I've been taking Floravital (the gluten/yeast free version of Floradix) for about a month now due to pregnancy-related anemia. I'd heard the stuff tasted awful, so I was pleasantly surprised when my first dose tasted just fine. However, at some point part way through my first bottle (250 mL), it started tasting bad. I can't really describe it, just not like it tasted at first. I figured I had just been so braced for the bad taste I'd been warned about that it had seemed good in comparison, and now I was expecting it to taste better than it really was. Then, I got a new (500 mL) bottle and voila! It tasted good again. But now, about halfway through the bottle, it's starting to taste a little less good again. I can't figure out what's going on. I keep it refrigerated. I don't drink out of the bottle and do my best to keep it uncontaminated. I close the lid tightly.
What gives? Is it going bad? I'm using the dosage on the bottle (10 mL twice a day), so a 250 mL bottle lasted about 2 weeks, and my 500 mL is lasting about a month. It seems ridiculous that they'd sell it in bottles bigger than you could reasonably use before it went bad. I'm not even sure it's going "bad". Any other thoughts/experiences appreciated!
Oh, and also, as long as I'm at it - the instructions say to take 30 minutes before eating. Anyone know why this is important? And if I'm going to err, should I err on the side of taking it longer than 30 minutes before eating, or taking it with/after a meal? I don't always know/remember to take it 30 minutes in advance. I feel like I've read about something blocking iron absorption (calcium, maybe?), but I can't remember.