September 7, 2012 — Health authorities in Spain and the Netherlands are joining a global crackdown on dietary supplements containing DMAA (or 1,3-dimethylamylamine, methylhexanamine, geranium oil/extract, etc.) due to the risk that the substance can cause severe, life-threatening health risks. Officials in Spain said they were “conducting necessary investigations to proceed with the withdrawal from the market,” and also “advising consumers to refrain from consuming dietary supplements containing this substance.”
The officials also specifically warned athletes not to use supplements containing DMAA. The World Anti-Doping Agency has listed DMAA as a banned substance for many years. The product is popular among athletes and other fitness enthusiasts because it has mild stimulant effects. It is marketed as a pre-workout energy booster.
Unfortunately, the side effects of DMAA can be severe. According to the health authorities,
“DMAA containing products are often sold as dietary supplements through online shops that specialize in fitness/bodybuilding – or slimming products. DMAA may have effects on heart rate and blood vessels and is often combined with caffeine.”
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has already warned that DMAA can increase blood pressure and heart rate, and it has been associated with deadly cardiovascular disorders (including heart attack and cardiac arrest), as well as neurological disorders. The agency has received dozens of adverse event reports, including reports of death linked to DMAA.
The FDA has sent warning letters to the manufacturers of DMAA, but they have not banned the substance. Spain and the Netherlands join many other countries that have taken action on the issue — including the U.S., the U.K, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, Finland, Denmark, Italy, Malta, France, Sweden, and more. Some countries have banned DMAA; others have issued warnings or restricted sales. The last country to take action was the U.K., which has officially banned sales of products containing DMAA.
The following products were named by Spanish health authorities during their investigation:
- Tested Burner
- Mass Pump3D
- Presurge Unleashed
- Beta-Cret Extreme
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