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Cod Liver oil is a natural source of Vitamin A and Vitamin D. Cod Liver oil is especially recommended where people refuse vegetables such as broccoli and carrots and as a consequence deprive themselves of readily available natural sources of Vitamin A. In the body, Vitamin A is essential for the formation of visual purple (for night vision) and for bone and cellular growth.
Vitamin D is associated with Calcium absorption and the healthy development of bones and teeth. Bones and teeth require Vitamin D to activate the absorption and utilisation of Calcium to maintain skeletal growth and strength. Cod Liver oil is especially recommended where people are not sufficiently exposed to sunlight enabling the natural production of Vitamin D in the skin. Because Cod Liver oil is such a good source of these fat-soluble vitamins, it is of assistance where the dietary intake is inadequate.
In addition to Vitamins A and D, Cod Liver oil is a natural source of the very long chain fatty acids EPA and DHA. DHA is used by the body for brain development and visual acuity. It is especially important that pregnant women and breast feeding mothers receive adequate amounts of DHA. Sufficient DHA should be consumed to make use of this benefit.
In regards to consuming Cod Liver Oil during pregnancy, taking more than 4mL of Cod Liver Oil (2,500IU of Vitamin A) per day during pregnancy may cause birth defects. Because of the importance of brain development in the unborn child, pregnant women should therefore consume a minimal dose of Cod Liver Oil (4mL), as directed, or consume Fish Oil obtained from the body of the fish which has minimal Vitamin A.
Melrose Cod Liver Oil is the oil checked for contaminants. Because the sea is the eventual repository of toxins from the land and air, it is necessary to routinely test for these toxins. Recent tests have recorded less than 0.2 parts per million for heavy metals such as mercury, lead and cadmium.
Cod Liver Oil, Vitamin A, Vitamin D3, Natural Orange Flavour Each 5ml dose contains: Cod Liver Oil 4.62g Retinyl palmitate equiv. Vitamin A 938mcg RE 1.71g Cholecalciferol equiv. Vitamin D 400IU 10mcg Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) 370mg Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) 416mg
Recommended Use: Adults can take 4mls daily.
Children: Children 2 years and over can take 1/2 the adult dose.