What is a Dietary Supplement?

The term dietary supplement describes a broad and diverse category of products that you eat or drink to support good health and supplement the diet.  Dietary supplements are not medicines, nor should they be considered a substitute for food.

Dietary ingredients can be one or a combination of any of the following:

  • Vitamin
  • Mineral
  • Herb or other botanical
  • Amino acid (the individual building blocks of a protein
  • Concentrate, metabolite, constituent, or extract

A supplement can provide nutrients either extracted from food sources or synthetic, individually or in combination, in order to increase the quantity of their consumption. The class of nutrient compounds includes vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids and amino acids

Dietary supplements are widely available in health food stores, drug stores, grocery stores, fitness centers and online and they come in many forms including: 2 piece capsules, soft gels, tablets, bottles of liquid, powders and gummies.

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