The ‘natural’ substance banning athletes from sport

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Despite being marketed as “natural”, Higenamine is one of the leading causes of positive doping tests in Australia.

Be aware, Higenamine and other banned substances have been found in a number of supplements. Not all of those products have those banned substances listed on the ingredients label.

If detected in an athlete’s sample, the athlete can face an up to four-year ban from sport.

Higenamine is found in many popular supplements and can also be called:

  • Norcoclaurine
  • Demethylcoclaurine
  • Aconite
  • Annona squamosal
  • Nandina domestica
  • Tinospora crispa

Higenamine is also present in various plants and exists in plumula nelumbinis, a part of lotus seeds. These are commonly used as an ingredient in cuisines, herbal medicines and nutritional supplements in China and other countries in East Asia.

Higenamine, a S3 class Beta-2 Agonist, allows lungs to take in more oxygen and is prohibited in and out-of-competition.

However, as a cardiotonic, Higenamine can increase heart rate, putting an athlete at an increased risk of heart problems such as palpitations and irregular heartbeat.

Sport Integrity Australia warns the consumer has no way of determining how much Higenamine is in a supplement, even if it is on the label, as the levels vary widely. Sport Integrity Australia further warns that manufacturers’ ingredients vary from product to product, and flavour to flavour.

Sport Integrity Australia does not approve or endorse any supplements.

“We have not and will not approve or endorse supplements, they pose too much of a risk to an athlete’s health and career," says Sport Integrity Australia CEO David Sharpe.

The following supplements are labelled as containing Higenamine:

Name 

Flavour 

S3 

The one 

Green Apple 

Higenamine 

Blaze 

Pineapple Splash 

Higenamine 

End of Days 

Lemon Lime 

Higenamine 

The Guerrilla Chemist 

Guerrilla Juice 

Higenamine 

BZRK 

Peach 

Higenamine 

Loco 

  

Higenamine 

Spazmatic 

Watermelon Taffy 

Higenamine 

Cobra 6 Extreme 

Kiwi Strawberry 

Higenamine 

Viper X 

Kiwi Strawberry 

Higenamine 

Crack3D-U4X 

Berry Lemonade 

Higenamine 

Albutarex v2 

Berry Colada 

Higenamine 

Awaken 

  

Higenamine 

Thermoshred 

Pineapple Mango 

Higenamine 

Ripped Thermogenic 

Mixed Berry 

Higenamine 

Staunch 

Peach Mango 

Higenamine 

Dust 

Cotton Candy 

Nelumbo Necifera 

How to check your substances

Sport Integrity Australia recommends you check all your substances before you take them, on the Sport Integrity app. The app is available for free on Google Play and on the Apple App Store.

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