Are nutritional supplements & vitamins right for me?

Although most people get most of their nutritional needs from the food and beverages they consume, many still choose to supplement their diets with vitamins as part of their health regimen.  Below, please find an FDA Consumer Update Video which includes an interview with Barbara Schneeman, Ph.D., Director of FDA's Office of Nutritional Products, and highlights reasons to consider taking vitamin supplements, along with some additional tips for doing so safely.

Federal Government Information Sources on Dietary Supplements

NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH

The National Institutes of Health supports research on dietary supplements.

UNITED STATES FOOD & DRUG ADMINISTRATION

The Food and Drug Administration issues rules and regulations and provides oversight of dietary supplement labeling, marketing, and safety.

FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION

The Federal Trade Commission polices health and safety claims made in advertising for dietary supplements.

 

US DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

The U.S. Department of Agriculture provides information on a variety of food and nutrition topics.

US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides an encyclopedia of health topics, personal health tools, and health news.

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