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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Recent Examples on the Web Many people add turmeric to their meals or smoothies as a dietary supplement. Angela Watson,, "Foods that boost the immune system," 27 Mar. 2021 Unlike experimental drugs such as remdesivir and antibody cocktails, melatonin is widely available in the United States as an over-the-counter dietary supplement. James Hamblin, The Atlantic, "The Curious Influence of COVID-19 on Sleep," 21 Dec. 2020 The Hustlers star revealed her full JLo Beauty line this week, which features eight products including serum, cleanser, and a dietary supplement. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "J.Lo Shows Her Natural Skin in a Makeup-Free Video and Reveals She's Never Tried Botox," 5 Dec. 2020 The company develops and makes catalysts and related products used in energy, refining and chemical manufacturing, and chemicals used in making pharmaceutical, cosmetic and dietary supplement products. Lorraine Mirabella,, "Columbia-based W.R. Grace rejects $4 billion bid for chemical firm," 10 Nov. 2020 Prevagen shows how a dietary supplement can thrive on the market for years despite accumulating dozens of violations and raising alarm among government regulators, all unbeknownst to most consumers. Chiara Eisner, Wired, "Americans Took Prevagen for Years—as the FDA Questioned Its Safety," 21 Oct. 2020 The breeder had been placing dietary supplement drops in the dog’s eye for about 10 days, the inspector wrote. Rebekah L. Sanders, The Arizona Republic, "Activists accuse pet stores at Arizona malls of selling 'puppy mill' dogs," 23 Sep. 2020 However, November guidance from the Food and Drug Administration barred companies from marketing CBD as a dietary supplement. Mike Rogoway | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Portland CBD manufacturer sued for $2.2 million by Italian chocolate company," 11 Aug. 2020 On April 29, Ramos received an LOI showing that a Zurich investor named Stephan Schmid, who runs a dietary supplement company, hoped to buy 100 million N95 respirators a week from 3M at $3.71 each. J. David Mcswane, ProPublica, "Cannabis, Lies and Foreign Cash: A Mother and Daughter’s Journey Through the Underground Mask Trade," 3 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of dietary supplement

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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