DMHA Pre-Workout FAQ
Now that you know what DMHA is and which supplements still contain it let me answer your other questions.
What does DMHA do in the body?
The primary function of DMHA is as a decongestant and bronchodilator. This effect means it opens airways and makes it easier to breathe.
Also, DMHA is a stimulant that increases energy, focus, and concentration. And it can potentially raise dopamine and noradrenaline levels to promote feelings of well-being.
What are the side effects of DMHA?
The reported side effects of DMHA include jitters, anxiety, high blood pressure, rapid heartbeat, and shortness of breath. In addition, adverse cardiac events have been associated with DMAA, a compound very similar to DMHA.
Is DMHA pre-workout safe?
Unfortunately, there is a massive gap between supplement claims and medical studies. There is virtually no scientific data on the positive or negative effects of DMHA.
Until we have more information, it’s difficult to say if DMHA is safe, and it’s best to use it cautiously. If you decide to try it, start with smaller doses and avoid using it with other stimulants.
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Is DMHA pre-workout legal?
Currently, DMHA is not illegal. However, in 2019 the FDA classified it as an “unsafe food additive” and is advising supplement companies to discontinue using it as an ingredient.
As a result, many companies have changed formulations in the last few years to remove DMHA from their pre-workout.
Is DMHA banned in sports?
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) added DMHA to its prohibited stimulant list in 2018 under Octodrine (1,5-dimethylhexylamine). This agency covers international sporting events like the Olympics.
In addition, national-level organizations like the NCAA and NFL also ban DMHA. So make sure you check your organization’s banned substance list before taking DMHA pre-workout or other stimulants.
Is DMHA banned in the military?
DMHA is on the DoD’s Prohibited Dietary Supplement Ingredients list, which means you can’t take it if you’re in the US military. Many other countries have similar banned substances lists, so check the labels before taking any supplement when you’re enlisted.
Will DMHA show up on a drug test?
DMHA and similar stimulants can appear on a urine drug test as amphetamines or opioids. If this happens, a confirmation test can identify specific drugs/ingredients.
However, particular organizations may disqualify or discharge you without a follow-up test. So it’s advisable to avoid DMHA if it’s banned in your sport or profession.
Is DMHA worth it?
There’s no doubt that DMHA is a powerful stimulant. But there is a lack of studies supporting its safety and effectiveness as an ergogenic aid.
Therefore, the claimed benefits of taking DMHA probably don’t justify the potentially lethal side effects.