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What You Should Know About Supplement Expiration Dates

If you find yourself staring at a supplement’s expiration date that has come and gone, it might be tempting to throw it away. However, only a few circumstances warrant its disposal.

What You Should Know About Supplement Expiration Dates

Unless it falls into one of the categories listed above, taking a recently expired supplement may be just as valuable as taking one that was just produced. When deciding whether to use or dispose of an expired supplement, it is important to realize that it is not dangerous (like using an expired Epi-Pen to prevent anaphylactic shock could be). Although an herbal supplement that has passed two years of its expiry is likely to be less potent, one that is just a couple of months beyond the date printed on its packaging (as long as it is unopened and was properly stored) should be as good as new.

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