Bulk Up...With Meth?
The supplement boasts "unrelenting energy and focus" but perhaps users were just experiencing a similar meth high.
We know, we know. You're probably too jacked to take nutritional supplements, but people who use Craze for their workouts might be putting something similar to methamphetamine in their bodies.
The award-winning workout supplement was found to contain a chemical compound similar to meth, according to a study published in the peer-reviewed Drug Testing and Analysis journal.
While the name of the bodybuilding supplement might have been the first clue, according to the study, scientists tested three Craze samples from three different suppliers and found N,alpha-diethylphenylethylamine [N,a-DEPEA] in all three -- about 20 to 35 milligrams of the drug in a serving size, suggesting it was "not a minor contaminant resulting from the manufacturing process."
N,a-DEPEA is a methamphetamine analog, or a "cousin" to meth, Dr. Pieter Cohen, an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and lead author of the study, explained to CNN.
Cohen said it was unlikely that Craze's manufacturer, Driven Sports, was directly responsible for altering the chemical structure of the drug. He added that the company may have purchased the substance in bulk from a distributor that claimed it was all natural.
Craze was given BodyBuilding.com's New Supplement of the Year award in 2012.
Driven Sports attorney Marc Ullman said the company disputes the researchers' findings and believes there are serious flaws with the tests they ran.
In a later statement, Ullman says Driven Sports suspended the production and sales of the product several months ago while it investigated reports regarding its safety, and the company does not currently have plans to resume production.
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