The number of diet and weight loss supplements on the market today certainly isn't lacking. This is a multi-billion dollar a year industry, and anyone with a product that can fit in this category wants a piece of the pie. As over-the-counter supplements are not regulated by the FDA, getting these products into the hands of consumers here in Connecticut and all across the country is fairly simple. However, just because a product makes it onto store shelves doesn't mean it is safe for consumption. A recent study published in the journal Drug Testing and Analysis questions the safety of certain stimulants in weight loss supplements and warns that using these products may harm consumers.
In total, 14 different weight loss supplements were reviewed by researchers, and 12 of those contained a stimulant called AMP Citrate or DMBA. This particular stimulant is reportedly very similar to amphetamines which are known to cause adverse medical events. It is also closely related to the stimulant DMAA, which was banned by the FDA in 2012 after 86 individuals reportedly suffered a number of negative medical events including stroke, heart attack and even death.