You've seen ads for "natural" supplements that promise to make you thinner, more muscular, smarter, or super energized. The fact that something is natural or herbal doesn't mean it’s safe or that it lives up to its claims.Always talk to your doctor before taking any dietary supplement, so you can choose wisely. Some supplements can interact with medicines or have other side effects. Dietary supplements include a wide range of products, like multivitamins, minerals, amino acids, and herbs. Some come from natural sources, like plants. Others are man-made.
What is a new dietary ingredient?
A new dietary ingredient is a dietary ingredient that was not sold in the United States in a dietary supplement before October 15, 1994. The U.S. Food and Drug Administrationrequires specific safety information external link disclaimer from a manufacturer intending to market a dietary supplement containing a new dietary ingredient. This information is not required for older dietary supplement ingredients.