Tips For The Savvy Supplement User from the FDA
Web site: http://www.fda.gov/Food/DietarySupplements/UsingDietarySupplements/ucm110567.htm
This great article gives you the consumer some tips on what you should look for in a supplement before you make your purchase.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Web site: www.fda.gov
The FDA is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation. The FDA is also responsible for advancing the public health by helping to speed innovations that make medicines and foods more effective, safer, and more affordable; and helping the public get the accurate, science-based information they need to use medicines and foods to improve their health.
Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS), NIH
Web site: www.ods.od.nih.gov
The ODS supports research and disseminates research results in the area of dietary supplements. It produces The International Bibliographic Information on Dietary Supplements (IBIDS) database, which provides access to bibliographic citations and abstracts from published, international, and scientific literature on dietary supplements. Users can choose to search the Full IBIDS Database, a subset of Consumer Citations Only or Peer Reviewed Citations Only. Go to dietary-supplements.info.nih.gov and select “Health Information.”
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
Web site: www.nccam.nih.gov
NCCAM, as part of the NIH, maintains a free website that provides health information, research, clinical trials, training opportunities and information about complementary and alternative therapies. You can subscribe on-line for a free “CAM at the NIH” quarterly newsletter.
Animalytix®—The Animal Health Industry’s Leading Provider of Commercial Insight
Web site: http://www.animalytix.net/products-and-services/cvp/
Animalytix offers the Compendium of Veterinary products which is one of the most complete and concise references available of animal health products sold in the USA and Canada.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Web site: www.ahrq.gov
AHRQ is the lead Federal agency charged with improving the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans. As one of 12 agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services, AHRQ supports health services research that will improve the quality of health care and promote evidence-based decision making. AHRQ has a section entitled Complementary and Alternative Care that has a number of meta-analyses and/or systematic reviews for treatments such as garlic, milk thistle, omega-3 fatty acids, melatonin, SAMe and others.
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN)
Web site: cfsan.fda.gov
CFSAN oversees the safety and labeling of supplements, foods, and cosmetics. Publications include “Tips for the Savvy Supplement User: Making Informed Decisions and Evaluating Information.”
Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
Web site: www.ftc.gov
The FTC is a federal agency that works to maintain a competitive marketplace for both consumers and businesses. It has publications for consumers about supplements, including ” ‘Miracle’ Health Claims: Add a Dose of Skepticism.”
CAM on PubMed
Web site: www.nlm.nih.gov/nccam/camonpubmed.html
CAM on PubMed, a database on the Web developed jointly by NCCAM and the National Library of Medicine, offers citations to (and in most cases, abstracts of) articles in scientifically based, peer- reviewed journals on complementary and alternative medicine. It contains 220,000 citations, has links to full text, and allows searchers to limit retrievals by publication type. Look for the Alerts and Advisories, treatment information, resources, links to other organizations (FDA, AHRQ, ODS etc.).
The Cochrane Library
Web site: http://www.cochrane.org/
The Cochrane Library is a collection of science-based reviews from the Cochrane Collaboration, an international nonprofit organization that seeks to provide “up-to-date, accurate information about the effects of health care.” Abstracts of these reviews can be read on the Web without charge.
Clinical Trial Database
Web site: http://clinicaltrials.gov/search/intervention=dietary+supplements&recruiting=true
The Clinical Trial Database is the website of all dietary supplement clinical trials being conducted by the US government.
United States Department of Agriculture – MyPyramid.com
Web site: http://www.mypyramid.gov/professionals/index.html
Consumer site:http://www.mypyramid.gov/index.html The MyPyramid Web site provides information specifically for professionals, in addition to the content for consumers. There are useful handouts for patients, as well as information for healthcare providers, especially under the Education Framework section.
Web site: www.consumerlabs.com
This group reports the results of independent quality testing on dietary supplements. It provides very useful information for the consumer not only on quality testing but also on product recalls, FDA warnings, etc.
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database
Web site: www.naturaldatabase.com
Frequently updated scientifically based information on natural medicines that is excellent for clinicians.
Natural Products Association
Web site: www.npainfo.org
Founded in 1936, the Natural Products Association is the nation’s largest and oldest non-profit organization dedicated to the natural products industry. The Natural Products Association represents more than 10,000 retailers, manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors of natural products, including foods, dietary supplements, and health/beauty aids
National Animal Supplement Council (NASC)
Web site: www.nasc.cc
An industry group dedicated to protecting and enhancing the health of companion animals and horses through the United States.
Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA)
Web site: www.chfa.ca
The Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA) is Canada’s largest national trade association dedicated to the natural and organic products industry. Our members represent the entire supply chain including growers, manufacturers, retailers, wholesalers, distributors, and importers involved in a variety of industry sub-sectors such as vitamin and mineral supplements, herbal products, homeopathics, sports nutrition products, natural and organic foods, fibers and health and beauty aids.
Personal Care Products Council (formerly CTFA)
Web site: http://www.personalcarecouncil.org/
The Personal Care Products Council (formerly the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association) is the leading national trade association for the cosmetic and personal care products industry and represents the most innovative names in beauty today. For more than 600 member companies, we are the voice on scientific, legal, regulatory, legislative and international issues for the personal care product industry. We are a leading and trusted source of information for and about the industry and a vocal advocate for consumer safety and continued access to new, innovative products.
Natural Products Marketplace
Web site: www.naturalproductsmarketplace.com
Subscribed to by more retailers than any other industry trade magazine, Natural Products Marketplace is the most trusted resource in the retail community. The comprehensive editorial covers dietary supplement, healthy food and personal care product science, new products, merchandising strategies, and much more.
The Doctors’ Prescription for Healthy Living
Web site: www.freedompressonline.com
The intent of The Doctors’ Prescription for Healthy Living is to provide critical, honest information about natural medicine, empowering readers to better manage their health. You are the CEO of your life. You know better than anyone what your body requires for optimal health. We hope to provide important information to each CEO in America.
Web site: www.naturalsolutionsmag.com
Natural Solutions: Vibrant Health, Balanced Living (formerly Alternative Medicine) magazine has been the trusted voice in natural health since 1994. The content reflects their readers’ commitment to healthy, natural living. In every issue, we highlight health information pertaining to all aspects of our lives—food, beauty, family, pets, home, and beyond.
Quarter Horse News
Web site: www.quarterhorsenews.com
Quarter Horse News is an award-winning semimonthly newsmagazine that provides the most comprehensive and timely coverage of the Western performance horse industry. Focusing on cutting, reining and reined cow horse, Quarter Horse News has been a trusted source of news and information with real meaning to its readers for more than 30 years.
Web site: http://www.glycoforum.gr.jp/science/hyaluronan/hyaluronanE.html
Scientific forum designed to further the research and knowledge on the amazing molecule of hyaluronic acid.
International Society for Hyaluronan Sciences
Web site: https://www.ishas.org/
The leading society that is responsible for advancing the knowledge on the structure, function and therapeutic application of hyaluronan and its role in the structure and function of the extracellular matrix and cells and to support the scientific research on the hyaluronan molecule encompassing all 3 branches of medical sciences: basic, clinical and applied.