Having invested in a supply of vitamins and supplements, it is very important to store them correctly and avoid it being money wasted. Some health products, such as freshly pressed flaxseed oil, have a very short shelf-life and must be kept refrigerated. Even capsules and dry tablets benefit from correct storage. Here are some do's and don'ts for the best way to store vitamins and supplements.
Most health supplements require a cool, dry place for storage, according to the label. The refrigerator is cool and dark, but it is never dry. Moisture can make capsules stick together and can reduce the effectiveness of vitamins, so the refrigerator should only be used to store supplements that specifically require refrigeration according to their label.
Some people like to keep their supplements in the bathroom cupboard so they are handy to take each morning. However, when you shower you are exposing all your supplements to an environment that is warm and humid on a frequent basis. Choose somewhere else to store them that will remain cool and dry all the time.
If you want to take your vitamins with meals, the kitchen may seem the logical place to keep your vitamins. However, kitchens can be hot and damp when the oven is on or the stovetop is in use. If you want to keep your vitamins close to where you eat so you remember to take them, put them in the breakfast nook or dining room.
Out of Reach of Children
Although natural supplements are not toxic when taken in recommended doses, they can be potentially toxic if taken in high doses. Just like meds, put them out of the reach of young children on a high shelf or cupboard with a kiddie-lock. Make sure the cupboard is away from any heat source or window that may cause extreme heat or humidity.
Keep Supplements in their Original Packaging
You may be tempted to tip your supplements into an organizer for ease, but they are usually supplied in a container that offers optimal conditions for storage. Most supplement containers are dark or opaque in color and are designed to eliminate sunlight which may reduce the potency or effectiveness of the supplement. Never be tempted to combine all your daily supplements together in one bottle. The original container has vital information about the ingredients and individual packaging process which may be required in case of a faulty product or medical reaction.
Check the Expiration Date
Another good reason for storing supplements in their original packaging is to keep an eye on expiry dates. Some vitamins have quite a short shelf-life and are most effective before their use-by date. If you have a bulk supply of vitamins you can also use them in date order, oldest first, for maximum benefit.
Have you ever had any issues with storing your vitamins and supplements?