We know that you care about your health. That’s why you buy supplements every month and you make sure to take them regularly! But did you know that where and how you store your supplements is just as important as what supplements you buy? You should store your supplements properly in order to maximise their nutritional benefits and to ensure that you get the best value for your money.
Why is Proper Storage Important?
There are several environmental factors such as heat, light, oxygen and moisture that affect the potency of the supplements that you use. Many supplements such as Vitamin A, D, B1, B12, K, folic acid and probiotics, as well as supplement formats like oils, gel caps, chewables and gummies are sensitive to heat, light, oxygen and moisture. Therefore, when storing your supplements, you should choose appropriate areas to minimise exposure to these factors. Here are some tips to get the most out of your supplements:
Ideal Environmental Factors for Supplement Storage
Your supplements should be stored in a cool environment that is away from heat, ideally between 15°C to 25°C. The scorching Caribbean heat is often well above this range, so a great way to protect your supplements is to store them in a refrigerator. This way, they remain cool and safe from fluctuating temperatures.
Store your supplements in a dry area to reduce exposure to moisture, which can affect their potency and shelf life. This means that storage locations such as the bathroom should be avoided as much as possible due to the high level of moisture present. Instead, opt for airtight containers and shelves or cabinets away from humidity.
Seek out dark places like a drawer or dark cabinet to avoid exposure to direct sunlight, as this can also affect shelf life. Excess exposure to UV rays can negatively affect the stability of certain supplements. Effects of this include loss of potency, altered efficacy, and other adverse biological effects.
Other Supplement Safety Tips
It is best to always keep your supplements in their original bottle, which is designed specifically to maintain the optimal environment for its contents. Also, ensure that bottles are re-closed tightly after each use and avoid throwing out the desiccant packets that come in the bottle as they help get rid of any moisture present. Always store your supplements out of the reach of children and pets. Lastly, always check the expiry date of your supplements and make sure to dispose of them safely once they have expired.
Follow these guidelines to ensure that your products stay fresh and potent, giving you the maximum benefits.