Harmful Deterenol Found in Weight Loss and Sports Supplements

Harmful Deterenol Found in Weight Loss and Sports Supplements

Most people would admit to wanting to lose weight to some degree to improve their appearance and/or to improve their health. (ORIM). Multiple studies including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) show that weight loss does improve inflammation in terms of both the inflammatory (C-reactive protein, TNF-alpha, IL-6 and leptin) and anti-inflammatory (adiponectin is a protein hormone that regulates glucose levels and fatty acid breakdown ) obesity-related inflammatory marker (ORIM). Some people turn to purchasing weight loss and/or sports supplements to help them achieve their personal physique goals. One study is alerting Americans to avoid using supplements primarily designed for weight loss and sports energy that list deterenol as an ingredient.

Deterenol has never been tested in humans and its safety is not understood. Deterenol is not approved by the U.S. FDA and has been linked to adverse health conditions including nausea, vomiting, sweating, agitation, palpitations, chest pain and cardiac arrest.

Other ingredient names for deterenol is labeled as phenpromethamine (Vonedrine), oxilofrine, octodrine, beta-methylphenylethylamine (BMPEA), 1,3-dimethylamylamine (1,3-DMAA), 1,4-dimethylamylamine (1,4-DMAA), 1,3-dimethylbutylamine (1,3-DMBA) and higenamine.

Researchers at the Netherlands’ National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) in collaboration with Belgium’s Sciensano tested 17 weight loss and sports supplements brands through online purchases. Many brands that listed deterenol or one of its synonyms as an ingredient contained more than one prohibited stimulant, with as many as four experimental stimulants per product. The safety of the combination of these experimental ingredients is poorly understood.

Out of 17 tested products, the majority of supplements were marketed as either weight loss or sports/energy supplements. Eight products were weight loss products, 6 products were marketed as sports supplements, and 3 brands did not list an indication.

While the sample size was small and therefore not representative of all products that contain deterenol, it is still important to be aware of the possibility of inadvertently being exposed to these experimental ingredients found in certain weight loss and sports supplements.

Maintaining a healthy weight can be challenging for some people, due to our medical conditions, lifestyle habits, poor diet, and complex genetic system. As per the World Health Organization, the obese population has doubled since 1980 to more than 600 million adults in 2014, representing approximately 13% of the world’s population. According to the Childhood Obesity Foundation, there were 42 million infants and children overweight in 2013 with an anticipation this will rise to 70 million by 2025.

According to Market Data Forecast, the weight loss and diet management market size is projected grow at a CAGR of 7.42% from $1948 million USD in 2020, to $2786 million USD by 2025.

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Kendra Evans

Kendra Evans founded Inflammation Guide in April 2020. Our goal is keeping our readers informed to help them live an empowered and full life while they manage inflammation. Inflammation Guide provides a central location for breaking news and updates on prescriptions, treatments, supplements and alternative wellness solutions to give options to people living with at least one inflammatory condition.

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