September 30, 2015 — The FDA has issued a Warning Letter to TruVision Health LLC after finding dangerous ingredients in tru Weight & Energy, a weight-loss supplement.
Ingredients on the label include AMP, also known as 1,3-Dimethylbutylamine (DMBA) and other names. The label also includes Bitter Orange Extract (synephrine 30%) as an ingredient.
According to the FDA, DMBA is not allowed in supplements and there is no evidence that it is safe. Earlier this year, the FDA issued warning to over a dozen manufacturers of DMBA-laced supplements. Researchers warned that DMBA is a chemical analogue of DMAA, a stimulant linked to cardiovascular side effects.
Bitter orange (C. aurantium) has a history of use as a dietary supplement, but highly-concentrated extracts (synephrine 30%) are not natural and could be dangerous. The FDA warns:
“Consumption of products containing a high dosage of bitter orange extract and synephrine could lead to a significant increase in systolic blood pressure, diastolic blood pressure, and heart rate.”
Tru Weight & Energy also contains caffeine. The FDA is concerned that the potent mixture of ingredients could significantly increase heart rate, blood pressure, and the risk of cardiovascular problems. As evidence, the agency cited a health assessment (PDF) of weight-loss productions containing synephrine and caffeine.
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