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[acc_item title=”How much vitamin D is in Green Pasture cod liver oil?”]Our cod liver oil is not made in large factories. It is batch brewed so each batch can have slightly different levels of vitamin D.

It’s important to note that vitamin D levels can vary between labs and even between tests. We’re not sure how much faith we have in current vitamin D tests.

The level that we usually quote is ~750IU/ml. To see the latest testing results on our cod liver oil see here[/acc_item]
[acc_item title=”How much cod liver oil should I take?”]To the best of our knowledge, toxicity from cod liver oil has never been documented. Synthetic vitamin A and D on the other hand are toxic and cases of toxicity have been reported. If you’re looking at other brands please find out EXACTLY how they process their oil – see this article. Nature has provided natural cod liver as a safe vitamin A and D supplement without human interference.

Our recommended dosages are

  • Children under 12 years: 1/2 teaspoon or 2.5 mL, providing ~ 1875 IU
  • Children over 12 years and adults: 1 teaspoon (5ml), providing ~ 3750 IU
  • Pregnant and nursing women: 1.5 teaspoons, providing~ 5625 IU

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[acc_item title=”Is it safe to use cod liver oil during pregnancy?”]Cod liver oil is essential for mother and baby’s health.

Pregnant women using cod liver oil have infants with a lower risk for juvenile type 1 diabetes. Cod liver oil taken by nursing mothers improves the fatty acid profile in breast milk to promote optimal brain development and also increases levels of vitamin A to prevent infections.

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[acc_item title=”Is it safe for children and babies to use cod liver oil?”]Absolutely. In fact it’s essential.

  • Infants should receive at least 400 IU of vitamin D per day from all food sources to protect against overt vitamin D deficiency.
  • Infants can obtain vitamin D from breast milk, sunshine and supplements such as cod liver oil.
  • Breast milk can be a poor source of vitamin D or an excellent source of vitamin D, depending on the mother’s intake (mothers should supplement with vitamin D)
  • We would recommend using the children’s dosages guide on the bottle as a minimum.

Here’s a chart showing the roles how growing bodies use vitamins A, D, and K (which are in high levels in Green Pasture cod liver oil):

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[acc_item title=”How do I know that this cod liver oil hasn’t gone rancid during processing?”]Also see the question about storage below. Green Pasture fermented cod liver oil very thick and more stable than lower lighter grade cod liver used by other companies. Remember that this is fermented cod liver oil – so rancidity isn’t a problem. Green Pasture fermented oils are not mass produced with high heat like other cod liver oils. batches are tested for purity and active ingredients regularly with great results.[/acc_item]
[acc_item title=”How should I store my cod liver oil?”]Make sure you keep your oil in a cool dark cool place out of direct sunlight. It isn’t necessary to store your oils in the fridge unless you have opened your bottle and are not intending to use it for months. Storing your oils in the fridge can make them go solid and more difficult to dish out.[/acc_item]
[acc_item title=”How can I be sure that these products are mercury and contaminant free?”]The cod used to make Green Pasture products is fished from the Arctic Ocean which is known to have low levels of pollution. All products are tested according to protocols of the Association of Analytical Communities (AOAC) and approved free of detectable levels of 32 contaminants. We guarantee this product to be free of contaminants including mercury. Furthermore, mercury is water soluble. It may be present in the flesh of fish, but not present in the oil (yet another advantage of using liver oil).[/acc_item]
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How do I know if I my vitamin D levels are low?

A common question that I’m asked is “How do I know if I’m deficient in vitamin D?”

The only sure way to find this out is to get your vitamin D levels tested.

A medical laboratory blood test 25(OH)D (also called 25-hydroxyvitamin D) is accepted to be the best test of overall D status in the body. 25(OH)D levels are most strongly associated with overall health.  There are several types of vitamin D tests, so make sure you specify that the 25(OH)D test is the one you’d like to use.  The test is quick and involves a small sample of blood to be drawn from the arm with a syringe.

Getting your 25(OH)D levels tested is pretty straight forward.  Interpreting your results is a bit trickier.  Optimal vitamin D levels are controversial.

  • The Australian and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society, Osteoporosis Australia, The Australasian College of Dermatologists and the Cancer Council Australia recommend that for healthier bones the level of vitamin D – 25-hydroxy vitamin D – should be over 75 nmol/l.
  • The Vitamin D Council recommends much higher levels.  Their research indicates that for proper health, serum vitamin D levels should be a minimum of 125 nmol/L, with optimal levels falling between 125-200 nmol/L.
  • Other Vitamin D experts such as Dr Vieth also agree that optimal 25(OH)D levels should be higher than 100 nmol/L.
  • In my opinion research shows that there are clear benefits in having 25(OH)D levels of at least 100 nmol/L.  This is the level that I’d recommend

Note: To convert your test results in nmol/L into ng/ml divide by 2.5 – i.e. 100 nmol/L = 40 ng/ml

To further answer the question – it’s quite likely that you are vitamin D deficient.

While the optimal vitamin D levels in the body are controversial it is very clear that there are epidemic levels of vitamin D deficiency.

Green and colleagues (2004) showed that 31% of New Zealand children aged 5–14 years whose bloods were sampled in 2002 had a serum 25(OH)D concentration indicative of vitamin D insufficiency.For adolescents at or above 15 years and adults a staggering 28% were defined as vitamin D deficient.  Note that deficiency was defined as lower than a mere 37.5 nmol/L in these studies!

Several studies in Australia and New Zealand have shown high rates of deficiency in the older population with restricted access to sunlight, many of whom live in institutions.  Estimates of deficiency range up to 50% in Australia (Flicker et al. 2003, Inderjeeth et al. 2000).  Similar levels were reported in NZ by Ley et al in 1999.  Keep in mind that the researchers used a low benchmark of <37.5 nmol/L to define deficiency so the problem is much worse than the research shows.

Bottom line is that vitamin D deficiency is rampant in our community.  Vitamin D levels are especially concerning in the 70yr+ population

In future articles I’ll be going through vitamin D  recommendations and dosages to combat deficiencies

How much vitamin D do I need?

Unfortunately this isn’t a straight forward question.  There is a wide range of recommendations

The Nutrient Reference Values for New Zealand are:

Age AI (Adequate Intake)
0-50 yr 200 IU
51-70 yr 400 IU
71+ yr 600 IU

The Institute of Medicine’s Food and Nutrition Board (FNB) have the following recommendations for Vitamin D intake.

Note that these are considerably higher than the recommendations above.

Infants 0-12 months 0 IU/day
1-18 years 600 IU/day
19-50 600 IU/day
51-70 600 IU/day
Over 70 years old 800 IU/day
Pregnant women aged 14-50 600 IU/day

The New Zealand and the FNB’s recommendations are to achieve a 25(OH)D level of 50 nmol/L – which as I mentioned in this article is just far too low.
Many experts have publically criticised these recommendations.  My personal belief is that these recommendations will increase dramatically over the next couple of years to be more in line with current research that shows the beneftis of higher levels of vitamin D.

Dr Mercola – Who has one of the largest health websites has the following vitamin D intake recommendations.  Dr Mercola goes into detail on his site to justify these levels.  These are around 10x higher than the recommendations above!

Age Dosage/day
Below 5 16 IU per kg per day
Age 5 – 10 2500 IU
Adults 5000 IU
Pregnant Women 5000 IU

The Weston A Price Foundation – an organisation that provides health and nutrition education, recommendations are:

Children age 3 months to 12 years 500-1000IU/day
Children over 12 years and adults 1000-2000IU/day
Pregnant and nursing women 2000-4000 IU/day

Putting all this information shows the large variety in recommendations.  It’s also important to note that the amount of vitamin D required for the individual will vary depending on their vitamin D status – which can only be determined by a 25(OH)D test – see this article.  Illness and medical conditions can also increase the vitamin D requirement.

In my opinion the New Zealand, and FNBs recommendations are far too low.  If I’m asked to quote numbers my recommended intakes would be:

Children <12 yrs 2000 – 3000 IU/day

Adults 3000-4000 IU/day

Pregnant and nursing women 5000 IU/day

If you’re looking to achieve this with Green Pasture cod liver oil the vitamin D levels of our cod liver oil varies from batch to batch.  The latest test data can be found here

If we assume that cod liver oil carries 750 IU/ml.

  • ½ tsp (2.5 ml) = 1875 IU – my recommendation for children <12yr
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) = 3750 IU – my recommended dosage for over 12 yrs
  • 1.5 tsp (7.5ml) = 5625 IU – my recommended dosage for pregnant or lactating women
  • Note that 2 x capsules = 1ml or 750 IU

About Us

Hi

My name is Dave Liow. I am an exercise physiologist who has specialised in helping people get healthier for the last 20 years. I’ve been lucky enough in my career to work with world class NZ athletes, hold a health science senior lectureship, and help improve the health of a wide range of people over this time.
have been a member of the Weston A Price Foundation (WAPF) since 2006. I was lucky enough to organise a tour of Sally Fallon to New Zealand in 2007 and absolutely loved picking her brains. WAPF introduced me to the many benefits of cod liver oil. I imported Green Pasture cod liver oil into New Zealand to help my patients increase their vitamin D levels. So many of them got great results and told others that I ended up setting up a business to keep up with the demand and codoil.co.nz started in Wellington. My healthy kids have had cod liver oil since they started eating solids. My wife and I take cod liver oil every morning. My mum uses cod liver oil to combat her osteoporosis. My friends have used cod liver oil to beat the winter blues, for their pregnancies, and to help grow healthy kids.

Warning: This site only sells Green Pasture cod liver oil.

We send to all NZ addresses by FREE signed courier delivery. See here for details

I wouldn’t give anything else to you or my friends and family.
To the best of my knowledge Green Pasture is the only brand of cod liver oil that uses lactofermentation, rather than harsh cleaning and deodorizing using heat and chemicals, and only the natural vitamins that come from the fish.

All other brands of cod liver oil are processed to remove all the vitamins A and D and then non-fish (lanolin) or synthetic vitamins A and D added back in. These products should be completely avoided as the synthetic versions of A and D are toxic.
The process that is used to make Green Pasture cod liver oil is time consuming, expensive and absolutely best practice. This cod liver oil isn’t the cheapest, but it’s the best. If you’re going to invest in your health, make it a worthwhile investment. Read this to see why this is the cod liver oil for you.

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  • We only supply New Zealand customers. We don’t send overseas.
  • We deliver by door to door signed courier to a physical address. Please make sure you provide us with a physical address NOT a PO Box
  • We will replace any spoiled or broken products at no cost to the customer. We totally back our products!
  • If you have any feedback or problems please contact us

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We deliver by signed courier FREE to all NZ addresses

Please note that we deliver ONLY in New Zealand by signed courier to a physical addresses – We can’t send to PO Boxes.

There is no extra charge for rural delivery. We support our country folks as well as the city dwellers.

Please allow 3 working days for your delivery to arrive. If you have any special delivery needs or your order hasn’t arrived within this time frame please email here – and we’ll get right back to you with an update.

Cod liver oil and kids

This took a little bribing but the lure of being on on the internet brought my two little starlets out into the spot light.
My two girls – Maia (8) and Ella (5) talk you through the basics of why cod liver oil is important for growing kids

Our most frequent FAQs are about cod liver oil and kids.
Just to clarify a few points:

  • The recommended dosage for under 12s is 2.5 ml
  • As cod liver oil is a food provided by nature you can’t overdose on it

Our experience of using cod liver oil has been fantastic – so good that we decided to share this in business

  • Our girls are very rarely sick. We believe that this is largely due to the immune system boosting effect of cod liver oil.
  • Our girls have excellent teeth. Day to day diet has a massive effect here, but vitamin D also helps with tooth development and repair
  • Omega-3s also support brain development and learning. In a 2.5 ml of our cod liver oil you get at least 250mg of DHA/EPA.

If you’re looking at one food to boost your kid’s health we believe that this is it.
Some of the tips that parents have sent in to us to get their kids into the habit of taking cod liver oil are:

  • Let them use the syringe and be in charge of squirting it in (you’d be surprised how enticing this is)
  • Ask them who wants to go first (again a strange but effective method) – our girls fight for first place
  • Use a chaser if they don’t like the taste – berry and citrus flavours tend togo well – see this article
  • Design a special treat as a chaser – some we’ve heard about are cacao, coconut oil, and strawberries
  • Don’t make a big deal of it. Be casual – don’t build it up. It’s just “what we do at breakfast time”
  • Try some different flavours – Ella likes plain, Maia likes cinnamon tingle and kid’s peppermint
  • Start them young. My girls had cod liver oil as a first food and haven’t stopped.

Here’s to your health and the health of your children

The Death of Commercial Cod Liver Oil

Almost all cod liver oil is sourced from Norway and Iceland. Industrial cod liver oil manufacturing involves alkali refining, bleaching, winterization and deodorization. These processes remove natural vitamin D from the oil. Almost all factories either produce vitamin deficient cod liver oil (vitamin D <900 IU per teaspoon) or add synthetic vitamins back into the oil (the most common procedure eg. Nordic Naturals). Until early 2009 we were able to source cod liver oil from a factory that added the natural vitamins back into the processed cod liver oil. Unfortunately, this factory has now followed the cheaper more commercial path of producing synthetically enhanced cod liver oil.

For those of you that have been using our product lines over the last few years, you will notice that our standard high-vitamin cod liver oil is now “off the menu”. Since we couldn’t source a natural cod liver oil – we couldn’t stock one. The only natural cod liver oil that is high in vitamins A and D on the market is the fermented cod liver oil produced by Green Pasture that we stock. This oil is batch brewed in Nebraska from cod livers using traditional lacto-fermentation and non-toxic methods without using heat and carbon filters that damage vitamins and omega-3 oils. The result is a high vitamin cod liver oil containing 4000-9000 IU vitamin A and 3000-4000 IU vitamin D per teaspoon. Super high-vitamin and exquisitely processed to preserve the natural qualities of cod liver oil.

We refuse to carry inferior products – and if you’re already one of our customers we know that you’ve refused to use inferior products.