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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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 The product has attracted more attention than other anti-aging dietary supplements, in part because Elysium has enlisted as scientific advisers a half dozen Nobel laureates, including Harvard chemistry professor emeritus Martin Karplus. Robert Weisman,, "Scientists in Mass. and beyond are working to slow the aging process," 19 May 2018 Genesis Communications, which distributes Jones' radio show, and Midas Resources, which sells precious metals, dietary supplements and other items on the show, were also named in the suit. Aaron Cooper, CNN, "Six more Sandy Hook families sue broadcaster Alex Jones," 23 May 2018 Residents originally from Central America know that the store carries brands from back home — El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras — and come seeking items as varied as hair gel (Moco de Gorila) and dietary supplements (Lainez Bacaolinita). Marissa J. Lang, Washington Post, "A CVS store might be coming to the neighborhood. These D.C. residents are trying to stop it.," 4 May 2018 Sources of vitamin D include exposure to the sun, fatty fish such as salmon and trout, foods such as milk and orange juice fortified with the vitamin and dietary supplements. Laurie Mcginley,, "Higher vitamin D levels linked to lower colorectal cancer risk, study finds," 14 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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