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What Bodybuilding Supplements are Banned by the Military?

Military Banned Workout Supplements

There are countless stories about troops taking questionable supplements that are on the supplement warning list published by the FDA.

If you are in the military such as Army, Navy, Air Force or Marines you should not take any supplements that are banned by the US Government.

The list of what the DEA and the FDA call controlled substances and illegal to carry without a certified prescription is constantly changing as more research is done on new products coming onto the market. More importantly however, is that the list usually has supplements that are already on the shelves available to the general public.

A good example is the most recent publication by the additional drugs banned by the FDA. This list of banned dietary supplements includes ingredients that have been officially banned by the Department of Defense (DoD). Drugs like ephedra/ ephedrine alkaloids, DMBA, DMAA, and BMPEA.

It's a constantly changing pharmaceutical environment; the DEA and the FDA never stop doing research to prove the safety and effectiveness claimed by the inventors and manufacturers of these products. For example, recently it was conclusively proven at the Harvard Medical School, as well as the Netherlands Health Protection Center and NSF that DMBA is a substance that is directly chemically related to a banned stimulant called 1,3-dimethylamylamine.

Recently the FDA officially sent out warning letters to manufacturers of 25 different workout supplements. The letter that they sent went to companies that were selling dietary supplements that had two specific ingredients, which scientists call synthetic stimulants because they are not approved for any human consumption.

The FDA letter mentioned above, also included companies that were marketing products containing 1,3-dimethylbutylamine or DMBA, also known as AMP-Citrate or 4-amino-2-methylpentane citrate. The list included BMPEA, Beta-methylphenethylamine. The FDA letter said these substances don't meet their definition of what a dietary ingredient is and insisted that any and all products containing even a trace of these substances should be pulled off the shelves.

Officially the Depart of Defense (DoD) has clearly stated that if any supplement is declared legal for human consumption by the FDA and the Drug Enforcement Association (DEA), then it is automatically approved by the DoD. If the DEA considers a substance illegal, then so does the DoD.

The DEA publishers a controlled substance list which includes anything from marijuana to anabolic steroids. Steroids are illegal according to the DEA and the FDA; they are therefore banned by the DoD. The title of this article implies that the DoD publish a banned substances list on a regular basis, it's simply not true.

Although the DoD follows both the FDA and DEA guidelines to what's considered illicit, the DoD maintains an extensive website where it publishes a "high-risk supplement list". It is this list of products which researchers and military nutritionists say might cause a troops urine sample to be pop positive, they have declared that these "high risk" drug ingredients may potentially be harmful.

The good news is none of the supplements we sell here at contain any ingredients that are illegal or banned.

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