Types of Dietary Supplements

Herbal SupplementsDietary supplements include everything from vitamins and minerals to herbs such as cinnamon and St. John’s wort.

Dietary supplements also come in a number of forms including:

  • Tablets
  • Capsules
  • Powders
  • Softgels
  • Gelcaps
  • Liquids.

They are sold from a number of retailers including:

  • Pharmacies
  • Grocery stores
  • Vitamin and health food stores
  • Websites
  • Mail-order catalogs.

The main types of dietary supplements include:

  • Botanicals (derived from plants and possibly including herbs)
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Fatty Acids
  • Other Dietary Supplements 

 
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This material is adapted from The American Diabetes Association Guide to Herbs & Nutritional Supplements, written by Laura Shane-McWhorter, PharmD, BCPS, FASCP, BC-ADM, CDE, and published by the American Diabetes Association, ©2009.

  • Last Reviewed: February 20, 2014
  • Last Edited: May 14, 2014

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