What is a dietary supplement?
As defined by Congress in the Dietary Supplement Health and Education
which became law in 1994, a dietary supplement is a product (other than
is intended to supplement the diet;
contains one or more dietary ingredients (including vitamins;
minerals; herbs or other botanicals; amino acids; and other
substances) or their constituents;
is intended to be taken by mouth as a pill, capsule, tablet, or
is labeled on the front panel as being a dietary supplement.
Are dietary supplements different from foods and drugs?
Although dietary supplements are regulated by the U.S. Food and
Drug Administration (FDA) as foods, they are regulated differently
from other foods and from drugs. Whether a product is classified as a
dietary supplement, conventional food, or drug is based on its
intended use. Most often, classification as a dietary supplement is
determined by the information that the manufacturer provides on the
product label or in accompanying literature, although many food and
dietary supplement product labels do not include this information.
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