The goal of Rosita Real Foods is to provide the consumer with a ‘genuine’ extra virgin cod liver oil that is as close to the freshness and nutrient content as you would find in the liver of a ‘living’ codfish. They are passionate about quality which is evident by the care with which they pursue their ancient craft. Only sustainably wild-caught Atlantic cod (Gadus Morhua) from the pristine waters of Northern Norway are used. The oil is extracted while the livers are still very fresh. Chemicals, solvents, heat, steam, pressure, modern extraction processes, etc. are never used at any stage during the production of their oils. The resultant liver oil is the same wild and raw fish liver oil that their ancestors, the Vikings and old Scandinavian fishermen, consumed for robust health and healing.
Consuming fresh cod liver oil in its most natural state, neither enhanced nor degraded, provides all of the vitamins and nutrients present in their healthiest form. For example, the vitamin D in Rosita’s Extra Virgin Cod Liver Oil is present as cholecalciferol (or vitamin D3). Vitamin D2 (or ergocalciferol) is not found in cod liver oil. It is a plant-derived form of vitamin D formed by the action of UV-irradiation on ergosterol which is present in fungi/yeast. Adding or spiking cod liver oil with natural halibut oil (high in vitamin A) or synthetic vitamins can show high levels upon testing but throws off the natural balance of nutrients. Recent research indicates altering the ratios of vitamin A to vitamin D can lead to vitamin toxicity.
The Rosita Extra Virgin Cod Liver Oil is currently undergoing third party nutrient testing by European and Norwegian research institutes that specialize in marine oils. Initial results indicate DHA levels between 623-700mg/tspn, EPA levels at 450-510mg/tspn, vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) in the 400 – 500 IU range and vitamin A (retinol) in the 3,000 – 4,000 IU range. Once the nutrient testing has been completed we will post the results on this website.