A new study, which was published in the Drug Testing and Analysis journal, proved that many diet supplements on the market pose serious dangers. Twelve of the fourteen supplements that were tested contained a chemical called AMP Citrate, or DMBA.
DMBA is similar in its chemistry to other ingredients banned by the Food and Drug Administration. These substances have similarities to amphetamines. Amphetamines have serious adverse cardiac and neuropsychiatric effects. DMBA, found in many of today’s diet supplements is extremely similar to DMAA, which was banned in 2012 after almost one hundred people suffered from heart attacks, stroke, seizures and even death after using the product. DMAA has been proven to be extremely unsafe and after so many reported dangerous effects, the FDA was able to ban the ingredient.
The problem with diet supplements is that unlike medical prescriptions, they do not have to be proven as safe to be released on the market. This leaves room for serious health reactions to consumers.
Manufacturers who are including DMBA in their diet supplements claim that the ingredient is derived from tea; however there is no evidence that the ingredient was extracted from a plant. And, AMP Citrate was not tested on humans before it was released to the public. This means, there is no scientific evidence to prove that it is safe for consumption.
DMBA was synthetically created after DMAA was banned, and it’s make up is chemically similar to DMBA. In essence, makers of DMAA modified the chemical slightly and re-released it. Although, it sounds like an illegal practice, it is not. Unfortunately, many times, the FDA cannot ban dangerous additives or ingredients in supplements until after they have been put on the market and after the side effects have been reported.