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My essential fatty acids have run out. What’s she on about this time? I hear you cry!
Essential fatty acids! EFAs when we were kids EFAs came from Cod Liver Oil. It was vile.
Cod Liver Oil is one of those phrases that to me, has morphed into one word. A word we stop thinking about the meaning of. We never thought about it coming from Cod’s liver.
A cod should be a massive fish. The biggest I’ve seen was about 70 cms long. But in former times this fish was huge. I’ve wondered how big it’s liver is and how many cods livers it takes to fill a bottle with those tiny golden capsules.
These days they don’t necessarily mention fish when you buy EFAs. For one thing they’re commonly called omega 3, 6, 9 for example. Let’s keep anyone from thinking about the fish or it’s liver or it’s other bodily organs.
Now don’t get me wrong EFAs sound very positive.
Research has confirmed that omega-3 fatty acids can have an excellent effect on impacting degenerative diseases, such as heart disease, hypertension, rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and many others. There are anti-inflammatory properties in omega-3 fatty acids and these have shown to have a positive effect for women especially those going through menopause, thus having impact on the preservation of the heart, breast, and bone health, and better yet, it balances their moods.
I’m always keen to explore a non animal option for this type of thing. It goes back to that question How many cod’s livers does it take?
Cod is now commonly found to be endangered. Yes! The humble cod, favoured by customers in UK fish and chip shops for decades. Not just pandas and whale sharks but cod. The simple cod. Heading the way of the dodo, the mammoth, the black rhino.
Some species of cod are already extinct. Some species have been protected under a moratorium for almost fifteen years. But it may not be enough for numbers to improve.
So what then?
I went looking for
cod liver oil capsules a vegetarian alternative.
Only to find this
And then even worse; this!
Krill is what Whales eat.
I’m trying to not shout at this point.
It’s what whales eat!
So what this means is that to get EFAs there is now an industry dedicated to stealing food from whales in the ocean.
The endangered blue whale eats four tonnes of krill a day.
Everybody knows that whale populations across the world are threatened but now a western food supplement will be stealing their food too.
Now I started this piece by pointing out that my EFAs are running out.
I don’t use fish based EFAs. There are
plenty tonnes (see what I did there) of plant based alternatives.
This website shares a great table that shows some straightforward information.
You’ll notice that the fishy ones listed here are not anywhere near as good as the non fishy ones!
So if the fishy ones aren’t very good surely it’s better to eat the non fishy ones!
(That quote above mentions the ‘benefit to balancing moods’. I think I need them more just now!)
The health food store opening times haven’t helped me this week so I haven’t found any yet. The ones in the supermarket weren’t suitable.
I hope this has been informative but more importantly I hope that the vegetarian option might be more popular soon!
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