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Supplements are an invaluable way to top up your nutrition and overall health, particularly if you are engaged in an active lifestyle.

Now, we are all different and our deficiencies reflect that so in order to identify where you need a helping hand we would recommend having a blood test at your local GP to find out what you should, or shouldn’t, be taking — but the one thing that unites all of us (except for the vegetarians and vegans among us) is that we should all be taking cod liver oil.

Cod liver oil is a ridiculous nutritious fish oil supplement and contains omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin A and vitamin D and contributes to stronger bones and reduced inflammation, as well as to a healthy brain, eyes and skin.

Not only that, cod liver oil contributes greatly to your heart health, with its omega 3 fatty acids greatly reducing the risk of heart disease in people who take it regularly.

In addition, cod liver oil has been proven to help with feelings of depression or anxiety —  something which affects 615 million people across the globe. The vitamin D contained within is also known to be an effective method (along with other factors in a healthy lifestyle) to help reduce inflammation, which has been linked as an inciting cause to depression.

It is also very simple to add cod liver oil to your diet. It can be taken via a teaspoon or capsule form, with a common dose being 1-2 teaspoons per day. Higher doses are not recommended as you don’t want to take more vitamin A than your daily recommended limit. It also acts as a blood thinner, so check with your doctor as to how or if it might interact with any other medications you may be taking.