Proper storage of probiotics will maintain their effectiveness
There are different opinions concerning the storage of probiotics. Some researchers say that it is fine for you to store your probiotic supplements at room temperature; and other experts say you should store them in the fridge.
Which advice should you go with?
To make your life easy, simply look at the instructions on your probiotics package. A lot of the time, it will say on the packaging the best way for you to store that particular probiotic supplement.
Probiotics come in different forms. In order to correctly decide on the storage of probiotics, you need to understand the following:
Probiotics in powder form should always be stored in the fridge. This is because the bacteria that make up the probiotic supplements are in a frozen state. If you store the bacteria at room temperature, they will quickly begin to unfreeze...
If they unfreeze outside of your tummy (digestive tract), then they will die. This will in a big way reduce the effectiveness of your probiotic supplement.
Probiotics in capsule form is also essentially powder and the bacteria are in a static state. Notwithstanding, due to its formulation, it can last at room temperature for a couple of weeks before it will start to lose its potency...
So it’s best stored in the fridge. If you would like to store your capsule at room temperature, make sure you place it in a dark place away from sunlight or any source of heat. Make sure the lid is sealed properly to stop air from coming in and of course to keep any form of water out.
Lastly, probiotics in liquid form, i.e. yogurt. Well... you already know about the storage of probiotic products in this form; and if you don’t, then I can’t help you.
Ok, ok... I’ll play nice. The general rule is to keep probiotics away from heat, air and water.
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