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With the cold weather everyone is in so much of a hurry to get in the house and out of the cold. It’s easy to leave items in the car that can be at risk of damage from the low temperatures.

What about your supplements? What happens if they get left in the car with below freezing temperatures? Fish oils, fat soluble vitamins, nutritional powders, crèmes, lotions, all of these have different temperature sensitivities and handling needs.

At what temperature do oils freeze? In general, oils begin to freeze around -65 degrees Fahrenheit. So for most of us freezing of fish oils, vitamin D or other fat soluble vitamins is not very likely. However, many experts agree that keeping your fish oil in the freezer or in cold storage is actually very good for it, and may reduce after effects like the burping of fish flavors. No one likes that!

Crèmes and lotions will most likely experience some changes in texture if exposed to freezing temperatures. When a compound is frozen there will always be water loss, most of the time the frozen water will come to the surface of the product. Be careful opening crèmes or lotions that have been exposed to the elements, you may have a water mess on your hands. Be sure to thoroughly stir the product to help bring the consistency back to normal. As for the efficacy of the product; this should be just fine.

For all your healthy nutritional powder products or encapsulated products the main concern is exposure to moisture during the thawing process. Be sure to thaw in a cool dry place. You can defrost your items in the fridge, as long as you make sure there is no condensation or frost inside. Once the products have thawed, check the consistency. The products should be good as long as moisture does not make them clumpy or sticky. As for powders – if it is clumpy, allow it to thoroughly dry and blend it well with a whisk or fork.


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