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Vitamins stored in bathrooms, kitchens may become less effective
Purdue University ^ | Mar 2, 2010 | Brian Wallheimer

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.

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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."

(Excerpt) Read more at purdue.edu ...


TOPICS: Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: health; vitamins

1 posted on 03/02/2010 2:05:56 PM PST by decimon
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To: neverdem; DvdMom

Ping.


2 posted on 03/02/2010 2:06:52 PM PST by decimon
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To: decimon

Well McCain will get them regulated and hypertaxed and so overpriced you won’t be able to afford them anyway.


3 posted on 03/02/2010 2:07:42 PM PST by capacommie
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To: decimon

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.


4 posted on 03/02/2010 2:08:39 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: decimon

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.


5 posted on 03/02/2010 2:10:04 PM PST by i_dont_chat (We have a cultural crisis–not a heath-care crisis.)
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To: decimon
. . . present in bathrooms and kitchens

Good thing I keep mine in my sauna!

6 posted on 03/02/2010 2:10:44 PM PST by Andyman (The truth shall make you FReep.)
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To: decimon

I keep em next to the ambien I have needed since Jan 09


7 posted on 03/02/2010 2:15:55 PM PST by omega4179 (jdforsenate.com hunt some rinos 2010)
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To: decimon
Possibly true ....

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!!

8 posted on 03/02/2010 2:16:47 PM PST by Logic n' Reason ("Minds are like parachutes; they only function well when they are open.")
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To: buccaneer81
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.

I keep mine in the fridge. Is that good?

9 posted on 03/02/2010 2:22:51 PM PST by decimon
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To: decimon

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.


10 posted on 03/02/2010 2:27:33 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: decimon
I keep mine in the fridge. Is that good?

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.

11 posted on 03/02/2010 3:01:13 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: buccaneer81

Thank you.


12 posted on 03/02/2010 3:11:58 PM PST by decimon
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To: buccaneer81

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.


13 posted on 03/02/2010 3:39:07 PM PST by GailA (obamacare paid for by cuts & taxes on most vulnerable Veterans, disabled,seniors & retired Military)
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To: decimon; 2ndreconmarine; Fitzcarraldo; Covenantor; Mother Abigail; EBH; Dog Gone; ...

Vitamin article ping , thanks decimon :)


14 posted on 03/02/2010 4:00:41 PM PST by DvdMom (Freeper Smokin' Joe does the freeper Avian / H1N1 Ping List)
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To: decimon
I keep mine in the fridge. Is that good?

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.

15 posted on 03/02/2010 4:05:46 PM PST by ErnBatavia (It's not the Obama Administration....it's the "Obama Regime".)
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To: DvdMom

Thanks for the ping!


16 posted on 03/02/2010 4:12:05 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: ErnBatavia
The only thing like that I keep in the fridge is my Preparation H....

Dad, what kind of oil did you use in this salad?

17 posted on 03/02/2010 4:15:38 PM PST by decimon
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To: i_dont_chat
NEVER keep them in the bathroom, where visitors and/or children/teenagers can rummage through your drugs and help themselves.

I don't know what it is like today but in the 60s, middle class and upper class moms had the finest drugs available.

18 posted on 03/02/2010 4:17:05 PM PST by ansel12 (Social liberal politicians in the GOP are easy for the left to turn, why is that?)
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To: decimon

Thanks for the reminder to take my vitamins. They’re right here next to the computer. LOL


19 posted on 03/02/2010 4:21:51 PM PST by mombonn (God is looking for spiritual fruit, not religious nuts.)
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To: decimon
Dang....I've been kind of putting my vitamin bottles in the dryer with the wet clothes when I run a load.

Do you think that might make them less effective?

20 posted on 03/02/2010 4:23:34 PM PST by Allegra (It doesn't matter what this tagline says...the liberals are going to call it "racist.")
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To: i_dont_chat
"NEVER keep them in the bathroom, where visitors and/or children/teenagers can rummage through your drugs and help themselves."

If you have children in the house, you should have drugs behind lock and key.

21 posted on 03/02/2010 4:28:34 PM PST by DannyTN
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To: GailA; decimon
I keep my excess buy 1 get 1 free in an un-heated bedroom in the closet,

That may be close to perfect in the average home.

22 posted on 03/02/2010 4:33:16 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: ErnBatavia
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.

Trust me on this, it is NOT a good thing to do.

Cheers!

23 posted on 03/02/2010 4:42:09 PM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: buccaneer81

We have a 3,800 sq ft house, for the 2 of us, 4 bedrooms, we close off the 2 we don’t use and keep the day temp at 65, night at 60. Summer at 75/65.


24 posted on 03/02/2010 4:52:06 PM PST by GailA (obamacare paid for by cuts & taxes on most vulnerable Veterans, disabled,seniors & retired Military)
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To: decimon

They’ve been telling people this for decades.

Why is this news?

And why was research money spent on it to find out what we already know?


25 posted on 03/02/2010 4:59:29 PM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: GailA
keep the day temp at 65, night at 60. Summer at 75/65.

Perfect.

26 posted on 03/02/2010 5:31:48 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: DvdMom

Thanks for the ping.


27 posted on 03/02/2010 7:26:28 PM PST by nw_arizona_granny ( garden/survival/cooking/storage- http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2299939/posts?page=5555)
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To: DvdMom

Thanks for the ping!


28 posted on 03/02/2010 9:41:07 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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