The simple answer is, yes. Probiotic products do have an expiration date. By law, all probiotic supplements must have a clear expiration date noted on the packaging. This provides probiotic consumers with a better idea of its shelf life.
Do probiotics remain alive by the date of expiration? That’s where the plot twist lies. Sometimes, live probiotics die before the actual expiration date. As a result, the effectiveness of a probiotic supplement dies off with it.
All Probulin products have undergone real-time stability studies, so we have great confidence that when stored as directed, our probiotics should meet their potency claim until the “Best By” date listed on the package.
What’s the Shelf Life of Probiotics?
The average shelf life for Probulin Digestive Probiotics is two years. When you want to do a self-check of a supplement’s shelf life, simply look at the date that’s printed on the blister pack and the box.
Most probiotic supplements, at the very least, contain one of the two of the following probiotic strains: Bifidobacterium or Lactobacillus. Both of these bacterial strains have different storage requirements and shelf lives. For instance, certain supplements don’t last long in environments with too much heat or light.
The way you store and handle your probiotic supplements can impact the length of its shelf life. The handling part begins when you leave the store. How you transport them from the store to your home even plays a role in its mortality rate.
Probulin probiotics are shelf-stable and do not require refrigeration. This is due to our scientifically formulated MAKTrek® 3-D Probiotic Delivery System which helps protect and nourish the probiotics so they arrive alive. We also ship our products “cold and protected” year-round in order to avoid temperature spikes during transit. Normal ambient temperatures are not of great concern for our products, but there is no harm to storing them in the refrigerator if you prefer.
Are Expired Probiotics Harmful?
If you’ve accidentally consumed a batch of expired probiotics, don’t panic. Taking expired probiotics won’t kill you or make you sick, but dead probiotics are practically useless. You won’t experience the full benefits of probiotic supplements if most of the bacteria dies before consumption. It defeats the purpose of taking probiotics in the first place.
Dead probiotic bacteria wouldn’t be strong enough to hang onto your gut walls. The lack of live probiotics after consumption would also result in the good bacteria being outnumbered by the bad.
The Key to Finding Long-Lasting Probiotic Supplements
To ensure that you get the most out of your probiotic supplements, your best bet would be to buy top-tier products that have a highly effective delivery system, long shelf life, a comprehensive strain of live-culture probiotics, and clear details on the amount of CFUs per dose. That way, you and your doctor can better determine what probiotic supplements are a good fit for your individual needs.