Take A Moment To Find Out About Nutritional Supplements
We all know that our bodies need a broad range of supplements to keep functioning properly. Nutritional supplements are intended not as replacements for a nutritionally sound diet, which is why they are often called dietary supplements.
These supplements include one or more nutritional ingredients such as vitamins, minerals, herbs, etc. Nutrient supplements come in several forms, including capsules, regular and chewable tablets, gel-caps, liquids and powders.
Who regulates and give advice in this area
Any nutritional supplement is regulated by the FDA. One of the ways
they regulate these dietary supplements is by strictly controlling
claims made on supplement labels. Labels on nutrient supplements can
contain a health, nutritional content or function claim.
There is also certain information that the FDA requires on the labels of nutrient supplements. The label must clearly state that its a supplement. It also must contain the name and place of business of the manufacturer as well as the quantity of contents and of course directions for use.
So what else do I need to know
Labels are required by the FDA to have a supplement facts panel, similar
to the nutrition panels commonly seen on food packages. This panel must
state the serving size, list the specific nutrient ingredients and their
amount per serving, plus the percentage of their daily recommended value. If
the nutrient ingredient is a plant, the fact panel must state either its
scientific or common name and which part of the plant was used.