The Food Standards Agency have reported that a search of three food premises in England uncovered large quantities of 2,4-Dinitrophenol – more commonly known as DNP, Dinitro, Nitrophen, Dinosan or Dnoc.
This powerful drug disrupts normal cell respiration, increasing oxygen consumption and raising the body temperature. This increase in heat results in dramatic weight loss, which is why it is sold online and for body shaping in gyms.
However, this drug is dangerous and has resulted in eight deaths in the UK since 2015.
Originally developed as an explosive, a pesticide, and for other industrial uses, it has been sold as a dietary aid since its weight loss properties were discovered in 1933.
DNP is extremely harmful and can cause:
- Rapid heart rate (tachycardia)
- Rapid breathing
- Dizziness and headaches
- High temperatures
- Nausea and vomiting
This is an illegal drug, banned in the UK and in America since 1938. Most of us would like to lose weight, but this is not the way. Well done to the FSA for revealing this threat in the UK.
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