Like many compounds before it, DMAA was a much-loved stimulant that was banned in Australia and other countries worldwide due to health concerns. While the negative effects are questionable – there were several other factors involved with the people who experienced side effects while using DMAA – regulatory authorities saw it fit to ban the compound after only a couple of years on the market. With that ban came the removal of products like Jack3d, Craze and 1MR, and reformulations of those products that haven’t quite cut it since.
Recently, AMP Citrate has made waves in the supplement world, and while it has been a regular ingredient in pre-workout and fat burner supplements for at least 12 months, only recently has it gained mainstream use. With the positive reviews of AMP Citrate from supplement users, there has unfortunately been negative press to go along with it. In this article, we’ll discuss what AMP Citrate is, how it compares to DMAA, and what its’ future is as a supplement ingredient.
What is AMP Citrate?
AMP Citrate is also known as 1,3-dimethylbutylamine, DMBA, 4-amino-2-methylpentane, 2-amino-4-methylhexane and what seems like hundreds of other similar names. The majority of AMP Citrate on the market is artificially-created, although there are some studies to suggest that it is a natural compound found in pouchong tea – a Chinese tea similar to oolong. AMP Citrate is a stimulant, and is widely regarded to be the best replacement for DMAA since the ban came into effect. AMP Citrate causes a strong focus and ‘buzz’, being a strong central nervous stimulant.
AMP Citrate vs DMAA
Chemically, AMP Citrate and DMAA are very close. AMP Citrate’s chemical name is 1,3-dimethylbutylamine, and DMAA’s 1,3-dimethylamylamine, or DMBA & DMAA. As you can imagine, these two compounds look almost chemically-identical, and serve very similar functions within the body. Some users believe that AMP Citrate is superior in effectiveness, lasting effects, and displays fewer side effects like jitteriness and crash, as compared to DMAA. The main issue with AMP Citrate, as it was with DMAA was that there were very few, if any, studies documenting the effectiveness and safety of the compounds. As a result, we can really only go by anecdotal evidence – users love AMP Citrate as much, if not more, than DMAA, but have noted similar side effects such as increased heart rate, jitteriness, anxiety and headaches – although these are often experienced due to a combination of stimulants, and when taken in high doses.
The Future of AMP Citrate in Supplements
Much like the ‘DMAA is naturally found in geranium’ argument, DMBA looks like it’s going to have a similar argument related to the pouchong tea compounds. In the US, October 2014 saw a whole host of AMP Citrate supplements pulled from shelves in major supplement retailers due to health concerns – eerily similar to what we saw when DMAA first gained negative press a couple years ago. It appears that the FDA is currently investigating AMP Citrate, and whether it should remain in supplements in the US. Obviously, this has massive ramifications for Australia and the rest of the world.
Currently, AMP Citrate is found in a whole host of sports nutrition products, and is loved by many who try it. With the negative press around DMBA, it’s questionable whether new supplements will have the compound added to it, or whether it’s a matter of selling through current stock.
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