Dietary supplements made from foods, herbs and their constituents are a rapidly growing market sector. Consumers often view food supplements as ‘natural’ and therefore safe; however, supplements are regulated as foods rather than as pharmaceuticals and so are not as closely monitored as may be necessary. With the commercial market in these products growing, this book provides essential research into their safety, efficacy and potential risk of interaction with pharmaceuticals. Following an introductory chapter, part one covers the chemical composition, manufacture and regulation of dietary supplements. Part two looks at the effectiveness of different types of dietary supplement and methods of evaluation. Finally, part three focuses on supplement safety.Reviews the design, production and regulation of dietary supplements.Analyses the potential for pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamics interactions between dietary supplements and pharmaceuticals.Offers reviews of important clinical studies on the efficacy of dietary supplements for range of conditions.