Development of a dietary supplement database

Bronwyn A. Ashton, Gina L. Ambrosini, Geoffrey C. Marks, Philip W.J. Harvey, Christopher Bain

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Data describing the composition of dietary supplements are not readily available to the public health community. As a result, intake from dietary supplements is generally not considered in most dietary surveys and, hence, little is known about the significance of supplement intake in relation to total diet or disease risk. To enable a more comprehensive analysis of dietary data, a database of the composition of various dietary supplements has been compiled. Active ingredients of all dietary supplements sold in Australia are included in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG), maintained by the Therapeutic Goods Administration. Products included in the database were restricted to those vitamin, mineral and other supplements identified in dietary data collected from studies conducted in southeast Queensland and New South Wales (850 supplements). Conversion factors from ingredients compounds to active elements were compiled from standard sources. No account has been made for bioavailability, consistent with current practice for food composition databases. The database can be queried by ARTG identification number, brand, product title, or a variety of other fields. Expected future developments include development of standard formulations for use when supplements are incompletely specified, and expansion of products included for more widespread use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)699-702
Number of pages4
JournalAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
Issue number7
StatePublished - Dec 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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