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    • Health Canada States DMAA Is Not From Geranium


      By Stephen Daniells, Nutra Ingredients USA

      DMAA, a substance used in sports and weight loss supplements and reported by some to be a natural constituent of geranium oil, is not isolated from plants and products containing it need drug authorization, Health Canada has announced.

      DMAA or 1,3-dimethylamylamine (also known as 1,3-dimethylpentylamine, methylhexaneamine (MHA), methylhexanamine, and several other names) is currently used in dietary supplements for weight loss and bodybuilding.

      While the use of the compound in such supplements in the US is allowed, the situation north of the border is different: In a classification of DMAA dated July 7, 2011, by the Natural Health Products Directorate (NHPD) and Therapeutic Products Directorate (TPD), Health Canada has announced that products containing the DMAA must now be authorized as drugs.

      The compound

      American pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly filed a patent on DMAA in 1944 and trademarked the compound as Forthane in 1971. It was used as a nasal-decongestant. The World Anti-Doping Agency lists MHA/DMAA as a prohibited stimulant in competition .

      According to a single analysis by Chinese researchers reportedly using gas chromatography – mass spectrometry (GC-MS) techniques and published in the Journal of Guizhou Institute of Technology (1996, Vol. 25, pp. 82-85), DMAA is a constituent of geranium oil, but no other published analysis has reported its presence.

      Health Canada notes in its classification that the Chinese paper contains ‘errors’, and adds that at least seven other papers have failed to identify DMAA in geranium oil.

      The classification concludes: “NHPD and TPD have jointly concluded that there is no credible scientific evidence that DMAA is captured as an isolate of a plant […] and therefore cannot be classified as an NHP [natural health product].”

      “In addition, DMAA is not considered to be an acceptable non-medicinal ingredient in drugs or NHPs or as a food additive due to its pharmacological activity.

      “Any product containing DMAA requires authorization by Health Canada as [a] drug in order to be sold legally in Canada.”

      No surprise

      Ed Wyszumiala, general manager of dietary supplement programs at NSF International, told NutraIngredients-USA that he was not surprised by Health Canada’s classification.

      “This again shows that DMAA is an active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) and not a dietary ingredient,” he said.

      “This synthetic ingredient has a history of use as an API in the US and I would hope FDA would look to the steps Health Canada has taken to classify this compound in the proper category.”

      FDA

      A spokesperson from the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) told NutraIngredients-USA yesterday that the agency is aware of the information from Health Canada.

      However, “FDA has taken no action against this product nor announced any administrative action that would address its status under the Act”.

      ABC

      Mark Blumenthal, founder & executive director of the American Botanical Council (ABC), told NutraIngredients-USA.com that it was difficult to predict to what extent the Health Canada classification may have on any direct regulatory impact on any current marketing of any DMAA-containing dietary ingredients in the US (eg, "geranium oil").

      “However, insofar as the Canadian health authorities state they have discussed this matter with the US FDA and the US Anti-doping Agency, some type of regulatory action would not be surprising.

      “This could manifest as warning letters, a public warning, or possibly product recalls, etc,” he added.

      Source: http://www.nutraingredients-usa.com/...%2BText%2BNews
      Comments 12 Comments
      1. jbryand101b's Avatar
        jbryand101b -
        if it is found in geranium oil, why not just use geranium oil?
      1. Sunder's Avatar
        Sunder -
        Originally Posted by jbryand101b View Post
        if it is found in geranium oil, why not just use geranium oil?
        I think the answer to that question can be found with another question: if creatine is found in steak, why not just use steak?
        or if citrulline malate is found in watermelon rind, why not just use watermelon rind?
      1. EasyEJL's Avatar
        EasyEJL -
        Originally Posted by jbryand101b View Post
        if it is found in geranium oil, why not just use geranium oil?
        but what they are saying is it isn't found in geranium oil.
      1. southpaw23's Avatar
        southpaw23 -
        What is it found in?
      1. EasyEJL's Avatar
        EasyEJL -
        Originally Posted by southpaw23 View Post
        What is it found in?
        a lab.... chemically created, no natural source.
      1. CopyCat's Avatar
        CopyCat -
        Originally Posted by EasyEJL View Post

        a lab.... chemically created, no natural source.
        I'm ok with this.. I like 1,3 dim.. Lol
      1. EasyEJL's Avatar
        EasyEJL -
        Doesn't bother me either :) clearshot concentrate rules!
      1. HondaV65's Avatar
        HondaV65 -
        That **** is in everything.
      1. zaire2d's Avatar
        zaire2d -
        and all those brands that put "1,3-dimethylamylamine (Extract from Geranium Oil)" on their nutrition facts now need to explain that thing...
      1. JudgementDay's Avatar
        JudgementDay -
        I still can't believe L-Carnitine is on the banned list in Canada, if you look up the reasons why (Schedule F), it's pure corruption lol.


        Originally Posted by zaire2d View Post
        and all those brands that put "1,3-dimethylamylamine (Extract from Geranium Oil)" on their nutrition facts now need to explain that thing...
        Very true!
      1. EasyEJL's Avatar
        EasyEJL -
        yeah, carnitine makes no sense to be banned. this on the other hand, I guess it is a drug, not a supplement.
      1. DAdams91982's Avatar
        DAdams91982 -
        Originally Posted by Sunder View Post
        I think the answer to that question can be found with another question: if creatine is found in steak, why not just use steak?
        or if citrulline malate is found in watermelon rind, why not just use watermelon rind?
        Well Holy Crap.

        Look what the year 2007 has dragged back into AM!

        Whats the good word?