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Acacia rigidula supplements still containing stimulant found on market

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Posted 09 April 2015

WASHINGTON | By Toni Clarke

(Reuters) – More than two years after U.S. health regulators discovered an amphetamine-like stimulant in dietary supplements containing Acacia rigidula, products containing the substance remain on the market, a study has found.

The study, published in the journal Drug Testing and Analysis and made public on Tuesday, found the stimulant beta-methylphenylethylamine, or BMPEA, in more than half of 21 brands of Acacia rigidula supplements purchased a year after the discovery by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The study and preparation of the report took another year.

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Supplement products associated with liver toxicity

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Posted 13 October 2014

The Drug-Induced Liver Injury Network has reported that about 15% of the cases that it studied involved herbal and dietary supplement products. The organization was established in 2003 to identify and study cases of drug-induced liver injury attributable to medications (excluding acetaminophen [APAP]) and supplements. The 130 patients with liver injury from supplements consisted of 45 (35%) who had taken bodybuilding products and 85 (65%) who had taken non-bodybuilding products. The report noted the problems attributable to bodybuilding products were relatively mild but severe outcomes (deaths and liver transplants) were more frequent among users non-bodybuilding products than among medication users.

[From: Consumer Health Digest #14-38, October 12, 2014]

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OxyElite Pro – Potentially dangerous!

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Posted 01 November 2013

Consumers kept in dark about risky supplement

Sunday Times 27 October 2013

Local pharmacies pull product off shelves after Sunday Times investigation, writes Megan Power

OxyElitePro A POTENTIALLY life-threatening sports supplement was still being sold to unsuspecting South African consumers this week despite a safety alert issued in the US two weeks ago.It was only after the Sunday Times raised the alarm that the imported weight-loss and preworkout supplement OxyElite Pro was withdrawn from shelves late on Friday.
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Evox 100% Whey Protein – not what it seems

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Posted 03 July 2013

Contrary to advertising, 100% whey powder does not build muscle, nor does one actually need so much extra protein for enough can be supplied by the diet. What if a company claims to contain less protein in the product than actually advertised? In our testing, we evaluated Evox and USN products and found both to be deficient. Below is the Evox ruling. The USN one is still pending.

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Protein supplements give no benefit to athlete’s performance

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04 July 2011
Posted 11 July 2011

Researchers in the Department for Health conclude that protein-based sport drinks are of no benefit to the performance of athletes.

The sports drink industry makes millions of pounds from selling drinks and other supplements to people who want to increase their energy and stamina while exercising.

But when scientists reviewed the effects of the supplements they found they offered no more benefits than the protein found in a normal balanced diet.

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