Check your calendar, March 21st is right around the corner and this means that spring has soon sprung. For every gym-bro and bro-ette alike beach season is on the horizon, so say goodbye to those hooded sweater and carbs because you won’t be needing those for a while.
In every gym in the northern hemisphere the cardio sections will read NO VACANCY and those matted corners of the gym will start to look like the seal exhibit at sea world, with people just flopping, crunching and med-ball throwing their way to the body of their dreams. And you can bet that a good portion of these perennial gym junkies are looking to expedite their results with the oh so popular “fat burner” supplements.
“Fat burners” are big business; hardcore gym goers and lay-public alike utilize them. This broad demographic of potential costumers, coupled with the insane mark-up leads companies to take some less than honorable and in this case- illegal steps in formulating their “fat burning” supplements.
The ace of spades of the FDA’s most wanted list this year is a lesser-known ingredient called fluoxetine. Fluoxetine has been unlawfully and unknowingly making its way into the propriety blend cocktail of fatburners.
I don’t like naming names, but for the safety of all of you out there I feel obliged to tell you that the most recent product caught lacing with fluoxetine is USP labs OxyElite Pro series. USP labs, for those of you who are unaware, are becoming a habitual offender in the eyes of the Food and Drug Administration.
In 2012 they were ordered to recall and destroy 8 million dollars (retail value) of their famed pre-workout Jack3d, because of its powerful stimulant 1-3 dimethylamylamine. Only a year later USP labs came under fire once again, as their OxyElite Pro series was linked to 27 cases of liver related illness, including three liver transplants and one death leading to a recall and destruction of 22 million dollars worth of the product.
The most recent offense came in late February 2015 as the company was notified that the OxyElite Pro series was testing positive for fluoxetine. Now its only fair to mention that the company is contesting this claim saying the supplements in question are counterfeit.
…But wait a minute, what the hell is Fluoxetine?
Simply put Fluoxetine is Prozac. It effects the reuptake of neurotransmitters in your brain more specifically norepinephrine, dopamine and serotonin and is what’s known as a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI). SSRI’s are commonly prescribed to patients suffering from depression or general anxiety disorder.
It’s at this time you might be asking yourself why in the world would a supplement company targeting fat loss be so concerned about anti-depressants? Research has correlated fluoxetine to have a modest effect on weight loss in acute. But there is a laundry list of side effects that come with Fluoxetine use, some notables being:
- Erectile dysfunction
It will be months or years until this latest recall gets sorted in court and in all likelihood USPlabs will get a slap on the wrist and then continue on business as usual. But there is a lesson to be learned from a consumer standpoint, you can’t supplement hard work- and if you do there is always a price to pay. So as this sunshine dawns upon us, and you start cutting calories head these warnings when you attempt to cut corners.