DMBA HCL also known as AMP HCL, 1,3-dimethylbutylamine HCL or 2-Amino-4-methylpentane HCL, is the latest stimulant to be popularised by the bodybuilding and fitness supplement industry. Chemically very similar to the already popular AMP-citrate, this stimulant also shows promise as a more potent replacement for the now banned DMAA.
Where Does DMBA HCL Come From?
DMBA HCL is chemically synthesised in laboratories and is available from specific ingredient manufacturers in Asia.
DMBA HCL Benefits
Fans of fat burners and pre workouts were distraught when DMAA was banned. However, more modern ingredients have been released. Chemically speaking, DMBA and DMAA are extremely similar. This is evident from its full chemical name 1,3-dimethylbutylamine. Compare this to the name of DMAA, 1,3 dimethylamylamine. In other words, the only difference in the two compounds is a single carbon atom. However, there is also the added benefit of DMBA HCL being bound to a molecule of hydrochloride (HCL). This process is typically used in the pharmaceutical industry to improve bioavailability, solubility, and the speed of absorption of compounds. An analogy to think of is creatine vs creatine HCL.
DMBA HCL Benefits for Muscle Building
Much like DMAA, DMBA HCL is a potent stimulator. It can provide energy to assist with exercise performance and hence muscle building.
DMBA HCL Benefits for Fat Loss
Because of DMBA HCL’s stimulatory properties, it may also assist with thermogenesis. Stimulants such as caffeine are often used in fat burners as a weight loss aid, and it is possible that DMBA may have the same benefits.
DMBA HCL vs AMP Citrate
DMBA HCL and AMP citrate are extremely similar. In fact, they are the same base compound (1,3-dimethylbutylamine). The only difference being that DMBA HCL is bound to a molecule of hydrochloride instead of a molecule of citrate. Anecdotal evidence suggests that this modification actually results in a more potent ingredient.
DMBA HCL Safety, Negatives, & Side Effects
Much like AMP citrate, there has been no scientific research reviewing DMBA HCL. As a result, much of the information presented here is anecdotal and speculative.
Because of the similarities between DMBA HCL, AMP citrate, and DMAA, it can be expected that the side effects will be similar. High doses can lead to headache, insomnia, and rapid heart rate among others. Because of the limited safety data, we also urge caution when using this ingredient and to never exceed recommended doses.
It is unlikely that the scientific community will investigate this ingredient on their own accord. It is therefore recommended that supplement companies commission and fund research into this area.
DMBA HCL Recommended Doses & Ingredient Timing
There are no official recommendations for DMBA HCL dosing. However, it has been speculated that this ingredient is more potent than AMP citrate. Manufacturers of the ingredient have recommended a dose of 150-200 mg, which is lower than that of AMP citrate (Xu, 2014).
Timing for DMBA HCL depends on what you intend to use it for. For fat loss, it can be used first thing in the morning before breakfast. As a way to boost energy before a workout, it can be taken around half an hour before training.
DMBA HCL Supplements
Stacking DMBA HCL
DMBA HCL is rarely found as a stand-alone supplement. Instead, it is stacked with other stimulants such as caffeine. It can also be stacked with a number of other ingredients such as green tea and L-carnitine. As a pre workout, it can be stacked with pump ingredients such as citrulline and agmatine.
Xu (2014), Comparation of DMBA HCL and AMP Citrate. http://www.naturalmicron.com/news_show/en/comparation-of-dmba-hcl-and-amp-citrate---natural-micron-international-co-ltd-24.html