Product: Green Pasture Blue Ice Fermented Cod Liver Oil and Butter Oil Blend Capsules
Cheapest place to buy: Amazon
Size: 120 capsules = 60 servings @ 2 daily
Price: Around £34/ $40
Customer Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
“Blue Ice Royal blend capsules contain two-thirds fermented cod liver oil and one third X-Factor Gold Concentrated Butter oil. Fermented cod liver oil is made in small batches with extraordinary care. We ferment livers from fish that have been exclusively wild caught in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Island regions of Alaska.”
Although, interestingly, the bottle says the cod liver in the product comes from a fishery which has been independently certified to MSC standards for well managed and sustainable fisheries. A fishery isn’t exclusively wild caught… Conflicting information but clearly stated on the label nevertheless.
This product is described as a raw, unadulterated, whole food with no additives. Green pastures boast frequent 3rd party testing on the product to ensure purity.
Fermented cod liver oil, raw butter oil concentrated through centrifusion, unbleached beeswax (as thickener) plant cellulose (capsules). Contains cod (Gadus macroephalus Pacific cod), Milk.
Suggested serving is x2 capsule daily.
Nothing suspect about that ingredients list and the serving suggestion equals about half a teaspoon daily. Admittedly, I take 6 a day because I’m actively working on remineralising my teeth and pass the nutrients to my son who’s currently breastfeeding.
What do customers say?
Overall, customers are rather pleased with this product with an average customer rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon. Let’s take a look at what buyers liked about this Blue Ice product and what they weren’t so keen on.
79% of reviews on Amazon UK are 5 stars with customers reporting marked improvements in various areas of their health. Buyers report taking the supplement significantly reduced their tooth sensitivity and joint pain. Other positive benefits experienced by customers include improved sight, brighter eyes, clearer complexion, healthier gums, reversal of tooth decay and improved immune function. These capsules are regarded as easy to swallow with no aftertaste and many customers highly recommend them to others.
The price. It’s rather expensive and it hasn’t gone unnoticed by customers. Taking more than 2 capsules a day makes this product even more pricey, I know, I’m feeling it as I take 6 daily…eek! Some users, myself included, find the capsules smelly with others, also like me, find their kids hate the taste. A number of customers noted no remarkable difference in their health or well-being from taking the supplement, it’s unclear if they had specific ailments they hoped to see a difference in. If you’ve researched FCLO already you may be aware of the current debate around Green Pasture fermented cod liver oil) more on that shortly). This debate is cited as a reason for leaving a bad review without discussion regarding personal experience of the product.
The good, the bad and the smelly
So, what’s this debate all about? Well, it centres on whether Green Pastures fermented cod liver oil is “rancid” and the species of fish used to make it. Claims have been made about GPs cod not actually being cod. Oh. My. Cod! Can you believe it?! Sorry, couldn’t help it. Anyway, It’s he said, she said sort of game and from what I understand, those making the claims have financial ties with a competing company who produce Rosita Extra Virgin Cod Liver Oil (EVCLO). So, all may not be as it seems, dear Watson. Rather, interesting stuff eh? I mention this because it played a part in my decision to buy the product in the first place. To date, I have found no real answers so I applied innocent until proven guilty and based my decision on other factors instead; customer reviews and testimonials for the most part.
My teeth need remineralising and my plan was to kill two birds with one stone with a combined cod liver oil and high vitamin butter oil capsule. I’m reading ‘Cure Tooth Decay’ by Ramiel Nagel and discovered green pastures blue is recommended in the book. My research on the product turned up positive customer reviews, especially where teeth were concerned with many putting their reversal of tooth destruction down to Green Pastures Blue Ice. There doesn’t appear to be any other company offering a similar combined product so I thought I’d give it a whirl based on the positive feedback. Fermented cod liver oil has a pretty bad rep for taste so I opted for capsules to avoid the taste as far as possible. I hoped I’d be able to mask the taste if I opened the capsule to give to my children. I can tell you now that idea was an epic flop. But first things, first.
Tried and Tested: Was it any good?
First impressions: The bottle is dark to protect the liver oil from light, secure and robust with clear labelling containing fairly large smooth capsules. I find the capsules easy me to swallow with water but they do leave a funky taste in my throat. Taking them with food significantly reduces the aftertaste and I’m thankful for that! My children don’t find the gel inside the capsule palatable but they tolerate it better if it’s covered in cinnamon. However, I can assure you FCLO time isn’t their favourite time of the day. I don’t blame them either it’s not particularly nice at all.
I feel my dental health is improving and I am seeing positive improvements in our teeth since we started taking this product. We are implementing the protocol as the book outlines so this may well be the result of all of these things combined.
Weighing it all up
- It smells
- The ongoing Green Pastures FCLO debate may be off-putting
- Some buyers noted little to no noticeable benefit from taking it
- The aftertaste and fish burps if you’re unlucky like me!
- Easy to take
- People swear by GP blue ice combo for positive results with remineralising teeth
- Natural source of vitamin A, D and Activator X (ya’ll gotta read the book, it’ll all make sense then)
- Buyers report numerous benefits from taking Blue Ice from brighter eyes, healthier teeth and gums and reduced joint pain
- Combined with high vitamin butter oil it’s essentially two products in one
- Recommended in Cure Tooth Decay by Ramiel Nagel (it’s brilliant!)
- Lots of positive customer feedback
The bottom line
The idea of Green Pastures Blue Ice is a great one, essentially being two products in one and represents good value. As the FCLO debate goes I don’t know the answers, fermentation of food has been around forever, so I don’t think fermentation in itself is a bad thing. After all, many nutrient-dense foods are fermented like sauerkraut, kimchi and kefir. There’s a lot of information out there and I’ve read plenty from both sides, the truth is I don’t know and there appears to be much more to all this than what meets the eye.
For me, I chose to try Green Pastures Blue Ice because it’s been a hit for hundreds of customers with consistently positive reviews. Buyers report great results from taking Blue Ice FCLO, surely they can’t all be wrong?
Green pastures capsules are great for reducing the full-on FCLO taste but do beware of possible funky aftertastes! I do feel I’ve benefited from taking this product and I would buy again despite the current debate, although I’ll be watching for updates and new independent information could change my opinion. Overall, I appreciate this product and I think it represents good value for money if you’re looking for a combination blend of FCLO and butter oil. I do hope you’ve enjoyed reading and have gained something useful from it.
Yours in fermented fishiness,
Any thoughts on Green Pastures Blue Ice? Where do stand in the fermented cod liver oil debate? Have you tried this product or got a personal review to share? Hit up in the comments and let me know, I’d love to hear from you.