NIH Launches Dietary Supplement Label Database for
Web and Smartphone App
Searchable online collection contains product
information and ingredients from over 17,000 labels of dietary
supplements sold in U.S.
June 18, 2013 People interested in more
information about the dietary supplements they take or those they are
considering will now have a reliable, trusted online website to check
the ingredients listed on the labels of about 17,000 dietary
supplements. The Dietary Supplement Label Database is free of charge and
hosted by the National Institutes of Health.
Dietary Supplement Label Database provides product information in
one place that can be searched and organized as desired. "This database
will be of great value to many diverse groups of people, including
nutrition researchers, healthcare providers, consumers, and others,"
said Paul M. Coates, Ph.D., director of the NIH Office of Dietary
For example, research scientists might use the
Dietary Supplement Label Database to determine total nutrient intakes
from food and supplements in populations they study."
For consumers, the My Dietary Supplements (MyDS)
app from ODS is already available, at
https://myds.nih.gov. The app is an easy way to keep track of
vitamins, minerals, herbs, and other products you take, and has
science-based, reliable information on dietary supplements.
Herbal supplements are widely used by the senior
citizens, even those with low incomes, according to researchers
reporting on research about dietary supplement used in 2006.
As people get older and have a number of ailments,
medication doesn't always help and people resort to trying out herbal
supplements. There is the notion that anything herbal is natural and
cannot be harmful, said Nadine Sahyoun, Ph.D., an expert in elder
nutrition at the University of Maryland, and a researcher in the
By Becky Ham, Science Writer
Health Behavior News Service
June 14, 2006 - Five short classes about dietary
supplements, delivered alongside a hot meal, helped a group of low-income
older North Carolinians to safely increase their vitamin use, according to a
Dietary supplements, taken regularly by about half
of U.S. adults, can add significant amounts of nutrients and other
ingredients to the diet. Supplements include vitamins, minerals, herbals
and botanicals, amino acids, enzymes, and more. They come in many
different forms, including tablets, capsules, and powders, as well as
liquids and energy bars. Popular supplements include vitamins D and E;
minerals like calcium and iron; herbs such as echinacea and garlic; and
specialty products like glucosamine, probiotics, and fish oils.
By law, any product labeled as a dietary supplement
must carry a Supplement Facts panel that list its contents and other
added ingredients (such as fillers, binders, and flavorings). The
Dietary Supplement Label Database includes this information and much
more such as directions for use, health-related claims, and any
cautions from the label.
The Dietary Supplement Label Database offers these
● Quick Search: Search for any ingredient or
specific text on a label.
● Search for Dietary Ingredients: An
alphabetical list of ingredients is also provided.
● Search for Specific Products: An alphabetical
list of products is also provided.
● Browse Contact Information: Search by
supplement manufacturer or distributor.
● Advanced Search: Provides options for
expanding a search by using a combination of search options including
dietary ingredient, product/brand name, health-related claims, and label
Hundreds of new dietary supplements are added to
the marketplace each year, while some are removed. Product formulations
are frequently adjusted, as is information on labels. The Dietary
Supplement Label Database will be updated regularly to incorporate most
of the more than 55,000 dietary supplement products in the U.S.
marketplace, said Steven Phillips, M.D., director of the National
Library of Medicines Division of Specialized Information Services.
The Dietary Supplement Label Database is the result
of collaboration between ODS and NLM, with input from federal
stakeholders who participate in a federal working group on dietary
These include representatives from most NIH
institutes and centers, as well as the Food and Drug Administration,
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Administration for Community
Living, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office of Disease
Prevention and Health Promotion, Consumer Product Safety Commission,
Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, Federal Trade
Commission, Health Resources and Services Administration, National
Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Institute of Standards of
Technology, and Department of Agriculture.
The Office of Dietary Supplements, ODS
http://ods.od.nih.gov, seeks to strengthen knowledge and
understanding of dietary supplements by evaluating scientific
information, stimulating and supporting research, disseminating research
results, and educating the public to foster an enhanced quality of life
and health for the U.S. population.
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