Lately workout boosters, sometimes called vasodilators, have become a hot topic and are now in the crosshairs of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). So what are workout boosters/vasodilators? These are supplements claiming to give you increased energy and muscle pump by using supposed natural substances, mainly high doses of caffeine and toxic chemicals, to accomplish this physical reaction, while working out or participating in competitive athletic events. Some of these products will also use the description “fat burner,” but they are pretty much the same product.
In a recent article in the New York Times:
“With names like Jack3d and OxyElite Pro, the popular products contain a stimulant known as dimethylamylamine, or DMAA for short. In a public warning late Thursday, the FDA said that the stimulant did not qualify as a legal dietary supplement ingredient and that it could raise blood pressure, potentially causing heart attacks and other health problems.”
According to WebMD:
“Dimethylamylamine is a drug made synthetically in a laboratory. It was originally used as a nasal decongestant. Today, dimethylamylamine is sold as a dietary supplement used for attention deficit-hyperactive disorder ADHD, weight loss, improving athletic performance, and body building.”