat soluble vitamins that are critical for immune health – including vitamins A, D, and K2 – in ratios that are appropriately balanced for ideal nutrient assimilation from this whole-food source.

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on May 22, 2012
at 03:24 PM

Carlson's and other CLO can tell you the amount because the A and D are stripped out of the CLO during processing and deodorizing, so they add it back in. The question will be if it is natural or synthetic Vitamins added back.

Da8e709acde269e8b8bfbc09d1737841

(1906)

on May 16, 2012
at 04:50 PM

Plenty of people in the paleosphere consider it a real food compared to your run-of-the-mill supplement. It's why Green Pastures doesn't have exact numbers for how much A, D, etc their products contain, and the company is pretty upfront about this. Chris Kresser is one of the bigger names who backs this product versus fish oils.

5662d1262516ccbd70249e7aeaf58901

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on May 16, 2012
at 01:44 PM

Yeah, Kresser recommends CLO, mostly for the A and D.

Af005ec9a8e028f2b04bf5367b64e0d6

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on May 15, 2012
at 06:40 PM

But isnt cod liver oil, even if its not fermented, also in line with this recommendation? The whole point is that it's not just Omega 3s.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on May 15, 2012
at 05:33 PM

"is considered?" what does that mean? Who considers it food? I'm sure someone somewhere does but that doesn't mean anything. People consider McDonald's food too.

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44739854bd06eb5c32af5d33aa866864

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on May 16, 2012
at 12:41 PM

Liver doesn't have a label on it telling you how much A & D it contains either, and it varies by batch (animal) too... That's what you get with real food products, but I wouldn't consider that a negative. In fact, I'd take a more natural product any day over the more processed alternative (in general).

I use FCLO the same way I use liver, oysters, etc... every now and then for a Vit/Min boost. If you're interested, GP is running a sale on FCLO currently, so it might even end up being comparable to Carlson's price wise...

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on May 15, 2012
at 06:31 PM

I don't like to just post links but:

http://chriskresser.com/when-it-comes-to-fish-oil-more-is-not-better

Long story short... don't plan to supplement with Omega 3 forever. It is a temporary fix until you get your diet in check.

Af005ec9a8e028f2b04bf5367b64e0d6

(2797)

on May 15, 2012
at 06:40 PM

But isnt cod liver oil, even if its not fermented, also in line with this recommendation? The whole point is that it's not just Omega 3s.

5662d1262516ccbd70249e7aeaf58901

(681)

on May 16, 2012
at 01:44 PM

Yeah, Kresser recommends CLO, mostly for the A and D.

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A97b68379a576dfa764a4828304d2efb

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on March 26, 2013
at 04:21 PM

Just adding my experience in case it helps anyone else. I bought the FCLO / butter oil blend and did not notice any difference (better or worse) and I took the entire bottle. Maybe it takes longer? I'm not against trying it again, but in the land of under-employed I am not messing around with any supplements other than what I already have around.

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on August 17, 2012
at 10:32 PM

Gimmick, shimmick. Come on Monte, you haven't done your homework well enough, Carlson's is certainly better than the standard CLO but no way as good as FCLO. I can't blame you if you don't want to spend the extra money but the extra money buys a better product since it isn't heated, a claim Carlson's doesn't make. FCLO is a purer product, check out this site for a better explanation.

http://www.holistickid.com/benefits-of-fermented-cod-liver-oil/

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6d64cd6dc98d6ab763bd03678a317964

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on August 15, 2012
at 05:07 AM

Please just eat fish. Seriously, do the cost per nutrient analysis and you'll wonder why the hell anyone would ever pay $55 for 8oz...

FLCO is a gimmick and no more or less a food than Carlsons fish oil. They are both far removed from the fish they came from.

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Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on May 15, 2012
at 09:14 PM

I'm not a fan of CLO, unless you can't eat liver.

That said, at least Carlson's can tell you the amount of A & D in their product. GP can only guess and the batches are not consistent.

4b5be253ac1981c690689cab7e4bf06d

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on May 22, 2012
at 03:24 PM

Carlson's and other CLO can tell you the amount because the A and D are stripped out of the CLO during processing and deodorizing, so they add it back in. The question will be if it is natural or synthetic Vitamins added back.

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11838116de44ae449df0563f09bd3d73

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on May 15, 2012
at 08:45 PM

I alternate between buying Green Pastures butter/CLO blend and eating liverwurst. I also now throw a little Neptune krill oil into the mix. This keeps the amount of processed supplements to a minimum (I used to consume a lot of fish oil caps). The Green Pastures cost isn't too bad as I'm not buying it every month. I consider Green Pastures food, while Carlson's a industrial processed supplement.

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Da8e709acde269e8b8bfbc09d1737841

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on May 15, 2012
at 04:15 PM

The Green Pastures stuff is considered a "real food", while Carlson's is considered a supplement. That in itself should be telling.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on May 15, 2012
at 05:33 PM

"is considered?" what does that mean? Who considers it food? I'm sure someone somewhere does but that doesn't mean anything. People consider McDonald's food too.

Da8e709acde269e8b8bfbc09d1737841

(1906)

on May 16, 2012
at 04:50 PM

Plenty of people in the paleosphere consider it a real food compared to your run-of-the-mill supplement. It's why Green Pastures doesn't have exact numbers for how much A, D, etc their products contain, and the company is pretty upfront about this. Chris Kresser is one of the bigger names who backs this product versus fish oils.

532cfd279d793e8fcc23b9f6d91dde5c

(1981)

on March 26, 2013
at 05:04 PM

Ben, I love reading your input.

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56c28e3654d4dd8a8abdb2c1f525202e

(1822)

on August 14, 2013
at 12:48 AM

Basically, Carlson is fish oil plus a vitamin pill.

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on August 13, 2013
at 10:02 PM

I have to bring this up! Those who say, "Just eat fish" or "Eat liver instead" are not taking into consideration the kind of fish to eat or just where the liver came from. Did the liver come from a cow that was fed antibiotics or growth hormones or perhaps fattened up on GMO corn in some feed lot? Did that cow eat grass covered with pesticide?

So, there are "safe"fish and "not-so-safe" fish for human consumption. And beef? Unless you have a source for grass fed and grass finished beef that grazed on grass that was not contaminated with pesticides or other chemicals then you're kidding yourself. Essentially what you are saying is that it's cheaper and easier to commit suicide on the installment plan by eating certain foods.

Honestly FDA certified is a joke. I like to summarize my food philosophy by telling people that I just want to eat food the way God grows it and not Monsanto. Or put another way, I want to eat the way my grandparents ate for most of their lives. Note: They immigrated from Hungary in the early 1900's! Heck, I just wish you could go into a local market and buy food grown the way is was done in the 1950's!!

I am fortunate to live in an area with many, many like minded folk. I belong to a local CSA and my beef is raised 7 miles from my home. I belong to a local food coalition that has a Yahoo group to keep everyone connected. Having been to other places in the US over the last few years make me shudder to wonder how I would eat proper food if I lived there. I mean, Whole Foods??!! It's just another supermarket with an organic food section and a great marketing plan. Try to get lunch from the salad bar that is totally organic! Try to find free range organically raised chicken!! I must ask, what is Smart Chicken other than a marketing ploy. I've given up thinking I can eat properly in the good ol' USA cheaply and easily. It takes effort and the first step anyone should take is to educate themselves. But my health is worth it. I guess I'll just keep taking the Green Pastures fermented cod liver oil and not some "supplement" that may be produced "God knows where"!!

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on March 26, 2013
at 03:38 PM

I just bought some Carlsons and man does that stuff taste horrible to me. I had to spit it out. And I actually like the taste of Green Pasture's FCLO.

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on August 15, 2012
at 04:34 AM

Depends what do you like better?

Do you want to Save money NOW and buy Carlsons' "processed" cod liver oil?

Do you want to Save money IN THE FUTURE and buy Green Pastures' "fermented" cod liver oil?

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on July 31, 2012
at 12:05 AM

Both are great products!

Take some, daily, in your paleo smoothie- about a tablespoon. A little goes a long way!

And I say- forever!! Paleojay

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4b5be253ac1981c690689cab7e4bf06d

(3043)

on May 15, 2012
at 03:26 PM

Carlsons will be a good choice, as long as it doesnt have the synthetic forms of Vitamin A. I used the Super 1000mg Cod Liver Oil, and my last batch had synthetic A and D in it. The liquids do not currently show the synthetic version, but they may change. (My body reacted well to the Super 1000s, including being calmer and more stable, so it will still do some good.)

I did just purchase some Green Pastures Butter Oil/Cod Liver Oil Blend, because I do think it is a superior product, and I saved for a few months to get it.

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