Kids and fish oil. You don't have to be a parent to know that getting kids to take their fish oil may not be the easiest task! Finnicky eaters may try anything to avoid swallowing a liquid fish oil, and kids aren't great at taking capsules, either. But with all of the health benefits in fish oil (particularly fermented cod liver oil), parents everywhere continue to battle with their kids to take it.
Fermented Cod Liver Oil comes from cod livers that are fermented, allowing the oil to naturally separate from the livers. The oil is then gently cold-processed and purified. Sometimes a flavoring is added to help our aforementioned picky eaters (of all ages) to enjoy it.
So what are the benefits of a daily dose of fermented cod liver oil? The first use of cod liver oil by physicians dates back to 1789 in England, and fisherman along the coasts of northern Europe counted on it for overall health. There is a good chance your mother or grandmother had a bottle of fermented cod liver oil on hand as well. It has been used as a health promoting food for generations. You could even say fermented cod liver oil was one of the first "superfoods"!
Benefits of Cod Liver Oil include
- Immune system support
- Improved heart function
- Lowering inflammation
- Important source of vitamins A, D and K
- Important source of essential fatty acids (omega3 and omega6)
- Proper absorption of calcium and magnesium
Unfortunately, reading a long list of health benefits to your toddlers to 'tweens won't send them running for a dose of Fermented Cod Liver Oil. Luckily, Green Pasture has been providing us with quality and traditionally prepared sacred oils with an ever growing product line of innovative new flavors and forms.
Green Pasture recently shared a "review" submitted to them by the Covey family. Kindell Covey, age 11, had written a story in her English notebook about her experience with Green Pasture Blue Ice Infused Coconut Oil in the new Carob Banana natural flavor.
The New Fish Oil, By Kindell Covey (age 11)
One cool fall day in my cold dark room at 9:08am I was playing dolls. I heard my mom yell, "Kindell." I knew exactly what she wanted and I was terrified. I climbed under my bed covers and only my big bold eyes were showing. I guess she knew what I was doing because in 2 seconds my mom was in my room. She handed me the smelly, jelly, icky sticky FISH OIL! My mom said, "It is chocolate and banana flavored. It is new."
The last flavor was gross. I would cry and carry on every time she made me take it. My mom told me to go downstairs so I wouldn't spill it. When I got downstairs to the freezing kitchen, my sister was sitting next to the island counter pouting.
I poured some chocolate milk to wash down the fish oil. It took me about 5 minutes to gain the courage to take a sip. It was icky, sticky... it is not that bad. I held my breath and took another sip, then a gulp. I did not even need the chocolate milk. I can take it alone! WOW, the new sticky, gooey fish oil is not bad at all!
Great review, Kindell!