By Bill Bolster / December 14, 2017
A 2017 study out of the, Journal of Toxicology, has found 2 illegal ingredients along with 2 unknown ingredients in 6 supplements. All 4 ingredients seem to be an analog of 1,3 DMAA (dimethylamylamine).
Why is this a problem?
First, let me give you a little background on 1,3 DMAA. 1,3 Dimethylamylamine aka methylhexanamine was introduced in 2006. It was introduced initially as a dietary supplement after the final ban of ephedrine in 2005. A large number of supplements focusing on fat loss and workout energy used the ingredient in concert with other substances such as caffeine. A combination similar to the combination of ephedrine and caffeine.
The problem lies in the safety of this product, or lack thereof. If you’re unaware of how the supplement world works, it’s basically complete lawlessness. There are NO regulations. Companies put a bunch of garbage into a product (I’m exaggerating slightly) until people have adverse health effects and then the FDA steps in to investigate what’s going on (I’m not exaggerating, unfortunately). The FDA has stated that methylhexanamine “is known to narrow the blood vessels and arteries, which can elevate blood pressure and may lead to cardiovascular events ranging from shortness of breath and tightening in the chest to heart attack.” The reason the FDA came to these conclusions, is because at least five deaths have been reported in association with methylhexanamine supplementation (bad).
With that being said, be aware of the 6 products in the left hand column.
It’s important when supplementing that you are aware of the potential health risks associated with the product you are taking. Due to the fact that there are no regulations when it comes to sports supplements, this becomes relatively difficult. Although the products listed on the left hand column aren’t relatively popular (I have heard neither of the products or manufacturer [i.e. it’s someone probably playing chemistry in their basement]), this situation is a microcosm of what’s going on in the industry. If you are a parent with children getting into fitness, or sports, chances are they’ve been exposed to supplements. It’s important to talk with them about benefits and potential adverse effects or get them evaluated by a trusted health professional (I know, shameless plug).
*It should be noted that ALL of the ingredients listed above are banned by the NCAA, and athletes need to be extremely cognizant of what they are putting into their body.
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