What are dietary supplements?

Dietary supplements include vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and other nutrients that are used to complement your diet. However, just because they aren’t labeled as “drugs” doesn’t mean they can’t have significant effects on your body, both good and bad.

It is important to remember that there are many supplements on the market today that have no medicinal benefits and, in certain circumstances, can cause some harmful effects.

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Dietary supplements are products you can eat or drink that claim to add nutritional value to the diet. A dietary supplement may include any of the following (this is just a sampling): a vitamin, mineral, herb or other botanical, amino acid. 

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