Dietary Supplements: Navigating the Pharmacologic Influences of Nature's Medicine

  • Andrew J. Kubinski, MS, DO University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine/East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine Kingsport Family Medicine Residency PGY1
  • Gregory W. Coppola, DO Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Abstract

The use of dietary supplements occurs in the majority of American adults >20 years old and has been reported to be on the rise by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.  People are not only taking more dietary supplements, but taking them without the advice of a health care provider.  With the lack of education time and focus on this topic, physicians need to know some evidence regarding the most common supplements used, how to understand dietary supplement labels, and where to find reputable information about dietary supplements.  Vitamin D, Omega-3, and Glucosamine/Chondroitin are reviewed here.  Also, a description of the various components of a dietary supplement label is explained.  Finally, a brief description of independent companies (Consumerlabs.com ®, US Pharmacopedial Convention, Natural Medicine Comprehensive Database, and Natural Standard) as well as the federally run Office of Dietary Supplements are presented.

Author Biography

Gregory W. Coppola, DO, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Director, Integrative Medicine Fellowship;

Attending Physician, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine Sports Medicine Fellowship;

Mercyhurst University, Academic Medical Director/Team Physician, Department of Sports Medicine

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Published
2015-01-05
How to Cite
Kubinski, MS, DO, A. J., and G. W. Coppola, DO. “Dietary Supplements: Navigating the Pharmacologic Influences of Nature’s Medicine”. Osteopathic Family Physician, Vol. 7, no. 1, Jan. 2015, https://ofpjournal.com/index.php/ofp/article/view/363.
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