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As the name suggests, dietary supplements augment our diets. Normally, nutrients should first be derived from daily diets. Supplements can be used to augment missing nutrients. Common reasons for taking supplements include (Source: Livestrong):

  • Supplement missing nutrients from restrictive diets (e.g. vegan)
  • Increase bioavailability, the body's ability to absorb and use vitamins
  • Illness prevention (e.g. boosting immune, preventing bone loss) 
  • Treatment of medical condition (e.g. high cholesterol)

The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) is a Federal law that defines dietary supplements and sets product-labeling standards and health claim limits.

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