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How to store Vitamins and Supplements

January 13, 2021 3 min read

How to store Vitamins and Supplements

When it comes to vitamin, storing it places a crucial part in its potency. What's the point of taking it every day if the vitamin's effect is not as how it should work? Therefore, in today's topic, we will be covering on how and what are the proper ways to store your vitamins to ensure the best outcome. First off, let's start with vitamin storage that occurs in your body. There are two main types of vitamins, water-soluble vitamins and fat-soluble vitamins, and the way that the body does or does not store vitamin content taken from food depends on which type it is. The body cannot store water-soluble vitamins, which means that a person needs to replenish their water-soluble vitamin intake daily. The eight B vitamins and vitamin C are water-soluble vitamins, and the body cannot store vitamin content that is either of these. 


It is not merely that the body cannot store water-soluble vitamins, but the water-soluble vitamins are easily destroyed by improper storage, handling, or cooking of foods containing these vitamins. In particular, it is essential not to overcook vegetables by boiling as the water-soluble vitamins are in effect washed out of them. Still, this lack of ability to store water-soluble vitamins can be overcome by light cooking or steaming and by using the water that vegetable has been cooked in to form sauces and gravies. As the body cannot store vitamin C or the other water-soluble vitamins, it is essential to eat a balanced diet with at least five portions of fruit and vegetables to ensure that enough vitamins are available for the body to use when necessary. A person does not suffer from a vitamin deficiency due to the body's inability to store vitamin content.


Nevertheless, the body can store fat-soluble vitamin content. The body will keep vitamin content in the fat cells so that it can be used when required and a person does not need to consume as many of these fat-soluble vitamins on as frequent a basis as they do with water-soluble vitamins. The fat cells store vitamin A, D, E, and K as these are all fat-soluble vitamins.


Secondly, it is also important to store vitamin supplements correctly to ensure that the beneficial qualities of these are not diminished, as mentioned previously. The best way to store vitamin supplements is to keep the container in a cool and dry place in a container with a screw-top lid. Due to the heat and humidity involved in cooking and showering, the kitchen and bathroom are not ideal. The best place to store bottles is a place that remains at a stable temperature and humidity level — such as a cabinet in a well-ventilated room, or on a shelf in a closet. When the bottles are not in use, keep the lids tightly closed to protect the nutrients' integrity. When you store vitamin supplements, it is also essential to check that they have not been kept longer than the expiration date. The vitamin content of supplements cannot be guaranteed if you store vitamin tablets past their use-by date.

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