DMAA, also called methylhexanamine or dimethylamylamine is a dietary supplement often used as a weight loss supplement. Recently determined as potentially harmful by the FDA, DMAA has a whole list of problems and side effects associated with it. Found in popular products OxyElite Pro and Jack3d, there have been 86 reported illnesses and deaths associated with supplements containing DMAA as of April 2013, and it is especially dangerous when you use the supplement with caffeine.
The FDA has issued a warning letter to every company with DMAA in their products, and all have agreed to stop adding DMAA to their products except USPLabs, which is challenging the FDA by submitting research claiming there are no health risks involved.
While the FDA must go through considerable scientific tests and legal steps to ensure all products containing DMAA are pulled off the market, according to their website, “Dietary supplements containing DMAA are illegal.”
What is DMAA?
DMAA is an amphetamine derivative often called a natural stimulant. However, the FDA has no evidence that DMAA exists naturally in plants. Supplements containing DMAA have advertised themselves as a way to speed weight loss and enhance athletic or workout performance. The FDA does not recognize any medical use of DMAA.
Side Effects of DMAA
By narrowing the blood vessels and arteries, DMAA can cause increased blood pressure, shortness of breath, chest tightening, cardiovascular problems and even heart attacks. Other illnesses include nervous system problems and psychiatric disorders.
Source: Medical News Today, Dallas Weekly, FDA