What You Should Know
Dendrobium is an orchid, but it is not the plants beauty that has the weight loss market up in arms. It appears that certain supplement companies are using dendrobium as an alternative to dimethylamylamine, but the supplements may not be safe or effective. According to information released by the FDA in March 2012, certain supplements with dendrobium may contain amphetamines. The information was specifically addressing the presence of illegal substances in the supplement Craze by Driven Sports. Despite the notification and a class action lawsuit against the company, Craze is still available online and dendrobium is still an active ingredient.
List of Ingredients
- Orchid Extract.
Dendrobium is a relatively new addition to the weight loss and supplement market. According to product descriptions for several supplements that contain the ingredient, dendrobium facilitates athletic performance and energy. One product description claimed energy levels could reach ridiculous levels. That supplement also contains phenylethylamine and caffeine – both of which could be responsible for increased energy.
There is little verifiable information available about dendrobium. We know there is concern that the supplement may increase blood sugar levels and could increase the risk of seizures in some dieters. There is also mention of lowering blood pressure. There have been no human studies on the ingredient so the dieter is left trusting the supplement company’s claims and that could be dangerous as clearly some companies are selling dendrobium supplements with illegal ingredients.
Dendrobium affects the central nervous system, much like caffeine. Taking too much of the supplement could cause dizziness, jitters, shakes and loss of sleep. This is especially true of dieters who are sensitive to caffeine and other stimulants.
- May work to increase energy similarly to caffeine.
- There are no human trials of dendrobium.
- There could be negative side effects after taking the supplement.
- A class action lawsuit claims some products containing dendrobium also contain illegal drugs.
At this point there is too little clinical information on dendrobium to support the supplement as a replacement for dimethylamylamine or caffeine. The supplement could have a positive effect on energy, but there are potential negative side effects, including a possible increased risk of seizures to worry about. Until dendrobium is tested on humans with positive results we suggest steering clear of any supplement that contains this ingredient. Dendrobium could be harmful to dieters with heart problems or diabetics.