Report: Meth-like ingredient found in `Craze` workout supplement

Report: Meth-like ingredient found in `Craze` workout supplement

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Recent studies put the makers of a popular supplement called Craze on the defensive after tests showed the ingredients were a chemical cousin of methamphetamine. Now, a local sports medicine doctor is warning users about the risks these supplements pose.

Here are a few things to know about it:

  • Craze promises "performance fuel" that provides "the ultimate in pre-workout power."
  • It won's award as "new supplement of the year" in 2012, but after several professional athletes failed urine drug tests after taking the supplement, researchers who tested the product found the meth-like compound in Craze.
  • Driven Sports, which makes Craze suspended production of the product, but said its own testing found no methamphetamine-like chemical it. Still, experts say with any unregulated supplement users have to be careful because they could be putting at risk the health they are trying to improve.

The supplement craze is not new, but a lot of people recently seem to be jumping on the pre-workout bandwagon.

At the River North Gym, owner Bernie Lecocq says he gets countless samples sent to him all the time.

"Most of them are for strength, energy, people want to get a pump," Lecocq explains. "They want to get bigger stronger faster, so these supplements, they will give you all of that."

Kyle Krueger says he's been using supplements before working out for about a year now, and has never felt any adverse effects.

"I find that generally they give me more energy and I just feel I get better pump, better workout when I take them in comparison to just taking water," says Krueger.

The most common energy boosting ingredient is these mixes is caffeine, but what makes them potentially dangerous is that the supplement industry is not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, so users can't always tell what they're taking or how much of it.

The boost you get is from the increase in blood pressure and heart rate. And, that's where the potential problems lies according the Sports Medicine Doctor Jeff Mjaanes.

"In most people they might be able to tolerate that well, but there are some people that may have an underlying heart condition that they never knew about, and this could precipitate a very dangerous arrhythmia or heart rhythm problem and that could even be fatal," Dr. Mjaanes warns.

Lecocq says he regularly uses supplements, but it careful before recommending any to his members.

"I ask them if they've had any caffeine, ask them if they have high blood pressure, if they're pregnant, if any of the major health issues," Lecocq says. "I want to make sure they're clear before the start taking any of these products."

Many people will swear by supplements, but the key is knowing what you are taking and, according to Dr. Mjaanes, making sure you don't assume the listed dosage on the back is one size fits all. What might be fine for a 250 pound weight lifter might not work for a 130 pound woman.

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