Saturday, 28 March 2015

5 Top Hair & Skin Benefits, Uses of Cod Liver Oil For Acne, Hair Growth & Dry Skin

 

If there is a single health tip that is very essential for keeping our skin glowing and youthful, it is to consume omega-3 fatty acids on a regular basis. Though there are many sources of omega-3 fatty acids, oily fish tops that list. All my Kerala friends have amazing skin and hair because they include different kinds of fresh fish almost daily in their diet. Now if you are a regular fish eater, you can get your daily quota of omega-3's very easily. Many don't like to consume fish on a regular basis, for them taking fish oil supplements will work well. I have always been interested in fish oils and I wanted to share my experience. I used to think that fish oil and cod liver oil are the same, but they are not. Fish oil and cod liver oil are not the same, though they are derived from fish, they differ in their sources and vitamin content a bit. Fish oil is derived from flesh of different kind of sea fishes like herring, salmon, etc. Cod liver oil is extracted only from the liver of the cod fish. Both these oils are available both in capsule and liquid form. Both are rich in omega-3 fatty acids but cod liver oil contains both vitamin A and vitamin D, which fish oil lacks. It is because of these vitamins that in many countries which receive minimal amount of sunlight, children are given cod liver oil regularly to make up for vitamin D deficiency. However there are some side effects of consuming cod liver oil. For some it might agree perfectly, but for some people it can cause stomach discomfort. They might experience fishy breath, heart burn and burping which can be very embarrassing and uncomfortable, especially if they are planning to take it on a regular basis. I was expecting worse when I started taking the pills but surprisingly I didn't experience any discomfort at all after taking the capsules. But if I don't drink enough water that day, I will experience the fish burp. This varies from person to person but taking the pills immediately after food reduces the heart burn significantly. Other main concern is the toxins found in the cod liver oil. Since hazardous wastes are dumped every year in the oceans, most of the the fishes accumulate those toxins and the fish oils derived from these fishes carry the toxins. To avoid this, try buying cod liver oil that is from a very reputed brand. One journal advised buying expensive cod liver oils as the quality is very good and also to buy the cod liver oil that is sold in dark bottles as light could make the oil go rancid. Here in India, only cod liver oil capsules are available, but if you try searching online I think you will find the best quality cod liver oils that are stored properly and of the highest purity. Pregnant women should not consume cod liver oil capsules as it has high amount of vitamin A and it could effect the unborn child. If you are already taking supplements and plan to take cod liver oil too, make sure you are not overdosing on vitamin A. Try taking cod liver oil for a week and see whether it agrees with you, if it does consider taking it on regular basis, but opt for the highest quality oils preferably sold in liquid form.

 

 SKIN BENEFITS OF COD LIVER OIL

1. COD LIVER OIL FOR PIMPLES | ACNE & ACNE SCARS:

                            If you notice anyone who is consuming high amount of omega-3 fatty acids in their diet, they will have a very good skin texture. Many don't mind eating meat but hate eating fish, if you belong to that category, try consuming cod liver oil regularly, especially if you are suffering from break outs. Cod liver oil does work very well for curing acne and acne scars and some people start seeing results immediately. If you can source fermented cod liver oil in liquid form, please give it a try as the body absorbs it better. But with liquid form, you have to endure the fishy taste and smell, to overcome that try buying ones that have a flavor. Like with all treatments, some might experience immediate relief, for others it might take some more time. Continue taking the cod liver oil regularly and definitely you will see positive changes in your skin.

 2.COD LIVER OIL FOR DRY & ITCHY SKIN:

                      If you are a person who is suffering from dry and itchy skin, then you will greatly benefits from taking cod liver oil regularly as internal consumption of omega-3 fatty acids treats dry skin very effectively along with reducing the itchiness caused by it. I have a normal to dry skin and I found that my skin texture was much better after taking the cod liver oil regularly. Regular use also increases the suppleness of the skin. But please don't go above the prescribed dosage, it will be counterproductive. Usually if you are taking it in liquid form, don't go beyond a tsp per day.

3. COD LIVER OIL FOR WRINKLES, AGING SKIN:

                      If you are suffering from fine lines, spots and uneven skin tone, try a topical application of cod liver oil. I know, I know it sounds very gross to apply a fish oil on the skin but it is one of the most inexpensive treatments for aging skin, wrinkles and fine lines. Studies show that when cod liver is applied topically, the skin texture greatly improved. When you first apply the oil on the skin, you will be hit with the fishy smell but it will diminish within a few minutes of application to a more subtle smell as your nose gets used to it. With regular application, you will start seeing results within 2 to 3 weeks. Your skin will start clearing up, but each skin differs, so be patient and apply at least for a week or two to see results. To use, pierce a cod liver oil capsule and massage the contents on the face in a thin layer. Leave it on the face for as much as time as you can. This is a safe treatment that anyone can try along with internal consumption for clearing up blemishes that will result in a glowing skin but please don't scold me when you are enduring the the fishy smell :)

HAIR BENEFITS OF COD LIVER OIL

4. COD LIVER OIL FOR HAIR FALL:

                      If you are fighting hair loss and don't mind taking fish oil then I strongly recommend cod liver oil to fight hair loss. Because of the high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin A and vitamin D found in the cod liver oil, it minimizes hair fall greatly. Consuming cod liver oil is one best way to keep our hair shiny and healthy. All these three nutrients nourishes the hair follicles from within and healthy hair follicles results in healthy hair that is less prone to breakage and hair fall. Personally, I feel my hair shedding is very less, if I eat a traditional diet and take supplements that includes cod liver oil. There are also few things that we can do along with eating healthy and taking supplements that stop hair loss like cod liver oil: Try weekly oil bath, conditioning homemade hair masks and regular application of homemade hair oils. I am sure like in my home, you would have heard this advice a million times from your mothers and grandmothers, I am just repeating what I have been advised almost everyday of my life :)


5. COD LIVER OIL FOR GREY HAIR :

                      Many have reported that they could reverse their premature greying hair when they took the cod liver oil supplements regularly. Preventing premature greying is easier but reversing premature greying takes a long time so it is important that we include every single thing that is known to work. If you are a person who is suffering from premature greying for a long time start taking cod liver oil regularly. And along with it start using curry leaf hair oil regularly. Curry leaf hair oil is known to reverse premature greying, if applied regularly, but it takes a long time. Combining it along with supplements like cod liver oil will speed up the process.



97 comments:

  1. This is great information, and I really appreciate it. Can you recommend a recipe(s) for home-made hair masks and hair oils? Many Thanks!

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    1. Hi Maureen, If you look at the beauty remedies page at the top, you will find lot of homemade hair mask and hair oil recipes that I have tried over the years....

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    2. HI RAMYA VENKATESHWARAN!HOW R U? R U A DOCTOR?UR POST S REALLY HELPFUL.WAT DID U MEAN ABT FLAVOURED SEACOD.WHICH FLAVOUR?IF T S FLAVOURED....IT WILL BE LESS EFFECTIVE DAN D ORIGINAL 1 RIGHT?

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    3. Hi Avitha, I am not a doctor :), you can read about me in the "about me" page. What I meant was fermented cod liver oils are made using cold pressed method so it retains the nutrients better than regular cod liver oil but it has a strong fishy smell. If you can't take the fermented cod liver oil because of the smell you can choose flavored ones in it, it won't affect the nutritive value. You can find fermented cod liver oil here:amazon.in

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  2. Hi ..Can you pls provide a good brand for cod liver oil capsules in India?

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    1. Try either sevenseas or seacod cod liver oil capsules, I personally use sevenseas cod liver oil...

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  3. Good. Information
    I have face burning. Problem
    Can you help me?

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    1. I would suggest applying pure Aloe Vera gel on the face, it is very very soothing...

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  4. Hello m fighting with hair fall..kindly suggest me what should i do..

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    1. First try to pinpoint what is causing hair fall- is it stress or any nutrient deficiency or scalp problems like dandruff. If we find the cause we can easily treat it. For dandruff try fenugreek hair mask from the blog, also try taking supplements if there is any nutrient deficiency...

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  5. i m 27.i h've genetic hair fall problm last many years. i h've used all type of treatments nd everything. but still no benefit.my nails also some dry. can u plz tell me how i "ll use cod liver oil capsules nd which brand z gud.tell me how many capsules in a day nd how to eat. i shall be very grateful to u...explain me whole....!

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  6. can you suggest something for stretch marks

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    1. There is a recipe for homemade massage oil for stretch marks in the blog, please look for it in the beauty page on top or you can use the search box on the right to look for it...

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  7. Mam,
    Can I use cod liver Oil for massaging my new born baby? He is 1 Month Old?

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    1. I would suggest using only pure unrefined coconut oil or sesame oil or extra virgin olive oil for massaging your baby's skin...

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  8. I Really appreciate you
    actually i have face hair problem my hair growth too slow

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    1. You can try applying beard oil and try supplements like biotin which is supposed to help fast hair growth....

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    2. Hii. I have been suffering from an unusual problem that has not been diagnosed yet. I have white thing growing my face without any break. D more I clean more it comes and it has made my skin dry too. Please help

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    3. Hi Tanvi, I am sorry but suggesting a remedy without knowing what the problem is will only cause harm...

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  9. Hello mam.. Can I eat 'Wells brand cord liver oil pills"..??

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    1. I have not heard of that brand of cod liver oil but if it is from a reputed company, I am sure you can....

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  10. Can it still work without consuming it??
    Can i just apply ot on my skin??
    THE SEVEN SEAS OMEGA 3 COD LIVER OIL??

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    1. You can apply cod liver oil on the skin alone without taking it internally and it will work. But the time it takes for the results to show will vary depending on the person's skin...

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  11. hellow. thank u very much.does seven sees ave a flavor? if not, how can i stop myself from feeling a fishy taste in my tummy?

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    1. Seven seas cod liver oil does not have a flavor but some experience fish smell while burping. Try drinking lots of water while consuming cod liver oil to prevent fishy taste in the tummy...

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  12. My son is 4 years old n he is suffering enlarged adnoide problem.his skin n hairs are dry now before that his skin was very soft.can I give him seacod cod liver oil n how many dose per day n how long? Plzzzzzzzzzzzz reply.thanks

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    1. I am so very sorry for the late reply. You can give him cod liver oil but try giving cod liver oil in liquid form like this one: amazon.in. Usually the daily recommended dosage of cod liver oil for kids is 1/2 tsp but if in doubt you can also consult his doctor about it...

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  13. I have had post typhoid hair loss and before that also I have never had dense growth. I am very tensed coz almost my scalp is visible. What all supplements should I take???? I oil my hair every alternate day n wash it. Can seacod help?

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    1. Omega 3 fatty acids will greatly help hair growth and you can take seacod cod liver fish oil. But I would suggest you consult a physician so he| she can chart a course of supplements that you require....

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  14. How many times should i take seacod capsules i a day?? I have hair fall problem..

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    1. I am taking one capsule of cod liver oil daily and it works well for me...

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  15. I want to know that cod liver oil suits for breastfeeding mother.is it danger for baby?can cod liver oil slim the body. I want to slim.my breast is very large after the delivery. pls help me how to slim my breast also body.my baby is only 3 months.

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    1. I would suggest consulting your doctor before taking cod liver supplements while breast feeding especially if you are already taking supplements as too much of vitamin A is bad for us and also because of the toxins found in cod liver oils. For weight loss continue breast feeding, exercising moderately and eating healthy, your body will shed it's fat easily......

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  16. Thank You very much for such a afford. i take milk daily in morning and before going bed. can i take take cod liver oil please let me know. i am facing hair loss problem and please suggest me hair oil and shampoo or something to wash hair. i was thinking about castor and bhringraj oil.

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    1. Yes, you can take cod liver oil but try to ensure that you are taking from a reputed brand. I would suggest curry leaf hair oil or bhringraj hair oil from the blog for oiling the hair. For hair wash you can try arappu powder(you can read about it in the blog)or homemade shampoo from the blog...

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  17. Hi there,

    Do you think this will help with arm acne? I have VERY stubborn arm acne that just won't go away no matter how well I eat, exercise or sleep.

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    1. I would suggest using turmeric and holy basil paste from the blog for treating arm acne, it is really helpful for treating acne...

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  18. Hi I read ur article... and u have give very good info. . I have major hair loss ... which company cod liver oil pill can I use.. ?? How many pill in a day ?? Plz clarify my Doubts .... thanks in advance

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    1. If you don't mind the price for a good quality cod liver oil, I would suggest consuming fermented cod liver, here is a fermented cod liver oil sold in amazon: amazon.in

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  19. Hello.....kindly suggest daily intake of cod liver oil capsules....

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    1. Please refer to the reply given to the previous query...

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  20. Hi I have heard that seacodliver capsules make u weight gain .. Is it true ?I am already on diet and planning to start these pills for hair growth

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    1. I have not experienced any weight gain taking cod liver oil pills at all...

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  21. I'm having grey hair like few. Does codlver capsule one per day is enough ??

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  22. I'm having grey hair like few. Does codlver capsule one per day is enough ??

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    1. Daily one capsule of cod liver oil is the dosage that was suggested to me...

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  24. Can i use cad oil to gain weight?

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    1. Cod liver oil does not lead to weight gain only consuming excessive calories leads to weight gain...

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    2. hello mis ramya i am applying cod liver oil to my hair how many times a week should i apply it to scalp

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    3. Try applying cod liver oil your hair weekly twice or thrice as a pre-shampoo treatment...

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  25. i am planning for baby in next 6 months..will cod liver oil capsules affect the pragnancy?

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    1. You can consume cod liver oil, it won't affect fertility...

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  26. i am having a lot of acnes on my face and my skin is very oily
    and i m a pure veg so i cant consume the capsule.
    what should i do?

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    1. I would suggest applying the turmeric and holy basil face pack from the blog, it treats acne very well...

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  27. I'm having hair fall from past few years.. and even some bald patches appear on my scalp.... Does eating cod liver oil tablets will regrow my hair back???

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    1. If the baldness is hereditary, then taking cod liver oil alone will not help. I would suggest taking natural DHT blockers (the hormone that causes baldness) like saw palmetto, green tea, pumpkin seed oil, etc...

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  28. Hi! I am a boy of age 19 and I am facing hairfall. And my hair is becoming thin. Will seacod liver oil help?

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    1. Cod liver oil is rich in Vitamin A & D and also omega 3 fatty acids which will help in hair growth and it also has anti inflammatory properties too. But hair fall at this age can be caused due to stress too, try reducing stress, sleep well and eat healthy along with take cod liver oil supplement for a few days (please don't over dose on cod liver oil capsules) and take oil bath regularly (you can find the method for it in the blog), your hair fall problem will stop sooner...

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  29. hello im suffering from allergic reaction due to mosiquitoe bites that swells up.any clues on what i can take??

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  30. hello im suffering from allergic reaction due to mosiquitoe bites that swells up.any clues on what i can take??

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    1. Take few holy basil leaves and rub on the affected area, the swelling and itching will subside immediately...

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  31. Hello...
    Thanks for such an informative blog!
    I m strict vegetarian...I hv oily face skin but almost permanent cracks on heels n smtimes on palms too...dull n fragile hair too...
    But cant take this tablets orally...can u suggest ny alternative way to get benifit of cod liver oil capsules? Or ny other vegan source fr omega 3fatty acids??
    Thanks...

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    1. Hi, try either flax seeds or sabja seeds or hemp seeds or sea weed, all these are good vegan sources for omega 3 fatty acids...

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  32. hello,
    I have very dry and sensitive skin and since almost 2 years I am facing acne issues which I have treated but did't gt the perfect solution yet.

    As read in the article (most of them) omega-3 fatty acids vit A & D is most important content to cure such issues.

    I have started taking nuts almonds & flak seeds since two days , does it really help to reduce acne & make the skin texture good and within how much time it will start showing it?
    Do i need to add more in my diet to get faster results ?

    Thank you!
    Your article was so helpful.

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    1. Hi, I would kindly suggest checking for deficiencies in a lab, if we precisely know what we are deficient in, we can treat it easily. In my personal experience even stress causes breakout, If I am extremely stressed I breakout. But it is a good idea to start including almonds and flax seeds in your diet, I would also suggest including homemade yogurt too. With regular intake of healthy fats, adequate amounts of water and stress reduction you will find your skin tone improve very very quickly....

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  33. Hi my daughter hey 16 years old and she has got hair fall since 2 to 3 months now .she also has Dandruff. Can I give her seven seas or cod liver oil capsules. Also is it recommended to take these capsules after a meal?

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    1. If the hair fall is due to nutritional deficiencies, taking cod liver oil will help. Hair fall could also be due to stress or dandruff, for dandruff I would suggest using fenugreek hair mask from the blog. I would suggest using fenugreek hair mask first for 2 weeks weekly twice or thrice and if the hair fall doesn't stop then start giving her 1 cod liver oil capsule after meal. But for nutritional deficiencies, it is better to check out what she is deficient in and then take the supplements...

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  34. Hi, I heard like the cod liver oil could help in developing bones strength and improve the nerves by applying it on the skin. Is it true? especially for the child? I google'd lot but i have seen mostly use as supplement neither directly apply on the skin. your answers would help me a lot ! Thanks in advance!

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  35. Hi, I heard like the cod liver oil could help in developing bones strength and improve the nerves by applying it on the skin. Is it true? especially for the child? I google'd lot but i have seen mostly use as supplement neither directly apply on the skin. your answers would help me a lot ! Thanks in advance!

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    1. I am sorry I haven't heard of cod liver oil skin massage specifically improving bone strength more as any skin massage will improve the muscle tone if done regularly. Though cod liver oil stinks, it can be used on the skin but applying cod liver oil directly on a child's skin should be done after doing a patch test as it might cause redness and flaking in some children...

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  36. helo mis ramya i am apply cod liver oil and cocnut oil mixture to my scalp every day is it a problem?

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    1. It is not a problem at all, in fact it is very good :. Cod liver oil is rich in omega 3 fatty acids & vitamin A which helps nourish hair follicles when applied on the hair. It also softens the hair and prevents hair breakage. It also prevents hair follicle inflammation which leads to hair loss. In spite o fit's many uses, many don't prefer to apply cod liver oil for hair externally because of the strong unpleasant fishy smell....

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  37. Hi...i have been taking cod liver oil for approximately 20 days..haven't found any difference in hairfall instead it isgetting more and have got few pimples too how is it so ??

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    1. If your hair fall is due to nutritional deficiencies especially vitamin A, Vitamin D and omega 3 fatty acids then taking cod liver oil will definitely help. But I would kindly suggest finding out the reason for hair fall first, then it will be easier to treat it. Also people react differently to different products, for me cod liver oil never caused breakouts but if it does for you, I would suggest stopping using it. Once I tried biotin and got acne immediately, had to stop taking it immediately..:(

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  39. Hello ma'am, I started giving seven season cod liver oil capsule to my 5 yr old son on a daily basis(one per day). A week later he developed white patches on his cheeks all over. I thought it may be due to worms and gave him deworm prescribed by the doctor. And I continued cod oil. As the rushes were getting more I stopped giving him cod oil and the white patches disappeared in a week. What should be the problem? And plz tell me if I could use the remaining capsules externally for my skin or other uses

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    1. Cod liver oil is high in vitamin A, vitamin D & omega 3 fatty acids, for a healthy child who is already eating nutritious food daily taking cod liver oil capsules daily might exceed the daily dosage of vitamin A required. Usually it is best to give the child natural foods instead of supplements unless it is absolutely required and I would kindly suggest giving supplements for children only under doctors guidance....

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  40. hello.....

    i have an problem of deep stretch marks on my arm. so please suggeest me what i do.....

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    1. I would suggest using this massage oil regularly on your arm, with regular daily use it will start slowly fading away: oil

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  41. hai iam dhanya can you suggest suitable methods of hair falling and hair splitting

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    1. Hi Dhanya, I would suggest using a hair oil on the scalp and hair regularly, it will greatly prevent hair falling and splitting. You can choose any one of the hair oil recipes that you like from the blog. Also try eating a healthy high protein diet, reduce stress and sleep well...

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  42. Hi Dhanya Im taking one 1000mg of cod liver oil capsules per day for a month now,my little problem is my hair has gone very flat as if the oil is too much ,I do'nt normally have greasy hair,would I lose the benefit of the cod liver oil,if I took the 1000mg every other day as I have got three months supply of the 1000mg to use up .With thanks Jean.C ...Love your page

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  43. hi any methods to cure acne and huge pimples?I BREAK OUT regularly..like literally almost nothing works well for me and i kinda have both oily and dry skin bt mostly oily..

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    1. Usually when I break out, the first thing I do is make turmeric paste by soaking turmeric in hot water to soften it and then rub it in on a coarse stone to get a paste. I apply the paste only on the spots and leave it on overnight and by next day morning, the spot usually is reduced considerably, give it a try....

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  44. is taking 300mg of cod liver oil capsule safe

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    1. Usually up to 300 mg of cod liver oil is considered safe for daily consumption but 300 mg is the upper limit. I would kindly suggest consulting a physician to determine the correct dosage....

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  45. People with low blood pressure can use cod liver oil as supplement??

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  46. People who are having low bp can use cod liver oil as supplement??

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  47. Hlo madm..my age is 18 still now there is no hair growth.in my hand ...and more hair falling ..plz suugest me what i. Do

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  48. Hlo madm.my age 18 stil there no hair improvement in my hand.and more hair falling.plz suugest me what i da

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  49. Does consuming cod liver oil capsules secretes more oil on face? i have oily skin and i don't mind taking this capsules but my concern is will it increase my facial oil?

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  50. I would like to moisturize my hair and reverse premature grey hair. Is it ok to apply cherry flavoted cod liver oil directly?

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  51. Is there any permanent solution for hair falling for men? This Diwali makes me very happy with new dresses from azani. But my younger brother have hair fall problem for past one year. Mostly his front head was fully clear.. :(

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  52. Dear Mam,
    i have skin problem i.e.from last 2 year my skin becomes dead skin have blackish sunlight spot on my face...tried so many things but no effect...plz suggest me.
    thanks

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  53. WooooooW great post!! Really useful information. Highly appreciate and thanks a lot Ramya!!!!

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  54. Hi Ramya,
    i had hypothyroid, taking 100mcg daily, my skin is dry and had a great hair fall. And am not unmarried.from one month taking cod liver capsules for skin, hair and to get slim. will it help. Or will have any side effects.

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