Leaner, Faster, Stronger – At What Cost?
Do you know the name Claire Squires? She raised money for a suicide prevention organization in running the London Marathon last April. Claire collapsed in front of Buckingham Palace as she was nearing the London Marathon finish line. She died at the very young age of 30 years old running a marathon for a good cause. Claire, like so many, purchased a supplement online with the hope it would support her performance. The supplement Claire chose was Jack3D.
Jack3D is a supplement associated with body building. It’s marketed as the “so potent” supplement that offers skyrocketing energy and stamina to push the upper boundaries for what the body can handle. It offers, “the best workouts of your life, every time, without exception.”
Sounds great, right?
Last April the FDA issued 10 warning letters to the manufacturers of Jack3D that it contains the ingredient DMAA or 1,3-dimethylamylamine. DMAA is used as a weight loss supplement or workout aid that can narrow the arteries and raise heart rate. One might experience a little shortness of breath to a full blown heart attack with DMAA. DMAA is a banned substance in many countries, but Claire was able to purchase Jack3D legally in Britain before it was banned last August.
Claire is not alone. It’s believed such supplements played a role in the death of two soldiers who died from heart attacks during fitness training. Around the same time there was an unexplained spike in military troops with positive amphetimine urine tests. The positive testing was discovered to be from supplements purchased by troops at GNC stores at military exchanges throughout the world. The supplements contained DMAA.
The confusing part for consumers is that DMAA may be marketed as a “natural geranium oil extract.” According to the Human Performance Resource Center, “we have no way to determine whether the “geranium (oil) extract” identified on the label is a different—possibly natural—product or some form of synthetic DMAA.” Laboratory testing is the only way to know for sure, but as I mentioned in my last post, without third party testing it’s hard to really know for sure what is in a supplement.
It’s easy to get side-tracked by a desire to be leaner, faster, and stronger – maybe even to win – but at what cost?