Laboratory Exercise 1
: Dietary/Nutritional Supplements, Good for what ails you?
Description and Purpose
The goal of this laboratory exercise is to gather and evaluate the evidence concerning the use of a particular
non-FDA approved dietary/nutritional supplement/remedies (hereafter referred to as ‘supplements’). For this
assignment, begin by identifying a supplement that you, a family member or friend have taken. Alternatively,
you may explore a supplement that you simply have an interest in. Examples of such supplements include
(but are not limited to) Echinacea, St. Johns Wort, Chondroitin, Creatine, Pokeweed, etc. Note: legal drugs
., antibiotics, Ritalin, etc.), illegal drugs (
, Peyote, LSD, etc.),
recognized vitamin and mineral supplements (essentially anything found in multivitamins,
., Vitamin C,
Vitamin A [including Retinol and derivatives], Selenium, Folic Acid, etc.) and/or foodstuffs/common spices
and herbs (
., blueberry, olive oil, onion, garlic, parsley, rosemary, etc.) are NOT valid subjects for this
Projects focused on inappropriate compounds will receive a grade of zero.