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Dietary Supplement
Substances such as herbal remedies and vitamins are sometimes marketed as "dietary supplements", which is a legal classification for a particular kind of foodstuff.

Since the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994, supplement manufacturers can make general claims about the health-promoting properties of their products without the kind of rigorous standards that would be required to establish safety and effectiveness if the same product were marketed as a drug or a food additive.

This means that dietary supplements vary widely in safety and in effectiveness; in some cases, there is little or no scientific evidence to support manufacturers' claims.

Further Reading:

The Mayo Health Clinic ( maintains a current list of information about dietary suppelements.

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by Catherine E. Myers. Copyright © 2006 Memory Loss and the Brain