June 20, 2012 — Health authorities in Australia and New Zealand are warning people to avoid products containing DMAA, a controversial stimulant drug that is an ingredient in hundreds of body-building and weight-loss supplements. The drug is known to elevate blood pressure and increase heart rate, which could potentially trigger heart attacks and other cardiac problems. There have also been reports of psychological and nervous system disorders after consuming the drug.
Australia and New Zealand are joining in the global crackdown on DMAA. Officials in Denmark, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States have all taken action against manufacturers of products containing the ingredient. The World Anti-Doping Agency has banned DMAA since 2010.
Manufacturers of DMAA (also known as methylhexanamine or 1,3-dimethylamylamine) claimed that the drug was an extract of the geranium plant. However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has determined that DMAA is a synthetic drug, and therefore an illegal adulterant in dietary supplements. They sent warning letters to 10 manufacturers of DMAA products. The U.S. military has also banned sales of DMAA on military bases.
The Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is advising that people who own supplements containing DMAA should immediately discard the product and they should not consume it. Health authorities are also considering an outright ban. According to officials, the problem is to be “urgently discussed.”
Already, FSANZ has received several complains from local government agencies, and now they say they will be testing products for DMAA. The New South Wales Food Authority has tested 12 products, 11 of which contained DMAA:
- 3-D Explosion
- 1 MR
- OxyElite Pro
- Hemo Rage Black
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