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Do EFA's need refrigeration?

Posted by gerry on August 15, 2000 at 15:40:57:

I found a brand of flaxseed oil in the store yesterday that was not refrigerated. Just sitting on the shelf. I've been of the opinion that it must be kept refrigerated, and have been buying it that way (at almost twice the price). Have I been wrong?

I also see it is marketed over the internet. Certainly cannot keep it refrigerated in the UPS truck!

If it must be refrigerated, how are the capsules different. I've never seen the capsules refrigerated.

What's the straight scoop??

thanks.



Re: Do EFA's need refrigeration?

Posted by KMD on August 15, 2000 at 16:25:33:

In Reply to: Do EFA's need refrigeration? posted by gerry on August 15, 2000 at 15:40:57:

Hi,

I don't know if it is important to refrigerate EFA capsules BEFORE you open the seal, but I do know that they should definitely be refrigerated after you open them. Once oxygen gets in there, the oils can become rancid.



Re: Do EFA's need refrigeration? (Archive in essential oils.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on August 17, 2000 at 10:01:03:

In Reply to: Do EFA's need refrigeration? posted by gerry on August 15, 2000 at 15:40:57:

Hi, Gerry.

You could use the search engine for this since I just responded to this exact question this month.

Oils are bottled in nitrogen or a vacuum in order to keep oxygen away from them. It is the oxygen that causes the rancidity. SO, so long as they are not opened, they can do fine without refrigeration.

However, once opened, you have let the oxygen in and you have to refrigerate them.

Hope this helps.

Walt



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