How should prebiotic supplements be stored?

May 17, 2023 1 min read

How should prebiotic supplements be stored?

Prebiotic and probiotic supplements should be stored in slightly different ways to ensure their efficacy and prolong their shelf life. Here are some general guidelines on how to store prebiotic supplements compared to probiotics:

Prebiotic supplements:

  • Store prebiotic supplements in a cool, dry place away from moisture, heat, and direct sunlight.
  • Keep them in their original packaging and ensure the container is tightly sealed to prevent moisture and air exposure.
  • AVOID storing prebiotics in the refrigerator, as they are typically stable at room temperature and refrigeration can cause clumping or degradation of the product.

Probiotic supplements:

  • It is better to store probiotic supplements in the refrigerator, as they contain live microorganisms that are sensitive to heat and moisture.
  • Keep them in their original packaging and ensure the container is tightly sealed to prevent moisture and air exposure.
  • Avoid exposing probiotics to direct sunlight or high temperatures, as this can cause the live microorganisms to degrade or die off.

References:

  • National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. (2021). Probiotics: What You Need To Know. Retrieved from https://www.nccih.nih.gov/health/probiotics-what-you-need-to-know#hed3
  • Wallace, T. C., Guarner, F., Madsen, K., Cabana, M. D., Gibson, G., Hentges, E., ... & Sanders, M. E. (2011). Human gut microbiota and its relationship to health and disease. Nutrition Reviews, 69(7), 392-403.


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