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  1. Ting
    June 3, 2014

    Good morning! I didn’t know before that cod liver oil helps with skin. :) I took it for awhile in an attempt to “improve” my memory. Have been very forgetful these days. Anyway, I wasn’t consistent with it, and I only took 1 capsule per day. So i thought it isn’t helping and I stopped. Maybe I will have to start again!

    On a different oil, for about a month I have been taking a natural herbal oil (with sesame, flax seed, coconut etc) in a capsule. After about 2 weeks of 2 capsules per night, I suddenly noticed my skin became very smooth and plump. It’s a hit over here now. Have you heard of it before?

    • Paris B
      June 7, 2014

      Hey Ting, I didn’t know either about it helping skin but it seems to help mine. I only noticed because I don’t take any other supplements (I know I should, but I’m just bad at it :P ) If it helps with memory, all the better! Perhaps that’s why I’m less of a scatterbrain than usual? Hmm… :P I haven’t come across the herbal oil that you mention but wow, it sounds like good stuff! Anything that helps the skin sounds like good stuff LOL

  2. irene
    June 3, 2014

    Hi, interesting writeup!
    I’ve been taking cod liver oil from GSK and i definitely feel stronger (i.e not prone to taking MCs) – but after finishing this stash, am gonna switch to the emulsion/ other brands because it contains parabens… although there are alot of writeups on parabens and how it is insignificant in relation to our usage, still feel adverse about taking this cummulatively (and over the years). I’m also quite adverse about how GSK is not very transparent on their website about the ingredients and whether there are parabens in their other cod liver oil related products like emulsion – not too sure if this is standard practice to disclose if there is such an ingredient (even in other producers of cod liver oil!) Do share if you uncover anything interesting!

    • Paris B
      June 7, 2014

      Am not familiar with GSK’s cod liver oil but it’s good to know it’s helped boost your immunity. I could definitely do with that. I know for a fact I could never stomach an emulsion so I’ll be sticking to capsules!

  3. AnT
    June 3, 2014

    Wow! This is a very interesting post indeed dear Paris B!! :D I used to consume the Scott’s Emulsion Original Cod Liver Oil but stopped when I started my first job LOL!! I guess I have to try this! :D Thanks Paris B ! :D

    • Paris B
      June 7, 2014

      Hiya AnT! :) Gosh, you were taking Scotts Emulsion till you were working?! Hats off to you! That said, I know of someone who used to take it every day of his relatively long life. Can’t be all that bad eh? ;) Hope you’ve been keeping well!

      • AnT
        June 10, 2014

        Hiya Paris B dearie!! Hahaha! Yes! I love the original even more though :P Been keeping well but need to control carb intake! :D Can see you looked more radiant than before! Tee~hee!! :D

  4. Isabel
    June 3, 2014

    I’ve tried consuming fish oil in the past after having been taken by all the health benefit claims but the smell (even though I took the capsules) was too much for me. Recently, I scored a free bottle of 90 capsules of flaxseed oil which is touted to be rich in Omega 3 as well. It’s been about 2 months of consumption and while I personally didn’t notice any clear changes in my skin or body, I had someone tell me last week that they’ve noticed an improvement in my skin. Strangely enough, that person specifically mentioned that my pores seem to have “disappeared”.

    Flaxseed oil also had a “fishy” smell but tolerable and dissipates quickly enough compared to my previous experience with fish oil. So in all likelihood, I will continue with its consumption.

    • Paris B
      June 7, 2014

      Haha I know what you mean about fish oil and the smell. Ditto garlic pills eh? :P The fish oil I used to take didn’t have a smell but I didn’t notice a lot of change to my skin although it might have helped with the health side of things. I have heard a lot of good things about flaxseed oil and I know of people who drink the oil directly too. It’s good to know it’s working so well for you :D

  5. Jacqueline Ma
    June 3, 2014

    I was one of those who hid and shook with fear the moment I realised my mom was going to feed me cod liver oil. I can still remember to aweful taste. I wonder how many generations of children scarred for life. I remember inflicting the same kind of torture on my boy when he was little. Poor thing! I do hope they make better tasting ones nowadays.
    I haven’t taken cold liver oil capsules either. I have a habit of buying a bottle of whatever vitamins etc… promising myself I would take it faithfully and within 1 week that bottle will be left forgotten. My Vitamin C bottle still mocks me everytime I open the firdge door. I might just opo these for the sake of vanity. I’m super vain! :)
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    • Paris B
      June 7, 2014

      Oh Jacqueline, I’d have been hiding alongside you! Yuck! My little nephew now gets a spoonful a day so yep, it’s still going on although he doesn’t seem to mind LOL :D I’m exactly like you too when it comes to vitamins and supplements. I’m all gung ho to start with and then I forget or get lazy and skip a day and next thing you know, I’ve stopped taking it for months :P This time, I didn’t have a choice as I was determined to get rid of the remnants of my nagging cough so I was much more diligent. It’s gone now, but the nightly routine seems to help! Maybe you could try that? Take it with a glass of water just before bed :)

  6. Kendra lee
    June 3, 2014

    I am only taking 1 capsule a day lol…now will up my intake to 4 and the tip to take it before bedtime is just great! ????

    • Paris B
      June 7, 2014

      LOL it will depend on how potent your pills are Kendra! I only took 4 because its just 250mg and the instructions were to take 1-2 after every meal so I just take them all at one go. But better check with your instructions to be sure :D

  7. xin
    June 3, 2014

    Ooh interesting. I am still taking the fish oil but I don’t see/feel any significant difference. tsk. maybe i need to try this! i used to take the scott’s but i preferred the orange flavour compared to the original.
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    • Paris B
      June 7, 2014

      I stopped taking the regular fish oil because I didn’t really see a difference either. But I really noticed a difference after taking cod liver oil so maybe it’ll jump start your system too :D My mom must have been a sadist – she never bought us the orange one :P

  8. Parita
    June 3, 2014

    I recently started taking fish oil tablets daily..i take 2 1000mg each and I totally agree it helps with skin and hair! though its not cod liver oil tablets..even fish oil tablets for a vegetarian like me makes a huge difference..I grabbed quite a few of blacksmores ones when was coming back from KL :)
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    • Paris B
      June 7, 2014

      That’s absolutely right Parita! I guess there is a lot of truth to how supplements help our health and skin :) I didn’t notice a lot of changes with fish oil, but perhaps it’s one of those things. Glad it’s working for you!

  9. Anthea
    June 3, 2014

    I used to take the Seven Seas cod liver oil, in liquid form, where you pour it into a spoon (oh I’m used to the fishiness HAHA). But lately I couldn’t find any shops selling them any more, except those in capsules. :(

    I guess it’s more profitable, but for us consumers, it’s value for money :P There’s also the fact that it isn’t easy to swallow pure fish oil down your throat xD

    • Paris B
      June 7, 2014

      Liquid! You brave soul :P I think they probably stopped selling it because most of us can’t tolerate that fishiness hehe… Does it comes in a higher dose in liquid form? I usually find it easier to pop a pill than to drink liquids of any sort.

  10. Applegal
    June 3, 2014

    I heard it’s good for hair! Am taking evening primrose oil now, used to take fish oil and did notice a difference in skin but wasn’t consistent enough :P

    • Paris B
      June 7, 2014

      Ooh is it good for hair? I didn’t notice improvement to my hair but then I have strange hair with a mind of its own LOL! I used to take evening primrose oil for a while to help with the menstrual pains, but it’s been a long time since I took it. I’m generally good with taking 1 supplement but once I add into the mix, I get lazy LOL

  11. Seraph
    June 3, 2014

    Oh i must be an odd child… i loved scott’s emulsion (white one) when i was a kid… i made sure the tablespoon was full before it enters my mouth… but i hated (well maybe just dislike) the orange flavoured one… and when i was older, i graduated to gel capsule fish oil but i didnt like the fact that i would burp fishy smell hours later… so i stopped taking… after reading this, maybe i should contemplate on getting scott’s emulsion again! :D

    • Paris B
      June 7, 2014

      Haha yes, you’re odd Seraph ;) But there are others who liked it too so maybe not that odd ;) Burping up the fishy smell can be quite daunting which is why I take it at night. Less chances of burping before bed :D

  12. Houdini
    June 3, 2014

    I may be another weird one but I LOVED the orange Scott’s emulsion as a kid. Was limited to only 1 tablespoon a day though. Hehehe :p the white one is absolutely disgusting though!

    • Paris B
      June 7, 2014

      Haha I never tried the orange one, only the white. Must have been why I hated it so much!

  13. Angelina
    June 3, 2014

    Beauty is inside out.

    • Paris B
      June 7, 2014

      Absolutely, that’s where it starts!

  14. Arpita
    June 4, 2014

    I like that you had to put a caveat in there that you’re not a medical professional lol! This sounds intriguing. I might have to give this a shot now!

    • Paris B
      June 7, 2014

      Haha I had to – didn’t want people coming after me complaining it didn’t work or that they started growing a new head :P On the upside, this is a heck lot cheaper than a lot of face creams! ;)

  15. liyeun
    June 4, 2014

    I LOVE Scott Emulsion (original) alot that I dont wanna down the tablets instead! Hehehe…. oh yes, fish oil, cod liver oil and evening primrose oil do help with the skin, and it is good you found the right cod liver oil for you. Fish oil, on the other hand, is slightly tricky. Have to check the amount of dha, epa, cos apparently if you get 1000g ones, it doesnt mean you get a higher dosage of epa and dha. I tried few brands, and they leave my skin oilier, can u imagine? Lol.
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    • Paris B
      June 7, 2014

      Haha you and Seraph would be good friends :P Ran away screaming from the sight of the white emulsion as a kid, I was so thankful capsules exist LOL! Yeah, maybe I didn’t pay enough attention to the content of the fish oil I was taking. And they actually made your skin oilier? Gosh that’s interesting! Would cutting back on the dosage help?

  16. jk
    June 4, 2014

    I think my mum indoctrinated it into me – cod liver oil is good for you. I started with the (original) white scott’s emulsion. It had a funny taste but I could live with it. Then came “Haliborange” – a pleasant break for me but my mum believed in the original good ol’ white – so it was back to white not long after. Stopped taking it during my teenage years but as an adult and taking care of my health became more important, I got back into cod liver oil. Although the taste of ol’ white was fine but burping it later (like garlic capsules) was pretty gross. So I now stick to the orange flavour. That together with fish/salmon oil. I cannot say for sure if it works on improving the complexion, but I will say that it’s certainly helped to keep me pretty bug free. Touch wood, I’ve not had a sick day for years.
    Now to get my kids into taking this more regularly.

    • Paris B
      June 7, 2014

      Now that you mention it, I liked Haliborange but we went back to the white one. I think my Mom believed that if it wasn’t smelly (or bitter in the case of Chinese medicine) it isn’t doing any good :P It’s great to know the fish oils are keeping you healthy! I can say that it certainly helped clear away the last bits of the cough, and I hope with more regular intake, I will remain bug free too. The last bout of falling sick really did me in. Truly, it gets worse the older you get :P

  17. Victoria
    June 4, 2014

    I used to hate Scott’s Emulsion (white one) as a child to the extend that I cannot stand the taste and smell of almond milk because it reminds me so much of the emulsion. LOL. I did move on to Haliborange as mentioned by jk and I liked it better because of the orange taste. I have been taking fish oil supplements since late last year as it was highly recommended by Caroline Hirons. A few people have complimented me on my skin but I think my better complexion could be due to a combination of fish oil and the face cloth method.

    As liyeun has pointed out, from my research and also from speaking to SA for supplements, fish oil supplements would only be effective if you consume a daily dosage of EPA & DPA of 600 mg, it is triglycerides and molecular distilled (meaning its free from toxins). The molecular distilled can be disregarded if you take salmon oil as the salmon fish lives in a cleaner pond. So, I consume two capsules containing 1000 mg of marine triglycerides each day in order to reach 600 mg of EPA & DPA :-)

    • Paris B
      June 7, 2014

      I hate almond milk too! But I never associated the taste with Scotts. LOL I was taking fish oil for the better part of a year before this but I never noticed anything noteworthy. Skin was just as bad :P But things have definitely taken a turn for the better in recent times so it’s either I’m doing something right, or this cod liver oil is a heck lot more potent that regular fish oil! ;) I think I didn’t do enough research before on the contents of the fish oil. Didn’t realise it’s so complex! LOL!

  18. Lana Ray
    June 4, 2014

    I’ve never taken any health supplements but I’m going to suggest this to my parents :) Thanks for the tip Paris.
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    • Paris B
      June 7, 2014

      I’m usually lazy about supplements but since I noticed how much better my skin has been looking recently, I don’t plan to stop! :D It’s good for health anyway as other readers can attest so it’ll be good for your parents too :)

  19. Beauty Box
    June 4, 2014

    That’s an interesting find. I swear by fish oil to keep acne at bay but I never thought to think it “refines” my complexion. Perhaps I should also start taking cod liver oil to see if it makes a difference!

    • Paris B
      June 7, 2014

      It’s funny you know, when I was taking fish oil regularly for over a year, I noticed nothing. My skin was doing its usual breaking out and acting up. But now, I absolutely notice a difference, so I don’t know if its just cod liver oil or maybe just that my skin is behaving better? Still, it isn’t a bad thing so there’s no harm trying to take it :)

  20. shasha
    June 5, 2014

    Oohh goodness, the white Scotts Emulsion! Haven’t had one of those since I was a kid! I loved the orange flavoured one though, I would sneakily go into the kitchen and help myself to a tablespoon or two when the mum wasn’t looking, LOL!
    I have never taken Cod Liver Oil as a supplement before, though I do find myself consuming evening primrose oil which has made my skin feel a lot better. I think it was about two months into consuming it that my skin felt so much smoother, and I didn’t have random acne popping up.
    I should probably look into cod liver oil, or get the evening primrose that has the fish oil one in it. Ugh the smell though. Thanks for sharing Paris!
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    • Paris B
      June 7, 2014

      How interesting that everyone had the orange version except me! LOL I think my Mom probably believed that if it didn’t smell bad, it wasn’t good for you :D I used to take EPO for years mostly to get rid of menstrual cramps, which it does work well for, but I didn’t notice benefits to my skin. It’s great to know that it works for you though! Anything that helps our skin is absolutely worth it :)

  21. Holly
    June 7, 2014

    high five to all the people out there who hate Scott’s cod liver oil (white emulsion)! i also ran away from that whenever my mum tried to feed me… though we did not have a happy childhood memory in the past, the Scott’s capsules are now one of my good friends! it does improve my skin and hair, I have told a lot of people about this “side effect” but none of them believe it…

    • Paris B
      June 15, 2014

      Next time people doubt you Holly, you have me to back you up! Maybe not with Scotts (I haven’t seen the capsules here but I wasn’t looking too hard) but with the side effects of better skin :D

  22. Poz
    July 8, 2014

    Hey there, yups there are alot to research on regarding fish oils. Some school of thoughts said those distilled from smaller fishers are better due to less accumulation of toxin whereas larger fishes such as cod and salmon tend to live longer and accumulate toxins. Make sure get wild salmon though. Not farmed. Some says the bigger fishes are better. Can be quite confusing ????n some prefer cod fish because it has higher levels of vit a and d than salmon oil. But cod liver oil has lesser epa n dha. N some prefer salmon oil to fish oil due to claims of salmon oil having more omega 3 proportion. Havent gone deep into it so not so sure about this. I guess end of the day as long as you get the target epa n dha u shld be fine? ????

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