Nutritional Supplement Label Guide

Nutritional Supplements can be a safe way to help your body receive the nutrients that it needs. But how do we know exactly what we are getting from a nutritional supplement? The simple answer is the Label. Outside of the actual supplement itself, the label is the most important part of a Nutritional Supplement. It tells us everything we need to know about the product, and what we are going to be putting in our bodies if we take it. This article will help you better understand what is on a Dietary Supplement label, and why it must be disclosed.

Unlike prescription drugs, Dietary Supplements do not have to be registered with or tested by the FDA. Therefore, the FDA does not regulate the effectiveness of a Nutritional Supplement. However, the FDA does regulate the ‘quality’ of the supplement, and the ingredients that it contains.

In 1994, the U.S. Congress passed the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act. This act helped improve the safety and transparency of information of Dietary Supplements. In addition to this, the U.S. government passed a set of guidelines referred to as the Dietary Supplements current Good Manufacturing Practices to help further protect consumers. These laws together require that manufacturers abide by a set of guidelines when producing Nutritional Supplements. Additionally, these acts require that Dietary Supplement labels contain the words ‘Dietary Supplement.’ The two sets of laws also state that a Dietary Supplement accurately displays the ingredients that the product contains. Based on what we know from these laws, we can now fully understand what is on the label of a Health Supplement.

As mentioned previously, the label must contain the words, ‘Dietary Supplement.’ Generally, you can see these words on the front of the label, along with the brand name of the product itself. Sometimes you may find the amount of pills that the bottle contains on the front of the label as well.

The back of the label contains the important information regarding the ingredients of the product. Here you will find the amount of pills that are in the supplement, as well as the dosage. In addition to this, you will find a list of all of the ingredients that the product contains. This is where you can determine what is actually in the product, and whether or not the supplement is right for your needs. Next to each of the ingredients you will also find the amounts that are present in the product. Many labels will include the Daily Value is one has been established. The units of measurement can vary from ingredient to ingredient based on the amount present.

In addition to this, you may find some sort of disclaimer on the label. As mentioned previously, the FDA does not regulate the effectiveness of Dietary Supplements. It is likely that you will see some sort of disclaimer along the lines of, “This product is not intended to treat, cure, or diagnose any diseases or illnesses.”

Now that you have a better understanding of what is on the label of Health Supplement, you will be able to make a more informed decision when considering one. It is best to consult your physician before starting a supplement program, as they will be able to determine if a product is right for your needs. Always remember to read the label before you make a decision, because it will tell you almost everything you need to know about a Nutritional Supplement.