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Use reliable resources like these to find consumer tips, scientific research, recalls, and helpful recommendations on the use of herbal remedies, vitamins, and other dietary supplements.
Dietary Supplements: What You Need to Know
National Institutes for Health Office of Dietary Supplements (NIHODS)
This site provides fact sheets on dietary supplements, weight loss supplements, nutrient recommendations, and much more.
Dietary Supplement Label Database (DSLD)
The DSLD contains the full label contents from a sample of dietary supplement products marketed in the United States. It includes name, form, active and inactive ingredients, amount of active ingredient, manufacturer/distributor information, label claims, warnings, percentage of daily value, and additional label information. Use the search box to find product names, ingredients, label information and manufacturers. You can also browse alphabetical lists for ingredients, products, and contacts. There are reference links for unit conversion, daily value, dietary reference intakes, and definitions.
The LiverTox database is for both consumers and medical and research professionals. It provides information on herbals, dietary supplements and medications that can affect the liver. You can search or browse an alphabetical list and there is a page dedicated to herbal and dietary supplements.
Drugs, Herbs and Supplements
MedlinePlus, the consumer website from the National Institutes of Health, provides up-to-date, reliable information on dietary supplements and herbal remedies. You can browse an alphabetical list and find information on dosage, safety concerns, interactions, and more.
From the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health:
- Using Dietary Supplements Wisely This is a concise tip sheet for consumers.
- Dietary Supplements Alerts and Advisories Go here for notices from the Food and Drug Administration, Federal Trade Commission, and other agencies to learn about recalls, tainted products, and other advisories. You can sign-up for email alerts.
- Dietary and Herbal Supplements Information This page provides links to information on herbs, minerals, and vitamins, natural products for cold and flu, health fraud scams, natural products used for age-related conditions and osteoarthritis and more.
From the Food and Drug Administration:
- Safety Alerts & Advisories Provides links to safety alerts, consumer advisories, and other safety information about dietary supplements and other FDA-regulated products. Scroll down the page to view the section on dietary supplements. There is also a link to the most current Recalls, Market Withdrawals & Safety Alerts and a form for submitting a question.
- Tips for Dietary Supplement Users Includes important tips about how to research, understand, and evaluate information for dietary supplements on the web.
- Tips for Older Adult Supplement Users Addresses special risk factors, talking to your healthcare provider, how to spot false claims, and more.