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Brief Introduction And Origin Of Nutritional Supplements
Sep 27, 2018

Nutritional supplements, unlike nutritional fortifiers, do not form a unified whole with food, but are mostly made into pills, tablets, capsules, granules or oral liquids, taken alone with meals. They are not ordinary foods, nor are they food fortifier. A nutritional supplement may consist of amino acids, polyunsaturated fatty acids, minerals and vitamins, or of only one or more vitamins; it may also consist of one or more dietary components, including herbal or other plant components in addition to amino acids, vitamins, minerals, etc. A concentrate, extract or composition consisting of or above.

Dietary supplement, also known as nutritional supplements, nutritional supplements, nutrients, dietary supplements, etc., is a supplementary means of diet, used to supplement the body's amino acids, trace elements, vitamins, minerals and so on.

The Dietary Supplementary Health Education Act, enacted by the United States Congress in 1994, defines dietary supplements as: "It is a product (not tobacco) designed to supplement the diet and may contain one or more of the following dietary components: vitamins, minerals, herbs (herbs) or other plants, amino acids, to increase total daily intake." Supplementary dietary ingredients, or concentrates, metabolites, extracts or combinations of the above ingredients, etc. "Dietary Supplement" should be labeled on the label and can be taken orally in the form of pills, capsules, tablets or liquids, but not as a substitute for ordinary food or as a dietary substitute.

Dietary supplements have not yet become a legal definition in China, but in view of the actual situation of China's nutritional supplement industry, the Research Institute of the Committee on Market Work of the Chinese Health Association has formed an industry concept through long-term investigation and has been quickly recognized by all parties.

Dietary supplements are made mainly from natural species and also from safe and reliable substances, such as animal and plant extracts, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, etc., produced by chemical or biotechnological processes. Generally speaking, the physical and chemical properties of its functional components are relatively stable, the chemical structure is relatively clear, the mechanism of action has been scientifically demonstrated to a certain extent, and its safety, functionality and quality controllability meet the management standards.

Dietary nutritional supplements mainly exist in the form of similar drugs, and the dosage forms used mainly include hard capsules, soft capsules, tablets, oral liquids, granules, powders and so on. Packaging forms include bottled, barrel (box), bagged, aluminum plastic blister plates and other pre packaged forms.

Dietary supplements have not yet become a legal definition in China, but it is a legal concept in the United States.

Dietary supplements in China is a product set spanning health food and general food, while the United States "dietary supplements" is a third category of products different from ordinary food and drugs.

China's dietary supplements must be derived from essential nutrients or bioactive substances with relatively clear structure-activity relationships; the U.S. dietary supplements do not have such a definition.

China's dietary supplements aim to "improve health and reduce disease risk," while the United States'dietary supplements aim to supplement the dietary composition.

In China, dietary supplements have the status of health food, so they can be claimed as "auxiliary hypolipidemic function" and "removing chloasma function", while in the United States, dietary supplements can not be so claimed.