Dietary, Herbal, and Vitamin Supplements

There are many dietary supplements that include herbal products and vitamins from which to choose. Combined with a balanced diet containing fruit, vegetables, protein and other foods, supplements may benefit your physical and emotional well-being. Some supplements have drug-acting potential that may interact with medications you take. Therefore, we urge you to talk to your doctor before taking any vitamin, mineral, herbal product or other supplement. Remember, your doctor or healthcare provider is your best resource for making informed choices about dietary supplementation.

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Dietary Supplements
Dietary supplements may be beneficial when they're taken to help replenish nutrients lacking in your meal plan. For example, if you're a vegetarian, you may not be consuming enough protein.

 To learn more, read our article about dietary supplements to help prevent back pain.

Herbal Supplements
Herbal supplements may be medicinal. In other words, an herbal supplement may help relieve certain symptoms of a disorder. Some people consider herbs a natural alternative to certain medications.

To learn more, read our article about herbal supplements to help prevent back pain.

Turmeric is an herbal supplement that's a relative of ginger. Some people claim it helps relieve back and joint pain. Read our article, All Hail Turmeric.

Vitamin Supplements
Healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains contain plenty of vitamins that can help you reach your daily nutrition goals. But if your diet doesn't include a wide array of nutritious foods, a vitamin supplement may be helpful.

Disclaimer: Many people report feeling improvement in their condition and/or general well-being taking dietary, vitamin, mineral, and/or herbal supplements. The Editorial Board of, however, cannot endorse such products since most lack peer-reviewed scientific validation of their claims. In most cases an appropriate diet and a "multiple vitamin" will provide the necessary dietary supplements for most individuals. Prior to taking additional dietary, vitamin, mineral, and/or herbal supplements it is recommended that patients consult with their personal physician to discuss their specific supplement requirements.