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On April 30th, the FDA ordered that sales of body building supplements containing DMAA be halted due to potentially fatal side effects.

After much controversy, the FDA concluded that DMMA, or 1,3-dimethylamylamine, methylhexanamine, or geranium extract is in fact a synthetic substance, not a naturally occurring product of the geranium plants, as the manufacturers claimed.

Over 40 complaint have been made by DMAA users, including individuals who have taken the Popular Jack3d, alleging the drug has caused heart attacks, side effects to the nervous system, and psychological side effects.

Back in December, the sale of drugs containing DMAA were banned in military sales, but was still available to the general public.

The FDA warned that companies that fail to comply with the order to halt sales could face Strong FDA enforcement such as court junctions to stop distribution, or seizure of the products.

DMAA manufacturers have until May 9th to comply.

18 Comments

  1. Gravatar for matt

    I have personally taken jack3d and have experienced none of the side effects that the media is trying to throw out there. Every supplement product has a warning label and instructions for usage. It is up to the consumer to proper judgement. The fda approves of drugs that have more side effects than meth or cocaine but they are trying to bully legitimate companies that sell decent products. I hope this passes over soon.

  2. Gravatar for filip

    I have personally taken jack3d too, and like matt, i havent experienced any of the side effects. I allways respect the instructions for each supplement, and never go overdose. Matter of fact, i've never even taken the full dosage of jack3d (3 scoops), 2 and a half is the most I've taken at once, and it was 1 time only. My needs were satisfied with the general 2 scoops dosage. Ofc I'm not pro and I dont think that my experience allows me to judge the product, but I know lots of people that go overdose with so many supps. It's not fair because of them to loose such a good supplement... I'll repeat that I'm not much experienced, but I can tell for myself that jack3d didn't caused me any trouble so far. I've only used 250 gr. (one box) so far, and I keep one more box for the following mounth.

  3. Gravatar for Jeff

    I too take Jack3d. The bans always happen because a few people overuse or ignore the warnings. Take it the way its meant to be taken and its awesome. I love the fact that cigarettes are still on the market even though they kill people. Or how about alcohol, does no one drink too much that it causes damage? Maybe since millions of people drink too much and get drunk we should ban alcohol too. Sheesh. Give me a break.

  4. Gravatar for Todd McEvoy

    I've taken Jack3d for 18 months. The stuff is potent and I feel stronger with it, but I have to say, when I don't take it for a few days, I feel like a new man. I feel relaxed and more like myself. On days I do take it, I definitely feel more anxious and I don't sleep nearly as well. I take the minimum serving and I train at 5am, but it seems to really stick to your ribs - so to speak.

    I've been training for 22 years and I've competed in 6 natural bodybuilding shows. I've taken a lot of supplements over the years and I know one thing to be true, if there was ever an industry that needs more regulation, it's the supplement industry. Open Muscle and Fitness some time. 80% of that magazine is about marketing some form of training supplememnt. It's big business, it's a wild west and quite possibly worse than the black market for steroids.

    I don't like government regulation anymore than the next guy, but this is once capacity they should own because it boils down to protecting people. Why train hard, eat clean, only to die of a heart attack because some greedy corporation didn't disclose the dangers of their product.

    The differnece between supplements and things like alchohol and cigarettes is that those are highly regulated and highly exposed products in our society. People know the greatest dangers of alchohol and smoking. With supplements, not so much. Juicers are far more educated about what's in this stuff, but to the average Joe, he has no idea what the mid to long term dangers of DMAA or Ephedra are. Even the experts aren't sure.

    Personally, I'm done with Jack3d. Took my last dose this morning. And it sucks because leg day is tomorrow! lol.

    Best of luck and good health to you all. Lift heavy, lift often and live long!

  5. Gravatar for Michael Monheit
    Michael Monheit

    @Todd - Thanks for sharing your personal experience. Good luck and best of health to you too. The issue with all of these products is as you describe - is the warning adequate to inform the average individual. This product appears to be harmful and needs better warnings - if not being outright banned!

  6. Gravatar for Craig

    So people are too dumb to educate themselves, then they go and get hurt so we need to protect them? Not this again.

    Next we'll be making marijuana illegal because someone somewhere once smoked ten ounces and got hallucinations.... oh.. wait.

  7. Gravatar for Rafael

    I have been taking Jack3D for months now and 1 . It works and 2. I have not had any of these side effects. It always sucks to see a good product banned because a few people can't follow label instructions....

  8. Gravatar for SWTI

    Yes, Craig, everyone is "too dumb" to become an expert in everything with a lab for safety testing, including double-blind true lifetime studies in both rats and mice.

    eyeroll

  9. Gravatar for Craig

    I've read enough about what Jack3d has in it and what DMAA is to be comfortable in taking it.

    Funnily enough I'm more comfortable defining how safe I'd like to be than letting the Government do that for me.

    If you do all your own research first-hand I'd really recommend reading some good science journals, it'll save you tons of time.

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