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Herbs and Dietary Supplements
Dietary supplements can be made from a variety of substances including vitamins, minerals, and herbs or other botanicals. They can be found in many forms such as oils, pills, and powders. It's important to keep in mind that research has confirmed health benefits of some dietary supplements but not others. Although many dietary supplements (and some prescription drugs) come from natural sources, “natural” does not always mean “safe.” Some dietary supplements may interact with medications or pose risks if you have medical problems or are going to have surgery. Talk to your healthcare providers about any and all dietary supplements you are currently taking or are considering taking.
National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements
The Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) is the branch of the National Institutes of Health dedicated to strengthening knowledge and understanding of dietary supplements by evaluating scientific information, stimulating and supporting research, disseminating research results, and educating the public. This website offers fact sheets for dietary supplements, tips for evaluating online health information, and a dictionary of dietary supplement terms.
MedlinePlus: Herbs and Supplements
An A-Z list of common dietary supplements and herbal remedies and information about their effectiveness, usual dosage, and drug interactions.
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center - About Herbs Database
Expert advice and information on over 200 supplements, integrative medicine treatments, and more.
About Herbs App
Memorial Sloan Kettering’s About Herbs app provides the same comprehensive, objective information about herbs, botanicals, and supplements that is found on the About Herbs website. Search by product name or medical condition to find information on usage, adverse effects and drug interactions of over 200 herbs and supplements. Users can access content offline after the app has been downloaded, with no internet connection needed.
Available for iOS (iPhone and iPad) only.