Nutritional Supplements

The Effect of Dietary Supplements on the Economy

Total sales for the U.S. dietary supplement industry in 2006 are estimated at $22.1 billion, with vitamins accounting for $7.2 billion.

Regulation of Dietary Supplements

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) once regulated dietary supplements the same way it does foods, but that changed as of Aug. 24, 2007. The FDA's new good manufacturing practices ruling ensures that supplements are:

- Produced in a quality manner

- Do not contain contaminants or impurities

- Are accurately labeled