The well-known performance enhancing Craze supplement has tested positive for a substance in the methamphetamine family.
The product, which is marketed as “performance fuel”, has seen many – including professional athletes – testing positive for meth-like ingredients in urine tests.
According to the research, carried out by Dr Pieter Cohen from the Cambridge Health Alliance in Somerville, the Craze supplement contains methamphetamine analog N,a-diethyl-phenylethylamine, a type of meth.
Cohen spoke about his findings: “So I think they’re playing with stimulants to try and find something that will get people juiced up, revved up to work out and make them feel better.”
During the study three samples of the supplement were tested, two bought online and one from a store. The report was released on Monday in the Drug Testing and Analysis Journal.
Researchers even went as far as to say that the Craze supplement could be: “a potentially dangerous designer drug,” but that the “effects in humans are entirely unknown,” at this time.
Driven Sports, the company that produces Craze, said that the researchers had got it all wrong in their conclusions about the supplement. They said in an official statement that the “conclusions regarding the safety and composition of Craze have not changed: The product is safe and effective.”
After all, the product has received lots of acclaim on the internet and was even voted New Supplement of the Year in 2012 by BodyBuilding.com.
Dr Richard Besser, the chief medical editor at ABC News, said: “With supplements, it’s really the wild, wild west. There’s no proof that they work and they only take them off the market if someone’s been harmed.”
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