The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is cracking down on a dangerous vitamin B supplement, one that is definitely not healthy for you. A preliminary analysis of the “supplement” has shown that it actually is made of two potentially harmful anabolic steroids, neither of which are listed on the label: methasterone, a controlled substance, and dimethazine.
The two steroids have sometimes been illegally used by bodybuilders.
The product that contains this “supplement” is called Healthy Life Chemistry By Purity First B-50. Though some of the 29 reports to the FDA were about adverse reactions to the two steroids that resulted in hospitalization, no deaths have so far been reported.
The complaints from consumers have included fatigue, muscle cramping, myalgia, abnormal liver and thyroid function, and elevated cholesterol levels. Also, women who have used the product have experienced unusual hair growth and missed menstruation. Male users have reported impotence and low testosterone.
According to Howard Sklamberg, director of the Office of Compliance in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said in an agency press release:
Products marketed as a vitamin but which contain undisclosed steroids pose a real danger to consumers and are illegal.”
Using anabolic steroid-containing products may cause acute liver injury, adverse effects on blood lipid levels, increased risk of heart attack and stroke, masculinization in women, shrinkage of the testicles, breast enlargement, infertility in men and short stature in children, according to health officials.
Healthy Life Chemistry By Purity First B-50 is manufactured by Mira Health Products Ltd. in Farmingdale, N.Y. It is sold both via the Internet and retails stores.
Mira Health Products Ltd. has declined to voluntarily recall the product or warn consumers about the potential for injury, despite the evidence that is mounting about the dangers of the vitamin b “supplement” in their product, according to the FDA.
The FDA warns that failure to promptly correct violations of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act may result in legal action including seizure, injunction and possible criminal prosecution.
Health officials, the FDA says, should ask their patients about any dietary supplements they may be using, particularly in patients exhibiting warning signs that may be associated with the use of steroids or steroid-like substances. Such signs include liver injury, kidney failure and stroke. Other symptoms may include hormone-associated adverse effects such as blood clots.
Sklamberg said that the FDA is working to make sure “products marketed as vitamins and dietary supplements do not pose harm to consumers.”
The vast majority of vitamin supplements on the market are safe, but in this case, Healthy Life Chemistry By Purity First B-50 contains a vitamin B supplement that is not at all healthy for consumers to take. The FDA’s cracking down on it will help warn consumers to stay away from purchasing this product.
Written by: Douglas Cobb