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Saxlicker

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Not really a recipe unless you know different.
At the grand old age of 'something'...:shocked:
I decided my joints may benefit from cod liver oil supplements because I'm not one for oily fish in my diet.
I used to take the capsules as a fad some 18 years ago but I had 2 split in quick succession in one week and I really really did not deal with the way they repeated on me when that happened. It was like the end of the world for the rest of each of those days.
I'm finally almost ready to give them a go again. Bought on by constant clicks and clunks of just about every joint I can think of.
I searched the internet for ways to disguise the flavour and found that most of the replies are by over obsessed parents trying to spoon the stuff down toddlers!!

Do you have any tried and proven techniques beyond the flavoured ones? or am I being Namby Pamby?
Please be gentle how you answer that last part I may cry.:crying:
 

Andrew Sanders

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Just man-up and get them down you! I swear by them.They were effective with my footballer's knees within a couple of weeks.
You oil your saxes you must oil your legs.
Andy
 

Andrew Sanders

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My Old Mum used to give us a spoonful of "Virol" to take the taste of the fish oil away, but that was oil on a spoon none of this mamby-pamby capsule nonsense. Virol tasted like the malt extract you make homebrew with.
Olive oil and lemon oil.... I ask you!
 

Fraser Jarvis

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We recently looked at this and found out the following: Much of the branded stuff from drug stores/supermarkets is very very low in actual cod liver oil and to get any real benefit you would need to take an excessive amount, also some have been shown to contain low level traces of Mercury!

Your best option would be to get the slightly larger fish oil capsules from Holland and Barret.
 

O.C.V.

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Our dogs get a codliver oil capsule every day and they have lovely shiny coats. It might do the same for you !
O.C.V.
 

kevgermany

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As a kid we had a teaspoonful each every morning. No mamby pamby and nothing to take the taste away. Quite liked it after a while....

We now do the Salmon oil/fish oil and a capsule before breakfast doesn't repeat.
 

MandyH

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personally I'm very sceptical as to the benefits of such supplements...

that said, I swear by vitamin C :)))

Could you try something highly flavoured to swallow it down? Bacon crisps, say, they could repeat on you all day instead :))) or maybe swig it down with a glass of orange juice?

I have no idea TBH, as someone whose legs have always ached, (I was born with CDH and my hips and knees have ached ever since) I've never thought that there might be a solution...
 

kevgermany

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The oil capsules have helped a lot with problems with the base of my thumbs. And also help my moods....
 

MandyH

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Whats that for, your eyes? have to try that, maybe make me read the dots a bit better then init..
It was recommended to me by a lovely old Dutch lady we knew in the Netherlands some 12 years ago. In the intervening years I have barely ever had a cold, and the only time I have been ill were 2 bouts of true flu. Whether I would have been equally healthy I have no idea. :confused:

She swore by it and she was still raising funds for a children's charity in Romania and travelling to visit them at the age of 87, so it was doing something for her too :D
 

Rogerb

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After about 40 years of varying joint pains, diagnosed as osteoarthritis, I suggested, on reading my routine blood test results, that it might actually be gout! I now take pills to reduce my uric acid level, and avoid oily fish which is high in 'purines', but had taken Eskimo Brainsharp (fish-oil plus a few other supposedly beneficial odds and ends...no purines) for a few years to boost Omega-3. etc.
I experienced no benefit to my joints from taking fish oils(nor glucosamine), but controlling my UA levels certainly seems to have helped ..... fewer sharp pains in the knees and toes.
I miss my sardines and mackerel, but it's a small price to pay for the reduced discomfort.
After 5 ops on my left knee, it's never going to be brilliant, especially going down stairs and hills, but I am trying to avoid its getting bad enough to need a 'replacement', as my siblings' experience of these has not been very satisfactory.

I do recommend Brainsharp ... and to take it in liquid form ...5ml/day should suffice for most people .....it does not taste bad (I HATE the taste of cod-liver oil, even the 'flavoured' stuff) and there are no after-effects, PLUS it is hugely more economical than capsules. The makers of Brainsharp say that fish-oils that taste bad and 'repeat on you' are probably rancid, and certainly not as pure as theirs!!
(I have just run-out and need to order more!)

It must help me with my pub-quizzes, I guess :D
 

Fraser Jarvis

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MandyH;6434 [QUOTE said:
In the intervening years I have barely ever had a cold
,I thought it was Garlic capsules that were supposedly good against getting colds and flu?
 

TomMapfumo

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The important thing in UK is not to take any notice of a "Low Fat Diet" which is why too many folks suffer from obesity and have stiffness throughout their bodies. Our bodies need fat in order to function well but too many folks take in an excess of carbohydrate which is stored as fat when exercise is not taken. With low fat diets people are too stiff to get exercise, and the problem gets worse.

In the South of France the diet is high fat/low carbohydrate - mostly poultry/fish oil etc. and 1/6th the quantity of refined carbohydrate of UK diets. Supplements end up just being an expensive way of managing a poor diet. C'est la vie............;}
 

MandyH

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MandyH;6434 said:
AIUI vit C is "good" for "general health". But as I said, maybe I would have been equally as healthy without it.
I eat way in excess of the "recommended" 5 a day now (although I didn't 12 years ago - when my life had been turned upside down) so maybe I could drop the vit C. But it's a bit like a comfort blanket, I guess. I think it's doing me some good, it's not doing me any harm, so why change it?

However, with regards to the OP, I have no experience of fish oil supplements of any sort, so am unable to help there.
 

oldblower

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Unless you have a poor diet or are food intolerant supplement pills are generally pointless with no solid medical evidence to support using them, it is however a massive industry which likes to sell us its products. Try reading the book Bad science by Ben Goldacre. Supplements do produce very expensive pee, you could collect it and recycle it!!
 
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