I saw improvement in my skin tone and overall health when starting the herpanacine, but I think for me it's the combination of all the vitamins, minerals, and herbs that works. I haven't tried supplementing with just vitamin A sources. I think it's relatively easy to obtain vitamin A from food sources like carrots, but you are right about people avoiding sources of vitamin A during elimination diets (esp. eggs). I'll keep cod liver oil in mind if my current regimen ever stops working, thanks for sharing the brand.
Btw, when I tried supplementing with calcium d- glucarate, my skin got worse....I haven't tried calcium supplements since. I just drink fortified rice milk to get some calcium into my diet.
I think it is easy to obtain beta-carotene from food sources (sweet potatoes, carrots, etc), but it is difficult to obtain the preformed Vitamin A form that is found in animal products like pastured eggs, raw milk, liver (especially chicken liver), fermented cod liver oil,... Plus, vitamin A is a fat soluble vitamin. Meaning... it needs FAT to be used/absorbed. I remember someone here saying they put coconut oil on their sweet potatoes and cleared up. This could very well explain why.
Yes, with calcium supplements, I would avoid at all costs if you eat some dairy + greens. I avoid a lot of dairy, and I barely ate greens unless it was in a salad which is not much. Also, it is important to take an absorbable form (I take citrate). And, it is important to make sure other cofactors are good (Vitamin D, magnesium, K2...). And I was on a medication that depleted my calcium a while back so maybe that is why I had success with it.
>I can vouch for the fermented cod liver oil. I have been using it for a year and a half now on and off for a few months at a time followed by a few weeks off or so. I have taken time off for 2 reasons. The cost as it is expensive and to test it out to see if it really works. My skin is just different when I take it everyday (1-1.5 tsp) a day. It is more forgiving and I can get away with cheating on my diet more. When I stop taking it, the oil increases, the breakout increase, and the pimples are deeper and more cystic.
Right now I am totally clear taking 1.5 tsp every single day. I have had acne since I was 12 (now 26) and the only periods of my life when I am able to become completely clear are on the cod liver oil and I have been on every antibiotic, prescription cream, and over the counter kit on the market. If I stop taking the cod liver oil, my neck breaks out in cysts and the BP that I use on my face twice a day will only minimize my breakouts. I will still have a wide assortment of papules, pustules, and some nodules and cysts.
Hey!! Thanks for this! I hope other people can read this and see I am not crazy.. lol Yes it is crazy expensive. Did you take the Green Pasture's cod liver oil? I took Carlson's and a few other brands but never noticed a difference. I heard it was because other cod liver oils are so PROCESSED (like white rice.. lol). They strip all of the nutrients and then in the end, they either have low levels of vitamin A and D, or they add in SYNTHETIC vitamins A and D which is like... wtf is the point? Also, did you take cod liver oil + butter oil? I am taking the cod liver oil + butter oil because vitamin A and other fat soluble vitamins needs fat to be absorbed, and the butter oil is a great source of vitamin K2 which helps put calcium into the right places (bones and not soft tissues). It is also scarce in our modern diet. Lastly, did you ever experience an initial breakout? I have read some people experiencing this initial breakout because of the high vitamin A (similar to the way Accutane worked for others...). Heard it takes 2-3 weeks. I'm surprised it had worked great so far. Today though, I woke up with 2 pimples (deep nodule things), and I'm wondering if I am about to go through an initial breakout? I still have all of the other benefits I mentioned earlier, and my pores are clear... everything is great. So it kinda threw me off. Maybe I ate something weird yesterday? hmm... Thanks for sharing your experience!!
Yes the Green Pastures Fermented Cod Liver Oil/Butter Oil Combination. I take it in gel form and do 1 to 1.5 TSP a day. Depending on your weight, I would try and aim for at least 1 TSP a day as I have found that anything less does not work as good. Each time I have started taking it I never got an initial breakout. My breakouts always just get less and less over 3-4 weeks until I stop breaking out all together. I would say that it is probably similar to a low dose Accutane but without the side effects. It takes "just the right" amount of oil from my skin to the point where my pores aren't getting clogged but it isn't drying my skin or lips. I was researching and this dosage gives anywhere from 8,000 to 10,000 iu of natural Vitamin A which isn't dangerous.
Its strange as sometimes pimples will come up that in the past would grow to be huge and deep and last for months. Now they come up and just vanish within 36 hours. I am not complaining though
Thank you for your response!
I had those 2 pimples, and that was it. I haven't had any. I pinpointed it to this drink my mom made for me (with Equal sugar) and she made a dish with the regular eggs at the grocery store. lol She doesn't really support my dietary choices but eh..... I'm still doing great with the cod liver oil + pastured eggs. I'm looking to add more sources. Probably going to get ghee. Still waiting on the raw milk. Don't know how I'm going to add in chicken liver. lol I'm going to bring my dosage back down to 1 tsp a day instead of 3 tsp.