Spanish and Dutch health regulators are the latest to join an ever expanding group of international authorities to issue warnings about the side effects of the controversial pre-workout dietary supplement ingredient dimethylamylamine (DMAA). The Spanish Agency for Food Safety and Nutrition and the Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority noted stroke, nausea, and other adverse health complications in warning consumers not to take DMAA-containing dietary supplements such as Jack3d, OxyElite Pro, and Hemo Rage. Despite being extremely popular among workout fanatics and party goers, stimulants containing DMAA have recently been linked to a number of serious side effects including seizures, heart injury, kidney and liver failure, and death.
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What’s the problem?
In a recent press release, the Spanish Agency for Food Safety and Nutrition stated that it was “conducting necessary investigations to proceed with the withdrawal from the market,” and that the agency is in the process of “advising consumers to refrain from consuming dietary supplements containing this substance.”
The Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority said that athletes especially should avoid DMAA-containing products, given the fact that the ingredient is included on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s prohibited substance list.
“DMAA containing products are often sold as dietary supplements through online shops that specialise in fitness/bodybuilding – or slimming products. DMAA may have effects on heart rate and blood vessels and is often combined with caffeine,” the agency stated. “A safe consumption level for DMAA has not been established.”
Spain and the Netherlands are the latest nations to join a growing list of countries cracking down against DMAA including the United States, Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Canada, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, France, Italy and Malta.
The central issue currently causing the most debate about DMAA is the question of whether the ingredient is – as many supplement companies content – derived from the geranium plant, or whether it is a synthetically manufactured compound. The sourcing issue is of particular relevance to DMAA manufacturers, because if the stimulant does indeed come from the geranium plant, then botanical grandfathering may be key to the DMAA’s legitimacy. USP Labs, which manufactures both Jack3d and OxyElite Pro, claims to have scientific evidence that the substance does indeed come from special geraniums from the Rongjiang region of the Guizhou province, but it has yet to come forward with the proof.
DMAA has been increasingly linked to the following serious side effects:
- Irregular heartbeat
- Heart attacks
- Liver damage or liver failure
- Kidney damage or kidney failure
- Psychiatric side effects
- Elevated blood pressure
- Sudden cardiac death
To date, DMAA-containing dietary supplements have been the subject of several proposed class action lawsuits in the United States. In November 2011, Florida’s BPI Sports was hit with a proposed class action in California, and a similar complaint was filed against USPLabs in January 2012. The suit alleges that OxyElite Pro and Jack3d contain DMAA in a “synthetic form that is both illegal and dangerous.”
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