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Dietary supplements are meant to aid in providing additional vitamins, minerals, fiber, amino acids, herbs and botanicals to ones’ diet that may be deficient. These supplements are available in various forms and advertise to promote various health claims. However, often there is little research to support these health claims. Supplement use date back as far as 1920 when cod liver oil was introduced as a food nutrient. The first known multivitamin/multimineral /Phytonutrient supplement called Nutrilite was introduced in the United States in 1934.1 With the growth of dietary supplement manufacturing the possibility of misbranding, and false product claims required standardized regulations. These regulations became necessary to protect the public from undue harm. In 1938 the Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) was introduced. 2 Over time the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) became involved to regulate labeling, good manufacturing policies, and ingredients all intended to protect the public from harm and false health claims.
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Safra, Debbie, "Dietary Supplement Roadmap" (2018). Applied Nutrition Student-Created Educational Resources. 87.