How to Make Liquid Iron Supplements Taste Better

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Orange juice can help mask the flavor of iron supplements.
Orange juice can help mask the flavor of iron supplements. (Image: oranges and orange juice image by Maria Brzostowska from Fotolia.com)

Liquid iron supplements can be incorporated into your diet for a variety of reasons, such as a case of anemia or as an extra iron boost for a vegetarian diet. The taste of liquid iron supplements can be off-putting to some and can make it harder to take, especially for small children who need iron supplements. Luckily, there are easy remedies for the taste of liquid iron that can make taking these supplements a little more tasty.

Things You'll Need

  • Liquid iron supplement
  • Measuring cup or dropper
  • Orange juice

Plan to take your liquid iron supplement 30 minutes before your next meal. Taking it without food in your stomach will help your body take in the most from the iron. Also plan to not take any other medication for two hours following taking the iron supplement.

Measure out the amount of liquid iron to be taken in a small cup. Pour a cup of orange juice in with your liquid iron and stir the two together thoroughly for 20 seconds.

Drink your orange juice and liquid iron mixture quickly. Make sure to finish it within five minutes after mixing in order to avoid the two liquids separating. Should they separate, the supplement’s flavor will be much stronger.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you prefer another fruit juice over orange, just ensure that it is fortified with vitamin C. Many juices now are available with vitamin C supplemented in them and vitamin C is important for taking iron supplements, as it helps your body take in iron quicker and more efficiently.
  • Avoid consuming any dairy an hour before and after taking your iron supplement. This can get in the way of your body's ability to take in iron and use it.
  • For small children, or if you like apple sauce, try mixing iron into vitamin C fortified apple sauce and eating the mixture.

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