DMAA is short for 1,3 dimethylamylamine and is a health and nutritional supplement that, until recently, was unknown to virtually everyone except a small group of bodybuilders. It behaves like a mild, long-lasting stimulant with nootropic (brain “focusing”) and appetite suppressive properties.
DMAA was nearly brought to market by pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly decades ago, but the company decided to go with another product and let the chance pass. However, in 2006 DMAA was revived by Patrick Arnold, an organic chemist and bodybuilder who ended up becoming infamous for his creation of designer steroids. Thankfully, DMAA is a health product that has nothing to do with steroids – but still manages to have some pretty amazing effects.
Methylhexaneamine, which is the chemical name for DMAA, is found in nature in the oil of the geranium plant, which is native to southern regions of Africa. Methylhexaneamine makes up about 1% of geranium oil, although in modern times DMAA is typically synthesized under laboratory conditions for environmental and financial reasons. The plant itself has been in use by local residents and tribes for thousands of years, as a perfume scent, flavoring, and of course in teas and as a tonic and health food.
The primary effects of DMAA are as a central nervous system stimulant – similar to caffeine – which provides the user with a short-term burst of energy and mental focus. The doses required are lower than caffeine, with 25 to 50mg being the required dose for most individuals. Users report that the energy kick imparted from DMAA lasts longer than that of caffeine, and feels “cleaner” without providing the “jittery” feeling that one associates with too much coffee or soda.
DMAA has become a popular mood enhancer for those who use it as a daily health supplement. Reports can be found from individuals across the globe that have started using DMAA regularly to ward off depression and mood swings. There have also been reports of users who suffer from ADHD finding that they can control their attention issues with DMAA, but clinical studies will be needed to see if this is actually the case over the majority of ADHD sufferers.
At the right doses, DMAA can also impart euphoric effects that users report as a form of “herbal ecstasy”. Manufacturers of party pills have started to include DMAA in their products, as the supplement is considered quite safe and is a proven stimulant that can help users at all-night events and festivals stay awake without having to take caffeine pills or other, harsher drugs.
Party pills are great for a fun night out, and as long as they’re not combined with excessive alcohol or narcotics, are safe, effective and most importantly – fully legal. The only government that has even seen DMAA worth taking action against was New Zealand, and all they did was simply ban the purchase of massive quantities of the raw powder by manufacturers.
Other popular uses for DMAA supplements and other products containing DMAA include:
-Athletic Performance – hugely popular in the bodybuilding and weightlifting realm, DMAA is one of the main active ingredients in many different supplements, including the hot selling pre-workout powder Jack3d. The stimulant properties of DMAA, along with the fat burning thermogenesis discussed below, make it an excellent staple in a workout supplement regime.
-Fat Burning – DMAA is a thermogenic, meaning that it will turn up the heat on the body’s natural calorie-burning metabolism and start shipping fat from storage in cells to the bloodstream for use as energy. DMAA won’t replace exercise and healthy eating, but it will help burn additional fat.
Any mention of a supplement would be amiss without quickly mentioning any negative effects that may or may not crop up from its use. The reported side effects from DMAA supplementation are mild and are similar to those found with the use of any drug. Primarily, DMAA can trigger headache or migraines in those who are susceptible to attacks. Nausea is experienced by some users, although it’s recommended to take DMAA with food if nausea is an issue. Finally, some users have seen higher than normal blood pressure which is typical of a stimulant like DMAA; if your blood pressure is an issue, it’s best to consult a physician before taking it.
DMAA truly is a multi-purpose health and nutritional supplement with a wide range of therapeutic benefits. Virtually everyone can find an excellent use for DMAA in their daily regimen. For those that don’t exercise or train athletically, Primaforce’s 1,3-dimethylamylamine product is one highly recommended source of DMAA that doesn’t involve nasty tasting powders or weighing things on a scale. For those that are athletically inclined, it’s tough to beat Jack3d as a pre-workout supplement and a source of DMAA. Jack3d is the most popular workout supplement on the market for one reason – it works.
DMAA Banned from the Army Shelves?
Update: In case you found this article because Jack3d was Banned from the Army Shelves because of DMAA, and you wanted to know more about DMAA, go there and read those opinions. Basically…
- the affected soldiers already had pre-existing conditions
- DMAA is not BANNED by the army, just their stores are no longer selling DMAA-based products
- the DoD is doing it as a precautionary measure
- Meanwhile, they give full-on AMPHETAMINES in the form of GO pills to special forces and pilots and others
- USPLabs’ has published well-documented safety studies on their 1,3 dimethyl containing products, which are linked there
So, while it stinks they were pulled from army shelves, it’s still legal, and it’s just a precautionary measure. Army customers can get it by buying it from the cheapest store online through this or that site linked above.