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Today’s dietary supplement market continues to grow and it’s vital for retail dietitians to have the tools they need to help consumers navigate the supplement aisle and identify the best products to meet their needs. Every consumer is unique and we know that the majority of Americans who are taking dietary supplements, are taking these products for different reasons. In addition to helping to fill nutrient gaps, some top reasons consumers are taking supplements are for energy, immune health, healthy aging and to promote better health and wellness.

The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) has compiled a series of materials below, offering tips, facts, and background relevant to dietary supplements to help you better serve your dietary supplement consumer. CRN, founded in 1973 and based in Washington, D.C., is the leading trade association representing the dietary supplement and functional food industry. Learn more about CRN at: www.crnusa.org.

The Dietary Supplement Consumer

The majority of Americans take dietary supplements—77 percent, in fact. Find out what types of dietary supplements they take and for what reasons, where they purchase their supplements, and more!

One Dozen Tips for Consumers

Consumers have a wide variety of choice when it comes to purchasing dietary supplements. To help with their selection, CRN offers these tips.

Dietary Supplement Regulation: Safe, Regulated and Beneficial

It’s a fact—dietary supplements are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Learn about more about the law and why it creates an appropriate framework for regulating dietary supplements.

Food and Dietary Supplements: Regulations Compared

Did you know that food and dietary supplements are both regulated by the FDA? Learn more about their regulations and how they compare.

CBD

Cannabidiol (CBD) is everywhere and everyone is asking for it. But, how much do you know about this ingredient? Find out more about CBD and what CRN is doing to create a legal pathway for CBD as a dietary supplement or food.

Supplement Owl

Supplement OWL™ is an online product registry designed to provide a more complete picture of the dietary supplement marketplace. Search, sort, examine and evaluate labels and other product information to make better, informed choices: SupplementOWL.org.

Label Change

Did you know that the Supplement Facts labels are changing? CRN has developed a campaign to help communicate these label changes to better provide consumers the information they need to make informed choices about their health.

Tainted Products

Even though the overwhelming majority of products in the dietary supplement industry are safe, bad actors do exist. CRN works to keep adulterated products off the market through supporting for responsible legislation and launching consumer education initiatives.

Who is CRN?

The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) is the leading trade association representing dietary supplement and functional food manufacturers and ingredient suppliers. Find out more about what CRN does and the companies it represents.