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I was asked several times over the last year for an Extra Virgin Cod Liver Oil review. Folks – including myself – wanted to know: is it all it's cracked up to be? Does it live up to the hype? Will it help me?
Well, my opinion is: Yes – and I love it!
And FYI: I'm not paid to say that.
Cod liver oil is among the top superfoods I recommend. It's a phenomenal source of vitamins A and D, which are critical for the immune system, the skin, and for a well-nourished pregnancy.
It was an integral part of how I healed my skin and an important part of my fertility and pregnancy nutrition plan. It provides nutrients in which almost everyone is deficient in the modern world.
It's a source of healthful omega fats in proper amounts and, in my opinion, it's a much better source of those fats than fish oil (I discuss the critical difference between fish oil and cod liver oil in my book, Eat the Yolks.)
But not all cod liver oils are the same. So why do I like the Rosita EVCLO specifically?
If you've listened to the Balanced Bites Podcast, which I co-host, you'll know that for a long time, I was skeptical of Rosita's EVCLO. I've recommended a different brand of cod liver oil for some time** – you can check out the archives of the Balanced Bites Podcast for more talk on this topic.
**To be clear, I now recommend EVCLO as well as the brand I've recommended for years. You don't have to throw your bottles of the other brand out, but I encourage you to try Rosita EVCLO! I have had excellent results with both, but no one product works for every single person. That's why I'm thrilled we now have a CHOICE that we didn't have before.
I've tried other cod liver oils – the ones we find at most health food stores – and I don't recommend them for two main reasons: first, I've been unable to verify their processing methods (who wants to ingest a heat- and chemically-processed oil in the name of health?! #interrobang), and second, I haven't had the same results with any of them. Whether their nutrient content is comparable, I can't say; but my experience with them – and my trust in their processing methods – hasn't been positive.
So, by the time I heard of Rosita's EVCLO, I had simply given up on finding another option for a traditionally processed, thoughtfully produced product with excellent nutritional value.
When it came to EVCLO, I had my skeptical suit on. While the product wasn't yet for sale in the United States, I truly didn't intend to try it when it was – because many a cod liver oil brand had disappointed me already.
Yet I was curious about other Rosita products, so I reached out to the company directly and was able to try one of their other products – their ratfish liver oil, which was shipped to me direct from Norway from a fantastic gentleman named Bengt. (fun, right?)
It was a truly amazing product that I used both dietarily and topically. However, it was a bit cost-prohibitive for me for ongoing use. Once I'd finished the ratfish oil (well, once my dog had eaten the remainder of the vial), I forgot about the EVCLO and went back to my old cod liver oil.
Fast-forward to 2015. I continued to hear about Rosita's EVCLO at nutrition conferences, through repeated inquiries on the podcast and my blog, and through the great Beverly Meyer. I decided it was finally time to give it a try. So I bought it for myself and gave it a nice, long go.
I'm so glad I did.
Dan, the man behind Corganic, the U.S. retailer from whom I buy my EVCLO, is a passionate real food advocate. Here's Dan (background) on a trip to Norway fishing with the Rosita crew. More photos here.
Dan and the folks at Rosita tout the EVCLO because it's “fresh, wild and raw.” Yes, that's their tagline, but I've found it to be totally true.
Here's all the FAQ you could ever want, and here's the breakdown:
- It's fresh because it is bottled within 48 hours of the fish being caught in remote (read: clean) waters of Norway.
- It's wild. Rosita does their own fishing (know your fisherman!)
- It's raw because no heat, chemicals or mechanical processing is used to obtain the oil.
This is right up my alley. I like to know my food is fresh, I like to know who produces it, and I like it to be minimally processed.
Additionally, I've heard from several folks who can't tolerate other brands of cod liver oil (due to intolerances to fermentation byproducts) being fully able to tolerate EVCLO.
Here are the personal benefits I attribute to taking EVCLO:
- My skin remained clear. My other recommended brand of cod liver oil was instrumental in helping me clear my skin, and I had absolutely no problems switching to EVCLO – even with the hormonal wackiness of pregnancy, my skin stayed clear.
- My immune system stayed strong throughout the winter.
- My keratosis pilaris didn't return. It often flares in the winter, and it didn't this year.
- I had no issue taking EVCLO during pregnancy. The other brand is – well – pungent, and could be difficult for anyone with food aversions to take. There's hardly any fishy flavor, and none of the odiferousness of the other “fermented” brand.
I'm thrilled to lend my support to Corganic and Rosita. It's a wonderful product. It has a clean, light taste, NO aftertaste, and it is produced with transparency, by good people, in a manner I can truly support.
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