DMAE Review - Does This Ingredient Really Work? Are side effects and unsubstantiated claims deal breakers?
In my never-ending quest to discover the best diet product, this week I reviewed DMAE. We accepted the challenge to create this comprehensive review, focusing specifically on the scientific studies, ingredients, customer-service quality, and side effects. We also scrutinized user comments from all over the internet. In the end, we have narrowed down all of the data we gathered in order to give you the facts.
What is DMAE?
Firstly, DMAE is the abbreviation for Dimethylethanolamine. This compound is sometimes found in topical solutions that claim to tighten and tone the skin. It is also found in dietary supplements to support a variety of neurological conditions such as ADHD and Alzheimer’s. More recently claims have been made that it can promote weight-loss.
DMAE can be found in products manufactured by a wide variety of companies. It can also be found in a number of commercial products such as paint removers, but read on…
Side Effects – “Worrisome”
Our first issue is with the potential for DMAE side effects. According to our Research Editor, “There are many safety concerns with this ingredient considering there is very limited proof that it provides significant weight-loss benefits.”
This commenter stated, “I had…headaches.”
Another individual claimed, “Whenever I take something with this in it I notice my [headaches] are more frequent.”
Others didn’t experience any noticeable side effects when this ingredient was present.
On a more positive note, this reviewer said, “I didn’t even realize this ingredient was in the product I take until I saw some people complaining about it. Whatever, it worked great for me.”
And a happy consumer offered, “I like how well it works.”
DMAE Unsubstantiated Claims – “Questionable?”
The research that has been conducted on DMAE has focused primarily on cognitive functions.
A client explained, “I [don’t like] when I see ingredients in a product that serve no purpose.”
While another man speculated, “I bet this is put in because the name looks impressive when it’s spelled out.”
Interestingly, others felt that the inclusion of DMAE was beneficial.
One pleased shopper mentioned, “I felt more alert and I think this is why.”
A purchaser declared, “I wouldn’t understand the science behind it anyway. What matters is that it works.”
It’s with years of research that we can say things like lacking proof to support claims is enough to cut down any chance of long-term weight-loss results. If DMAE is just not supported, the dieter will go elsewhere.
The Science – “Not There”
At DietSpotlight we don’t think it is enough that an ingredient has some scientific research available if it isn’t related to weight-loss. In this case we didn’t find any significant studies that indicated this would be effective in helping dieters reach their goals.
The Bottom Line – Does DMAE Work?
What is the real deal with DMAE? It is becoming more common to see this ingredient included in weight-loss products so you may run into it. There simply isn’t enough proof to justify inclusion. Companies may want to focus on those ingredients that have been proven to work which is why we are skeptical about giving it the green light.
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Previous DMAE Review (Updated August 9, 2010):
DMAE - What You Should KnowDMAE, or dimethylaminoethanol is an organic compound commonly used in paint thinners, water treatment, and polyurethanes. In the weight loss industry, there is no connection between DMAE and weight loss, though some studies claim increased life span and alertness. Studies are currently underway testing DMAE as a treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
List of Ingredients in DMAEDimethylaminoethanol, also known as dimethylethanolamine, N,N-dimethyl-2-aminoethanol, beta-dimethylaminoethyl alcohol, beta-hydroxyethyldimethylamine and Deanol.
Product FeaturesA quick search for DMAE will return more than 2 million listings. Many of these listings are for vitamin companies selling DMAE for dietary supplementation. General Nutrition Center, or GNC, a leader in supplement and vitamin sales, lists DMAE as a memory booster that increases choline. Choline is the foundation of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter in the brain. TwinLab offers DMAE-H that lists weight loss as one of the benefits of the supplement. The supplement is available in liquid form and contains PABA, para-aminobenzoic acid. There is no link between either DMAE or PABA that would support the claim of weight loss. PABA is commonly used to treat skin conditions and may be linked to allergic reactions suffered under general anesthesia. Topical DMAE is also marketed for skin tightening and anti-aging. There is no scientific data supporting this claim either. Dieters and consumers in general, may want to stay away from products claiming any benefits other than those that are memory related. Several websites list warnings about taking DMAE with certain medical conditions. These include schizophrenia, epilepsy, and bipolar disorder or manic depression. There is no reason given for the warning. DMAE supplements range in strength from 250 mg to more than 1,000 mg per dose. While there is no known toxic levels for DMAE, side effects of high doses have been reported. Side effects may include insomnia, muscle tension, and headaches. Supplements are generally priced around the $5 to $10 mark.
- May boost memory.
- Low cost.
- Available online from a variety of sources.
- No known toxicity level.
- No clinical support for DMAE use in weight loss.
- Many DMAE claims are unfounded.
- Supplements range in doses from 250 to 1,000 mg or more - could be confusing to dieters.
- Weight loss claims are unfounded.
- Side effects can affect normal daily life.
- Some supplements contain PABA, which may be linked to allergic reactions.