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Dietary Supplements Resources

Helpful organizations, publications, and databases for learning about dietary supplements

These are helpful organizations, publications, and databases for learning about dietary supplements.

Resources

General Resources

Dietary supplements: Questions and Answers
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has information for consumers regarding dietary supplements: Questions and answers, regulations, and safety alerts.

Final Report of the Commission on Dietary Supplement Labels
Congress in the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 established the Commission on Dietary Supplement Labels. The report contains the Commission's recommendations for regulations and provides guidance to government agencies and the dietary supplement industry relative to safety, label statements, health claims, substantiation of claims, and botanical supplements.

Databases

DS Label

Dietary Supplements Labels Database
Information on the ingredients of over 4,000 products of dietary supplements sold in the United States. This site is designed for both researchers and consumers of dietary supplements.

General Information

DS pillsDietary Supplements: What you need to know to stay safe and avoid fraud
Despite growing popularity among military personnel, many dietary supplements on the market are tainted and unsafe. If you are currently using or considering using a dietary supplement, ask yourself these red flag questions to minimize your risk of consuming harmful products.

Botanical dietary supplements: Background information
Overview of botanical dietary supplements, including how they are commonly prepared and sold, methods used to evaluate their health benefits and safety, and additional sources of information.

Dietary supplements: Background information
General information on dietary supplements, including how they are regulated, methods used to evaluate health benefits and safety, and many more frequently asked questions.

Full list of dietary supplement fact sheets
Alphabetical list of consumer and health professional dietary supplement fact sheets.

MedlinePlus: Drugs, herbs, and supplements
Provides a wide range of information on supplements and herbs for the average consumer.

Vitamin and mineral supplement fact sheets
Alphabetical list of vitamins and minerals fact sheets.