Online database launched to track dietary supplements


The National Institute of Health launched a custom online database that provides label ingredient lists of approximately 12,000 dietary supplements. Consumers, health care providers, researchers, medical professionals and anyone else interested can look the information up on The Dietary Supplement Label Database. The Web-based database will remain free of charge.

“This database will be of great value to many diverse groups of people, including nutrition researchers, healthcare providers, consumers, and others,” said Paul M. Coates, Ph.D., director of the NIH Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS). “For example, research scientists might use the Dietary Supplement Label Database to determine total nutrient intakes from food and supplements in populations they study.”

It’s a U.S. law that dietary supplement manufacturers supply a supplement facts panel that lists ingredients. This new online database contains this information as well cautions, directions for use, health claims and more.

The Dietary Supplement Label Database offers searches in both label information for supplements currently on or off the U.S. market.

People can perform a quick search, a search for dietary ingredients, search for specific products, browse contact information or do an advanced search.

Medgadget noted that The National Institute of Health plans to keep the database up to date and eventually incorporate a majority of the 55,000 supplements available on the U.S. market.

This online database takes information that people might otherwise have had to access in multiple sources and puts in one easy to access central location. This helps site managers stay on top of the most recent data and saves consumers the time and frustration of multiple searches.