The Dietary Supplements Labels Database is a website provided by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) for consumers and researchers interested in understanding and comparing the labels and ingredients making up brand name dietary supplements. The web site seeks to answer questions regarding active and inactive ingredients in each product, daily recommended nutrients, and medical benefits and toxicity of specific ingredients. The database is leased from the Dietary On-Line Database (DSOL) from DeLima Associates, which consolidates information from public sources, product labels, and manufacturer websites for over 6,000 dietary supplements.
Alphabetical listings are provided for both products and active ingredients. Products can also be searched by the subcategories of: men, women, seniors, kids/teens. Search results return product, ingredient, and manufacturer information. Subcategories for active ingredients include: vitamins, minerals, herbs/plants, amino acids, and enzymes. Ingredient search results return descriptions, listings of related names and products, as well as reference links to other NLM databases, such as PubMed and MedlinePlus. Through these links users obtain more detailed explanations as to how the ingredients are used, as well as to related adverse effects. Direct links to the National Institute of Health provide additional health information, fact sheets, research findings and information regarding on-going clinical studies.
It should be noted that inclusion of a product within this database does not imply recommendation or endorsement by the NLM. In addition, products are not tested and information is not verified for accuracy. As formulations change regularly, and lags in updates may occur, users should corroborate the details on the site against product labels or verify additional questions directly with the manufacturer. To facilitate this process, the site provides an alphabetical listing of contact information for all manufacturers. A glossary and links to related resources are provided as well.
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