Food supplement is a product taken orally that contains one or more ingredients (as vitamins or amino acids) that are intended to supplement one’s diet and are not considered food. Its also called dietary supplement.
The medical definition of a food supplement is that it is a product taken orally that contains one or more ingredients that are intended to supplement one’s diet and are not considered food; specifically according to the Dietary Supplements Health and Education Act : a product other than tobacco that is taken by mouth, that contains one or more vitamins, minerals, herbs or other botanicals, amino acids, substances supplementing the diet by increasing the daily dietary intake, or a concentrate, constituent, metabolite, extract, or combination of these, that is not represented as a food or as constituting a meal or the sole item of the diet, and that contains as part of its labeling the words dietary supplement
The term ‘dietary supplement’ was legally defined in the 1994 Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) as a vitamin, mineral, herb or other botanical, amino acid, or combination of those and/or other substances or constituents intended to be ingested by mouth and found in forms such as tablets, capsules, softgels, gelcaps, liquids, or powders. A dietary supplement increases the overall dietary intake. The dietary supplement need to be a product that:
* is intended to supplement the diet
* contains one or more dietary ingredients, including vitamins, minerals, herbsor other bionics like amino acids
* is intended to be taken by mouth as a pill, capsule, tablet or liquid
* is labeled on the front as being a dietary supplement