Carlson Laboratories Responds to Concerns Regarding Vitamin A in Cod Liver Oil

12/1/2008

For Immediate Release
Carilyn Anderson
J.R. Carlson Laboratories, Inc.
15 W. College Drive, Arlington Heights, IL 60004-1985
Tel. 847-255-1600 Fax: 847-255-1605
Email: carilyn@carlsonlabs.com
 
 
 
            Arlington Heights, IL ---December 10th, 2008--- Carlson Laboratories Responds to Concerns Regarding Vitamin A in Cod Liver Oil: There has been some concern expressed by researchers and others about the usage of Cod Liver Oil due to the possibility of receiving excessive amounts of Vitamin A. Although some cod liver oil supplements might contain excessive amounts of vitamin A, Carlson Norwegian Cod Liver Oil does not. 
Vitamins A & D are widely recognized as essential nutrients in adults and children, and these two vitamins are naturally stored in the livers of fish. Carlson Cod Liver Oil contains 700 IU to 1,200 IU of naturally occurring Vitamin A, which is 14% to 24% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin A. The range of 700 IU to 1,200 IU of vitamin A per serving is because of naturally occurring variations. 
Timothy Johanek, Educational Coordinator at Carlson Laboratories stated, “Vitamin A toxicity may occur when an excess of vitamin A is consumed in its retinol form (such as from cod liver oil).  The current safe upper limit for vitamin A as retinol is 10,000 IU daily.  The minimum daily value necessary to ensure optimal health is 5,000 IU.  Each teaspoonful serving of Carlson Norwegian Cod Liver Oil provides 700-1,200 IU of vitamin A.  This is a mere fraction of the minimum daily requirement for vitamin A, and it is well within the safe upper limit.  In fact, a person would have to consume greater than 8-14 servings of Carlson Norwegian Cod Liver Oil liquid daily to possibly exceed the 10,000 IU safe upper limit for vitamin A established by the Institute of Medicine.”
 
John Carlson, President of Carlson Laboratories stated, “Carlson is very proud of our award winning, high quality Norwegian cod liver oil and fish oil products. Cod Liver Oil is an excellent product, and is important to our health because of the omega-3s and vitamins A and D it naturally provides. In Norway, the health benefits of cod liver oil are so well recognized that it is the only food supplement recommended by the government for its citizens to take throughout their life. Our Norwegian cod liver oil is processed to remove any contaminants, and is guaranteed to be contaminant free. My family and I take Cod Liver Oil every day in the Fall and Winter months.”
About Carlson Laboratories
            Carlson Laboratories has been supplying the finest quality vitamins and nutritional supplements for over 40 years.    Our award winning fish oil products are renowned for their purity and great taste. Call us today for more information @ 1-888-234-5656, or visit your local natural foods store. J.R. Carlson Laboratories, Inc. 15 W. College Drive, Arlington Heights, IL 60004. http://www.carlsonlabs.com.

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