It is a fact that the market for dietary supplements and food for special medical purposes is both diverse and expanding; each year, a larger and more varied range of brand-new goods is introduced to consumers. This is reflected in new marketing techniques, new reorganization of pharma businesses, and the use of new production methods, all of which have resulted in changes to the regulation of dietary supplements. The increasing interest of consumers in bettering their health and overall physical and mental wellness, frequently as a means of making amends for an unhealthy lifestyle is a driving force behind the expansion of this industry.
Dietary supplements are taken into consideration during epidemiological research as well as the examination of patterns of food intake. In the process of determining whether or not a person’s diet is adequate, there are a number of ramifications, most notably with the question of setting maximum daily intake levels for particular nutrients. In addition, the usage of dietary supplements can be affected by a variety of characteristics, including gender, age, socioeconomic situation, educational level, level of dietary habit, and so on. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) made an initial effort to harmonize information on food supplements across European countries. This was done with the intention of producing a food composition database that would include both foods and food supplements in order to estimate nutrient intakes in European countries. In this context, it is important to highlight some ongoing initiatives, such as the Global Dietary Database (GDD) (https://globaldietarydatabase.org/) and the FAO/WHO Global Individual Food consumption data Tool (FAO/WHO GIFT) (http://www.fao.org/gift-individual-food-consumption/en/), which are working toward the harmonization of dietary datasets all over the world for the purpose of global diet monitoring using. It is worth mentioning in particular the Dietary Supplement Label Database (DSLD) (https://dsld.nlm.nih.gov/dsld/) by the National Institutes of Health; at the moment, it contains label information (brand name, ingredients, amount per serving, and manufacturer contact information) of more than 71,000 dietary supplements present and consumed in the U.S. marketplace. Taking into consideration the significance of dietary supplements in the evaluation The DSLD is a tool that may be utilized to monitor shifts in product composition as well as record newly introduced goods on the market. It is a one-of-a-kind resource that policymakers, researchers, doctors, and consumers may find useful for a variety of applications. Browsing options that allow searching by product, ingredient, or contact information for the manufacturer have been established and structured.
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