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Eye of the Supplement Storm


How do you spell supplement controversy?

Many would spell it D-M-A-A. DMAA is actually known by several names and has historically been a popular ingredient in dietary supplements like pre-workout beverages. Regardless of the name used, DMAA is in the center of controversy having possibly been linked to several military deaths and dozens of reports submitted to the FDA.

To date, the FDA has received 86 reports of adverse events involving products which contain DMAA. The reported events run the gamut from heart programs to shortness of breath to psychiatric disorders.

In April the FDA actually sent warning letters to several manufacturers and distributors of DMAA products, citing concerns for consumer health. The FDA actually stopped short of a ban, although several countries and the United States military have instituted them. Since issuing the warning letters the FDA has been aggressively working to remove products which contain DMAA from online and offline stores.

“FDA is very concerned about DMAA and we advise consumers not to purchase or use any dietary supplement containing DMAA. This substance narrows blood vessels and arteries, which can elevate blood pressure, and my lead to cardiovascular problems such as shortness of breath, arrhythmias, tightening in the chest, and heart attack, as well as seizures and other neurologic and psychological conditions.”

Want to know if your dietary supplement contains DMAA? If so, compare your supplement’s product label to the list below. If there is a match, then there is a solid chance you may be consuming DMAA:

  • 1,3-DMAA
  • 1,3-Dimethylamylamine
  • 1,3-Dimethylpentylamine
  • 2-Amino-4-methylhexane
  • 2-Hexanamine
  • 4-Methyl-2-hexanamine
  • 4-Methyl-2-hexylamine
  • 4-methyl- (9CI)
  • Dimethylamylamine
  • Geranamine
  • Methylhexanamine
  • Methylhexanenamine
  • Pelargonium graveolens extract
  • Geranium extract

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