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Supplements Left in Hot Car


#1

Just moved back from university to home for the summer. On friday my folks came along and picked up my boxes of clothes, pots/pans, etc. Inlcuded in this stockpile was about £150+ worth of supplements including:

Fish oils
Big bag of protein powder - opened but resealed with zip lock.
Creatine
HOT-ROX Extreme
Havoc (prohormone)
CEL Cycle Assist (herbal cycle support formula... basically milk thistle and some other mostly herbal based goodies)

Been left in that car for about 2 days (only just got home myself) and today everything was hot as hell when I finally got the chance to unload it.

Any of these no longer good to go?


#2

These are my expectations and what I would do myself.

Fish oils. Use the smell test. They are most probably OK. The real issue with these is oxidation, which produces a characteristic rancidity that you can detect.

Protein powder: I wouldn’t worry.

Creatine: For sure no problem.

HRX: No problem. I’m not saying people SHOULD do this, but can the formulation withstand that for a weekend or what have you, yes.

Havoc: I’d certainly expect it is fine.

The herbal formula: Don’t know. If you don’t mind buying another, I’d do the smell test. If different, then toss the stuff that was subjected to the heat. It is not a sure thing that a damaged product would smell different, but it is a sure thing that if it smells different it has been changed. If it is a cheap product I’d just toss it.


#3

The fish oil is probably bad, whey, creatine, CEL should be ok, can’t say for the rest


#4

MR. Roberts beat me to it, I’d listen to him.


#5

If the powders are turning a yellowish color, that is a sure sign of degradation and you should throw them out. As for the pills, if the outside is showing signs of deformation, throw it out. Otherwise, they should be fine.


#6

You’re fine, none thing is for sure. You don’t know what that stuff has been through before it made it to the store shelves anyhow.