Food supplements are concentrated sources of nutrients (i.e. mineral and vitamins) or other substances with a nutritional or physiological effect that are marketed in “dose” form (e.g. pills, tablets, capsules, liquids in measured doses). Food supplements are intended to correct nutritional deficiencies, maintain an adequate intake of certain nutrients, or to support specific physiological functions. They are not medicinal products and as such cannot exert a pharmacological, immunological or metabolic effect.
Food supplements are only intended to ‘supplement’ people’s diets and not replace healthy foods. The regulation of food supplements makes clear that food supplements are not intended to replace a varied and balanced diet and food supplements packaging is required to state this information.