Research on the safe use of supplements is varied. Certain studies press on the need to take vitamins and supplements. Other research does not set mandatory orders for taking these. Essentially, our bodies need vitamins and minerals to work at its best.
Any deficiency or over-intake of these minerals and vitamins can culminate in health issues. For example, vitamin D deficiency can reach a finale of weak bones and increased risk of developing porous bones or osteoporosis.
What’s more, the supplement industry is worth $30 billion in the US, so digging into the expiry date of these products is essential. Supplements and vitamins come with a best before or use before date.
However, are these the correct dates? Researchers say that vitamins have a shelf life way past their expiration date. Properly stored minerals have a life that lasts 2 years beyond the expiry date given.
The only catch is that the supplement should have been stored adequately. In this regard, proper storage means:
- The vitamin supplement should be stored in a cool and dry place
- The vitamins are not stored in direct sunlight or extremely high temperatures
- The supplements are protected from humidity as well
However, certain supplement types and vitamins can expire earlier as well as compared to other vitamins. These are the water-soluble vitamins such as vitamins B12 and C. These vitamins are likely to lose their effectiveness in contrast with fat-soluble vitamins such as vitamins A, D, E, and K.
Also, probiotics need to be stored more carefully than other vitamins. These contain live cultures so they may have to be stored in the live bacteria. Furthermore, their life is no longer than a year. Capsules and tablets containing liquids and oils also expire fast.
Therefore, in a nutshell, the expiry data of different supplements varies as per their nature. It is best to consult with a doctor who can tell you for sure if it is safe to take a supplement that has been lying around in your cabinet for long.