So then how should you store supplements? Below are six tips from the "Life...supplemented" campaign:
-- Keep them in a cool, dry place away from windows or places affected by outdoor weather. Remember the moisture factor! Make sure they are kept away from heat and steam when cooking.
-- Try to avoid places that are easily reached by children, like a low cabinet or in the refrigerator.
-- Keeping them in the kitchen is fine, but the idea is convenience. Store them in a place that you frequent so you will remember to take them regularly.
-- Generally, it is better to take vitamins and other supplements with food or a short time after a meal, so it also makes sense to keep them in a place that is near your preferred eating location.
-- Pay close attention to the expiration date listed on the package. Bottles can often be kept behind each other or be obscured by other items in a cabinet, making them easy to forget about. Be sure to check the labels on a regular basis. If any are past the expiration date, discard the product and get new ones.
-- When traveling, consider storing your supplements in a small pill box or container. These can fit easily in a briefcase, travel bag or purse and will help ensure you take your supplements even when on the road.
Additional Survey Findings. The other household locations where health care practitioners store their supplements are: the kitchen counter (13% doctors, 14% nurses); the bathroom counter (11% doctors, 7% nurses); the refrigerator (8% doctors, 14% nurses); desk in office (6% doctors, 12% nurses); their night table (3% doctors, 7% nurses); their desk at home (3% doctors, 1% nurses); and their purse (1% nurses).
Main Survey Findings. The "Life Supplemented" Healthcare Professionals
(HCP) Impact Study also found that 72% of physicians and 89% of nurses use
dietary supplements. Additionally, 79% of all physicians and 82% of
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