One of the most popular name brands in the world of bodybuilding is on trial. MusclePharm was notified in July of 2015 that their Amino Nitrate products do not meet the claims they state and have no advantage over standard counterpart amino acids.
Furthermore, the amino nitrates were not proven to meet safety requirements for a new dietary ingredient per the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994.
Under the act, supplement manufacturers do not need to receive FDA approval before marketing dietary supplements that were marketed in the United States before 1994.
Instead of avoiding a lawsuit, MusclePharm chose to do nothing about the warning letter and on December 17, 2015 a lawsuit was filed in the Southern District of California against the supplement manufacturer.
This occurred one week after a new study was issued from the New England Journal of Medicine which details a case involving a long-term creatine nitrate user who was diagnosed with internal organ damage and cancer.
Creatine nitrate is called on most bodybuilding forums a “creatine cocktail” since it is creatine bonded to a nitrate, a polyatomic ion, instead of a single water molecule like creatine monohydrate. MusclePharm claims it is much more water-soluble, but water-solubility has nothing to do with bioavailability. All this would do is allow the product mix better in a drink.
On MusclePharm’s website, they state that creatine nitrate is the most water soluble form of creatine, that nitrates help increase vasodilation and that is provides maximized absorption for increased pumps.
The supplements listed in the lawsuit that contain creatine or other amino acid bonded nitrates, include:
- MusclePharm Arnold Schwarzenegger Series Iron Pump
- MusclePharm Arnold Schwarzenegger Series Iron Cre3
- MusclePharm Iron Dream
- MusclePharm Creatine
- MusclePharm Assault
In conclusion, nitrate-containing products have not been proven safe to the established standard and they do not work as effectively as claimed. MusclePharm could pay massively since the law states that consumers are entitled to a full refund with products of this nature.
There are many other products out there that are proven to be effective and safe, yet still contain powerful ingredients, such as Xwerks Ignite.
Those who have purchased one or more of the above mentioned MusclePharm products should stay attuned to future news considering they may be due compensation.