Expiration dating dietary supplements
We recommend looking for products with expiration dates since the manufacturer is legally required to provide stable data to back up that date.
(3) Keep in mind exposure to heat and/or moisture can significantly shorten a supplement’s shelf life.
But if you accidentally take a supplement after it is listed to expire and it showed no signs of going bad, you don’t need to freak out. That being said, we always recommend you err on the side of caution and touch base with your healthcare provider or call the number of the supplement manufacturer for further guidance. The EPA and FDA both recommend not to flush expired vitamins or supplements down the toilet. When dietary supplements are flushed down the toilet, they pass through waste-water plants and may end up in rivers, lakes, and other parts of the water supply. National take-back day is a safe, convenient, and a responsible way to dispose of expired or unused supplements.
(5)(6) Don’t feel comfortable disposing your old vitamins at home? You can also go to a local pharmacy or hazardous waste collection site (7), in-person at any time for proper disposal. You can visit their website to search for a collection site near you.
Usually, probiotic supplements contain double the amount of colony-forming units (CFUs), which refers to the number of live and active micro-organisms in each serving of probiotic at the time of manufacture, when compared to the listed “best by” date.
He is especially conscious of expiry dates of liquid products and less cautious on things like trace mineral complexes.
If you are a health-conscious individual, there’s a good chance you have a kitchen cupboard or bathroom cabinet full of expired supplements and unwanted old vitamins.