Some people keep ‘em in the kitchen, others stash them in the bathroom. But when it comes to making sure vitamins, minerals and other nutrients stay fresh and effective, neither of those rooms will do.
So where and how should you store your supplements?
Cool and dry. Because of the heat and humidity involved in cooking and showering, the kitchen and bathroom are not ideal. The best place to store bottles is somewhere cool and dry – such as a cabinet in a well-ventilated room or closet. When not in use, keep all lids tightly closed to protect the integrity of the nutrients.
Chilled nutrition. Pay attention to label instructions – certain liquid supplements (multi-vitamins, probiotics, minerals) and juices must be kept in the refrigerator. These products typically have a shorter shelf-life than their non-liquid counterparts, so be sure to use them up before the best-by dates (if included on the packaging).
A safe place. Many products come in enticing flavors and colors that can be tempting for kids. Keep all supplements and medications out of the reach of children or pets – be especially careful with iron-containing products, as they can be very dangerous to small children.