Now, a new study suggests that there are weight loss supplements on the market that still contain that dangerous chemical.
The new study analyzed 21 different supplements that had been labeled as containing a special ingredient called Acacia rigidula, which is a type of shrub that grows in Texas.
Eleven of these supplements contained beta-methylphenylethylamine, or BMPEA, which is an isomer of amphetamine which has an unknown effect on humans because it hasn’t been studied.
The US Food and Drug Administration has reported some similar findings a few years back which were published in Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis.
And FDA representative has spoken about the agency’s reviewing the weight loss supplements that contain the BMPEA substance, saying that it did not identify as a real safety concern at that specific time.
She added that it’s the FDA’s priority to make sure the weight loss supplements are safe for human subjects and will take action if that is not the case.
However, Roy Gerona, a scientist at the University of California and one of the authors of the new study, said that FDA should have informed the consumers about the fact that some of the weight loss supplements contain BMPEA, which is very similar to the powerful stimulant known as amphetamine.
Although there aren’t studies that show the exact effects of BMPEA, other amphetamine drug are known to cause serious health problems like increasing blood pressure, cardiovascular conditions, sleep suppression, loss of appetite and are very addictive.
According to the latest study, only three of the analyzed weigh loss supplements said on the label that they contain the BMPEA ingredient but none of them specified the exact amount of this substance they contained.
Gerona stated in an interview that when someone is taking these supplements and are not aware of the fact that they contain an amphetamine-like drug, they are exposing themselves to serious health problems because they don’t know what effect this substance would have on them. There is the risk of overdose, since the label doesn’t specify the amount of BMPEA.
Gerona added that it’s very worrying that no one has made any announcements regarding this issue.
The researchers involved in the study recommend FDA recall all the weight loss supplements that contain the BMPEA substance and eliminate it from the products.
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