WTF News: Stimulant Close to Meth Found in Workout Supplement

Craze, a popular sports supplement that’s sold as giving extreme energy and focus, has been found to contain a potentially harmful stimulant similar to methamphetamine.

Via Huffington Post:

A new study published Monday in the journal Drug Testing and Analysis found that the stimulant in Craze isn’t listed on the product’s label, and hasn’t been studied in humans.

“Alarmingly, we have found a drug in a mainstream sports supplement that has never been studied in humans,” says Dr. Pieter Cohen, an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School who worked on the study. “The health risk of using supplements adulterated with a drug should not be underestimated.”

The substance, N,alpha-diethylphenylethylamine (N,alpha-DEPEA) was described as a stimulant with effects that are “likely less potent than methamphetamine but greater than ephedrine.” Cohen told USA Today that it’s difficult to gauge the compound’s effects or addictive properties because it hasn’t been studied.

“It might make you feel better or have you more pumped up in your workout, but the risks you might be putting your body under of heart attack and stroke are completely unknown,” Cohen told USA Today.

Reports say Harvard researchers began studying Craze after two athletes who used it last year were banned from international competitions after failing drug tests. Samples from a GNC store and a couple ofwebsites were revealed to contain 21 to 35 milligrams per serving of N,alpha-DEPEA, which is a pharmaceutical-level dose.

It’s crazy how much shady business goes on when it comes to what’s in our food and even supplements. It might be for the best to just keep it simple with a banana, nature’s energy bar, or heck, maybe even coffee.

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  • Craze been under investigation… i never used any of their products

  • brotha_man

    Brotha Man tip of the Day: dont ignore leg day, when working out!

  • Chris

    AHH is over a year late with this information.

    • Always good to touch on GMO’s.

    • Matt Swan

      Military’s been looking into this. Did we raid mediatakeout again? But if you see some ripped dude in the gym with no teeth, maybe he was on this ish

      • Chris

        Pretty much. I remember when the Army cracked down on ephedrine after a West Point cadet fell out and died after taking Hydroxycut.

      • Matt Swan

        The problem I see with this now, is that now that the cat’s out of the bag, someone will try to see if they can cut actual meth with this stuff, or extract whatever chemical is in there that has the properties of meth.

      • Chris

        If you’re thinking it, someone somewhere probably already has it in the works. Makes you wonder what other garbage is lurking in GNC and Vitamin Shoppe’s inventory. SMH.

  • Eli Pinilla

    I use c4 and bcaa powder for pre workouts…..gotta know what your putting in your body

    • brotha_man

      i like c4 ad 1.m.r

    • I use “Milwaukee’s Best” when I take jumpshots with Reggie Miller!

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      • Getatme

        HA! I do a little kush ups here and there myself

      • LOL~N @ Kush Ups

        >>I’m using that 🙂

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  • water_ur_seeds

    Loads of the pre workout drinks are dangerous, Jack3D has caused deaths and gotten pro sportsman banned… Theres always a pre workout being banned to…

  • Guest

    I fucked up one day and took too much of one of these “supplements”. Cant remember the name of it. I just remember being unable to sleep for 70+ hours doin push ups twitchin an shit thinkin like “damn this is what it feels like to be high on coke and meth.”