Dietary Supplements As A Major Part Of The United States Way Of Living

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Dietary Supplements have become a major part of the United States way of living. In 2007 nearly eighteen percent of all Americans claimed to use”nonvitamin, nonmineral, natural products”. This may be due to more endorsement and and prescriptions from health officials. This may be because Dietary Supplements are often regarded as “natural” substitutes for drugs. Dietary Supplements are sold in many different forms such as pills, capsules, liquids, extracts, teas,and powders. Many companies sell the same product in different forms, all claiming have the same effect. Since dietary supplements are not as powerful as drugs they are classified as food. However herbal products are classified as supplements rather than drugs or food. Dietary supplements are regarded as food under the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act. The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act defines Dietary supplements as products sold as pills,gels,capsules, liquids,or powders that control vitamins, minerals amino acids and herbs. The Dietary Supplement and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA) redefined what a dietary supplement is and how agencies could regulate them. By the late 1990s consumer groups and government agencies persuaded diet companies to make available details about their products cost and services so that dieters may evaluate their progress. Millions of people take dietary supplements to help ensure adequate nutrition, increase energy, reduce stress, or relieve some condition.Dietary…

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