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Finding the Right Home for Your Vitamins and Other Supplements
Date:1/31/2008

New Survey Results Indicate that Doctors and Nurses Prefer to Store Their Supplements in the Kitchen Cabinet

WASHINGTON, Jan. 31 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Where is home for your vitamins, minerals, and other supplements? Is it the kitchen cabinet, maybe with the oatmeal and peanut butter? How about the bathroom cabinet, possibly next to the toothpaste and dental floss? Or, perhaps it's your office desk, amidst your personal items and stash of granola bars and M&Ms for those rainy days when you just don't feel like going out for lunch.

The "Life...supplemented" consumer wellness campaign wanted to find out, and the campaign's Healthcare Professionals (HCP) Impact Study, which evaluated the personal attitudes and use of dietary supplements by healthcare professionals, provided some of the answers. According to the study, doctors and nurses are storing their vitamins and other supplements in the kitchen cabinet -- 59% for doctors and 66% for nurses -- in comparison to other household locations. The bathroom cabinet took a distant second place, with 25% of doctors and 27% of nurses reporting their supplements were shelved there.

"It's best to store your supplements in a place where you'll remember to take them," said Donnica Moore, M.D., president of the Sapphire Women's Health Group and a consultant to the "Life...supplemented" campaign. "The best results come from consistent, long-term use unless otherwise instructed. By keeping your vitamins and other supplements in the kitchen, you associate them with meals and are more likely to remember to take them. Plus, you don't want to take your supplements on an empty stomach."

Even though many people do store their vitamins in their bathroom cabinets, it is not recommended. Humidity from a hot shower or even from the sink will likely seep in, accelerating degradation and eventually rendering them ineffective. Heat and light can do the same, so keep them away from bright lights, a
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