Vitamins and supplements are a key part of many diets, and because they are expensive, it's important to store them correctly so you don't waste your investment. In most cases, you should store vitamins and supplements in a cool, dry place or in the refrigerator, but always read the product label and store it according to the instructions given. Also remember to keep all these products out of reach of children and pets, as you will see below.
Method 1 of 3: Store vitamins and supplements in a cool, dry place
Step 1. Avoid the bathroom cabinet
Although people have the habit of storing vitamin pills and supplements in bathroom cabinets, research shows that room humidity decreases the effectiveness and potency of these pills over time, a phenomenon known as deliquescence.
- This vitamin degradation under wet conditions decreases product quality and shelf life, meaning you won't get all the nutrition you need.
- Also, opening and closing vitamin and supplement jars in a damp place retains some moisture in the container each time you open it.
- Some vitamins are more likely to degrade in wet conditions, such as water-soluble vitamin B, vitamin C, thiamine and vitamin B6.
Step 2. Do not store pills in the refrigerator
Vitamins and minerals can degrade in quality if you store them in the refrigerator. Although the refrigerator is cool and dark, it holds a lot of moisture, so only store vitamins and supplements in the refrigerator if the label indicates.
Step 3. Do not keep them near the oven or sink
The kitchen is also not a good place to keep vitamins and supplements, as there is too much moisture and vaporized fat in the air, which changes the pills as the temperature rises and falls with the use of the oven and stove.
- The kitchen sink is another area that produces a lot of moisture.
- If you want to keep pills in the kitchen, look for the bottom of a dry cupboard away from the stove.
Step 4. Consider keeping vitamins and supplements in the bedroom
This is perhaps the best place to store the pills, as there are few fluctuations in humidity, and it is a cool, dry place.
- Keep them away from open windows and sunlight as the sun degrades the potency of the supplements.
- Do not keep them near a radiator or any other heat source.
- Always keep them covered and out of reach of children and pets, even if they are in a container that is difficult to open.
Step 5. Use an airtight container
To help prevent moisture, keep vitamins and supplements in an airtight container. Do not remove them from the original packaging, just place the entire bottle of pills in the airtight container.
An opaque container is fine, but an amber or other dark tint is best to protect the supplements from sunlight
Method 2 of 3: Keeping Vitamins and Supplements in the Refrigerator
Step 1. Read the product label
While most vitamins and supplements should be stored at room temperature, there are some that require refrigeration, so read the instructions on each product label to store them properly.
- Liquid vitamins, some essential fatty acids and probiotics generally require refrigeration to preserve the product.
- Probiotics contain active cultures that can die if exposed to heat, light or air, so it is essential to store them in the refrigerator.
- However, not all essential fatty acids, liquid vitamins and probiotics should be kept in the refrigerator, so always read the label.
- Generally speaking, liquids should be stored in the refrigerator, while other forms of vitamins or supplements should be stored in a dry place.
- Some multivitamin tablets are also best kept in the refrigerator.
Step 2. Store vitamins in a secure container
Tightly close the lid to prevent any moisture ingress, as, as stated earlier, moisture degrades the effectiveness of vitamins and supplements.
- Keep container out of reach of children and pets.
- Even though the container is sealed so that children cannot open it, keep it in a place out of their reach.
Step 3. Separate them from food with airtight containers
Place supplements in an airtight container separate from food to avoid any potential contamination, as perishable food can easily spoil in the refrigerator.
- When foods go bad near the supplements, any mold or bacteria can spread to them, contaminating them.
- Remember to keep vitamins and supplements in their original containers.
- Airtight containers will still not completely eliminate moisture as moisture will enter every time you open their lid.
Method 3 of 3: Keeping Vitamins and Supplements Properly
Step 1. Always read the label
To ensure safe and proper storage, you should always read the product label first.
- Some supplements are stored in unique ways, as indicated on the labels for each one.
- The recommended dose is also indicated on the package.
- Also pay attention to the expiration date, also stated on the product packaging.
- Some vitamins and supplements don't last long after opening.
Step 2. Keep supplements and vitamins out of reach of children
Take great care to ensure that any vitamins, supplements or other potentially toxic substances are kept safe and out of reach of children, whether in a cupboard or high shelf. You can also protect the closet by sealing it so that your children cannot open it.
- Although containers may have lids that are difficult to open, keep these products in places that children cannot reach.
- All vitamins and supplements can be dangerous if consumed by a child.
- Generally, the dosage of vitamins and supplements indicated for adults is too high for children.
Step 3. Never take expired products
Store vitamins and supplements properly to maintain the effectiveness of products longer and never take products beyond their expiration date.