The noise surrounding the workout stimulant known as DMAA continues to grow louder as regulators continue to receive pressure about taking action against a substance that is being viewed as increasingly more dangerous by the day.
DMAA, a stimulant currently found in over 200 products sold under various names, including Hemo Rage Black and Jack3d, has been billed as a wonder drug of sorts by the manufacturers of products containing it. DMAA is similar to ephedra, which makes it very popular in light of the fact that ephedra was banned by the FDA years ago. However, it seems as if the FDA may be moving towards a similar action with DMAA after numerous reports and studies have surfaced regarding just how dangerous the product actually is.
Even though it has been around for decades, DMAA has gained even more attention in the last 2 years after it topped the 2010 list of the United States Anti-Doping Agency’s banned stimulants. Since the effects of the stimulant provide a great deal of energy good for boosting workout performance, users who are tied to the product have had a difficult time stopping use. They should be very careful, however, especially since many users think the product is all-natural but is actually a synthetic compound.
The sellers of DMAA products, like GMC, vigorously deny reports about the ingredient being dangerous and stand by its effectiveness and safety. Still, says a founding member of the American Herbal Products Association, “DMAA is not the hill you want to die on.”