A Quick Way to Find Information on Dietary Supplements in PubMed

If you’re searching for information on, say, supplements used by athletes, or the efficacy of glucosamine and chondroitin extracts in treating rheumatoid arthritis, use the relatively new PubMed Dietary Supplements subset to refine your search.  This subset of records is designed to limit search results to citations from a broad spectrum of dietary supplement literature including vitamin, mineral, phytochemical, ergogenic, botanical, and herbal supplements in human nutrition and animal models. The subset will retrieve dietary supplement-related citations on topics including, but not limited to:

  • chemical composition
  • biochemical role and function — both in vitro and in vivo
  • clinical trials
  • health and adverse effects
  • fortification
  • traditional Chinese medicine and other folk/ethnic supplement practices
  • cultivation of botanical products used as dietary supplements
  • surveys of dietary supplement use

To use this subset you just go to the PubMed Limits page and select Dietary Supplements from the Subset menu:

A search for peer-reviewed papers on the use of dietary supplements in sports:


The subset is a collaboration between the NIH Office of Dietary Supplements and the National Library of Medicine.

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