Pre-workout gummies, like other dietary supplements, contain ingredients that can lose potency over time, especially when exposed to variables such as light, heat, and moisture – more on those in a bit here.
Their shelf life and storage requirements can vary based on the specific ingredients they contain, coupled with the manufacturer's guidelines (some pre-workout gummies may have specific storage requirements). Pre-workout gummies shelf life is usually 1-2 years, and storage requirements can vary based on the specific ingredients they contain.
How Long Do Preworkout Gummies Last in Terms of Effectiveness?
Pre-workout gummies, or any other type of pre-workout supplement, typically start to take effect within 15 to 45 minutes of consumption. The duration of their effectiveness can range from 1 to 4 hours, again depending on the specific formulation and your personal metabolism.
As we cannot stress this part enough, always refer to the manufacturer's guidelines for specific timing and duration information related to the pre-workout gummy (or any supplement for that matter) you're using.
How Long Do Pre-Workout Gummies Last in Terms of Shelf Life?
Check the packaging for an expiration date, as that’s the main indicator in terms of accurate information. Generally, pre-workout gummies may have a shelf life ranging from several months to a couple of years when stored properly.
- Unopened: Generally, pre-workout gummies in unopened packaging could last for 6-12 months or even longer. The packaging usually includes a "best by" or "use by" date that should be adhered to for maximum efficacy and safety.
- Opened: Once the package is opened, the gummies could last a few weeks to a few months depending on the specific storage conditions and the preservatives used in the formula.
Now, numerous other factors like temperature, humidity, and exposure to light can also impact how long they last. Plus, if you notice any change in the color, smell, or texture of the pre-work gummies, or if they're past their expiration date once again, it is then best to dispose of them.
How To Store Pre-Workout Gummies
By storing your pre-workout gummies properly, you can extend their shelf life and maintain their efficacy. And, below are some easy ways that can ensure both the potency and quality of your pre-workout gummies are left intact:
- Most pre-workout gummies should be stored in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. The optimal storage temperature is usually room temperature or slightly cooler.
- Although not usually necessary, storing pre-workout gummies in the refrigerator could help to extend their shelf life, especially if you live in a particularly warm or humid climate. However, check the packaging or consult the manufacturer to make sure that refrigeration won't affect the product's efficacy or affect the overall texture.
- Low humidity is ideal, as high humidity can cause the gummies to stick together or spoil more quickly. Keep the pre-workout product sealed when not in use to reduce exposure to moisture.
- Keep the gummies in their original packaging, which is usually designed to keep them fresh for as long as possible. If you have to transfer them to another container, make sure it is airtight, as this may help to extend their shelf life.
- Given that they’re supplements with active ingredients, keep them out of the reach of children.
- Exposure to light can degrade some of the active ingredients, so a dark storage space is often recommended.
- This goes without saying, but if you notice anything off, it is best to dispose of the gummies and just buy a new pack or jar.
- Always use clean, dry hands when handling the pre-workout gummies to avoid introducing bacteria into the package. Certain bacteria can cause the product to degrade/go bad at a much faster rate.
Note: Be mindful of the fact that the efficacy of those said active ingredients (i.e., caffeine, amino acids, etc.) in the pre-workout gummies may diminish over time, even if the gummies themselves are still good to consume. If you find that they’re no longer as effective as they once were, it might be time to purchase a new batch.