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Mass Destruction: Bodybuilding supplement linked to health dangers

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Reported to Medical News Today on Dec. 27, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is advising consumers to immediately stop using a product called Mass Destruction, marketed as a dietary supplement for muscle growth. Labeled to contain at least one synthetic anabolic steroid, Mass Destruction has been linked to at least one reported serious illness.

Manufactured for Blunt Force Nutrition (BFN) in Sims, North Carolina and sold in retail stores, fitness gyms, and on the internet, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services alerted the FDA that a previously healthy 28-year-old male developed liver failure, and now requires a liver transplant just several weeks after using Mass Destruction. Liver injury is generally known to be a possible outcome of using products that contain anabolic steroids and steroid-like substances.

Promoted as a prohormone, a precursor of an anabolic steroid like testosterone, Mass Destruction is described as a ‘super mass building supplement designed for the serious hardcore athlete in mind, to increase power, strength and muscle,’ according to supplementcentral.com.

Prohormones are used mainly by athletes looking to increase size, strength, and endurance, while reducing recovery time and adding lean body mass. Since the promised effects can be similar to those achieved through the use of synthetic anabolic steroids, such prohormone supplements are popular among bodybuilders. There are currently many companies manufacturing prohormone products that claim will be converted to full, active hormones via an enzymatic process that occurs in the body during metabolism.

Yet there is evidence that questions the effectiveness of prohormones such as Mass Destruction to effectively develop strength and size gains as claimed. Moreover, if it really does as advertised, then it is likely to be considered a banned substance on the USADA Prohibited List. An updated list scheduled to take effect January 1, 2014 is now available on the WADA website.

Additionally, prohormones also share the same negative side effects of anabolic steroids, with varying results depending upon the user. Steroids have been associated with a number of severe health complications including liver damage, liver failure, heart attacks, strokes, masculinization of women, infertility in males, and more.

Health care professionals and consumers are encouraged to report adverse events that may be related to Mass Destruction or similar products to FDA's MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program.

FDA Warning Consumers Against Mass Destruction Supplement, Dec. 23, 2013 by Linda Larsen

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