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Before the question of storing vitamins and supplements comes into play, it’s important to figure out which ones you really need to take in the form of a pill. For example, these 8 vitamins aren’t worth your money and can even be dangerous. Only after you’ve done your research and talked to your doctor should you purchase and safely store the pills. For optimal potency, vitamins and other dietary supplements should be stored in a cool and dry place. A refrigerator is certainly cool, but it’s also full of moisture, which can reduce vitamins’ shelf life and effectiveness. The exceptions to this rule are supplements whose packaging specifically recommends refrigeration.
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Here’s your dose of irony for the day: You should never keep medication or supplements in your medicine cabinet. Storing your vitamins in the same small room in which you shower means exposing them to heat and humidity on a daily (or at least frequent) basis, even if they’re stashed away in the medicine cabinet. Once you’ve moved the drugs to a safer location, follow these steps to give your medicine cabinet a much-needed makeover.