DMBA – Unapproved, Untested Stimulant

Since 2011 / 2012 the medical and supplement world is dealing with a major controversy concerning DMBA, which is a synthetic stimulant that has never been tested in humans. Its effectiveness and safety in humans is unknown. Part of the controversy surrounds the fact that DMBA is known by many different names and / or brands. Some of these names are:

AMP Citrate
4-amino-2-methylpentane citrate
1,3-dimethylbutylamine citrate
extract of pouchong tea

This unapproved stimulant has been discovered in multiple dietary supplements and is chemically similar to another pharmaceutical stimulant, 1,3-dimethylamylamine (DMAA). DMAA was recently banned by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for health concerns. The FDA has stated that DMAA is unsafe for humans and has the potential to cause seizures, heart complications, high blood pressure, psychiatric disorders, and death.

The alarm has been sounded because this stimulant (DMBA) has not been found in supplements in the past. It is primarly found in supplements that claim to improve brain function, improve athletic performance, and help with weight loss. One small study found that following the instructions on the label for maximum daily usage of a specific supplement would expose the user to 320 mg of DMBA per day. Legislators and scientists are asking for regulatory and legislative action to ban this specific stimulant because of the risk for harmful effects for unsuspecting users.

The concern over DMBA was preceeded by the use of OxyElite Pro, which was a dietary supplement that may have caused as many as 48 cases of liver damage in 2013. That product contained a “new” ingredient called aegeline that possibily violated federal law because there was no evidence of its safety submitted to the FDA.

In 2012 the FDA told 11 separate companies selling products with DMBA that the stimulant was an illegal and potentially dangerous substance. The FDA also said that DMBA should be removed from their products. Two of the companies refused and had over eight million dollars in products seized by the regulartory body.

If you are going to use any off-the-shelf supplement product then it would be wise to use those products that have some type of third party certification regarding regular testing of the products. There are hundreds of UNapproved ingredients and adulterants that you do NOT want in your supplements or diet. And you should demand accurate labeling of all products.

Should you have any questions about DMBA then call us at Bellaire ER.