Skip to comments.Vitamins stored in bathrooms, kitchens may become less effective
Posted on 03/02/2010 2:05:56 PM PST by decimon
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - High humidity present in bathrooms and kitchens could be degrading the vitamins and health supplements stored in those rooms, even if the lids are on tight, a Purdue University study shows.
Lisa Mauer, an associate professor of food science, said that crystalline substances - including vitamin C, some vitamin B forms and other dietary supplements - are prone to a process called deliquescence, in which humidity causes a water-soluble solid to dissolve. Keeping those supplements away from warm, humid environments can help ensure their effectiveness.
Consumers could notice liquid in vitamin containers, but Mauer said another sign of nutrient degradation is brown spots, especially on children's vitamins. Mauer suggested discarding any dietary supplement that is showing signs of moisture uptake or browning.
"They're not necessarily unsafe, but why give a vitamin to a kid if it doesn't have the vitamin content you're hoping to give them?" Mauer said. "You're just giving them candy at that point with a high sugar content."
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Well McCain will get them regulated and hypertaxed and so overpriced you won’t be able to afford them anyway.
I work in pharma manufacturing. Cool and dry is what you want. No more than 86 degrees F for sure, and as low a humidity as you can find in your home.
Keep ALL of your supplements and RXs in the kitchen, where you can keep an eye on them. NEVER keep them in the bathroom, where visitors and/or children/teenagers can rummage through your drugs and help themselves.
Good thing I keep mine in my sauna!
I keep em next to the ambien I have needed since Jan 09
But vitamins stored in a hole dug through the permafrost to a depth of 18 inches and covered with moss, will keep them in fine fettle!!
I keep mine in the fridge. Is that good?
My kitchen certainly doesn’t get very humid. Understand the bathrooms do though, and you shouldn’t keep any of your pills in the bathroom where your shower/bathtub are.
Only if the label calls for refrigeration. Generally, solid oral dose pharmaceuticals (tablets and capsules) are meant to be stored between 59 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit.
If a specific medication requires refrigeration, it will say so on the label.
I keep my excess buy 1 get 1 free in an un-heated bedroom in the closet, and I freeze my Fish Oil...no burping the things, and no buying the expensive no odor ones.
Vitamin article ping , thanks decimon :)
The only thing like that I keep in the fridge is my Preparation H....don't want to get it mixed up with my teefpaste.
Thanks for the ping!
Dad, what kind of oil did you use in this salad?
I don't know what it is like today but in the 60s, middle class and upper class moms had the finest drugs available.
Thanks for the reminder to take my vitamins. They’re right here next to the computer. LOL
Do you think that might make them less effective?
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