Vitamin Potency

@celticeagle (118551)
Boise, Idaho
October 1, 2016 6:42pm CST
I wondered about the potency of some natural supplements I have been taking so I did some research. Different vitamins seem to lose at a different rate. Solid ones seem to last longer than the liquid type. Six months seems to be the safest amount of time to keep vitamins after opening them. For instance, vitamin B-12 and folic acid lose about 10 percent after six months. Be sure to read the label for some will need to be refrigerated while others can be kept in a dry, cool and darkened place. In order to dispose of vitamins do not flush them down the toilet or just throw them in the trash. Put them in a plastic container and then cover them with kitty litter or coffee grounds. Put a lid on the container and then put it in a trash bag. Tie the top securely.
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• United States
2 Oct 16
The only vitamin I take is Vit D by prescription. I get a refill every three months so no back-log here.
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@just4him (120070)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
2 Oct 16
You have a three month prescription? They won't give me more than a month at a time.
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@celticeagle (118551)
• Boise, Idaho
2 Oct 16
@just4him ......Yes all of my meds are done in three months here. That how my Part D insurance is set up.
• United States
2 Oct 16
@celticeagle most ins only allows 3mos st a time.
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@just4him (120070)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
2 Oct 16
I take two supplements daily one for arthritis that works very well - TriFlex and Feverfew for headaches. Since taking them my headaches are almost non existent and my knees are so much better.
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@celticeagle (118551)
• Boise, Idaho
2 Oct 16
That's great! Always like to hear when herbals and natural stuff does the trick.
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@shivamani10 (11229)
• Hyderabad, India
2 Oct 16
Yes. The rate at which they each work is also different . Each will have a definite amount of time before which they should be consumed and otherwise they should be disposed of in the way you have mentioned in the post. This is a good habit and better I say this is a good culture.
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@celticeagle (118551)
• Boise, Idaho
2 Oct 16
I believe so.
@Gillygirl (17340)
• Sutton, England
1 Oct 16
Interesting I take vitamin D every day as tests showed I had a deficiency
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@celticeagle (118551)
• Boise, Idaho
2 Oct 16
I do also.
@KristenH (24366)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
1 Oct 16
Hmm. That's interesting. I take multi-vitamins with my lunch every day.
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@celticeagle (118551)
• Boise, Idaho
2 Oct 16
I just take a vitamin D. Probably should take a multi-vitamins too.
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@KristenH (24366)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
2 Oct 16
@celticeagle It couldn't hurt.
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@celticeagle (118551)
• Boise, Idaho
2 Oct 16
@KristenH .....Yes, it probably wouldn't.
• United States
2 Oct 16
I need to look to see if my vitamins need to be refrigerated. Never knew some do.
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@celticeagle (118551)
• Boise, Idaho
3 Oct 16
Good idea to check your labels.
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• United States
3 Oct 16
@celticeagle Yes thank you!
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@cindiowens (3840)
• North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
2 Oct 16
Great info. Most vitamins in pill form do not get absorbed into the body well. Liquid form is much better, if you can find them, but do not have as long of a shelf life. AND they can taste pretty nasty too.