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Is there a place where I can get a rating of the safety and effectiveness of a supplement?

    OPSS Answer

    The Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database (NMCD) website is offered by the DoD through HPRC. Through NMCD you can learn how to make informed decisions and get ratings on dietary supplements and natural products, as well as information about product ingredients. This database is available free to all DoD personnel with a “.mil” email address through links on HPRC's website. Once you set up your account, you can log on from any computer using your .mil email address as your user name.

    We encourage consumers of dietary supplements to consider only using products rated eight or above on NMCD’s scale. These are in the green area of the scale and have evidence of safety. Ratings in the yellow range mean that data are lacking. The red area indicates well-known safety concerns and/or proven ineffectiveness.

    Additional information on the safety and efficacy of dietary supplements can be found in HPRC’s new Dietary Supplements Classification System. We encourage consumers to consider using only supplements in the green zone.

    Updated 17 April 2014

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