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Nutraceutical Patient Handouts

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Nutraceuticals can be very helpful, often with less toxicity and lower cost than conventional pharmaceuticals, but there are significant problems with their use, from lack of regulation and uncertain purity and dose to limited research on safety and effectiveness.

Useful resources for information for patients:

NIH Office of Dietary Supplements
The International Bibliographic Information on Dietary Supplements (IBIDS) is a NIH web site produced by the Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS). It offers a database of published, international, scientific literature on dietary supplements, including vitamins, minerals, and botanicals. Nice feature is that search can be limited to peer-reviewed publications.

Pill Advised - free website with information about many supplements and the ability to check interactions between supplements and pharmaceuticals

ConsumerLab can help to investigate good quality supplements but requires a subscription

Dietary Supplements Labels Database - information about label ingredients, allowing comparison of ingredients in different brands. Information is also provided on the "Structure/function" claims made by manufacturers.

Supplement Samplers for Clinicians from the University of Wisconsin

Boston Health Landscape