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NIH Launches Dietary Supplement Label Database

by Sandy Todd Webster on Aug 22, 2013

Food for Thought

Do you research dietary supplements before you use them? Do you encourage clients to look before they leap into buying these products? A new database may save you a trip to the store by providing the essential facts you seek online.

The National Institutes of Health website has launched the Dietary Supplement Label Database, a searchable index of ingredients and other information from the labels of more than 17,000 dietary supplements. Produced under a partnership between NIH’s Office of Dietary Supplements and the National Library of Medicine, the database is intended to serve as a resource for researchers and the general public alike.

Included is all the information found in a supplement facts panel, which any product labeled as a dietary supplement must contain, as well as directions for use, health-related claims and any label warnings. The index is designed to show new products hitting the market; reformulations; and products leaving the market.

The database can be found here: www.dsld.nlm.nih.gov/dsld/index.jsp.

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Sandy Todd Webster

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Sandy Todd Webster is Editor in Chief of IDEA's publications, including the award-winning IDEA FITNESS JOURNAL, the health and fitness industry's leading resource for fitness and wellness professionals worldwide. Sandy joined IDEA in 2001 as executive editor of IDEA PERSONAL TRAINER and IDEA FITNESS MANAGER magazines and was promoted to lead the editorial team in 2003. More than 20 years in magazine publishing, marketing communications and creative services have shaped her straightforward approach to multi-channel communication. Early experience in Los Angeles as a sports writer/reporter, and then enriching years as a managing editor in allied health care publishing have pulled her across a spectrum of stimulating subject matter. Fitness, health and nutrition reside at the perfect center of this content continuum, she feels. A Chicago native, Sandy grew up fully engaged in various competitive sports. Her drive and dedication as an athlete translate to a disciplined work ethic and unwavering appro