dietary supplement


Definition of dietary supplement 

: a product taken orally that contains one or more ingredients (such as vitamins or amino acids) that are intended to supplement one's diet and are not considered food

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According to statistics reported by the American Botanical Council and based on market research, herbal dietary supplement sales were about $7.45 billion, up 7.7 percent from the prior year. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "Adaptogenic dusts, oils, and pills have a veneer of science, but there’s not much evidence to back them up.," 2 Nov. 2018 According to the French newspaper 20 Minutes, half the participants take a cocktail of dietary supplements that hopefully will counteract the negative effects of weightlessness, and the other half do not. Megan Friedman, Country Living, "Scientists Want to Pay You $17,000 to Lie in Bed for Two Months," 6 Apr. 2017 The Food and Drug Administration doesn’t regulate supplements as drugs and doesn’t approve food or dietary supplement labels before they are put on the market, according to FDA spokeswoman Theresa Eisenman. Anne Marie Chaker, WSJ, "Collagen, a Wrinkle-Cream Staple, Catches On in Foods," 14 May 2018 Luna Living's program involves spa-like treatments and a regimen of dietary supplements known as NAD (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide). Ginger Christ,, "A 'disservice' to people? U.S. Senate candidate Mike Gibbons' addiction center uses controversial methods," 27 Apr. 2018 The American Academy of Pediatrics doesn’t recommend the routine use of dietary supplements except in breastfed babies, says Steven Abrams, chairman of the AAP committee on nutrition. Sumathi Reddy, WSJ, "Do Dietary Supplements Help or Hurt Children?," 2 July 2018 European dietary supplements won’t cure what ails Procter & Gamble. Aaron Back, WSJ, "P&G Needs a Workout, Not Vitamins," 19 Apr. 2018 By law, dietary supplements can only contain ingredients that are already found in the food supply or can be extracted from nature without changing their chemical makeup. Laura Beil, Redbook, "The Shocking Secrets Everyone Should Know About Diet Pills," 7 Mar. 2017 They can be found in food such as yogurt, miso and soy beverages or in dietary supplements. Fortune, "Why Washing Your Hands Too Much Could Make You Sick," 12 June 2018

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1967, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of dietary supplement 

: a product taken orally that contains one or more ingredients (such as vitamins, minerals, herbs, or amino acids) that are intended to supplement one's diet and are not considered food The study is looking at whether taking daily dietary supplements of vitamin D3 or omega-3 fatty acids reduces the risk for developing cancer, heart disease and stroke.— Mary Brophy Marcus, USA Today, 4 Oct. 2011 A hormone produced by the pineal gland in the brain, melatonin also occurs naturally in some foods. It therefore may be sold as a dietary supplement in the United States under the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994, without premarket approval from the FDA.— Lynne Lamberg, The Journal of the American Medical Association, 2 Oct. 1996 … batches of a dietary supplement L-tryptophan that have been implicated in a mysterious disease were produced by a genetically engineered organism.— Leslie Roberts, Science, 31 Aug. 1990

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