Dendrobium Extract: DMAA Alternative
Dendrobex is extracted from the Dendrobium orchid found in China, India, and other tropical Asian regions. Dendrobium extract has been used in traditional Chinese medicine to strengthen the immune system, provide energy, and promote hydration.
Dendrobium increases salivation and was used in the past to help against sunstroke, dry mouth, thirst, and other dry conditions. Salvation has been proven to increase by up to 65%. Through supplementation noticeable improvements in hydration can be noticed which is helpful during exercise.
Dendrobex contains Phenylethylamine which causes the body to produce Norepinephrine. Norepinephrine provides energy similar to Epinephrine (adrenaline) but it constricts blood vessels and increases blood pressure and blood sugar levels. This neurotransmitter benefits the peripheral nervous system by improving cognition, alertness, and motor coordination.
Many users experience an elevated mood similar to “runner’s high” due to dopamine production. Some claim this euphoric sense of well-being provides a sort of outer body feeling. The president of the American Society for Exercise and Physiologists Dr.Jesse Pittsley describes this feeling as: “A feeling of being invincible, a reduced state of discomfort or pain, and even a loss in sense of time.”
The New DMAA?
DMAA (1,3-dimethylamylamine) was banned by the FDA because it constricted blood vessels to the point where some people felt chest pain or shortness of breath. This increased the risk of heart attacks and seizures. The FDA forced companies to change their formulas by removing DMAA.
Pre workout supplement companies searched for alternatives for this effective ingredient. Diven Sports used Dendrobium extract in their pre workout Craze. Dendrobium extract turns out to be a very powerful alternative without the health risks preceding DMAA use. Lack of knowledge about this ingredient is causing controversy for Craze.
Supplements containing Dendrobium Extract:
- Driven Sports Craze
- Gaspari Nutrition Detonate
- Man Game Day
- ANS Performance Ritual
- BPI Sports B4
- Nutrex Lipo 6 Unlimited
- Athletic Edge Nutrition PreSurge
Dendrobium Extract vs DMAA
Like DMAA, Dendrobium emulates a feeling of increased adrenaline but there are significant differences. Dendrobium does not constrict blood vessels as much as DMAA, allowing for the occurrence of hyperemia (pump).
The type of energy Dendrobium provides is more of a mental clarity and focus as opposed to a jittery feeling. Most users that experienced a crash from DMAA did not from Dendrobium extract. Continuous use of Dendrobium seems to build up tolerance slower so there is a more consistent feeling of energy.