Dietary Supplements


Is it true that I can get all the vitamins and minerals I need from the food I eat?

There is insufficient evidence to recommend or not recommend the use of multivitamin/mineral supplements for the prevention of chronic diseases for healthy Americans. Aim to get all the vitamins and minerals you need by eating nutrient-dense forms of foods, while balancing calorie intake with energy expenditure. Nutrient-dense foods contain essential vitamins and minerals, fiber and other naturally occurring substances that may have health benefits.

How can I learn if a supplement or medical food is approved by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA)?

The USDA does not “certify” or approve supplements or medical foods. The FDA has primary responsibility for claims on product labeling, including packaging, inserts and other promotional materials distributed at the point of sale. For more information, visit FNIC’s Dietary Supplements section.

These resources provide more information about dietary supplements:

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