I was curious if multivitamins, fish oil capsules (including fermented), probiotics, Vitamin C, multiminerals, Vitamin D, kelp, magnesium are affected by the airport security X-rays?
Which ones are least likely to change by the x-rays - and better to take?
Which ones are best not taken because of too much damage?
Is it better to carry them in checked or hand luggage?
The reason I ask because years ago I took a live oral salmonella vaccine and I had to have a doctor's note with an ice pack to carry it on the plane. TSA visually inspected but no X-ray as it would have damaged the vaccine. I'm thinking the same thing might happen to probiotics, and possibly other supplements?
This is all a guess, but I would assume Probiotics and fish oil would be the most affected. Probiotics because it's alive, and fish oil because it goes rancid easily.
Depending on how long your trip is, you probably don't need to bring them anyways. You should be able to miss a few weeks without negatively affecting your health (unless you're in really bad shape).
Questions like this are the reason paleohacks is sometimes a laughing stock.
How utterly silly and paranoid some people are. Chasing after this 0.001% potential adverse impact on your health is ludicrous unless the rest of your life is absolute perfection.
I'd be more worried about the X/Rays that are absorbed by our skins by the body scanning machines, than whether or not my vitamins will get damaged, since unlike normal X/rays, these are more fully absorbed by skin cells.
I work for TSA. When in doubt, check it. Or you could just ask us not to Xray it if you are carrying it with you. Just make sure that if the probiotics are liquid, that they are 3.4 oz or under. As to if xrays are going to damage it, I'm not sure. We have people carrying pills and powders all the time and it has not been an issue. Something that I might have to look into today when I'm at work
Your question was not stupid at all. People that question you might possibly be though. If you want an answer go to Google Answers: Power of airport security x-ray machines. Category: Science>Technology. Also organicconsumers.org/Irrad/irradFAQ.rtf. Also check info by Phillip Harvey, Ph.D., chief science officer at the National Nutritional Foods Association in Newport Beach, CA.
Obviously, these highly educated people do not think it's a stupid question or a waste of time.
Or if you have no luck here just Google "will airport machines harm vitamins" and then go to "power of airport security x-ray machines".
The short answer at this point in time seems to be NO.
Sharon, Thank you for your intelligent post. Reading certain other responses had me wondering when neanderthals learned to read, write and post on the internet. Ignorance is bad enough, but a bullying attitude on top of it is too much. The next person who tries to intimidate or scoff at a legit question can crawl back into their cave please, or save their aggression for a good mammoth hunt.
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