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Wednesday, 17 November 2010 08:34

SharkSmart Sounds Warning For Suspect Supplements

In the wake of the announcement that two Springbok players have tested positive for the banned supplement Methylhexaneamine, Discovery SharkSmart Doctor Glen Hagemann has stressed the dangers of using supplements that potentially contain undisclosed drugs. Hagemann has expressed concern that some supplement manufacturers may illegally and covertly add powerful banned stimulants to their supplements to make athletes feel like they are performing better after taking the supplement.


Methylhexaneamine, also referred to as dimethylamylamine and dimethylpentylamine, is classed as an Schedule 6 stimulant on the World Anti-Doping Agency's Prohibited List and is prohibited in competition. Bans involving this substance can range up to two-years.
"In many cases the athlete taking the supplement does not know that he or she is taking a banned substance, simply because the manufacturer does not declare it amongst the contents list on the product label," said Hagemann.

Positive testing for the powerful stimulant has suddenly snowballed worldwide, with nine recent positive testing in Australia alone. In most cases the athletes claim they were unaware they were ingesting the banned substance which was found in their supplements.

Hagemann has urged athletes thinking of taking supplements to restrict their purchases to products that have been verified, batch by batch, by the internationally recognised and independent HFL Sports Science laboratory in the UK. "That is the only way you can be sure that each supplement is free of banned steroids or stimulants, because many of the supplements are inconsistent and the makeup varies from batch to batch."
"The blunt truth is that the majority of these supplements do not have a proven scientific benefit," Hagemann added. "The Discovery SharkSmart philosophy is aimed at making sport fair and safe, and the news of the latest positive testings should be seen as evidence that few supplements can be regarded as safe."

He added that taking a powerful schedule 6 stimulant like methylhexaneamine was potentially dangerous as it may have significant adverse effects on the health of the individual taking it. Such effects include hypertension and placing excessive strain on the heart.

"Our research done in schools across KwaZulu-Natal shows that more and more learners are using supplements," said Hagemann. "Each and every one of them needs to understand, especially in the absence of any industry regulation, that every supplement is potentially unsafe."

"Anyone who genuinely feels the need to use a supplement must understand that the onus is entirely on them to understand fully and accurately what they are taking," he said.

Earlier in the month three young U19 rugby players tested positive for banned substances, two for the potent steroid nandrolone, and the third for methylhexaneamine."

More information can be found at www.sharksmart.co.za