Is there a place where I can get a rating of the safety and effectiveness of a supplement?
The Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database (NMCD) website is offered by the DoD through the 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. HPRC has made this available to all active-duty personnel through links on its website; a “.mil” email address is required to create an account. 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.