Some Weight Loss Supplements Contain Amphetamine-like Compound


Products whose labels claim to contain Acacia rigidula are commonly marketed for weight loss, supposedly by suppressing appetite and burning fat. But 9 of the 21 dietary supplements tested were found to have an unnatural compound, called beta-methylphenethylamine, which is structurally similar to amphetamine. This compound has never before been tested in people, although animal studies suggest it may behave similarly to amphetamine, and could pose a public health risk, said Dr. Pieter Cohen, an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and a general internist at Cambridge Health Alliance in Boston, who was not involved in the study. [ Myth or Truth? 7 Ancient Health Wisdoms Explained ] The study was published last month in the Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis, but an alert about these weight-loss products has not been issued to consumers.
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