DMAA is abbreviated for dimethylamylamine, a speed-like ingredient found in supplements used to lose weight and build muscle.
One Harvard researcher is calling for a DMAA ban because DMAA can narrow blood vessels which in turn can lead to an increase in blood pressure, tightening of thechest, shortening of breath, and consequently, perhaps even cause a heart attack.
Dr. Pieter Cohen, an assistant professor at Harvard says this pharmaceutical chemical (DMAA) has absolutely no place in the supplement world. Cohen thinks there have been six years of inappropriate sales for something that should not have been there in the first place.
Dr. Cohen published a research letter on the subject of DMAA in the Archives of Internal Medicine, urging the FDA to recall DMAA products. Dr. Cohen says he has treated patients who have taken these supplements and considers DMAA more potent than ephedra, which was banned by the FDA in 2004.
Names for DMAA supplements include Napalm, Code Red, Jack3D, Nitric Blast just to name a few of the 200 offerings being sold in GNC, Vitamin Shoppe, and military base stores among other retail outlets.
DMAA has been called “natural” but that term is so abused and there’s no proof that the ingredient is indeed natural. DMAA wasn’t previously approved as a supplement; it would technically be considered a drug and subject to more stringent oversight. Dietary supplements don’t require approval before hitting the market.
Manufacturers of DMAA supplements have until May 9 to prove that DMAA is safe according to the FDA. Until the FDA says DMAA is not safe then it’s business as usual. People using DMAA are urged to take the supplement according to directions.