Cod Liver Oil For hair, skin and health benefits | Vegetarian substitutes for cod liver oil:
Cod Liver Oil is a rich source of Vitamin A, Vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids. Therefore, if you approach a doctor for minor skin problems, hair fall, hair loss, hair growth, the chances are high that they will suggest you to consume Cod liver oil. Omega-3 fatty acids is a kind of unsaturated fat which our body requires. But our body is not able to produce it. So, we need to find external sources to include Omega-3 fatty acids in our diet.
It happens to me when I consulted a doctor for hair fall problem long ago. He suggested me to include sesame, spinach and dates in my diet. He also told me to take one cod liver capsule every morning after meal as cod liver oil is very good for hair and it can treat various hair problems like hair fall, hair loss and promotes hair growth. He told me that I could see visible result in one month. He promised not only my hair, my skin will also start glowing :)
Health benefits of Cod liver oil for hair, skin and overall health:
1. Good for brain functioning
2. Helps to increase good cholesterol levels(HDL) in moderate amount
3. Helps to lose weight
4. Maintains proper blood pressure levels
5. Helps the hair follicles grow and reduce the hair loss
6. Helps to get healthy, glowing, acne-free skin and nails.
Cod liver oil vegetarian substitutes:
Many vegetarians(including me) buy Cod-liver oil capsules without knowing that it is extracted from the liver of fish. I bought Cod-liver oil capsules from Seven Seas brand. I just bought it without knowing that is not vegetarian. I have seen the capsules in many of my friends and relatives' homes. So, I bought it blindly long back.
I have listed few vegetarian substitutes for cod liver oil. Cod liver oil gives DHA and EPA(long chain variety of fatty acids) which can be used directly by the body. But the vegetarian sources give AHA which has to be processed by the body.
Oils with Omega-3 fatty acids: Canola oil, Flaxseed oil, soybean oil and Rapeseed oil.
Nuts with Omega-3 fatty acids: Peacons, Walnuts, Pistachios, Butternuts, Beechnuts, Hickory nuts, Pine nuts
Seeds rich in omega-3 fatty acids: Flaxseed, Chia seeds, Breadfruit seeds, Pumpkin seeds, Poppy seeds, Sesame seeds
Vegetables with Omega-3 fatty acids: Broccoli, Spinach, Lettuce, Cauliflower, Zucchini, Brussels sprouts, Turnip, Kale, Cabbage, Kidney beans
Caution and Side effects of Cod liver oil:
Consulting a doctor before taking any dietary supplements including cod liver oil is highly recommended. Over dosage of vitamins or any other supplements might lead to adverse effects.
Pregnant women who includes Vitamin A in their diet(in form of regular food too) should not take cod liver oil as over dosage of Vitamin A affects the baby.
Nowadays oceans are being dumped by industrial wastage. Cod liver oil might be toxic. So, it is important to check for quality and branded cod liver oil in the market. It is also allergic to the people who are allergic to fish. If you like this blog, subscribe with your email address and like us on facebook in the side bar to get instant updates on the posts.