In recent news Amp Citrate is now on the hot seat as far as the supplement industry goes. Recent articles from mid October are now showing this supplement as one to be recalled and banned from the market from various sources. Articles that are climbing in the news, on CNN, on ABC, and USA Today are showing that AMP Citrate may be coming off the market, and that pre-workouts or other supplements may be taken off shelves with this ingredient. With that said, what is causing this to happen? Why are they now suddenly taking AMP off the market? Lastly what does AMP do, how is it supplemented, and what are its benefits?
Before we talk about the news lets first get into detail on AMP, so you have a better understanding of the supplement and its attributes to any individual or trainee that may workout or utilize this product. Like the 1,3 scare of the past which was recalled and banned by WADA and Natural organizations that was a form of a stimulant that was very heavy and provided some crazy symptoms on individuals.
What is AMP Citrate?
First of all let us understand where AMP comes from and how it became popular. It first has many names to its ingredient background as it may be called 1,3 dimethylbutylamine (which we talked about and was banned), methylpentanamine would be another one, and lastly DMAA (again which is a reference to 1,3 which was banned in the past). Even with the previous scares in the supplement industry this was a cover up or a way to get around the FDA and put this powerful ingredient in a product for a pre-workout/fat burning purpose. This chemical can be properly and chemically synthesized. The other interesting fact I found while doing some research is that it can be found in a tea from China which is called a Pouchong tea.
What would be the benefits be of this product?
First of all the benefits of AMP is that is pretty close to those who enjoyed 1,3 in the past. Those who are stim junkies, or enjoy the stim heavy properties of vast amount of pre-workouts on the market would thrive off this AMP product and ingredient. The close relationship between DMAA and AMP is that they have a very similar structure as DMAA contains extra carbon in its skeleton makeup (for the compound).
As stated this is a very strong CNS (Central Nervous System) stimulant that when stacked with caffeine can give you enough energy to blow up personal records in the gym and give you a full steam of energy to power through workouts. This also aids your energy, focus, and can aid metabolism in the grand scheme of things. The only downside to its benefits is that it could result in not passing WADA or Natural organizations when being tested. This is a structure very similar to amphetamines and which was also found in products on the market and made a vicious uprising and has led to some court cases in the past which are still being investigated. While this may not be 100% true there is still some speculative information because this has not been 100% scientifically confirmed on testing for false positives, only time will tell.
Is it harmful?
I briefly touched on this before that users who have utilized the supplement have noted; jitteriness, rapid heartbeat, and symptoms of crashing after or during a workout which can be common with high doses of caffeine as well. Think about stacking the two (DMAA, AMP or Caffeine) and you can get a 1-2 punch that would knock some people out cold (not a recommended stack). Due to AMP being new on the market the amount of long term research on the product is not heavily backed. Based on this research, one should never stack DMAA, 1,3 , or AMP with any OTC medication or anything that is doctor prescribed. Otherwise, this could be a recipe for disaster and cause more problems than solutions. What we do know is that comparing labels on the market with AMP; that most companies are utilizing around 10-60mg in their blends or as a sole ingredient.
Lastly the FDA has claimed that AMP could lead to heart attacks, seizures, or bad neurological conditions, but again without heavy studying or research to back those claims we are only speculating. AMP is a powerful pre-workout or fat burning ingredient (found in both products) but does have both positive and negative outlooks. Weather we see this come back or not it is safe to say that anything in the supplement industry has its perks and has its downfalls. Now that we know AMP may be long gone, take this article for what it is worth and get to know what you are putting in your body before investing in supplements.