NIH ODS info sheets

The Office of Dietary Supplements, one of the many parts of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the US federal government, has released a series of Dietary Supplement Fact Sheets (click to review).

These info sheets are mostly dated 2003-2007, and we see that some of the older ones have now been removed as out of date. Meaning that the ODS–like the rest of us!–has some trouble keeping up with the steady flow of new studies and findings related to dietary supplements. Generally the ODS info sheets are quite conservative in their conclusions, and often suggest that “more research is needed.” When the info sheets are mostly positive in tone–as is the case, for example, with the info sheet on the liver-supportive botanical silymarin–it usually signifies that there is a very substantial body of good research already done.

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