Sales of dietary supplements containing DMAA have recently been restricted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), after the agency received 42 adverse event reports related to DMAA side effects. DMAA has been linked to cardiovascular disorders, heart attack, cardiac arrest, central nervous system disorders, psychiatric disorders, and death. It is a stimulant drug that is known to elevate blood pressure and increase heart-rate, which is particularly dangerous when mixed with heavy exercise. Despite this, DMAA is aggressively marketed toward people who use it as a pre-workout energy enhancer. Popular DMAA products include Jack3D, OxyElite Pro, party pills, and more.
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UPDATE: FDA RESTRICTS DMAA
April 17, 2012: Sales of DMAA in dietary supplements have been restricted by the FDA. The FDA has issued 10 warning letters to manufacturers of DMAA dietary supplements, because “synthetically-produced DMAA is not a ‘dietary ingredient’ and, therefore, is not eligible to be used as an active ingredient in a dietary supplement.” The FDA also warns that it has received 42 serious adverse event reports linked to DMAA side effects.
DMAA Side Effects
Serious side effects of DMAA include cardiovascular disorders (heart attack, cardiac arrest), psychiatric disorders, central nervous system disorders, and death.
Cardiovascular side effects of DMAA are usually caused by vasoconstriction, which is the narrowing of blood vessels and arteries. It is much harder for the heart to force blood through a narrow blood vessel, which causes high blood pressure. The heart also beats more rapidly to force blood though constricted vessels.
Neurological side effects of DMAA occur because DMAA is a stimulant drug that influences mental activity. While this can produce beneficial effects (improved concentration and endurance, for example) it can also have negative effects (such as anxiety or nervousness).
Until now, DMAA has been sold as a “dietary supplement,” and its manufacturers have never provided the FDA with any evidence regarding its safety or effectiveness. Although they claim that DMAA is “natural,” derived from the geranium plant, and has been used for many years in food, there is little evidence to support this claim.
DMAA and Cardiovascular Side Effects
Some of the most severe DMAA side effects are cardiovascular events, which include high blood pressure, increased heartrate, heart attack, and cardiac arrest. DMAA cardiovascular effect have been implicated in at least two deaths.
The FDA warns that one known DMAA side effect is elevated blood pressure. When blood pressures increases significantly, the heart may have problems pumping it efficiently into the body. Elevated blood pressure and heart-rate are most dangerous during physical exercise. While exercising, your muscles and organs need large amounts of oxygen-rich blood to perform physical activity. If the heart is unable to supply enough blood, these body tissues can become severely damaged because they do not receive enough oxygen.
Two deaths linked to DMAA were caused by cardiac arrest, which occurs when the heart is unable to pump blood effectively into the body. Cardiac arrest can cause severe organ damage, permanent disability, or death. The U.S. Department of Defense banned DMAA sales on military bases following these deaths.
Cardiovascular side effects of DMAA may include, but are not limited to:
- Elevated blood pressure
- Increased heart-rate
- Cardiac arrest
- Irregular heartbeat
- Heart attack
- Sudden cardiac death
- Heart failure
- Hyperthermia (dangerously elevated body temperature)
DMAA and Neurological Side Effects
DMAA is s stimulant drug which can influence mental function. The mild effects of a stimulant (or “upper”) are usually improvements in alertness, concentration, motivation, physical endurance, physical activity, and reduced desire for food. This is why DMAA is marketed toward people who want a pre-workout boost or help losing weight.
Unfortunately, stimulant drugs can also harm mental health. Psychiatric disorders and central nervous system disorders have been linked to DMAA.
DMAA neurological side effects may include, but are not limited to:
- Anxiety, nervousness
- Unexplainable itching
Dietary Supplements Containing DMAA
Some of the most popular dietary supplements containing DMAA include:
- Oxy Elite Pro
- Biorhythm SSIN Juice
- Lean Efx
- Code Red
- Hemo Rage Black
- Lipo-6 Black Ultra Concentrate
- Lipo-6 Black
- Lipo-6 Black Hers Ultra Concentrate
- Lipo-6 Black Hers
- MethylHex 4,2
- Nitric Blast
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