Nutritional Supplements


  • include: vitamins, minerals, herbs, amino acids, and enzymes
  • marketed forms: tablets, capsules, soft gels, gel caps, powders, and liquids
  • can be beneficial to your health but can also involve health risks
  • FDAhas no authority to review dietary supplement products for safety or effectiveness before they are marketed


  • help assure that you get enough of the vital substances the body needs to function
  • may help reduce the risk of disease
  • not intended to treat, diagnose, prevent, or cure diseases

However, supplements should not replace complete meals which are necessary for a healthful diet.


  • contain active ingredients that have strong biological effects in the body
  • hurt or complicate your health
  • involve health risks

Don't take supplements as medication or with medication!