DMAA Powder is a central nervous system stimulant that often goes by the name Methylhexanamine HCL, or Geranium Extract, and seems to come with a wide variety of health benefits from nasal decongestion to a possible alternative treatment for ADHD. DMAA Powder is currently available in many workout supplements and can be purchased at a surprisingly low price.
About DMAA Powder
DMAA powder was originally developed by Eli Lilly in 1944 during their search for the perfect nasal decongestant. However, during this search they found that DMAA powder also had some impressive stimulant and mood enhancing effects. The company discontinued production of DMAA powder after discovering Propylhexamine Hcl, another very potent nasal decongestant.
Benefits of DMAA Powder
DMAA Powder as a Pre-Workout Booster
DMAA powder works as a very powerful stimulant, increasing available levels of dopamine and norepinephrine. The stimulant effects provide a general increase in energy and the increase in available neurotransmitters are said to increase focus. Methylhexanamine also acts as a vasoconstrictor, meaning that it causes blood vessels to contract. These contractions mildly increase blood pressure and deliver increased amounts of blood to the muscles. This mechanism is very similar to the “Fight-or-Flight” response which is triggered when humans encounter a threat. The increased amounts of energy, focus, and blood flow to muscles make it a great pre-workout supplement. Many report that DMAA works synergistically with other pre-workout ingredients such as caffeine.
DMAA Powder for Fat-Burning and Weight Loss
Methylhexanamine powder has great thermogenic properties which may contribute to increased fat metabolism and weight loss. Body heat is often a byproduct of increased metabolism. DMAA powder has shown to slightly increase body temperature (a common side effect of stimulant drugs) which indicates that the body is metabolizing at a higher rate. Several studies also show that DMAA powder is very effective in those that are trying to lose weight.
DMAA Powder as a Mood Enhancer
Several studies show that DMAA powder works as a mild monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI). Monoamine Oxidase is an enzyme that is released to break down neurotransmitters such as dopamine and epinephrine (adrenaline). Methylhexanamine is thought to reduce the amount of the enzyme that breaks these neurotransmitters down. The end result = an influx in the amount of beneficial dopamine and epinephrine available in the brain and a nice boost of energy.
DMAA Powder for ADHD
As mentioned above, the increased availability of neurotransmitters like dopamine and norepinephrine make it a great possible treatment for those with Attention-Deficit Disorder (ADHD). The disorder is thought to be caused mainly by a deficiency of dopamine and may also be caused by deficiencies in norepinephrine and serotonin, which makes it difficult for those with ADHD to focus and pay attention at times when focus is needed. There are many reports by people with ADHD that have used DMAA powder that say it drastically increased their ability to concentrate and focus on important tasks.
DMAA Powder for Mental Endurance
Many DMAA powder users also report having the ability to concentrate or study for longer periods of time than they would be able to without using DMAA. This is most likely caused by methylhexamine’s stimulant effects and may be cause, in part, by the thermogenic factors as well.
DMAA as a Nasal Decongestant
It is a general misconception that nasal congestion (usually caused by the common cold, Flu, a sinus infection, or allergies) is caused by excess mucous, however, nasal congestion is typically caused by issues with the blood vessels that surround the nasal cavities. Most of the nasal congestion is a result of dilated or inflamed blood vessels. This is what caused Ely Lilly to design DMAA. They were investigating potential drugs to reduce inflammation and to constrict vessels in the nasal cavity. They found DMAA to be extremely effective in shrinking vessels and decreasing nasal congestion symptoms.
DMAA Powder Safety
Because DMAA Powder causes desirable effects such as increased senses of well-being, increased energy levels, and fat/weight loss, there have been incidents with some individuals misusing the supplement. This has sparked interest by the FDA and created some concerns. However, the cases that have gained the FDA’s attention usually involved users taking ten times more than the recommended dose of 25 – 75mg and often involved use of other drugs such as caffeine (in high amounts) and/or alcohol.
Some of the possible side effects of DMAA powder include increased blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, excessive vasoconstriction, headache, or irritability. However, used moderately and in low doses (common sense, people!), DMAA powder shows to be very effective and usually tolerated well by most individuals.