• Jeffrey Townsend

Everything You Need To Know About DMAA

When it comes to private labeling sport supplements, stimulants are a major player. Whether you’re formulating the worlds strongest fat-burner, or you have some great ideas for a solid pre-workout; stimulants will forever walk hand in hand with sport supplements. In the world of exotic stimulants, DMAA reigns supreme. If you’re in the supplement game, you know DMAA has been in and out of the headlines for quite some time raging war against the FDA. But what is DMAA and why is it such a hot topic in the sport supplement world? Today on the Accelerated Genetix Blog, we discuss everything you need to know about private labeling sport supplements with DMAA.

What Exactly is DMAA

DMAA, also known as Dimethylamylamine, was invented by Eli Lilly in 1944 and marketed as a nasal decongestant. DMAA was voluntarily withdrawn from the market in 1983, but was reintroduced in the mid 2000’s under the name Geranamine. DMAA is categorized as an aliphatic amine, a compound that bonds Nitrogen to alkyl groups with no aromatic rings present. Structurally DMAA is similar to other powerful stimulants including: Ephedrine, amphetamine, methamphetamine, and MDMA. Once in the central nervous system, DMAA stimulates the release of norepinephrine in the body, which triggers the release of glucose from energy stores. Other common names for DMAA include: 1,3-Dimethylamylamine, Forthane, Geranamine, Geranium Oil Extract, and Methylhexanamine.

The History

After the ban of Ephedrine in 2005, the world was looking for the next best stimulant. DMAA was reintroduced into the market by Proviant Technologies, and experienced widespread popularity for half a decade. After several deaths were blamed on DMAA, including one involving Jacked3D’s original DMAA formula, the FDA sent warning letters to companies demanding the removal of any products containing this powerful stimulant. The FDA claimed that DMAA narrows blood vessels and arteries, which could lead to cardiovascular events ranging from shortness of breath, to heart attacks. Furthermore, the FDA stated that synthetically produced DMAA is not a “dietary ingredient”, making it ineligible to be used as an active ingredient.


If you follow the sport supplement world, surely you’ve read about some of the lawsuits involved with DMAA and the FDA. Several companies have pending lawsuits stating that DMAA was never officially banned and is in line with the FDA’s Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA). Since 2013, the FDA has stated that dietary supplements containing DMAA are illegal. Companies fighting against the FDA claim that written warnings such as the letters the FDA sent out regarding DMAA, should not be considered final law, therefore shouldn’t be seen as anything more than a warning. Several countries and sporting authorities have banned DMAA for use as a dietary supplement due to safety concerns. These countries include: the US, Canada, Sweden, the UK, Brazil and several others.

DMAA Safety

Just like any stimulant, DMAA can raise blood pressure, and your body can grow dependent. Think coffee. A common DMAA dose can range between 20 and 75mg. The FDA warns that DMAA causes vasoconstriction which can lead to heart attacks, seizures and tightening in the chest. However, most companies will argue that adverse side effects are associated with overuse and abuse of the compound. Some users report a massive crash in energy, resulting in a lethargic mood change. With tolerance build up, it’s suggested users should not take DMAA on a daily basis. Like most stimulant included supplements, it’s always a good idea to start with small doses to access your tolerance.

DMAA remains in the “gray area” as far as legal sport supplement compounds, with the FDA outright saying it’s illegal. As the legal battle rages on, you can still find plenty of DMAA products on the shelf that remain for sale. The FDA has yet to commend “Final legal Action”, so for the time being DMAA remains in the “produce at your own risk” category. While the verdict is still out as to when DMAA will be officially removed from the market place, here at Accelerated Genetix we offer a laundry list of legal stimulants you can chose from when formulating your product. Reach out to info@agenetix.com and lets formulate the next best stimulant infused sport supplement!

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