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Two Supplements with DMBA Pulled Off GNC Website

Two Supplements with DMBA Pulled Off GNC Website

October 20, 2014 — The vitamin and supplement retailer GNC has stopped selling Redline White Heat and OxyTHERM Pro just weeks after researchers found amphetamine-like stimulant ingredients, according to USA Today.

GNC did not answer questions about why the supplements were pulled off the website.

The products contain AMP Citrate, also known as DMBA or 4-amino-2-methylpentane citrate. It is a chemical cousin to DMAA (1,3-dimethylamylamine), which the FDA pulled off the market in 2012. The FDA warns that DMAA has been linked to at least 86 adverse events, including heart attack, stroke, seizure, and death.

Earlier this month, USA Today reported that researchers from Harvard led by Dr. Pieter Cohen discovered DMBA in twelve out of fourteen supplements that were tested for the ingredient. Click here to read more.

Although DMBA is marketed as an “all-natural” extract of tea leaves, researchers warned that it is almost certainly a synthetic chemical of unknown origin. No evidence links DMBA to a natural source.

It is not clear whether manufacturers of these supplements have received approval for DMBA. Although the FDA does not require proof of an ingredient’s safety or effectiveness, they do require a New Dietary Ingredient (NDI) notification for any new ingredient introduced after 1994. They also do not allow supplements to be marketed as treatments for diseases.

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