Meth-like compound in sports supplements

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) Hitting the gym can be a relaxing and therapeutic time for improving mental and physical health. But social pressures are causing some to turn to performance enhancing supplements which may not be healthy.

Recent studies allege the popular supplement, 'Craze' contains a compound similar to methamphetamine, and experts say the rush of energy it provides may not be entirely safe.

"In the end you've completely wasted the goals you're looking for - a better, healthier, stronger you - by taking a stimulant that is far, far too much," says nutritionist, personal trainer and Alpha Sports and Nutrition owner, Bill Shumate.

Shumate says there are four qualities to a good pre-workout supplement:
- An energy boost
- Muscle recovery and repair
- Bringing oxygen into the muscles
- Hormone support

But he says now people are too focused on the energy boost instead of the whole package.

"That's kind of what you're looking for is the period during the workout, you get the best results for your exercise and not just jacking up your heart rate," says Shumate.

Statement from Driven Sports, makers of Craze:

The company vehemently disputes the accusations in “Short Communication”

We believe that the “Short Communication” (this is not a journal article) published in Drug Testing and Analysis falls well short of the standards that the scientific community and the public at large should expect from NSF and a Harvard researcher. Extensive analytical work by a DEA registered lab in Michigan and a Swedish laboratory retained by Driven Sports indicate the presence of n-beta DEPEA in CRAZE. This is a related but very different substance from the one identified by NSF. It is also very difficult to distinguish these two substances unless you know precisely what you are looking for and are using the proper test methodology. Significantly, the “Short Communication” in Drug Testing and Analysis does not state that the authors used a validated test method when conducting their research or whether they even considered the possible presence of the n-beta analogue. This would be a critical oversight.

In the absence of a careful analysis of dendrobium (the ingredient in CRAZE at issue) to rule out the presence of naturally occurring DEPEA analogues, it is impossible for the authors to comment with any authority as to the source of this substance. Just because a substance is patented does not mean it is not found in nature, and just because it is not mentioned in the literature does not mean that anyone has ever looked for it before.

Since accusations were first made that CRAZE contained methamphetamine, Driven Sports has undertaken extensive analytical studies of Craze and its conclusions regarding the safety and composition of Craze have not changed: the product is safe and effective. This period of extended study has, however, given the Company greater insight into the complexity of the testing process and the difficulty of scientifically differentiating between the analogues of components found in our ingredients

We have also submitted 4 independent double blind placebo controlled safety and efficacy studies on Craze for publication in peer reviewed journals. These studies, conducted in 177 people, show that Craze did not induce any harmful effects on clinical laboratory parameters and that there were no adverse events reported.

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