Vitamin-B Supplement Really Contains “Vitamin- S”?!?!

Updated: July 31, 2013


By Nick Barringer MS, RD, CSSD, CSCS (EIEIO)

healthy lifeA 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…

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  1. Alex

    July 31, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Yeah, methasterone used to be marketed as “superdrol”. It’s 17-aa drostanolone, which used to be on the market as Masteron. Honestly, the liver failure accusations are overblown with it- you’d need massive doses to hurt yourself (a full “bodybuilding dose” of 50mg a day is about as hard on your liver as a shot of vodka). Main thing I’d be worried about are any women who are taking it.

    • Nick Barringer

      July 31, 2013 at 9:48 pm


      You are correct in that it used to be marketed as “superdrol” among many other names. It is also 17 alpha alkylated; hence the hepatotoxicity. However from my research it is not a Drostanolone although the structure is very similar. Methasterone has methyl group at the 17th carbon position where Drostanolone only has a hydroxyl group. I know it sounds like I might be splitting hairs but I think it is important to properly identify these compounds as the adverse reactions and/or even the effectiveness can differ significantly based on the structure.

      I would also encourage caution in being dismissive of the hepatic issues associated with this compound. My references are listed below and in many of the cases it was young healthy men taking the recommended dose. I thing we have to consider the source of these compounds ie this is most likely not being made in a pharmaceutical worthy setting. I think we both can agree that a 50 mg dose of what one guy makes in his kitchen or basement might not be the same as another. This is also not taking into account what other chemical additives they are putting in there that also might be hepatotoxic. So from my perspective given the risk to reward ratio the “juice is not worth the squeeze” on this substance(pun intended).

      All this being said, you are clearly familiar with this topic and I appreciate the comment as it is readers like you who will keep me on my toes.

      Cholestatic Jaundice and IgA Nephropathy Induced by OTC Muscle Building Agent Superdrol Beata Jasiurkowski, M.D., Jaya Raj, M.D., David Wisinger, M.D., Richard Carlson, M.D., Lixian Zou, M.D.,and Abdul Nadir, M.D.
      (Am J Gastroenterol 2006;101:2659–2662)

      Methasteron-Associated Cholestatic Liver Injury: Clinicopathologic

      Severe Cholestasis and Renal Failure Associated with the Use of
      the Designer Steroid SuperdrolTM (MethasteronTM):ACase Report
      and Literature Review John Nasr, Jawad Ahmad
      Dig Dis Sci
      DOI 10.1007/s10620-008-0457

  2. Jimmy Jam

    July 31, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    tl;dr – Belfort takes roids and wont fight me.. err.. I mean Tim Kennedy.

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