Cod liver is not only a tasty product, but also healthy. Some will argue that this is a byproduct and it is of lower quality, compared to, for example, meat, this is not so, culinary masters attribute it to delicacies, and nutritionists strongly recommend eating liver with health and medical purposes.
But, no matter how much we praise it, like any product, the benefits and harm of cod liver should be considered in more detail. To understand this, you need to know its composition.
Benefit, harm to the composition and properties of cod liver
Still, in ancient times they knew about the curative properties of cod liver, even the great Avicenna prescribed in her treatises to give it to patients with impaired vision, but at that time they did not know about the existence of vitamins, and the liver is rich in vitamin A, which is simply necessary for normal vision, good performance of the brain, kidneys, strong teeth, smooth skin and thick hair.
There are a lot of high-grade proteins in the liver, moreover, they are in easily digestible form. The composition of these proteins are amino acids such as tryptophan, lysine, methionine, they are essential, that is, in our body are not produced, and the last one is a precursor of adrenaline and noradrenaline, the hormones produced by the adrenal cortex.
From vitamins, except A, it also includes vitamin C, group B, D, folic acid. In addition, it contains minerals and trace elements: calcium, zinc, phosphorus, sodium, magnesium, iodine, potassium, iron, copper, and they are well absorbed by the body. Iron is useful for the prevention of anemia, and copper has anti-inflammatory properties. Due to calcium and vitamin D, healing of fractures is improved, and people with osteoporosis can also be used by people. Therefore, properly prepared cod liver is very useful to eat for people with increased physical activity, or children who are in a period of intensive growth. Just pregnant, it strengthens the immune system, especially if the mother during the pregnancy and lactation will eat cod liver, then the baby will have a high intelligence.
In the cod liver, a very important substance, heparin, is produced, in medicine it is used to normalize blood clotting in those with whom it is elevated, and to prevent such diseases as vascular thrombosis.
In addition, the liver is useful to eat for people with diseases of the cardiovascular system, it reduces blood pressure, and normalizes heart rhythm, if there is a tendency to arrhythmias. It is recommended for patients with diseases of the musculoskeletal system, it has analgesic properties, due to the fact that in the liver there is a substance capable of destroying the enzyme that eats up the joints. Studies have shown that their need for nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs has decreased by 30%, as a result of eating 10 g of cod liver oil daily for a month.
Cod liver is useful in eating for people who count calories, there is very little fat in it, and the one that is is very useful, because it contains omega-3 fatty acids, they are responsible for lowering cholesterol in the body, and make the membranes of our blood cells more elastic. It is recommended for patients with arteriosclerosis and diabetes.
All this is glorious, but still not all cod liver oil is recommended, it can do harm instead of use. Firstly, it should not be used by persons with individual incompatibility, that is, allergy to fish or fish oil.
You cannot eat it separately, that is, not “liver with bread, but bread with liver,” otherwise, instead of benefit, you may get problems with the stomach and your own liver. The amount of cod liver is recommended to limit to people with low blood pressure.
For children, there are no particular limitations, but there are no clear recommendations either. Therefore, you should focus on age, gender, weight, and background diseases, so if you want to improve your child, first consult with your doctor or nutritionist.
Cod liver is contraindicated in people with elevated levels of vitamin D and calcium in the body. It is believed that there are limitations in its use and those with stones in the gall bladder and kidneys.
For people with hyperthyroidism (increased thyroid function), it is also not recommended.
Cod liver recipes, tasty and healthy salads
– from cod liver and rice, we need: 1 can of cod liver, 200 g rice, preferably basmati or wild rice, 3-4 tomatoes, 100 g green peas, 3 eggs, onions, 3 pickled cucumbers, salt, greens. Boil rice and cool. Tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, beautifully chop, add peas, rice, cod liver, mix gently and put on a plate, pour canned gravy from above and sprinkle with greens.
– 3 chicken eggs, 1 jar of canned cod liver, leek, lemon juice, green olives, dill, capers. Preparation: boil eggs, cool and cut into large cubes, chop olives and onions into rings, not large, but dill finely, carps in half, cod liver is crushed with a fork and knife, mix all the ingredients, sprinkle with lemon juice and sprinkle with dill.
– One jar of canned cod liver, 3 eggs, 2 medium sized carrots, not hard cheese 75 g, mayonnaise. Remove the liver from the jar, stretch it with a fork, and place on the bottom of the salad bowl, wash the carrots, peel and grate the liver on top. Then, grate the cheese on a fine grater and pour mayonnaise on top of the carrot. Boil eggs, separate from yolks and bequets, grate on top of the cheese, pour with mayonnaise, and chop the yolks from the top. Decorate at your discretion, you can simply sprinkle with greens. Do not overdo it with mayonnaise, otherwise the salad will be very fat.
Cod liver can be used in the preparation of a variety of sandwiches.
Everything useful should be in moderation, because after our aspiration it is useful to eat ourselves can harm ourselves.