4 dangerous stimulants that might be in the supplements you take

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Dangerous stimulants that are banned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are popping up in a variety of supplements, according to a new study from the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

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Beware of dangerous stimulants in weight loss and muscle building supplements

JAMA researchers found the presence of four dangerous stimulants when they looked at 12 brands of sports and weight-loss supplements.

We should note the stimulants — you can see the complete list below — have all been banned by the FDA in recent years.

Yet despite the bans, researchers discovered nine out of 12 supplements had at least one of the outlawed stimulants, while six supplements had at least two of the stimulants.

Here are the dangerous substances that could be in your supplements…

Ingredients Notes
DMAA FDA noted a link to increased heart problems
BMPEA The chemical structure mirrors that of amphetamine
oxilofrine Banned in professional sports by the World Anti-Doping Agency
DMBA Similar in chemical structure to DMAA

The sad reality is that it’s buyer beware when you’re out there buying supplements. You have the best chance of doing so safely if you use the following resources recommended by consumer expert Clark Howard:

And finally, speaking of contraindications, be sure to tell your doctor about any dietary supplements you take. That information will help him or her be aware of any possible drug interactions with prescriptions you may be taking.

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Theo Thimou About the author:
Theo has co-written several books with Clark Howard, including the New York Times #1 bestseller Living Large in Lean Times. As a single widowed parent of two young children, he strives to bring unique savings tips to men and women like him who must face life without their spouses. He can be reached at [email protected]
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