Lately workout boosters, sometimes called vasodilators, have become a hot topic and are now in the crosshairs of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). So what are workout boosters/vasodilators? These are supplements claiming to give you increased energy and muscle pump by using supposed natural substances, mainly high doses of caffeine and toxic chemicals, to accomplish this physical reaction, while working out or participating in competitive athletic events. Some of these products will also use the description “fat burner,” but they are pretty much the same product.
In a recent article in the New York Times:
“With names like Jack3d and OxyElite Pro, the popular products contain a stimulant known as dimethylamylamine, or DMAA for short. In a public warning late Thursday, the FDA said that the stimulant did not qualify as a legal dietary supplement ingredient and that it could raise blood pressure, potentially causing heart attacks and other health problems.”
According to WebMD:
“Dimethylamylamine is a drug made synthetically in a laboratory. It was originally used as a nasal decongestant. Today, dimethylamylamine is sold as a dietary supplement used for attention deficit-hyperactive disorder ADHD, weight loss, improving athletic performance, and body building.”
The above statement in the New York times article by the FDA doesn’t surprise me, what does is the fact these products have been around a very long time, and just now they are finally doing something about it. As a former FDA Special Agent, I can say when the FDA takes action on something like this, you better pay attention, because they are not known for their proficiency when it comes to Americans safety.
The New York Times article further states:
“Although health regulators in at least seven countries, including Canada, have effectively banned supplements containing DMAA, the products have remained widely available at supplement stores in the United States. Some medical researchers say federal health regulators should have warned American consumers much earlier.”
Now that being said, I have written published articles and pieces in my book, The Simple Life Guide To Optimal Health: How to Get Healthy, Lose Weight, Reverse Disease and Feel Better Than Ever, covering the many perils of taking dangerous supplements and how they derail your health. Especially when it comes to synthetically derived supplements, which are considered a no-go period in the Primal Power Method philosophy. Why anyone thinks taking a chemical used for nasal congestion is a good idea for athletic performance I have no idea, but as we see it seems to be pretty popular. That is specifically my point though: any supplement making unrealistic claims should be avoided at all costs!
My experience is not only to save your health, but also save you money. Here is a much cheaper way to get a little energy for your workout our athletic activity. Best part it is all natural and doesn’t contain any toxic foreign chemicals, and you probably already have it in your kitchen cabinet.
When I need a little boost before I go to my local gym or long mountain bike ride, I will use one of two simple healthy methods.
1. Have a cup of organic green tea with a teaspoon of coconut oil, and a little stevia if needed.
2. Make a single espresso shot using organic fair trade espresso beans, again with a teaspoon of coconut oil. To jazz it up a bit I will also add a dash of coconut milk and a teaspoon of 100% organic maple syrup.
The result a good dose of natural energy at a fraction of the cost, and guess what? No chemicals or harmful health reactions, huh pretty simple! Even better organic green tea and organic coffee are full of health promoting antioxidants.
You may be asking yourself why the teaspoon of coconut oil? The coconut oil slows the absorption of caffeine so you will not get that jittery reaction and you have elevated energy for longer. In addition, coconut oil contains medium chain fatty acids, which are used immediately for energy so you are getting double the energy boost, and it doesn’t get any better than that.
For those looking for my ground breaking information, with an insiders perspective, on supplements checkout my Report on Nutritional Supplements: Why You Need Them and How to Choose Them.
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