WWW Resources on Nutrition and Supplements

Searchable Food Content Databases

Search the USDA Nutrient Database for Standard Reference
energy content, minerals, vitamins, detailed break down of lipids and amino acids
Lebensmittelanalyse (University Hohenheim)
energy/protein/carb/fat content, minerals, vitamins

Information About Herbs, Supplements, and Drugs

Table of Contents of Information about Herbs, Supplements, and Drugs @healthandage.com
detailed, high quality information about herbs and supplements: uses, dietary sources, other forms, how to take it, precautions, possible interactions, references to supporting research; excellent linkage with other information: other drugs/supplements used for the same health problem, supplements/herbs with similar uses, and so on
high-quality, scientific information about supplements: food sources, diet recommendations, deficiencies, toxicity, clinical uses, recent research and references for further information; by the American Society for Nutritional Sciences
Vitamins and Supplements Nutritional Information @healthy.net
information about amino acids and hormones (among other supplements)
MEDLINEplus Drug Information @NIH
searchable database of information about drugs by generic or brand name (primarily drugs, only few natural supplements and no herbs)

Specific Articles

Tips For The Savvy Supplement User: Making Informed Decisions And Evaluating Information by the FDA
basic hints, how to assess the reputation on information presented on the WWW, links to further information on claims and labeling
Nutritional Program for Athletes - excerpted from "Staying Healthy with Nutrition" by Elson M. Haas
a primer on nutritional guidelines and useful supplements for people who work-out
Obesity Part I: Epidemiology, Etiology and Pathophysiology, and Nonpharmacotherapeutic Treatments - by David E Oeser in The Internet Journal of Academic Physician Assistants
academic overview of obesity and how to effectively reduce weight: (1) diet modification, (2) physical exercise, (3) modification of habits, self-observation
Excerpts from "Dieting for Dummies"
some important points and clarified myths about weight reduction
Nutrition - Taking Stock of Antioxidants
a critical look at antioxidant supplements by the Harvard Health Letter, February 2002

Collections of Articles on Nutrition and Supplements

MEDLINEplus - Food, Nutrition and Metabolism Topics
links to information on nutrition (by associations and government agencies)
Go ask ALICE
high-quality answers to all sorts of fitness and nutrition questions; by the Columbia University Health Services
reseller of herbal products; many articles on diverse subjects related to herbs and alternative medicine; some controversial articles
articles on herbs and alternative medicine; also has controversial articles on subjects like Gulf War Illness, fluoride contamination, estrogen replacement therapy, microwave heating and others
carries not-yet-fully-tested or controversial substances and reports on recent related research
articles on vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients by Jack Challem
Herb Information Greenpapers @herbs.org
high-quality information about herbs
Wellness Guide to Dietary Supplements
critical information about supplements (only vitamin C and E are recommended); some articles are open to nonsubscribers of the "Wellness Newsletter"
Elson Haas
balanced approach to health: (1) lifestyle, (2) natural therapies, (3) drugs last; articles about detoxification, nutrition, herbs, emotional health, ...
Ray Sahelian
short descriptions of herbs and supplements, links to Sahelian's books, links to other health-related web sites
Health Library Reading Room - Fitness and Weight Loss
some online books

Searching for Scientific Articles


Governmental Institutions, Associations, and Health Portals

MedlinePlus | NIH Office of Dietary Supplements | National Institute on Aging
health portals and nutritional information at the NIH
Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC) | Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion
part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
part of the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
NHS Direct Online
the British government health site
American Academy of Family Physicians
ADA (American Dietetic Association), deliciousdecisions.org (American Heart Association)
how to enjoy healthy eating
Center for Science in the Public Interest
from the main page: "The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is a nonprofit education and advocacy organization that focuses on improving the safety and nutritional quality of our food supply..."
Health on the Net Foundation
from the main page: "The Health On the Net Foundation (HON), created in 1995, is a not-for-profit International Swiss Organization. HON's mission is to guide lay persons or non-medical users and medical practitioners to useful and reliable online medical and health information.
International Food Information Council Foundation
health portal with lots of information, on vitamins and dietary supplements, for example; according to the Tufts Nutrition Navigator, however, "with an anti-establishment bias toward current nutrition science. [...] nutritionally unsound or scientifically unsubstantiated diet programs [...]"
WebMD.com | MayoClinic.com
commercial health portals

Guides, WWW Indexes, and Meta-Directories

Tufts Nutrition Navigator
directory of health-related WWW resources; with extensive comments and ratings
index of health-related information, directory and searchable database
a guide to nutritional information from government sites
Navigating for Health: Finding Accurate Information on the Internet - by IFIC
a short guide to general WWW search engines and WWW directories on health issues
guide to alternative medicine resources on the web, by Frank Grazian

last reviewed: June 3, 2002, Stefan Jaschke