Top Ten Tips for How to Take Green Pasture Fermented Cod Liver Oil


Picture of a woman cringing while taking Green Pasture Fermented Cod Liver Oilby Colleen Russell“>Colleen Russell

Are You Afraid . . . to take Fermented Cod Liver Oil?

Have you been avoiding the big glass bottle in the back of your medicine cabinet?  We hear from a lot of people who purchase Green Pasture Fermented Cod Liver Oil with every intention of making it part of their daily routine–but just can’t bring themselves to do it.  What if it tastes gross?  Smells weird?  Makes me gag?  How can I take cod liver oil without tasting it?

Fermented Cod Liver Oil is Gross!  Can’t It Be Deodorized?

The undeniable fact is that real fermented cod liver oil, no matter the flavor, doesn’t taste good, especially to someone experiencing it for the first time.  It is a natural product which is derived from the livers of Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands cod and is not heated, processed, bleached, filtered, or treated.  While it would be easy to do so, removing the flavor and smell from this sacred food would strip away the nutrient content that makes it special.  In the end, Green Pasture Cod Liver Oil’s benefits far outweigh the ten-second discomfort of swallowing it down.  

Ok, I’ll take it.  How to take cod liver oil without gagging?

The good news is that, if the thought of a spoonful of Green Pasture Cod Liver Oil makes you cringe, you’re not alone.  Hands down, the most frequently asked question at the Nourishing World store revolves around how to take cod liver oil.  The even better news is that with a few clever tricks and a little mind over matter, you can take the chore out of your daily Green Pasture cod liver oil routine.  (and if all else fails, you can certainly order the capsules!)

Do you have a method that hasn’t been mentioned here?  Email us to have your suggestion added to our list of How to Take Cod Liver Oil Recommendations.

Top Ten Tricks for Taking Green Pastures Cod Liver Oil

  1. Find Your Preferred Temperature:  Green Pasture Cod Liver Oil is shelf-stable, and can be stored in the refrigerator or on the shelf.  It is a matter of preference.  Many people find the liquid cod liver oil more palatable if it is refrigerated.  Please note that refrigeration sometimes results in the liquid becoming cloudy or crystallized, which is normal and NOT an indication that it has gone bad/rancid..

  2. Find Your Preferred Consistency:  Depending on its temperature, Green Pasture products will have a consistency that varies from bottle to bottle.  If it is warm, it will be thinner.  If it is cold, it will be a bit thicker.  To thin it out, place the jar in a bowl of warm water for a few minutes.

  3. David Wetzel, Owner of Green Pasture’s Preferred Method:  Add Fermented Cod Liver Oil, Skate Liver Oil, and Butter Oil  to 2 ounces of warm water or tea…and Bottoms up!

  4. Try a flavored gel:  While Green Pasture has made their fermented cod liver oil available in a variety of flavored gels, it is important to note that flavoring is added to the product’s taste–not substituted for it.  Chocolate cream-flavored Fermented Cod Liver Oil, after all, is still cod liver oil, so don’t expect hot fudge.  BUT a lot of people do enjoy the flavored gels and swear by them.  Nourishing World now carries the fermented cod liver oil/butter oil blend gels in unflavored, cinnamon tingle, or chocolate cream.

  5. Hold Your Nose!  Put your cod liver oil on a spoon, plug your nose, gulp it down, and swallow before taking a breath.  Chase with water.  This eliminates the communication point between your olfactory sense and your taste buds and is less stimulating.

  6. To get a child to take fermented cod liver oil, Green Pasture recommends blending 1 cup of yogurt, 1 teaspoon of fermented cod liver oil, and frozen berries, pouring into popsicle molds, and freezing.

  7. Apply to the skin:  While the science behind the actual amount of fermented cod liver oil that is absorbed through the skin has not been thoroughly reported, rubbing cod liver oil directly on the skin is an acceptable method for those who are unable to take it orally.  Green Pasture recommends applying ¼ to ½ teaspoon of fermented cod liver oil to a baby’s bottom during a diaper change.

  8. Try Green Pasture’s Blue Ice Infused:  This blend of healthy oils which Green Pasture Blue Breeze Organic Coconut Oil, Fermented Cod Liver Oil, High Vitamin Butter Oil, and Fermented Skate Liver Oil.  Using Coconut Oil as a carrier, Blue Ice Infused is an easier, more palatable way to take Green Pastures supplements with an array of health benefits.  Blue Ice Infused is available unflavored or in two unique flavor combinations:  Cinnamon or Caramel.

  9. Experiment with Your Own Cod Liver Oil Mix-Ins or Chasers!

    1. Milk

    2. Coconut Oil

    3. Orange Juice

    4. Maple Syrup

    5. Kombucha

    6. Yogurt

    7. Pudding

    8. Honey

    9. Molasses

    10. Mashed Banana

    11. Lemon Juice

    12. Peanut Butter

    13. Oatmeal

  10. If all else fails, bypass your taste buds altogether and go for the capsules.  If you still have a nagging aftertaste or complain of ‘fish burps,’ try storing your FCLO capsules in the freezer.  The oil will stay frozen in the upper part of your digestive tract, and thaw out by the time it hits your stomach.  Problem solved!


6 thoughts on “Top Ten Tips for How to Take Green Pasture Fermented Cod Liver Oil

  1. I think putting it on the bottom of a babies feet would actually work better for absorption based on what I know about essential oils. The feet have the largest pores and can absorb things in about 30 seconds. That would make the most sense to me.

  2. My 15month old baby has been taking the fermented cod liver oil with butter oil to remineralized his teeth. He’s ben taking the oil for four days, and I noticed about 10hours after taking the oil he will have gas and he poo more often than usual. If I continue to give him the oil will his digestive system eventually adjust with it? Other than that he seems just fine, no cranky or else. Should I continue to give him the oil orally or just rub it into his skin? Thanks!

    • If he is taking it once daily, you should first try splitting the dose into 3 doses daily. That is better overall anyway and you may find it helps to alleviate the issues you’re having. Most people do adjust within a few months of starting FCLO.

  3. My 6 year old figured out that if she sucks on a small piece of ice beforehand, swirling it all around her mouth, she can swallow her spoonful of gel without problems (we use the chocolate one). Before that discovery, she was nearly in tears at the idea of having to take it again, and I was questioning the whole thing. Definitely a game-changing tip for us!

  4. My green pasture fermented cod liver oil burned my throat one time and after that I’ve been afraid. I used to drink it with tea and a little bit of butter.

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