Nutraceutical teaching materials

Table of contents:

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. See the overview teaching materials for further discussion on some of these issues.

Image Herbs And Supplements What And Why We Care - this was an overview on herb and supplement use given at Tufts in 2015

Useful resources:

Pill Advised - free website to check interactions between supplements and pharmaceuticals

http://www.naturalstandard.com/|Natural Standard] and the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database and ConsumerLab can all be useful resources, but require subscriptions. Often your institution will have a subscription to the first two.

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.

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.

Medscape CME Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use Among Hispanics in the United States