Þorskalýsi (Cod Liver Oil)

Fiskur! (Fish! Lots of fish!)


Þorskalýsi (thorskalysi – Cod Liver Oil)

Iceland is all about the fish. It’s an island, surrounded by water, salt water, which is absolutely chock full of… well… let’s not beat about the bush here… fish! It’s a place of extremes, in some sense (volcanoes, ice), and a place of moderation and stability, in another sense (the jet-stream, temperate weather). In terms of daylight, it goes to mind-altering extremes. If you want to survive the tremendous swing from one end of the spectrum to the other, you would be well advised to take some precautions.

I was advised to start taking some Þorskalýsi, as… “The Icelanders swear by it”, so I was told. I took this advice to heart immediately. I know there is ‘vitamin’ D-3 in it, and I had already been taking D-3 in 5,000 IU capsules before arriving here. I may bring some of those over in any case. It’s ‘liquid sunshine’, as Steve Gibson (of ‘SecurityNow!‘ fame) called it when I first learned about it. My ilk (programmers) are prone to lack of sunshine by nature of our profession. Add to that being in a land where the sun makes little to no appearance during the winter months, and one may run into problems.

Well, I already know about the whole sunshine and D-3 issue. I am light skinned, being a red-head. I pretty much catch fire when exposed to direct sunlight. It is long sleeves, long pants, hat, gloves, and plenty of sunblock for me. My poor sun-deprived body does not get a chance at manufacturing its own D-3 via exposure to sunlight. Not with all that blocking it during the brief period that I am actually outdoors! ( D-3  stops so many bad things, you really ought to be getting some, one way or another, and it is not a vitamin, but actually a hormone – read up on it, you’ll be glad you did).

So I am taking a teaspoonful of Þorskalýsi every morning, as per recommendation by a good friend.

Personally, … I feel good, and that is good enough for me.

Bless Bless og Sjáumst!

2 responses to “Þorskalýsi (Cod Liver Oil)

  1. If you were to beat about the bush for fish, you would surely be disappointed

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