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What’s the definition of a dietary supplement?


What’s the definition of a dietary supplement?

OPSS Answer

The term “dietary supplement” is legally defined in the 1994 Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) as a vitamin, mineral, herb or other botanical, amino acid, or combination of those and/or other substances or constituents intended to be ingested by mouth and found in forms such as tablets, capsules, softgels, gelcaps, liquids, or powders. A dietary supplement increases the overall dietary intake (i.e., essential nutrients) by supplementing the diet and must be labeled as a dietary supplement on the front of the product. The actual text of the DSHEA as well as the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act of which it is part can be found on the FDA website.

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