What is an expiration date
Sometimes referred to as expiry dates, expiration dates need to be explained. Most clients assume that a supplement should not be used after that date on the bottle. Vitamins and herbs do have a lifespan so this shouldn’t be ignored but it isn’t like your electric car where the batteries become completely useless at that specific discharge point.
Sometimes the bottle will have a date of manufacture. That is somewhat helpful but not enough to tell you how long to keep it.
Last Date To Sell a Product
In general, an expiration date refers to when we at OVitaminPro can no longer sell that supplement. It goes in our expired products bin. We may still use some of these products and some will be discarded, just depends.
Each Type of Supplement or Vitamin Has its Own Lifespan
Herbal Products-About 3 years after manufacture
B Vitamins-Good up to expiration date
Other Vitamins & Minerals-2 years after expiration date
Enzymes-2 years after manufacture
Protein & Amino Acids-2-3 years after manufacture
Glandulars-1 years after manufacture
Liquids-1 year after expiration date
What do I do with a truly expired product
Option 1-Grind up in coffee grinder and add to compost
Option 2-dispose of as you would coffee grounds or kitty litter-ie put in plastic bag into the trash
Option 3-If ingredients are on flush list, they can go down the toilet
Should I worry about a supplement close to expiration date
See the list above. Some products should be disposed of and some can be used for a year or two without concern. You just need to know a little about which supplement you are talking about.
As avid vitamin and supplement users, we don’t get too stressed out about expiration dates. It isn’t dangerous to my knowledge, to take a product passed its best used by date.