Amantle Montsho is now facing a two year suspension for failing drug test at the 2014 Commonwealth Games ion Glasgow. Her “A” sample test showed that it contained Methylhexaneamine, a substance considered a stimulant by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Her “B” sample will be tested in London TBD.
Montsho clamims she was not aware that the energy drink, Anabolic Nitro Extreme Energy Surge, might contain the banned substance Methylhexaneamine.
Once again, do we have a case of supplement contamination?
Or do these “energy drinks” actually contain Methylhexaneamine, but hidden from the label?
This is what I hate about supplement companies. They create a “proprietary” blend or “stack” because they can reduce the amount of the expensive items, and fill it with cheaper items.
Don’t get me wrong, I take energy drinks before my races or time trials, but I like to know exactly what I’m taking, even if it means paying more. (You can read my criteria on choosing a pre-workout pre-race mental focus energy drink).
This may sound ludicrous, but despite the reputation of SNAC and their association with BALCO, I like and respect their products because everything is labelled. No proprietary blends. The company doesn’t sell prohormones, so there is no chance of supplement contamination.
Here is a short list of legal supplement categories you can take on race day to improve your performance (links to previous articles are underlined):
- Stimulants: coffee, caffeine
- Nootropics: Redbull, 5 Hour shots and Vitalyze
- Lactic Acid buffers: Beta Alanine and baking soda
- Nitric Oxide: L-Arginine, Viagra and vasodilators
Below is the label for Anabolic Nitro Extreme Energy Surge… and note the three proprietary blends: CFM Nitro™, ViNitrox™, and Pycnogenol®. Do these three products contain Methylhexaneamine? How do you know?
Now I will let you decide if you want to risk this before a race, knowing that athletes are liable for any substance found in their doping control sample, regardless of how it got there.
Anabolic Nitro Product label
|Anabolic Nitro 30 sachets|
|Best before Not available|
|Serving Size: 1 sachet (20.5 g)|
|Number of Servings: 30|
|Per serving||% Daily Value|
|Protein (Incl. Free Amino Acids)||3.215.61 g||6%31%|
|Sugars (Maltose, Maltotriose, Dextrose)||1.46.83 g||*|
|Vitamin B3||25121.95 mg||*|
|Vitamin B6||3.919.02 mg||*|
|Vitamin B12||24117.07 mcg||960%4683%|
|Folic Acid||4001951.22 mcg||200%976%|
|NO Production Complex||294114346.3 mg||*|
|AAKG (Arginine Alpha-Ketoglutarate), CFM Nitro™, ViNitrox™, Pycnogenol®, Vinca Minor 5:1, L-Citrulline Malate, Di-L-Arginine L-Malate, Glycocyamine, Trimethylglycine (TMG/Betaine anhydrous), Nicotinamide, Bioperine|
|Creatine Volumising Stack||345016829.3 mg||*|
|Creatine Monohydrate, Creatine Gluconate, DiCreatine Malate, Beta-Alanine, Histidine, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Cinnamon Extract (Aqueous)|
|Energy-Boost Complex||941645931.7 mg||*|
|Maltodextrin (Intermediate- & High-GI Sources), N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine, Natural Caffeine, Taurine, Theobromine, Glucuronolactone, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Folic Acid|
|Phospho-Electrolyte Matrix||252212302.4 mg||*|
|Monosodium phosphate, Dipotassium Phosphate, Tricalcium Phosphate, Magnesium Citrate, Magnesium Glycerol Phosphate, Calcium Glycerophosphate|
|Other Ingredients: Citric Acid, Flavouring Substances, Potassium Bicarbonate, Sodium Bicarbonate, Anti-Caking Agent (Silicium Dioxide), Non-Nutritive Sweetener (Sucralose), Colourant (E124)|