Seven Seas, the producer of Cod-liver oil has removed many of its products off the shelf because of revelation that it contained dioxins, above the prescribed limits. Dioxins are usually by-products of the industrial processes, which are supposed to be obliterated by the manufacturing outfits. Though there is no immediate reaction on the health, prolonged use can have deleterious effects linked to cancer. It is also believed that overdoses can harm the immune system. Loyal users of Cod Liver Oil capsules, who have sworn by its legendary benefits, are now shocked by the sudden twist in the tale. The body requires Omega -3s, since it is not capable of producing it on its own, the supply has to be from external sources. The most important source of these acids is from fish. It helps in tissue repair, for skin repair, the nerve and the immune system. Scientists at Cardiff University have observed that cod liver oil is effective in relieving arthritis and also has beneficial effects in reducing the risks of heart disease. Cod liver oil is capable of reducing the blood clots, and lowering of the blood pressure. According to Anna Denny, a nutrition scientist with the British Nutrition Foundation, Children best benefit , when they get Omega-3 oils from eating fish. This is because cod liver oil contains too much Vitamin A and D for a child's needs and high doses can be toxic. All the same, extensive studies are being done to suggest that fish oils improve children's concentration. It is especially beneficial for children with behavioral or learning difficulties, as conditions like autism, demand more fatty acids than normal. However, some health experts have raised a doubt about the toxin levels in cod liver oil, that may contain pollutants and toxins which have been consumed by the fish in the sea. An alternative to Cod liver Oil is VegEpa - in which only the Omega-3 fatty acids are extracted and filtered to maintain purity. Pregnant women should avoid taking Cod liver supplements. << Salt & Its Intake Causes a Strong debate In UK The Scent of a Safe Driver >> Recommended Reading Current Treatments for Liver Cancer Current Treatments for Liver Cancer (also known as hepatoma or hepatocellular carcinoma) can result in complete cure of the disease if it is detected early. READ MORE Fatty Liver Disease: A Growing Health Problem in India Non alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the leading cause of liver dysfunction worldwide and is a rapidly growing health problem in India. READ MORE Healthy Gifting Ideas for Diwali Diwali, the festival of lights is round the corner. Take a fat free route when it comes to gifting this Diwali. Go the untraditional way and gift your near and dear ones with the gift of health. READ MORE Hepatitis A Hepatitis A is the most benign of the hepatitis viruses and usually has no long term side effects. Hepatitis A vaccine is available that is 95% effective in preventing the disease. READ MORE Living Donor Liver Transplant: What Are the Risks? The risk of dying as a result of a living donor liver segment removal is between 0.2-2.0%. The risk of morbidity is anywhere between 1.3% (in highly experienced centers) to 60%. READ MORE Milk Thistle Milk Thistle is a resourceful natural plant which has many medicinal benefits. In herbal medication milk thistle is used in cases of liver diseases. READ MORE Wilson's Disease This is a rare inherited systemic disorder of copper metabolism, affecting the liver mainly before other organs. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Sinopril (2mg) (Lacidipine) Selfie Addiction Calculator Blood - Sugar Chart More News on: Hepatitis ALiverWilson's DiseaseMilk ThistleCurrent Treatments for Liver CancerFatty Liver Disease: A Growing Health Problem in IndiaHealthy Gifting Ideas for DiwaliLiving Donor Liver Transplant: What Are the Risks?