What are the risks with stimulants in supplements? Let’s examine methylhexaneamine as an example.
1. DMAA, also known as 1,3-dimethylamylamine, methylhexaneamine or geranium extract, is not a legitimate dietary ingredient and is found illegally in some dietary supplements.
2. DMAA, especially in combination with other ingredients such as caffeine, can be a health risk to consumers.
3. Ingestion of DMAA can elevate blood pressure and lead to cardiovascular problems ranging from shortness of breath and tightening in the chest to heart attack.
4. Dietary supplements containing DMAA are illegal and the FDA is doing everything within its authority to remove these products from the market. Despite this, products that contain this ingredient continue to be sold online and in retail stores.
5. USADA advises that athletes should exercise extreme caution when considering dietary supplements that may contain DMAA due to the risk of an adverse health event or a positive test.