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Vitamin C Fact Sheet for Consumers What is vitamin C and what does it do? Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble nutrient found in some foods. In the body, it acts as an antioxidant, helping to protect cells from the damage ca...
08 Jan 2020
Vitamin B6 Fact Sheet for Consumers What is vitamin B6 and what does it do? Vitamin B6 is a vitamin that is naturally present in many foods. The body needs vitamin B6 for more than 100 enzyme reactions involved in metabolism. Vitamin B6 is also i...
08 Jan 2020
Selenium Fact Sheet for Consumers What is selenium and what does it do? Selenium is a nutrient that the body needs to stay healthy. Selenium is important for reproduction, thyroid gland function, DNA production, and protecting the body from damag...
08 Jan 2020
Choline Fact Sheet for Consumers What is choline and what does it do? Choline is a nutrient that is found in many foods. Your brain and nervous system need it to regulate memory, mood, muscle control, and other functions. You also need choline to...
07 Jan 2020
Copper Fact Sheet for Consumers What is copper and what does it do? Copper is a mineral that you need to stay healthy. Your body uses copper to carry out many important functions, including making energy, connective tissues, and blood vessels. Co...
07 Jan 2020
The Scoop - Winter 2019 Winter 2019 What's the Scoop? Questions and Answers About Dietary Supplements Vitamin and Mineral Upper Limits––What You Need To Know More is better, right? Not when it comes to vitamins and minerals. Our bodies need these...
12 Dec 2019
This is a fillable form you can use to record the dietary supplements, prescription drugs, and over-the-counter medicines you take.
11 Dec 2019
Analytical Methods/Reference Materials (AMRM) Dietary Supplements Program Description The ODS launched the Dietary Supplements Analytical Methods and Reference Materials (AMRM) Program in 2002. The program stimulates the development of validated ...
14 Nov 2019
Dietary Supplements Laboratory Quality Assurance Program NIST established the Dietary Supplements Laboratory Quality Assurance Program (DSLQAP) in 2007 with support from ODS . The DSLQAP is an extension of collaborative ongoing efforts among ODS,...
14 Nov 2019
Pantothenic Acid Fact Sheet for Consumers What is pantothenic acid and what does it do? Pantothenic acid (also called vitamin B5) helps turn the food you eat into the energy you need. It’s important for many functions in the body, especially maki...
06 Nov 2019
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