The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) defines a dietary supplement as a product that:
- Supplement The Food You Eat
- Contains One or More Dietary Ingredient:
- - Vitamins
- - Minerals
- - Enzymes
- - Herbs
- - Amino Acids
- - Probiotics
There are different types of dietary, or nutritional, supplements. Vitamin and mineral supplements are types of dietary supplements containing micronutrients meant to help a healthy body function smoothly. Herbal (or botanical) supplements are dietary supplements that have a medicinal purpose. Herbal supplements generally support a specific area of the body’s health, such as the liver, bones or skin.
Dietary supplements might seem similar to drugs, and some even have drug-like effects, there’s a big difference: Dietary supplements don’t undergo FDA review for safety and effectiveness before they’re sold.