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Banned sports stimulant, higenamine, found in supplements

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Posted 10 September 2018

Higenamine is a stimulant that occurs naturally in a variety of traditional plant remedies. It has not been FDA-approved for any purpose, but is sold as an ingredient in supplement products.

In 2016, researchers made online purchases of 24 supplement products with higenamine as a labeled ingredient. Eleven of the products were marketed for weight loss, eleven were marketed as sports/energy supplements, and two were not labeled with a specific reason for use. Laboratory analyses revealed that the quantity of higenamine in the products ranged from trace amounts to 62 milligrams per serving with a margin of error of 6.0 milligrams.

Of the five products that listed a specific amount of higenamine on the label, none were accurate; the higenamine contents ranged from less than 0.01% to three times the quantity listed on the label. Clinical evidence regarding the safety and effectiveness of higenamine is lacking. Read the rest

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