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'aceite de bacalao' is Spanish for cod fish oil.  Cod-liver oil is a source of vitamins A and D. It is used in medicine to correct abnormal calcium and phosphorous metabolism resulting from a lack of vitamin D as in rickets, infantile tetany, and osteomalacia. It is also used in feeds for poultry and other animals.

In the 19th century cod-liver oil was a folk remedy for several wasting diseases. By 1922 its medicinal value was established and related to the presence of vitamins A and D.

Although fish oils high in omega-3 fatty acids help reduce the risk of heart disease, caution must be used when taking capsules of fish oil as supplements. Since they 'thin' the blood, taking too much can cause excessive internal and external bleeding. You are much better off eating fish high in omega-3 fatty acids.




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