FDA Prepared to Pull DMAA Products

May 7, 2012

By Alex Zakrzewski, Online Editor

Safety concerns surrounding the popular ingredient 1-3 dimethylamylamine (or DMAA) have swirled for some time and in the September 2011 (#352) issue of MuscleMag, readers were warned that a possible ban was in the works. 

Originally developed in the 1940s as a nasal decongestant, today DMAA is most commonly found in pre-workout formulas due to the stimulant kick it provides. 

While proponents assert that the ingredient is a natural derivative of geranium oil, critics argue that it is a wholly synthetic compound that has led to false positives in drug tests for amphetamine use. 

The ingredient is currently on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (W.A.D.A.) prohibited list and last year the military banned the sale of DMAA products on all bases after it was found to have been taken by two active duty soldiers who died of heart attacks. 

Products containing DMAA are major sellers for sports nutrition retailers. However, it is manufacturers and marketers who are expected to be the hardest hit by the ban.