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Dietary Supplement Label Database

The Dietary Supplements Labels Database (DSLD) includes information from the labels of thousands of dietary supplement products available to U.S. consumers, including vitamins, minerals, herbs or other botanicals, amino acids, and other specialty supplements. The database contains labels and images of labels and is expected to grow rapidly, eventually covering most of the dietary supplement products sold to American consumers.

Dietary supplements, taken regularly by about half of U.S. adults, can add significant amounts of nutrients and other ingredients to the diet. Supplements include vitamins, minerals, herbals and botanicals, amino acids, enzymes, and more. They come in many different forms, including tablets, capsules, and powders, as well as liquids and energy bars. The database has products that are currently on the U.S. market, supplements that have been discontinued or are no longer on the U.S. market, and supplements from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) dietary supplements database. The Dietary Supplement Label Database provides product information in one place and can be searched, organized, and analyzed.

By law, any product labeled as a dietary supplement must carry a Supplement Facts panel that list its contents and other added ingredients (such as fillers, binders, and flavorings). The Dietary Supplement Label Database includes this information and more, such as directions for use, health-related claims, and any cautions, from the label. This information is taken either from the product labels themselves or from other vetted sources of information.

The Dietary Supplement Label Database helps users:

  • Search by health-related claims, label statements, intended user group, or serving size
  • Search for dietary ingredients
  • Search for specific products by brand name or product name
  • Browse contact information for manufacturers and distributors
  • Download search results for Microsoft Excel and for statistical software
  • Compare disparate nutrient units or determine a comparison of total estimated nutrient intake with Dietary Reference Intake (DRI) recommendations for the label's age/gender/lifestyle target group

The Dietary Supplement Label Database is the result of collaboration between the Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM), both parts of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) with input from federal stakeholders who participate in a federal working group on dietary supplements.

Disclaimer: All information contained in the Dietary Supplement Label Database comes from dietary supplement labels. The dietary supplement label may not have met the then current nor meet current U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations. The presentation of dietary supplement label information is not an endorsement or guarantee of accuracy by the Office of Dietary Supplements or the National Library of Medicine, both part of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

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