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What’s Really in Your Dietary Supplement?

What’s Really in Your Dietary Supplement?It’s not uncommon for dietary supplements to contain hidden ingredients, and a new report emphasizes this public health concern.

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), dietary supplements are defined “as products taken by mouth that contain a ‘dietary ingredient.’ Dietary ingredients include vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and herbs or botanicals, as well as other substances that can be used to supplement the diet.” Supplements are not intended to treat medical conditions.

Supplements can be found in pill and liquid forms. Energy bars are another type of dietary supplement. In the United States, federal law dictates that such products be labeled as dietary supplements, and the FDA monitors any adverse events related to the products. However, FDA approval is not required for the production and selling of supplements.

 “As its resources permit, FDA also reviews product labels and other product information, such as package inserts, accompanying literature, and Internet promotion,” the FDA explains on its website.

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