Over the years the supplement industry has gone from a few tubs of whey protein at your local health club to a supplement store with 10 types of protein, various creatine, amino acids, fat burners, test boosters, greens drinks the list goes on. You will find a supplement store in almost every suburb now along with a supply at your gym which feels like there are 3 at every suburb.
It feels overwhelming almost when you walk into a store and ask for a Pre-Workout or Fat Burner and the attendant shows you neatly packed shelves at eye level of new shiny products. Each one has an impactful name and promises you the world in a tub. Quite often a man or woman with single digit body fat is testifying to the benefits of using said product.
While it is exciting to go down a new path of supplementation it is vitally important to know exactly what you are putting in your body. I bet if you ask the shop assistant what the actual ingredients are, where they come from and how they work biologically many of them can’t tell you. You will typically get a response of …. “Yeah this will get you so shredded” “This just heats your body up and chews up fat” “This suppresses your appetite and increases metabolism” What we should be asking is HOW? WHY? And most importantly for competitors IS IT LEGAL?
The most notorious of banned Thermogenics used in Pre-Workouts and fat burners was Ephedra and then DMAA had its time in the sun for a few years before being banned. While Ephedra comes from the Mau Hung plant in nature DMAA is more synthetic then natural. DMAA is known by many names and now has many similar stimulants based around its chemical make. Many of which might get you into trouble in drug tests if you compete or play competitive sport.
DMAA can go by the names of…
- 1, 3-DMAA
- 1, 3-Dimethylpentylamine
It is now banned for use in Australia and has been for a few years. However you will find that the supplement companies always find a way around. Recently they have come out with 1,3 Dimethylbutylamine (DMBA) this product is also known as ..
- AMP Citrate
- 4 – amino-2 methylpentant citrate
- 4 – amino – 2 – pentamine citrate
Message to take away is if you are competing or playing sport at a level where you are regularly drug tested you need to be extremely careful of what supplements you take. There is always a new one on the way out that looks harmless but may well be not what it seems on the surface. Always ask your coach before taking on a new supplement and never drink out of anyone’s shaker but your own.