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According to the DSHEA definition of a dietary supplement, the inclusion of words like "botanicals", "concentrates" and "metabolites", in addition to the conventional nutrients (vitamins, minerals, amino acids, etc.) greatly expanded the type and number of ingredients allowed to be used in dietary supplement products.CONGRESS finds that: Improving the health status of United States citizens ranks at the top of the national priorities of the Federal Government; the importance of nutrition and the benefits of dietary supplements to health promotion and disease prevention have been documented increasingly in scientific studies; There is a link between the ingestion of certain nutrients or dietary supplements and the prevention of chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and osteoporosis; and Clinical research has shown that several chronic diseases can be prevented simply with a healthful diet, such as a diet that is low in fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium, with a high proportion of plant-based foods; Healthful diets may mitigate the need for expensive medical procedures, such as coronary bypass surgery or angioplasty; Preventive health measures, including education, good nutrition, and appropriate use of safe nutritional supplements will limit the incidence of chronic diseases, and reduce long-term health care expenditures; Promotion of good health and healthy lifestyles improves and extends lives while reducing health care expenditures; and Reduction in health care expenditures is of paramount importance to the future of the country and the economic well-being of the country; There is a growing need for emphasis on the dissemination of information linking nutrition and long-term good health; Consumers should be empowered to make choices about preventive health care programs based on data from scientific studies of health benefits related to particular dietary supplements; National surveys have revealed that almost 50 percent of the 260,000,000 Americans regularly consume dietary supplements of vitamins, minerals, or herbs as a means of improving their nutrition; (note: the number of dietary supplement takers has increased since 1994.) Studies indicate that consumers are placing increased reliance on the use of nontraditional health care providers to avoid the excessive costs of traditional medical services and to obtain more holistic consideration of their needs; The United States will spend over $1,000,000,000,000 on health care in 1994, which is about 12 percent of the Gross National Product of the United States, and this amount and percentage will continue to increase unless significant efforts are undertaken to reverse the increase; The nutritional supplement industry is an integral part of the economy of the United States; although the Federal Government should take swift action against products that are unsafe or adulterated, the Federal Government should not take any actions to impose unreasonable regulatory barriers limiting or slowing the flow of safe products and accurate information to consumers; Dietary supplements are safe within a broad range of intake, and safety problems with the supplements are relatively rare; and As is the case with any Act, definitions are usually established, and in the DSHEA the term dietary supplements was defined.The following table provides a summary of how Congress defined what a dietary supplement is.DSHEA includes a procedure for new dietary ingredients to be approved by the FDA for use in dietary supplements.To complicate matters, there was no reference ingredient list of approved dietary supplement ingredients created to help guide supplement manufacturers.The authorized ingredients fall in to a few categories.

The big one is the GRAS category, foods and food ingredients that are generally recognized as safe or GRAS.

Makers of dietary supplements historically included ingredients not on the lists, thus the reason for the constant battle between FDA and the supplement industry.

Or in many cases the ingredients were on the GRAS list, but only permitted to be used as certain types of foods.

James Sensenbrenner, John Sweeney and John Conyers, Jr. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to regulate these types of products as anabolic steroids under the Controlled Substances Act.

in the House that would classify andro-containing products as a controlled substance. Dietary supplements have always been regulated as foods.

ietary supplements are vital for health, longevity, disease prevention, growth, development, and attaining maximum mental and physical performance. This is a scientific conclusion, one so unanimous that the United States Congress was compelled to acknowledge this fact and get behind dietary supplements in a big way to ensure they remained freely available to the public.