2002, researchers at the School of Biomedicine at Cardiff
University confirmed what many of our grandmothers have always
told us: cod liver oil is good for you. A team of scientists
lead by Dr. Bruce Caterson looked at arthritic knee cartilage
discarded after knee-replacement surgeries. that these compounds
are all available in pill form today.
researchers treated one group of the samples with the main
ingredient of cod liver oil - Omega-3 fatty acids- and did
nothing to the other group. After subjecting both groups to
a chemical that mimmicks the inflammation arthritis sufferers
are prone to, the researchers found a cartilage-destroying
enzyme present in the untreated sample was not present in
the group treated with the Omega-3 fatty acids. "These findings.
. .offer a scientific basis for why cod liver oil helps people
with arthritis and has for so many years," Dr. Caterson told
the BBC in February 2002. But modern research has yet to confirm
the myriad other benefits said to be gained from a daily dose
of cod liver oil, long forced on children as a general cure
all. Though it's likely that cod liver oil's high levels of
vitamins A and D and Omega-3 fatty acids were in fact beneficial
to previous generations, children everywhere can rejoice that
these compounds are all available in pill form today.