I have recommended cod liver oil for 30 years. I always said that if it was good enough for my great grandmother Bell then it is good enough for you and me. Great grandma Bell just happened to be "Dr. Lucy" Bell-and much of her advice is what's gotten me here today.
But back to the issue at hand: cod liver oil.
Cardiff University in Great Britain recently finished a study on the beneficial effects of cod liver oil on degenerative arthritis (also known as osteoarthritis). It's been known for years that cod liver oil is good for rheumatoid arthritis, the inflammatory type. But these new findings by the Cardiff researchers show that not only does cod liver oil relieve the symptoms-primarily pain and stiffness-of both types of arthritis, but it can also reverse the destruction of joint cartilage, which is characteristic of osteoarthritis. The cartilage is the cushioning factor that keeps the joints of the bones from rubbing together.
Professor Bruce Caterson, head of the Cardiff study, immersed tissue samples in a test solution of cod liver oil. He found that the solution could completely stop-or even reverse-the action of the destructive enzymes and inflammatory factors affecting the tissue after just 24 hours. Amazing!
"This is where," Dr. Caterson added, "science and old wives' tales coincide. Our findings are consistent with advice that taking cod liver oil in early adulthood could prevent the onset of osteoarthritis and would reduce the harmful symptoms associated with the disease."
Here's what to do:
Great grandma Bell's advice? Take four cod-liver oil capsules twice a day. My advice? Always listen to Great grandma Bell.