Research shows that proper nutrition and regular supplementation play an important role in minimizing the symptoms of Covid-19 and making a quick recovery. More and more people are making Omega-3, Zinc, and Vitamin D supplements a part of their daily diets for this very reason. However, what may come as a surprise to many people is that proper storage conditions are crucial for maintaining the efficacy of vitamins and supplements.
Humidity and temperature must be right.
The impact of temperature and humidity on supplements has been researched extensively over the years. The majority of the studies in this context show that temperatures and humidity do influence supplement performance. A recent study at Purdue University examined the relative efficacy of Vitamin C at different temperatures and humidity levels. The study found that as soon as the humidity level went over 80%, the supplements started showing signs of deterioration.
At BL Bio Lab, we have taken the initiative to mention the optimal storage conditions on the product’s packaging. Before our products reach you, we make sure that they’re kept at an optimal temperature range of 15-25 Celsius and a humidity level of 35 to 65%. And we advise you, our customers, to do the same.
Safe Storage for Vitamins and Supplements: Choosing the Right Place to Store Them
The ideal place to store your dietary supplements would be anywhere where they are most visible. So, it makes sense to store them in a place where you will be physically present for the most part of your day. However it’s important to ensure that the place is neither too hot, nor too cold, nor too dry, nor too humid.
- Inside the bathroom. The bathroom may not be the ideal place to store your supplements. Bathroom temperatures fluctuate significantly throughout the day. Someone takes a hot shower and boom! It’s hot and humid. Even if you’re storing them in the medicine cabinet right above your sink, you’d want to make sure the hot tap doesn’t run for too long. It’s definitely not going to happen if someone keeps the tap running during the morning shave followed by the kids taking their sweet time brushing teeth at night. Therefore, storing your vitamins and supplements in your bathroom wouldn’t be the best idea unless you store them in the linen cabinet or your closet. But then, you may likely forget to take them most of the time.
- The kitchen. Storing your vitamins and supplements in the kitchen seems to be a good idea in terms of visibility. Most vitamins and supplements are best absorbed with food, so storing them in the kitchen provides you with the best opportunity to remember to take them during or right after your meals. Kitchens, however, just like bathrooms do not have constant temperatures. Near the stove, the oven, and the sink, the temperature may be too high. But the refrigerator is a great place to keep your supplements, especially liquids and soft gels.
- In the bedroom. The bedroom is usually a good place to store your supplements and vitamins. It is cool, dark, and dry. Moreover, you’ll probably spend a good part of your early mornings and all nights in your bedroom. So it’s a good place to store them from a visibility perspective as well.
- In your car. Your car is the worst place to store your supplements. During summer and winter, the temperatures can be extreme in the car, especially if it’s parked outside. While the soft gels disintegrate in high temperatures, the tablets get oxidized and lose their potency. Therefore, it’s not recommended to store your vitamins and supplements in your car.
- At the Office. It’s a good idea to store your vitamins and supplements in your office. As the office is mostly air-conditioned in the summer and centrally heated in the winter, the temperature stays consistent throughout the day. Moreover, keeping your tablets on your office desk or drawer gives you a better chance to take them on time, since they are right in front of you all day long.
Safe Storage for Vitamins and Supplements is Critical
If you are planning to add any supplements to your diet in order to have a good chance at fighting off Covid-19, remember that it’s best to consult an expert first. Consult your physician who understands your health profile the best. He/she can even guide you about the best supplements and vitamins for your specific needs. And once you get your prescription, keep in mind all of the tips above for storing them. The right storage can add to the longevity and effectiveness of your supplements.