Sunday, October 13, 2013

OxyElite Pro Under FDA investigation. By Veeraj Vic Goyaram

Supplement Update
OxyElite Pro Under FDA investigation
By Veeraj Vic Goyaram
The popular fat loss supplement OxyELITE Pro is currently under FDA investigation following its probable involvement in the staggering 24 cases of liver damage that have been recorded in Hawaii, USA. Meanwhile, USP Labs, the manufacturer has also stopped distribution of the product until further notice and as expected the mainstream media has obtained yet another opportunity to write negatively about supplements.

DMAA again?
DMAA is one ingredient which has always been held responsible in recent cases of stimulant supplement-induced health problems. Consequently, the use of DMAA has been discontinued in supplements (e.g. as either DMAA or Geranium oil in fat burners and pre-workouts) although it may still be found in certain countries where legislation still lags behind. This topic was covered in our article (Click to read). In the Hawaii case, USP labs maintain that the original OxyElie Pro version with DMAA has been discontinued since early 2013.

Are we dealing with fakes, maybe?

The fact that this cluster of issues happened in Hawaii and nowhere else in the world is quite perplexing. If USP Labs was intentionally "faking" its products with DMAA then we should probably have obtained more cases due to the massive popularity of the product in question. Moreover, it is too early to incriminate the manufacturer as FDA needs to complete the investigation although "when shit happens" the finger is always firstly pointed at the manufacturer. However, given the high prevalence of counterfeiting in the supplement world, it is not unlikely that some idiot has made fake OxyElite with more of whatever is causing liver issues in it. It is far too easy to make fake nutritional supplements. Even in Mauritius and India I have heard cases of users reporting that their isolate whey protein looks more like cowmilk than a proper isolate shake.

The USP Labs statement
"The company stands by the safety of all of its products. The company is cooperating with FDA on reports coming out of Hawaii. The cluster of liver issues in Hawaii is a complete mystery and nothing like this has ever been associated with OxyELITE Pro in all of the years our products have been in the market. We know of no credible evidence linking OxyELITE Pro to liver issues. The ingredients have been studied for safety, are consumed in the food supply and widely used in dietary supplements. The studies and consumption history show no negative liver issues. Due to multiple products within the OxyELITE Pro brand, it may be confusing as to which products are being looked at. The specific products are the original OxyELITE Pro with DMAA, OxyELITE Pro with the “Purple Top” and OxyELITE Pro Super Thermo Powder. The original version with DMAA has not been manufactured or distributed since early 2013. Out of an abundance of caution, the company has ceased domestic distribution of OxyElite Pro with the Purple Top and OxyElite Pro Super Thermo Powder until the investigation has been completed. The company continues to believe these versions are safe and are not the cause of the cluster of liver toxicity that has occurred in Hawaii."

What's our advice?
  • We always advise to play it safe when it comes to stimulant-based fat burners. Asses your sensitivity to stimulants first before proceeding. Especially with proprietary blends, you don't really know how much of stimulants you are ingesting. For instance when DMAA was in supplements, nobody knew how much DMAA was included per serving. Some had 20 times more than what was listed on the labels.
  • Stick to reputable brands. Do not buy any supplements which look doubtful, fake or with any sign of tampering (mardaille).
  • If you have purchased OxyElite Pro it would be best to proceed with caution. It is advisable to stay away until the FDA issues a clearance. USP labs have stopped distribution of the product anyway

Check us out for further updates on this situation as they become available.

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