Asked by jreed
Is It Safe To Take Expired Calcium, Magnesium, And Zinc Caplets?
I have a bottle of 250 calcium, magnesium, and zinc caplets that expired five years ago.
Are these safe to take?
While expiration dates are typically there for a reason, and five years is a long time post-expiration, according to the FDA, minerals and vitamins are not required to have expiration dates. The only reason a manufacturer may provide expiration dates is to convince you to buy more after the "expiration date."
Vitamins, however, do lose potency after a long shelf-life, so you could potentially be taking a very weak vitamin. What's more important than the expiration date is the way in which you have stored your vitamins and minerals. They need to be kept in a cool, dry and dark location to keep their value for the longest amount of time.
Even still, five years is quite a long time - might be a good idea to invest in some fresh vitamins and minerals!