Vitamin-B Supplement Really Contains “Vitamin- S”?!?!
By Nick Barringer MS, RD, CSSD, CSCS (EIEIO)
A vitamin B-50 complex is a relatively standard mixture of B vitamins usually provided at a 50 milligram dose (hence the name) utilized by consumers of all ages in hopes to promote energy and vitality. From a scientific standpoint there is usually little to no research supporting the use of these products yet under normal circumstances these products are also relatively harmless to the consumer as B vitamins are water soluble and typically do not reach levels that cause adverse reactions. However all that changed recently as Healthy Life Chemistry By Purity First B-50 complex was identified by the FDA as tainted with not one but two anabolic steroids. The FDA has received reports of 29 adverse incidents associated with the product including fatigue, muscle cramping/pain, and abnormal lab readings. The steroids the product contains are methasterone and dimethazine. Methasterone is a controlled substance and a particularly nasty oral anabolic as I was able to find multiple cases of liver injury and one case of kidney failure associated with the use of the compound. In addition the consumer of this product would also face the traditional risks of steroid use such as testicular shrinkage, impotence, infertility and breast mass development in males and masculinization in females. Here is the link to the FDA warning along with reporting procedures in case you have consumed and had an adverse reaction to this product.
Given the potential dangers of this compound I recommend widest distribution if you are in an organizations where you know supplement use is prevalent. So to all my NCOs please distribute to all your stud and studettes.
In other news, the mystery of “Where exactly does Vitor Belfort get his vitamins?” has been solved…