The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) has launched a Dietary Supplement Label Database that provides information about the ingredients listed on the labels of nearly 17,000 dietary supplements. The searchable, customizable database is targeted toward both consumers and professionals and, according to NIH Office of Dietary Supplements Director Paul Coates, “will be of great value to many diverse groups of people, including nutrition researchers, healthcare providers, consumers, and others.”

NIH said that consumers can access the database to research what their dietary supplements contain and then use the agency’s online app to track their supplement usage. The database also provides dosage information, health-related claims and related warnings. See NIH News Release, June 17, 2013.