About the DSLD
The Dietary Supplement Label Database (DSLD) is a joint project of the Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM), of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
This initial version of DSLD is being developed as part of a complete system. The goals of the DSLD are to:
- Include the full label information from all of the dietary supplement products marketed in the U.S. with a Web-based user interface that provides ready access to the data;
- Serve the broader research community that has expressed the need for a DSLD;
- Serve as an educational and research tool for students, academics, other professionals, and potentially, health care providers and the public.
The DSLD's new features include:
- A sample of complete, information from dietary supplement product labels available through all channels in the U.S. market;
- A historic component with label information for products no longer on the market;
- Will include data from the most recent version of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) dietary supplements database
- User-selected calculators to:
- assist in comparison of disparate nutrient units,
- determine a comparison of total estimated nutrient intake with Dietary Reference Intake (DRI) recommendations for the label's age/gender/lifestyle target group
- Enhanced search options that enable users to locate specific terms on any aspect of a dietary supplement label using browse and search and advanced search functions; and
- An updated user interface designed to help users quickly find and sort information.
DSLD Research Potential
A database that includes full dietary supplement (DS) product label information for all products on the market creates the opportunity for a wide variety of research on the use of DS products. For example, eventually when it is complete, the label database itself can serve as a resource for longitudinal studies on the trends in DS product availability and formulation in the U.S. These data could be correlated with many diverse national demographics and general information on U.S. health and wellness trends.