For the second time in recent weeks, scientists have found a “non-natural” amphetamine-like compound in dietary supplements – yet federal regulators have issued no warnings to consumers about the ingredient.
Tests of 21 supposedly all-natural supplements by U.S. Food and Drug Administration scientists found nine products that contain the compound, according to their findings published in the Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis.
All 21 of the supplements list an ingredient called Acacia rigidula, which is a bushy plant found in Texas and Mexico. The FDA scientists reported they couldn’t find the substance in verified samples of the plant. The compound appears to have never been tested for safety on humans, they said.
FDA officials would not comment on their study or release the names of the supplements tested or the nine found to contain the compound, beta-methylphenethylamine. The Acacia rigidula supplements tested were marketed for such things as weight loss, energy boosting and mood stabilizing, their paper said.
“This is a brand new drug being placed into a number of supplements under the guise of a natural ingredient,” Pieter Cohen, an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, said after reading the FDA’s paper.
Source: usa today