Fermented Cod Liver Oil vs Fish Oil

By on April 28, 2014

fermented cod liver oil vs fish oil
I have a confession to make. I hate fish. For me this means that fish oil supplements are vital. I’ve tried them all and usually stick with the ones that are palatable but with all the talk of fermented cod liver oil I felt a bit like I was missing out. There isn’t anything pleasing about fermented cod liver oil. I’m not a fan of fermented, cod, liver, or most oils really. So is it worth it? Is it really that much better?

The difference between fermented cod liver oil and other fish oil is the fermentation process. The fermentation process helps protect the omega-3 fats and helps retain all the fat soluble vitamins that often don’t survive the process used to extract other fish oils. They found that

Is fermented cod liver oil better for you than fish oil?

That depends upon your goal. Traditional fish oil products like the one made by Nature Made provide more omega 3 fatty acids per serving. Fermented cod liver oil provides fewer omega 3 fatty acids but has the added benefit of fat soluble vitamins like A and D.

fermented cod oil vs fish oil

The Green Pasture’s Fermented Cod Liver Oil contains 500 mg of DHA per tsp while other marketed fish oil products contain around 750 mg in a half tsp. In an open statement on the Green Pasture site they have the following to share regarding Omega 3’s in their product,

We do not have a deep focus on the fatty acids in the fclo because, over time and work, I have concluded that these fatty acids are not what the focal point of the product should be. The only reason EPA/DHA/Omega 3’s are discussed/pushed to the degree they are is after one completes the industrialization of these oils they have destroyed/damaged the real deal and they are left with some fatty acids. One always sells what they have. In the case of industrialized fish oils, fatty acids are about all that is left of value.

What are the possible health benefits of fermented cod liver oil?

  • Lower triglycerides and possibly lower blood pressure.
  • Some users have noted that their skin glows though I haven’t experienced that myself.
  • Strengthened Immune System
  • Improved bone health
  • Support for your brain and nervous system.
  • The gold standard in fermented cod oil is Blue Ice by Green Pasture. It is more expensive but it’s the best if you can stomach it. They do make an orange flavor that cuts out a bit of the taste if you are a fish hater like me that can be purchased here.


    Fermented Cod Liver Oil is hard to stomach so many users will fail to benefit because they simply discontinue use. Also, it is an expensive therapy. I would recommend sticking with a standard fish oil from a reputable brand and absorbing vitamins a and d through other natural sources. In independent testing Nature Made has proven to make a very consistent fish oil product. It’s about one sixth the cost of the fermented oil and more palatable.

About RemedyBee Contributor


  1. Shivettes

    July 8, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    Like you, Cod liver oil makes me cringe. Since living in the dark of Seattle I’ve gotten used to taking supplements. My question is this: how much omega-3 do I need on a day to day basis? I don’t hate fish, but then again, I don’t eat it that often really. Can I get by without supplements if I substitute fish regularly into my diet?

    • RemedyBee Contributor

      July 8, 2014 at 8:37 pm

      Hey Shivettes. Everyone has their own opinion on the fish vs fish oil debate. I feel that a normal, healthy person should get as much of their nutrients from food sources as possible. So if people have access to wild salmon than I say, “LET THEM EAT FISH!”. Supplements should be just that – a supplement to a healthy diet. Most people would get enough nutrients eating 2-4 oz of wild salmon three times per week but if you can’t eat that much salmon you may need a fish oil supplement.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *