Posted at: 10/15/2013 6:29 PM
By: Sean Boswell
Study: Workout Supplement Contains Meth-Like Substance
“We’re 100 percent sure that this new methamphetamine relative is in these supplements,” said Pieter A. Cohen, MD at Harvard.
Cohen authored the study into Craze, a pre-workout supplement.
“We have a brand new drug. Something that would appear to be a drug of abuse, a party drug that’s never been tested to humans,” according to Cohen.
The drug is called N,a-diethyl-phenylethylamine, is not natural, and he believes it would create a euphoria if used, but there it has never been tested.
“Huge amounts of one chemical is not consistent with being a natural product,” said Cohen.
Natural products contain hundreds of compounds within the plant. The supplement was studied first by experts in South Korea over a year ago. This study contained two “highly sophisticated” labs that were sent over to experts in South Korea, and further proved that Craze contained the substance.
“It’s not a product I’d recommend,” said Natalie Spencer, the fitness manager at Work Out World in Rochester.
She says her trainers do not use or recommend it either.
The product has been removed from the shelves at both Total Fitness and Complete Nutrition in Rochester.