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NSF: MHA not a constituent of geranium oil

By Stephen Daniells in Anaheim , 14-Mar-2011

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The compound methylhexanamine, or MHA, is not a constituent of geranium oil used in sports nutrition products, despite one study reporting its presence as a constituent, says the general manager of NSF International.

Ed Wyszumiala, general manager of dietary supplements programs at NSF International, told Stephen Daniells that his labs have done their own analysis of geranium oil, and “methylhexanamine is not found as a constituent in geranium oil”.

“There is one study that is mainly referred where they’re finding it as a constituent of geranium to be methylhexanamine,” said Wyszumiala, “but what we’re finding is in all the geranium we’ve tested, all the geranium samples we’ve tested, all the products we’ve tested, geranium does not contain this material.”

“We’re getting down to a parts-per- billion screen, and we’re not finding it.”

The geranium oil issue also represents an opportunity for industry, said Wyszumiala. “The industry, if they can get out in front of it, this is another spiking and adulteration issue where we’re having or a synthetic chemical added for a desired or intended effect,” he said.

“I think we’re starting to see the response from industry on the geranium issue,” said Wyszumiala.

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