Skate liver oil is the oil derived from the liver of skates. Skates are cartilaginous fish belonging to the class of Chondrichthyes. The class Chondrichthyes comprises almost 1050 extant species, encompassing sharks, rays, and chimeras. Skates are mostly associated with rays due to similar ray “wings”, however, their biology and physiology differ. Skates live in deeper parts of the ocean than rays do.
Skate livers are quite large and produce deep orange pigmented oil. Skate liver oil is rich in Vitamins A, D, E, K, the full range of Omega fatty acids (3, 6, 7 and 9), and other rare nutrients found in shark liver oil such as Chondroitin, Squalene and Alkoxglycerols.
These nutrients are extremely beneficial to the human body.
Here are some of the benefits:
• Increase in Energy levels
Regular intake of skate liver oil has been shown to increase energy levels and reduce fatigue. It is an ideal supplement for those who suffer from low energy levels and lethargy.
• Antioxidant benefits
Skate liver oil contains Squalene which is a powerful antioxidant and has recently attracted the attention of the scientific community for its cancer treatment potential. Research has shown that increasing the intake of squalene boosts immune system, helps prevent cancer and keeps skin hydrated. It has also been shown to slow the ageing process and protect against free radicals damage caused by exposure to UV light.
• Cure for Tooth Decay
Most times, the root cause of tooth decay is the lack of fat-soluble vitamins in the body. Skate liver oil contains Vitamin K2 (X Factor) and large amounts of Vitamin A and D that helps reverse tooth decay and remineralize your teeth.
• Bone Support
Chondroitin is known for its anti-inflammatory benefits, in particular, its ability to ease joint pain and skeletal system support.
Other benefits include metabolic regulation, stimulation of skin and hair growth (The Omega fatty acids). Alkoxglycerols also stimulate the activity of immune cells called macrophages that kill cancer cells. Skate liver oil has also been said to help decalcify, detox, and nourish the pineal gland in the brain (This may be due to Vitamin K which helps regulate calcium in the body).
I suggest to use fermented skate liver oil rather than distilled. Fermentation is defined as “breaking down into simpler components”, and since the heat is not involved, fermentation also retains enzymes, vitamins, and other nutrients that are usually destroyed by the distillation process. Fermentation makes nutrients in the oil easier to absorb by the body. Naturally, fermented skate liver oil is often classified as a superfood due to its abundance of nutrients such as Vitamins A, D, E, and K, omega fatty acids, and its unique nutrients.
With so many benefits, skate liver oil is a winer!