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Sports Supplement Faces Lawsuit for Unsafe, Illegal Ingredient

Some pre-workout and other sports supplements have it. At least one popular one is known to have had it but has since removed it. It was recently banned by the US Army after serious safety concerns were raised. Now it faces a lawsuit.

A substance originally created as an over-the-counter decongestant has been illegally and unsafely sold in widely marketed sports supplements, according to a class-action lawsuit filed this month in Los Angeles federal court.

The compound, 1,3-dimethylamylamine, also known as DMAA, is “illegal and dangerous,” court filings said. The lawsuit also claimed that “experts in the industry have become concerned that this potent stimulant drug will lead to serious health issues and even death.”

The suit was filed by Lynette Bates, a Southern California woman who last summer bought a pre-exercise drink powder called C4 Extreme, which promises “explosive workouts.”

Bates sued retailer GNC and Cellucor Sports Nutrition, which manufactures, distributes and markets the supplement, for “making false and unsubstantiated representations concerning the efficacy, safety and legality of C4 Extreme,” among other claims. Cellucor’s parent company, Woodbolt International, is also named in the suit.

C4 Extreme is no longer manufactured with DMAA. But the substance can still be found in a variety of dietary supplements aimed at boosting physical performance or weight loss, such as Jack3d (pronounced “jacked”) and OxyELITE Pro, which are sold online and at retail stores.

Advertised as “legal cocaine” on some websites, the powder is also sold in packets or pill form. Medical experts say there are potential health risks from consuming DMAA. See original story

We had posted a story about the supplement getting banned by the US Army. While we still maintain that more regulations on dietary supplements are really not necessary, serious safety concerns do need to be looked into. And if it’s true that an ingredient in the sports supplement is illegal… well, something is not right.

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