Also known as: 1,3-DMAA, DMAA, Geranaburn
Powerful CNS stimulant used in a number of pre workout and fat burning supplements but has recently been removed from most new formulas coming to the market.
What is DMAA?
1,3-Dimethylamylamine (DMAA) is a potent central nervous system stimulant structurally structure similar to Ephedrine and adrenaline. Most frequently, it's included as an energy and focus booster alongside caffeine in pre workouts and thermogenic fat burners.
DMAA is classified as an aliphatic amine, a group of compounds highly regarded for its stimulating and mood-elevating effects, especially alongside other CNS stimulants like caffeine.
Where Does It Come From?
DMAA was originally created in 1944 by Eli Lilly and Co. and used as a nasal decongestant until 1983. Although DMAA is claimed to exist in the leaves of the Geranium plant, and thus a "naturally occurring" substance, this has never conclusively been proven.
What's It Do?
DMAA has been found to increase blood pressure in a dose dependant rate (25-50mg) without increasing heart rate. Basically, DMAA acts actually a vasoconstrictor, shrinks the opening of blood vessels, leading to increased pressure.
While this may not sound good during exercise, research has found that it can contribute to muscle hypertrophy, similar to blood flow restriction (occlusion) training.
Furthermore, DMAA helps to enhance overall focus, mood, and endurance during workouts when paired with caffeine.
However, doses above 75mg of DMAA have been documented in clinical trials to increase heart rate, blood pressure, and body temperature.
When used in lower doses, DMAA should not pose any significant health risks; however, make sure to check these caveats before using:
DO NOT mix with other stimulants
Make sure your doctor has given you a clean bill of health
Start with light doses (~25mg) and do not exceed 75mg
Ultimately, you have the right to choose what supplement go into your body. However, in regards to stimulants, you should always take an increased awareness and be fully versed on any and all side effects related to the dose you will be ingesting.
DMAA has been proven safe in Healthy athletes, but as always proceed with caution.
One last note, if you are a competitive athlete, regularly subjected to drug testing, you need to avoid it. DMAA is banned by virtually every drug-testing organization on the planet.