Video: How to Best Swallow Cod Liver Oil

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist January 9, 2012

It Ain't No Cookie, But You Can Still Get It Down!

In this nuts and bolts video, I show you exactly how I take my fermented cod liver oil and high vitamin butter oil every day!  My kids take it the very same way.

That’s right.  I’m slugging it down for the whole wide world to see.

You now have no excuse.  This is how to get those critical nutrients A, D, and K2 every single day – quickly and painlessly.   You won’t get enough any other way more unless you eat pretty close to perfectly and eat liver 2-3 times a week (who does?) so get a grip and start taking it already!  Ok?

If you have a child too young to take cod liver oil by spoon, you can always try the bottoms up approach. This works very well for diapered children.

Click here to visit my Resources page for the best online prices for ferrmented cod liver oil and high vitamin butter oil.   These supplements are essential to maintaining healthy gums and cavity free teeth (or healing cavities that have already formed) as researched and written about by Dr. Weston A. Price DDS.

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Comments (151)

  1. Sarah, since Green Pasture Products now sells Blue Ice Infused Cod Liver Oil that contains CLO, skate oil, butter oil and coconut oil, could you take that instead of the 3 products you use in this video?

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      Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist July 14, 2013 at 12:06 pm

      No, because it is much more inexpensive to take them separately plus its easier to judge the dosage this way.

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  2. I have been using the FCLO/HVBO Blend- Cinnamon Tingle- my 3 kids love it!
    Anyway, is there a benefit to taking them separately… what I mean to say is should I buy the bottle of FCLO and the separate bottle of HVBO or is it okay to keep using the blend. Is it cheaper to buy them separately? Would this change the amount? I have been giving the kids 1/2 tsp of the blend and myself 2 tsps as I am nursing. If I moved to taking them separately, would it be the same amounts? Thanks for your website… I refer many friends to it!

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  3. Hi Sarah,

    Thank you for you fabulous posts and videos, I really love all the information you share. I have started taking the Green Pastures cod liver oil, but I seem to be experiencing a lot of bloating and nausea and other side effects. Is this normal ?

    Thanking you in advance, have a wonderful day,
    Jessica

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      Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist July 5, 2013 at 8:51 am

      Sometimes folks can experience this at first .. try taking it before a meal or halving the dose and taking some in the morning and again at night.

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  4. Thanks for the great tips. And what about serving sizes for the new Green Pastures INFUSED FCLO and Kid Tested Emulsfied FCLO? What would WAP advise with these products? (I’m assuming WAP serving size would be greater than the recommended amount on the GP containers, but there’s no info about Vit A/D content…) Thanks so much – your input is so helpful!!

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  5. Any advice on how to take the oil and reduce the burning sensation on the back of throat? It is pretty bad.
    I don’t mind the taste, as I have FCLO in the cinnamon tingle, but the burn on my throat lasts for days. Next time I will buy it with the butter in it and hope it will help, but in the mean time I need to use up the regular FCLO without burning my throat.
    I saw the peanut butter tip listed above, but didn’t seem to work…

    Any ideas would be greatly appreciated :)

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  6. We can only afford the fermented cod liver oil. Is there something else we can take with it as a substitute for the butter oil? Raw milk?

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  7. Sarah, can you clarify how much cod liver oil you’re taking a day? One video shows about 1/2 tsp of CLO and 1/2 tsp skate liver oil, another video you say you need a little over 1 teaspoon a day of CLO. Thanks.

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  8. My daughter (11 mths) has a diary allergy, if she or I eat even the slightest bit of dairy it affects her. Does butter oil have the same affect on someone with a dairy allergy? I cannot have dairy either due to the inflammation issues it causes in me. Should I avoid it still?

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  9. The first time I bought FCLO and BO I bought it in capsule form. I had actually been meaning to buy it for some time, but had been put off by the price. However, when I found out my son had a bad cavity, I knew it was time to bite the bullet and purchase some! I bought the capsules because this particular child is the fussiest eater I have ever met (my other two kids aren’t so bad… possibly why they don’t have cavities and he does!). Well he doesn’t mind the BO capsules, but has a hard time even swallowing the FCLO ones (he takes them with a glass of milk and even then acts like it’s killing him). Because the BO capsules don’t bother him, I’ve decided to purchase the BO in non capsule form, and keep giving him the FCLO capsules (while purchasing the liquid for the rest of us). I must admit I’m a bit nervous about trying the liquid FCLO when it arrives as even I have to hold my breath while swallowing the capsules because you can still smell/taste it through them!! Over here in Australia it’s even more expensive to purchase the Green Pastures brand, unfortunately, so it’s quite an expensive investment in our health, but I do feel that it will be worth it. If I can heal my son’s cavity (which is quite bad… stupid me didn’t even know how to recognise a cavity as I’ve never had one myself!!) then that’s even better! He actually has an appointment with the dentist to get it filled, but I’m hoping that I can resolve the issue naturally before that comes to pass!

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  10. Thank you so much for this tip. I had been taking the capsules & switched to the oil for economic reasons. I was so afraid to take that first spoonful, but your tip worked perfectly. I didn’t taste a thing.

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  11. My kids and I take the fermented cod liver oil/butter oil combo. The way I do it is I use a syringe (obviously without a needle), suck up the appropriate amount, and then once the syringe has the Cod Liver Oil in it I shoot it in the back of their mouths and then they chase it with water. My son actually likes it and swishes it in his mouth. Yuck! Anyway, thought I’d tell everyone my method. :) My son is 4 1/2 and my daughter is 2 1/2, in case anyone was wondering.
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  12. Hi Sarah,
    I’m just starting to learn about Dr. Price’s research. Thank you so much for all the helpful information you have shared. I checked out the Green Pasture website and I’m only able to find Butter Oil as capsules or a blend with cod liver oil & gelatin. I prefer getting them separate as oils. Do you recommend another source where i can get the butter oil separate and not in capsules?

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  13. On the cost of capsules vs liquid, my math comes out that the capsules are cheaper per serving. The CLO/BO blend caps are $39 (bulk-6 ct) for 60 servings, so $.65/serving. The CLO liquid is $39 (bulk-6 ct) for 118 servings, so $.33/serving + the BO liquid is $55 for 96 servings, so $.57/serving = $.90/serving for both. Are the servings not equal or something? I definitely want the best value!

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  14. I was really scared about trying the liquid oil! But after finding out that it would be so much cheaper i decided I had to try it. I have the arctic mint flavor and using this method it was not nearly as bad as i thought it would be! It went down and the mint flavor helps cover the fish (which if you hold your breath and chug down water after isn’t even that strong). Thanks!

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  15. Question – I have the FCLO/BO mix gel in the cinnamon tingle flavor. Can I give that to my 11 month old? I tried and it was still solidified right out of the fridge, he thought it was weird and out it came and landed on his chin. I swiped it up and tried to get it in his mouth again and got it on his upper lip and he spit it out again. I guess the “tingle” made him then rub his mouth up to his nose and eye. After that he had a red reaction everywhere the oil was. It eventually faded but I felt bad and wondered if this was ok for him too?

    thanks!

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  16. Do you have to take more of the emusified to get the same amount of vitamins in the regular cod liver oil (perhaps due to more ingredients)? I just noticed that the serving size on the emulsified is bigger (3/4 tsp vs 1/2 tsp) and the price is lower. Thanks!

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  17. Hi I need your help, please answer me. I am using FCLO butter oil blend gel non flavour from green pasture. I have bought 4 bottles from the same batches and they were great no smell no taste nothing. Now I have bought another 4 bottles ending 1/2014 and they are so different from previous one. It is more darker in colour, less solid, and smell like stinky cheese very bad. I am concern if it is not rancid cause I am pregnant and do not want to eat rancid oil. Please write me you advice I am shock beacsue the previous batches had no smell at all, lighter in colour and more solid. I always keep it in fridge

    Thanks a lot I appreciate you help

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  18. I just watched your video….I see you take the CLO and Butter Oil separate….is that the best way or can you get the same benefits form the Butter/CLO Blend work as well??

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  19. Hi Sarah,

    Just found your website through the Real Food Summit (great presentation, by the way). I was curious too as to your reasoning for taking the butter oil and cod liver oil separately instead of in the blend that Green Pastures offer?

    Thank you! Love your website!!
    -CK

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  20. Sarah, We have been taking a BLUE ICE ROYAL BLEND out of convenience — Is there a reason you take the butter oil and CLO separately & not the blend? Thank you!

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  23. I have many of the same experiences as so many of the commenters here;

    The cod liver oil is actually not bad in tiny tiny amounts. A drop ran down the outside of the bottle the first time I poured it out, so I tasted it and it actually wasn’t bad, just like really strong anchovies. The texture in large amounts is horrible though. I will be trying some of the other tips I see here.

    I too have been having horrible burps after taking it, but thankfully only for about an hour afterwards. I have not been taking it long, but they do seem to be lessening, so I am hoping that my body will adjust and learn how to digest it.

    The butter oil/ghee texture is gross. I take this melted on some food and it is actually quite tasty! There is no way I could stand to eat it on it’s own. The cheesy smell goes away when you do this too.

    If I eat it with food like this, does it affect any of the good properties? Does it stop the cod liver oil and the butter oil interacting with each other like they should?
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  24. Thank you so much for this video. I recently bought FCLO and was ready to go and be healthy. Never in my 35 years had I ever tasted CLO and I was actualy excited when it arrived! Boy, was that an awful experience! I knew it wouldn’t be tasty, but I thought I could handle it. I eat beef heart, kidney and liver without problems. The FCLO was by far the most awful thing I had ever tasted! Fifteen minutes after swallowing the stuff I threw up so bad, I thought my lungs were going to come out!
    I was very disappointed…how was I going to keep this crap down? I really think my health will benefit from it. I figured I couldn’t be the only one with this problem and did a Google search. Your post popped up and I tried your method. I did this for nearly a week now and can honestly say that it works! At least it does for me. I still can taste it a tiny bit, but it now is just “not very nice” instead of “the worst thing ever”. Thanks for posting! :-)
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  25. Any advice? I am sold on the benefits of FCLO, but my 2 1/2 year old gets red splotches on face immediately after she takes it. I saw a comment somewhere that there is a lot of histamine in the fermented CLO and in many fermented foods (although I’ve never seen any reaction to kefir or sauerkraut).
    Thanks,
    Carol

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  26. I don’t mind the unflavored liquid fermented CLO from green pastures, but I can’t stand the liquid x factor butter oil!! Would raw grassed butter be a good substitute for this disgusting butter oil? I end up taking the butter oil like a pill. Thanks.

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  27. Here is a sure way to NEVER taste the Green Pasture FCLO/Butter Oil. Hold your nose, take the gel (that is what I use) and swallow with some liquid. Take a chocolate covered espresso bean and chew it up being sure to get it all over your mouth. Let go of your nose.
    You are welcome!

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  28. Anabella Kliewer April 9, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Read your article on healing your son cavity and I noticed that you only gave him fermented cod liver oil and butter capsules. We have an 8 year old and a 12 year old. Should they take fermented skate oil? or just the fermented cod liver oil and the butter capsules like your son.

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  29. This may sound silly, but it works—–

    I take the butter oil first, then I pinch my nose (pinch TIGHT) with one hand and take the CLO with the other….while still pinching my nose, drink, drink, drink a cup of water ( I don’t let go of my nose yet!). Then I exhale through my mouth ONLY……..so far I do not taste anything.
    When I inhale, I am careful to do so through my mouth. When I finally let go of my nose the majority of the taste is gone- I still taste it, but hardly anything. Thankfully I don’t have the burping issue.

    I have found that grape juice or apple cider cuts the taste pretty well, too.

    Suzanne

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  30. I was having such a hard time taking the FCLO, gagging the second it touched my throat, even after using your technique, that I researched filling my own capsules. You can in fact use regular gel caps to hold oil, the only issue is that you can’t make up a bunch ahead of time as it will desolve the caps in an hour. But for anyone desperate enough, it DOES work. I bought gel caps size 000, 1000 quantity for about $30 on Amazon (I didn’t shop around too much), and the syringe that comes with the FCLO works perfectly for filling the caps, 4 caps for a teaspoon. More work, a bit of a pain to do, but it’s better than not getting it at all. Then I eat a couple tablespoons of butter ghee and coconut oil with my soaked oat porridge. Easiest way for people with issues consuming oils straight up.

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  31. Hi Sarah,
    I’m just starting off with cod liver oil and was wondering what dosage I should be giving to my 5 month old and 8 year old??? Since it was my first time experimenting with cod liver oil, I chose to buy a cheaper product: Carlson Norwegian Cod Liver Oil (liquid) this time. It says 1 teaspoon on the back, but is that the correct dosage for adults? Thanks!

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  32. Hi Sarah,
    I just watched your informative video. You mentioned that the oils have several kinds of vitamin D which interests me because I’ve recently been diagnosed with sarcoidosis. The information I’ve found so far indicates that vitamin D and sarcoidosis are not good together, to put it simply. Vitamin D may do something to agrivate the disease, I’m not sure exactly. I know it’s a longshot but do you know anything about this relationship?
    I haven’t been taking the oils for a couple years because of the cost and being unemployeed. But I’m foreseeing having more funds soon and would like start taking the oils because I understand the benefits. However, now that I have been diagnosed with sarcoidosis I want to make sure I’m informed.
    Thank you for any information.

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  33. Has anyone tried making the gel form by themselves. I have a 3 yr old who has been taking cod liver oil with the butter oil off the spoon since she was a baby. After the age of 2 I needed to put 1 drop of honey on the spoon with it so she would take it. Since last week she has refused to take it altogether! I’ve tried educating her, bribing her and nothing works to get her to take it. I’m hoping she would take the gel but in the UK I’ve only found cocoa flavour gel and she’s not keen on chocolate. Also it works out more expensive in the gel form I think. i wonder if anyone else has tried making a gel version themselves? I’m thinking to combine the 2 with some honey, and maybe honey or peppermint extract? That’s all I have on hand.

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  34. Hi !
    In the video, you show that you take the CLO and the butter oil separately. Do you do it because it is more economical than taking them both combined, as offered by Green Pastures ? Or is it preferable to take both of these products separately ? I wonder, since I take them both together and find it much easier to take, as I just take the amount with a spoon and just swallow it down. Thanks !

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  35. Does anyone know if you can squeeze some fresh lemon or lime into a bottle of unflavored FLCO? Is that in any way inadvisable? Because it’s day 4 now, and while I feel much better, the taste is getting a bit much. Even using the technique in the video… the aftertaste is still there.

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  36. I put the gel in a spoonful of very soft homemade ice cream. It slides right down & you can’t even taste it. I have tried it, & my kids take it this way every day – they even ask for it! They are 2, 4, 5 yrs. old.

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  37. I wanted to thank you for this video! My six and four year old just swallow it off of a spoon. The four year old doesn’t mind at all, but my six year old said to me one time, “Mom, I don’t like it, I just do it ‘cuz it’s good for me.” I let him watch your video with me and the next day he tried your method. He was amazed that the taste wasn’t that bad!

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  38. I find this highly amusing, because I don’t find FCLO to be at all bad tasting. :P In fact, I quite enjoy the flavor of it, it’s like eating tinned fish or fresh raw mackerel.

    For those of you complaining, suck it up! :P

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  39. We take the Butter Oil/FCLO blend and its more solid from the fridge. My wife got the idea of just popping it into the bottom of a glass with a swallow or two of water, fresh juice or raw milk and downing it almost as if it were a pill. It’s a breeze to take that way.

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  40. Sarah McKenna via Facebook January 13, 2012 at 10:09 am

    I’m taking both FCLO and butter oil. I’m nursing a 5 month old so I’m taking 1.5 to 2 tsp per day. I’ve been breaking this up into .5 tsp doses throughout the day. As long as you take both products together is it equally good to take your full daily dose in one shot or spread over several doses? Does it matter whether you take it with food or separately? Thanks!

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  41. Would the CLO and Butter be enough of a prenatal vitamin for a pregnant woman? Would you need to take any other supplements i.e. folic acid? I’m guessing the “normal” prenatal vitamins out of a bottle are worthless….

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  42. Becky Lee via Facebook January 11, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Does anyone else fine butter oil to be grainy? It’s ok, just want to be sure mine was tasting like it’s supposed to…

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    • Hi Becky Lee,
      Mine is grainy, too. If you warm it, it goes back to its clear oil stage. I’m not a fan of the grainy texture, but its still better than the CLO…….lol.

      Suzanne

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  43. PICKLE JUICE!! I asked michael at GP why this worked best and he said it was the acidity of the pickle juice that takes the taste away. First I take my HVBO on let ti disolve on my tongue, Then I take a sip of my pickle juice before I take the FCLO (to change the ph of my mouth ) and wash it down with the rest. Then I have my morning shake (kefir and raw egg yolks) with my Organ Delight. I was told that its good to take everything together cause the CLO helps you digest the other? Do you know if this is correct and elaborate on that for me? Also, have you ever done a post about supplementing with Organ Delight (dr. Rons).

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  44. sadhu vedant muni jain January 11, 2012 at 10:55 am

    i agree with you that cod liver oil is essential for health but being the strict vegetarian i am unable to accept so kindly advice for another substitute .

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    • That was going to be my question too Teresa. Looks like Sarah has so many comments I bet she’s taking a break from answering for a while! I’m taking one in the morning, one in the evening but I do eat a lot of salmon and eat a lot of butter too. I saw up in one of the earlier posts, somebody taking 4 capsules, so I understand why the liquid is cheaper, but it was a stretch just to get my husband and young adult son to take a capsule called, FCLO, so not sure they’d do the liquid just yet. Hopefully Sarah will let us know how many to take soon.

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  45. My experiences:
    *take the plastic thingy out of the jar’s opening first thing so it pours easily – shake before every use and then get out spoon(s)

    *Keep both butter and clo at room temp so that it doesn’t stick to my throat so much

    *take the butter first, (under the tongue optional) and then ‘swoosh’ it so that my mouth and teeth make contact – and it tastes a little better for some reason AND somewhat coats the mouth and throat to ready it for the fermented oil

    *Then put the spoonful of fish liver oil directly UNDER the TONGUE (where there aren’t any any taste buds!) AND so that my body knows it is coming! (hits bloodstream, body recognizes it’s goodness and gets digestion ready :) )

    *drink water somewhat slowly WHILE I “SIPHON” THE OIL OUT from under my tongue – it is diluted however much I wish and is hardly ever distinguishable.
    This also prevents it from every accidentally hitting that ever so sensitive top part of the back of my throat – oh the pain!)

    *Now my little boys enjoy taking it again (they had hit a whiny stage)

    Below are Theories and hearsay that is probably true: :)

    *Burping seems to go away once the body learns how to digest it – I found that fresh citrus or other fresh fruit/tomato or juice seems to help cover the taste or prevent the burping completely.

    *If there is any diarrhea or fishy smell out the “other end” then weak gal bladder is suspect. Some people adjust and catch up – others need to look into bile supplements or bitters or both and should always take/eat their oils at a regular time/schedule each day.

    *Coconut oil bypasses the gal bladder (does not need to be digested by it) and is absorbed into the body to be used everywhere – It speaks the “emergency language” of the cells. It is a good 1st step to start healing the body (including the gal bladder, gut and thyroid) before starting anything dramatic or suddenly substantial.

    *I’ve tested a few of the other recommended and popular brands and they are pathetic in comparison and truly not worth the time, effort, or money. I bought one (molecularly distilled = duh what a waste) and took a large spoonful every single day and after 2 weeks could still not tell that I’d even taken it. I didn’t even bother to finish the bottle and went back to the [no longer considered 'expensive'] fermented – with which I can take ONE dose and tell the difference in my body/brain (minimum once a week for brain clarity and minimum relief of symptoms – more often is better though).

    *The skate liver oil fatty acid profile (appears) to be more similar to butter than the cod does = so my recommendation to people trying to decide on just one to try – would be to do the skate. However, me and my boys really test better on the cod 2/3 and butter 1/3 ratio.

    *Skate is higher in the glucosamine category of supplements, but the cod also has it’s share and never discount the value of the raw butter oil for joints (and other cells that like lubrication including the brain) which has the “wultzer” factor.

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  46. So at my visit to BMOrganics.com in Florida over the Holidays they showed me a phenomenal way to take the butter oil and fermented (cod liver/skate) oil without as much pain as the spoon.

    They take a 5ml medicine syringe, insert it into the fermented oil, turn it upside down, and fill it up to 3mm. Then they insert it into the butter oil and fill it the rest of the way to 5ml. This way you can can just inject it into the back of your throat and bypass your taste buds. I’m not as good at “shooting” the oils but with practice (2x a day since I’m pregnant) I’m getting better. :)

    Hope this helps those looking for an alternative to the spoon delivery method. :)

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    • Hi Irena

      This is how my toddler and I take it too :)

      Makes total sense. We’ve never had any problems with gagging or burping. My toddler (2 years today :)) takes the unflavoured FCLO this way and I take the cinnamon tingle. Now that he’s two I might let him start taking the cinnamon tingle once he finishes this bottle – however he seems perfectly happy with it.

      I might consider taking it the way Sarah does myself, however I’ll leave the little guy with the syringe as he’s taking it so well.

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  47. way to take one for the team! thanks for the tips and encouragement! My kids do much better at this than I do…I’m the one that needs to be reminded to take it!

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  48. Yes, that’s how I take it and have no problems. For my son I used to mix it with apple sauce, but he got bored with it, so started demanding he takes it from the spoon at 2.5yo (with a bit of honey), followed by some diluted juice. He does it know with no questions because it became part of the family routine. Today I gave a serving to daddy first and he protested that he needs his dose! I was so proud! It was easier than I thought.
    I was also wondering if I need to refrigerate the oil. I do now, but it always turns into a mash and with some bottles, like cinnamon triangle, it’s hard to get it all out.

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  49. Jennifer Kerrigan Dropic via Facebook January 10, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    How to you feel about the capsu’les instead of the liquid? That would be difficult for my kids :) Thanks!! :)

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  50. Josee Belhumeur via Facebook January 10, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    How would taking just the oil compare to eating actual cod liver in oil? Because my kids love cod liver and will eat that with pleasure.

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  51. Michelle Valdes via Facebook January 10, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Hi Sarah! You keep the butter oil in the fridge and NOT the liver oils? Just wanted to clarify, b/c that would simplify things for me :) Thanks!!

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  52. Hello,

    I take the butter oil/ fclo blend and store it in the fridge where it stays solid. To take it, I simply dollop a serving size into a small, and filled glass of kefir or raw milk. It floats on the top and as long as the small glass is full of liquid it slides right out and doesn’t stick to the inside edge of the glass. No taste, right down the hatch!

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  53. Linda Scott Tyler via Facebook January 10, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Maybe this will keep us from throwing away the chocolate flavored stuff we thought was going to be in capsules! Yucky!

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    • Totally agree on the chocolate! My 3 kids all gagged and so did my husband and me. The cinnamon one is great and all we burp up is cinnamon. After watching this though I went and chugged a spoonful of the chocolate so it doesn’t go to waste…. oh the pudding texture was not easy to just swallow though as my reflexes wanted to chew it up. Maybe I will try freezing tiny amounts of it and taking them like “pills”. I’d like to put it into capsules but it’s so thick, will it even work?

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  54. Angela W. Rogers via Facebook January 10, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Is butter oil necessary? We consume lots of raw butter already. Also I have the peppermint flavored FCLO and I put it in my kids’ sippie cups w/ apple juice. I know fruit juices aren’t the best. But they don’t notice the FCLO that way.

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  55. Kate @ Modern Alternative Mama January 10, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    My kids watched the video with me, then begged for more “special chocolate” (their name for the Chocolate Cream FCLO/BO blend). They had already taken their dose for the day. Trying different flavors can be really helpful for some people! We also have the raspberry butter oil and my daughter won’t touch it (but I don’t care since she takes the blend), but my son loves it. Soon the baby will get his own dose. I have let him taste a tiny bit a couple times and he is not sure what to think. lol.

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  56. For my 2 year old toddler I put the FCLO (gel version) in a spoon and on top I put a tiny amount of 100% Raw Organic Manuka Honey and he’ll swallow the whole thing without complains. For me, I don’t even think about it, but I usually drink something right after (water, raw milk, etc.)

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  57. I hold my nose while I swallow it and then chase it with yogurt or kefir. Now that I have started doing this I never taste it all day like I used to. My 8 month old daughter takes a high quality plain one on a spoon.
    My 5 year old refuses. He refuses all meds of any kind. In the case of a fever or something I just let it go and he fights the bug himself. But he did end up in hospital on iv antibiotics this summer with pneumonia. They sent us home with two antibiotics for him to take orally. I told them not to send us home unless he could cope without oral meds because he won’t tAke them. Since he didn’t take them and he did get better I wonder what they were for! I did sneak some high quality clo into his smoothies that week, but I don’t think he got much of it in.
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  58. Can you please tell me how you take it, as I am unable to view videos due to a limited bandwidth usage clause? Thanks! :o)

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  59. Are the flavoured options of Fermented CLO at Green Pastures as beneficial as the non-flavoured? Do you need to hold your breath and chase them with water as well?

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  60. Do you know roughly how much IU of D is in 1 tsp? I’m wanting to switch to this being my source of D, but I don’t know the conversion with what I’m currently taking.

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    • Kate @ Modern Alternative Mama January 10, 2012 at 2:48 pm

      I think it is around 2000 IU. 1/2 tsp. is about 177% of the daily value. This is for the blend, I don’t have straight FCLO.

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      • I thought that Dr. Price (or was it Nourishing Traditions? Can’t remember…) recommends taking 10,000 IU of Vitamin A. How much CLO do you have to take to reach that amount? And is the 2,000 IU Vitamin D what they recommend? I don’t think the Green Pastures lists these amounts on the label – I don’t remember seeing it.

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  61. Cute video! We take the cinnamon tingle FCLO and have no problems with it. Next time though I think we’ll just go for the unflavored one. My husband refuses to take it because the cinnamon is so strong. He promises he’ll take the plain next time I order. With my kids I take a more…well, sneaky approach. I tell them their FCLO *IS* medicine and they take it out of the syring just fine. Well, it is medicine, right?! Food medicine!

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    • Oh gosh. I bought the Cinnamon Tingle gel, and the flavor was so strong, I just decided I’d rather taste the fishiness. I thought my son (2.5 years) would be able to take the cinnamon since he loves that flavor, but it actually kind of burns going down. I ended up giving the entire bottle to my boss. He won’t take any other flavors of FCLO. I’m going to try rubbing it on his bottom tonight! Never heard that particular tip before, but I’m glad I’ve got a way around it w/ my kid, at least. Hubby’s still a work in progress. I don’t think he’d like me rubbing FCLO on HIS bottom. =)

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  62. Sarah,
    THANK YOU! I will now get the emulsified cod liver out of the back of my fridge and try again. I wasn’t aware of how “gagging” it would be when I took my first big tsp. full last month. Does the skate oil taste any better or different than the cod liver? Btw- ginger flavor is not so good. I will go with cinnamon or mint next time.

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  63. Melissa Smart via Facebook January 10, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    I will try this. My kids don’t complain about taking it so far. I usually give them a slice of lemon to put in their mouth right after swallowing it, but I think not tasting it at all is even better than chasing the flavor away with lemon.

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  65. What about the combination butter oil and cod liver oil? Is it ok? Or do I need to take twice as much? :) I just put it on a spoon, lick it off, chug water and swallow it like a pill. If you leave that cinnamon tingle in your mouth too long, it burns! The longer I take it, the easier it gets. How much per day should an adult take? And how do you figure dosage for a child? Thanks for all your great information!

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  66. I use the peppermint FCLO and I actually like the taste! I wash it down with kefir and that seems to get rid of the fishy aftertaste.

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  67. Sarah, just curious,…….what would you do?

    I have been reading and reading AND reading about this, and haven’t brought myself yet to actually do it. My family is still transitioning into eating, as they say, “the weird things momma eats”,……… I think they’ll have to start with capsules first,…they’ll absolutely freak out if I have them try the liquid,……but, with the cost (there are 10 of us, yes, I have 8 kiddos), should I start with just a few of us or everyone at once but at a lesser dose?

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    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Go to your pantry and clean out every piece of junk food and refined carbs that is in there. This should give you the funds for the fermented cod liver oil. It’s just too important. You have to draw the line in the sand about it and just tell your family that you are going to take it and that is that. End of story :) You can tell I don’t have any trouble with friendly confrontation, can’t you? LOL
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  68. Unconventional Survivor January 10, 2012 at 11:42 am

    I can’t see the video as my filter is blocking it, so don’t know exactly how you do it. I take mine every day with the last swallow of coffee with raw pastured cream in it. I allow myself a cup per day of low caffeine coffee mixed with a hefty amount of cream. The coffee helps mask the flavor (which after 5 yrs is not nearly as bad as it seemed in the beginning), and the fat of the cream helps to pull any lingering FCLO/BO off my tongue. My husband just takes it plain…doesn’t seem to bother him at all. My kids take it and then drink a glass of milk. They don’t care for it, but are good about taking it because they’ve seen that they don’t get sick like they used to, and really believe in it. I instituted a random check this year because one child was forgetting. Every couple of weeks I randomly ask who took it (always in the afternoon as they’re supposed to take it after breakfast). Whoever has done it gets some kind of reward…usually a dollar is all, but I’ve been known to do more just as a nice incentive…and I give no mercy to go take it right then. If they’ve taken it they get a reward, if not, well maybe next time. (They still will go take it.) Also no lecture or punishment if they haven’t. After a winter of not being sick last year they connected the dots and are pretty good about it…even reminding each other. They were 6 and 9 when we started taking it and have taken it for 4-5 years.

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  69. I can get my oldest son to take it by putting a little orange juice in a cup. I then add the Cod liver oil and butter oil on top. The juice seems to take the taste away and it just slides down. I take it the same way. I don’t like to give my kids too much fruit juice, but I don’t use alot and it works. :)

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    • This is how I take it as well. I have a mini measure shot glass that has lines for tsp measurements on the side. I do 3 tsp kombucha on the bottom, then add 1 tsp CLO and 1/2 tsp butter oil and if you swallow it fast all you taste is the kombucha. If you do get the CLO taste, following it with something strong like kefir or sauerkraut works to take the taste away.

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      • Melanie,
        I’m with you. I use a mini shot glass with the measurements. I put the Premier high vitamin CLO in first. Followed by 1/2 tsp. of ghee that I make from raw butter or raw cultured butter from grass fed cows. Then I just squeeze fresh lemon juice from a 1/4 of a lemon. Stir it up and it goes right down with minimal taste of the CLO

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    • Yeah, that’s the only way I can get liquid CLO down. I juice an orange or grapefruit, put a small amount in a shot glass and the rest in a juice glass. I float the CLO and melted butter oil in the shot glass, hold my breath, swallow it fast, and then grab the juice glass, swish the rest of the juice in my mouth and swallow before I breathe again. I think the strong taste of the juice masks the taste of the oil better than anything, and by following the shot with a chaser, you give the acidic juice a chance to dissolve any remaining oil traces in your mouth.

      I really, really, really, really hate cod liver oil. I used to weep to take it until resolved the burping (see my other comment) and then came up with this juice solution. It is the foulest taste I’ve ever had and it’s hard to believe something so awful is a miracle elixir. There’s no way just water would work for me.
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  70. Hi,
    Does anyone know what the difference in the regular fermented CLO and the EMULSIFIED cod liver oil from Green pastures is?? Thanks!

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  71. My problem isn’t so much getting it down. For me, it’s the burping it for the rest of the day that seems to be the problem with CLO or any other fish oil, whether liquid or capsule. And I do mean All. Day. Long. So, I never get away from that flavor. I finished a bottle of FCLO about two months ago and decided I’ve had enough for a while and am now taking salmon oil with EFA’s and D3. So far, only a few *tasty* burps and that’s usually within the first hour of taking the softgel, and then no more.

    This may not be ideal, but it will have to do for me at least for a while. I don’t even like fish in the first place, so when people say to me “well, the FCLO is so much better”. Well, it might be, but if I can’t stand to take it then what good is it to me? This isn’t the first time I’ve taken a complete break from the FCLO.

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    • Yeah, I used to have that problem some years ago, of burping it all day long. Would you believe, a naturopath tested me on a variety of things and said I was intolerant of naturally occurring vitamin a and d? I thought that was crazy, but I did her “allergy clearing” and never had a problem with burping it again. She did “Total Body Modification”–it was like a series of taps up and down my spine with an instrument kind of a like a chiropractor’s “activator.” One brief treatment of that was all it took for me. Very weird.
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  72. My son will take the Cinnamon Tingle FCLO and actually says he likes it – tastes like Hot Tamales. But I have to smear the butter oil on his behind.

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  73. I also cannot get the video to play, but I read the “bottoms up approach” for children and am thinking that might be the route I’d prefer to take for ME, too! I absolutely hate seafood and the smell and taste of seafood has me balking… I haven’t bought the FCLO yet, but I want to, I really do… I was thinkign that maybe rubbing it into feet before socks would work…

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  74. Thanks for the video! I have a question: Is there a difference or preference over the cod liver oil you were taking in the video and the one you had recently promoted on Radiant Life called Premier Quantam High Vitamin Cod Liver Oil? Is it better to take the liquid form or are capsules okay?

    Also, what is the brand name of the butter oil you took in the video?

    Thanks in advance for your help!

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  75. That’s a helpful video and a good reminder that taking this is worth it–if it were medicine you were required to take, you’d find a way. I like to have something immediately after taking CLO, sometimes a grapefruit sectioned to eat a couple pieces, or have it just before a smoothie, or anything(!) that gives my taste buds something else to ‘think’ about :-) I put the CLO as far back in my mouth as possible as well. One thing I’ve read is you should take this in the morning because vitamin D is the ‘Sunshine Vitamin’ and will keep you awake if taken at night. Don’t know if this is bunk or not, but I take mine in the morning.

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  76. Hey Sarah, does the butter oil NEED to be refrigerated? I like to take my FCLO w/ the medicine syringe and that only works w/ liquid. I’m *gasp* not fond of the taste of butter and wondered if it can be left out so it won’t solidify as much. (Ordering some soon.)

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  77. It was hard for me to swallow at first, but I’ve gotten so used to it I don’t think about it anymore. It does burn my throat occasionally, but that’s it.

    Also, the Oslo Orange is really hard to take because it barely has any taste of orange at all. If I didn’t see the label I would’ve guessed it was unflavored.

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  78. I’ve used the “Salty Cod” flavor CLO and loved the taste so I had no trouble taking it. Last time I ordered, they didn’t have that so I got plain flavor. I’ve been squirting it into the back of my mouth with a dosing syringe and swallowing it down with some water as fast as I can. Disgusting, but doable. I miss the salty cod flavor a lot. As for the butter oil, for some reason, the texture just makes me gag. I can’t do it. Thank you for the video.

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  79. I have to agree that this way is the best. I’ve tried a lot over that past few months and your set up looks just like mine. I also mentioned above that a spoonful of peanut butter following it all helps with aftertaste if there is any.

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  80. I love your blog and check it every day! We have been taking 2 capsules daily of the combination FCLO and butter oil. But I am planning to go to the oils not in capsules so I can afford higher doses. Thanks for the demo of how to do it.

    Two questions: Do you take it before or after a meal?
    How is the high vitamin butter oil different from ghee or butter from grass fed cows?

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  81. Sarah, Have you seen any estimates of how much K2 is available in the high vitamin butter oil? I’ve searched around on the web and haven’t found any data yet.

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  82. Sarah, it’s much faster to put all 3 into a glass with about a tablespoon of warm water (warm melts the butter oil). Then it’s just one gulp and follow with water. Also I throw mine in a jar together in the right proportion so I just take a scoop of all three and it saves time. Simplified version…

    1. Mix proportionately all three in a jar and put in the fridge
    2. Do the math figure out how much you need of the mix
    3. Get a glass with a LITTLE bit of warm water and put your scoop in.
    4. Drink quick and chase with water.
    FAST & EASY!

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  83. Hi there. I was having trouble stomaching the fermented CLO so I finally broke down and let myself buy the FCLO/BO blend capsules. Plus this was the ONLY way to get my husband to agree to it, and he still complains about it! I’m wondering if I take 4 capsules/day of the blend, is this a sufficient dosage? Thanks!

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  84. I have no problem taking it. Any ideas on how to lessen the flavor of burping after. Today for some reason it was several hours after that I was still tasting it. It seemed no matter what I ate the only thing I was tasting was the oil :/ Maybe because my body is not use to it? Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!

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    • I have found that a spoonful of peanut butter does wonders for lessening the burping flavor. I’ve been taking this stuff for a only a couple months and still burp all day long afterward. Maybe some of us are just more prone to that sort of thing… Try the peanut butter.

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      • Someone told me she takes it in the morning 20 min before breakfast on an empty stomach with a small glass of lukewarm milk. That takes care of the burping flavor for her. I haven’t tried this personally since I don’t have a problem with the burping flavor, neither do I know if taking it with milk is really a good idea … does it mix well scientifically? But for her it works great!

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  85. Hi Sara — I couldn’t see from your video the exact butter oil that you use. Could you let me know, as this is a whole new world to me. Thanks so much!

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  86. Sarah,
    If you could only afford one, would you choose the cod liver oil? My husband and I both take it everyday but right now we can’t afford the vitamin oil and skate. Am I making the best choice of the three? I love your videos! That was cute! I buy capsules because my husband won’t swallow the liquid.

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