AMP Citrate has become a popular stimulant. It is often used as a replacement for the now banned stimulant DMAA. Due to its stimulating effect, AMP Citrate has become known to increase in energy, pump, and focus [1]. This has made AMP-Citrate a popular ingredient in pre-workout products. Several popular supplement manufacturers have already jumped on the AMP citrate trend, and incorporated this ingredient into their pre-workout and weight loss products [1].

AMP Citrate is also known as:
Pouchong tea extract

Functions of AMP Citrate

There has not been much official research regarding AMP Citrate. However, many people have consumed it, and it has many structural similarities with DMAA. The information below is mainly based on user feedback, and studies regarding similar products such as DMAA.

Improved energy, pump, focus, and performance
AMP Citrate has many structural similarities with DMAA. Due to this, it shouldn’t suprise that the reported effects are similar to the effects of DMAA. When using AMP Citrate, users have claimed that it can increase: energy, focus, and performance [1].

Mood enhancement
AMP Citrate may also have mood enhancing capabilities due to its similarities with compounds considered to be monoamine release agents [3][4]. This indicates that it is likely a strong central nervous stimulant, which can increase the noradrenaline and dopamine levels in our body [2].

Who can use AMP Citrate ?

AMP Citrate has become known for being a strong stimulant. Therefore, it is not recommended for people who are not familiar with pre-workout products. Furthermore, AMP Citrate is not recommended for professional athletes or people who are suffering from health issues. This stimulant is only recommended for experienced and healthy pre-workout users.

How should I use AMP Citrate ? / Dosages

Due to the limited amount of research regarding AMP Citrate, there are no official dosing recommendations. Based on amounts used in pre-workout supplements, and user feedback, servings between 50mg-150mg are recommended. When used, it should be consumed ~15-40 minutes before a training. It should not be consumed late at night, since it may reduce sleep quality. Due to its strength, users should start with a lower amount in order to see if it has the desired effect.

How does this supplement work ?

It is speculated that AMP Citrate can increase dopamine and norepinephrine levels, by activating certain receptors. It is also believed that it may prevent the reuptake of dopamine and norepinephrine. Due to this, it is likely that dopamine and norepinephrine are active longer. This is an important reason for the potential increase in energy and focus. Furthermore, AMP Citrate may also provide users with more energy by increasing the production of cAMP by stimulating adenylyl cyclase.

Stacking / combining AMP Citrate

AMP Citrate can be combined well with several different products. Because of this, it is found in several more expensive pre-workout products. Due to its efficacy, it is not surprising that users often combine it with pre-workout products that do not normally contain AMP Citrate (such as C4 or N.O.xplode). However, with such combinations, users should check that they are not consuming too many stimulants simultaneously.

Where does AMP Citrate come from ?

AMP Citrate can be chemically synthesized. However, according to several supplement manufacturers it can also be found in a Chinese tea called Pouchong.

Safety & competitive use

There is not much research regarding the safety of AMP Citrate. However, it is frequently found in pre-workout and fat burning supplements at varying dosages [1]. The safety of this product is often based on the similarity with DMAA. The Center for Toxicology and Environmental Health studied DMAA, and found that DMAA is safe for healthy individuals and does not result in clinically relevant adverse health effects [5]. However, it is important to realize that AMP Citrate may cause a temporary increase in blood pressure and heart rate when high doses are used [2][5].

Competitive use
AMP Citrate is not allowed by most sports associations. Therefore, it is not recommended to consume when you are a professional athlete.

Correct use
A dietary supplement can contribute to a healthy and active lifestyle. However, it should not be a substitute for a healthy lifestyle and a varied diet. The recommended dosage should not be exceeded, since side effects may occur otherwise. Temporary side effects of AMP Citrate can include: higher heart rate, higher blood pressure, restlessness, tremors, and a decreased sleep quality. In rare cases, these side effects can also occur with normal doses. If side effects occur, consumption should be discontinued.

As with any supplement, we advise users to consult a physician before use. In particular if you use medication or have health complaints. This product should not be used by people which have high blood pressure or heart problems. In addition, this supplement should not be used by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Furthermore, this product should not be used by persons under 18 years of age and must be kept out of the reach of children. Keep this product in a cool and dry place to maintain the quality.


  1. Cadwallader, A. (2014). “Stimulants to “Di” For: DMAA and DMBA, The Dimethyl Duo”
  2. Catalani, V., et al. (2018). “Octodrine: New Questions and Challenges in Sport Supplements.” Brain sciences 8(2): 34.
  3. Dreher, M., et al. (2018). “Boost Me: Prevalence and Reasons for the Use of Stimulant Containing Pre Workout Supplements Among Fitness Studio Visitors in Mainz (Germany).” Frontiers in psychology 9: 1134-1134.
  4. Millan, M. J. (2004). “The role of monoamines in the actions of established and “novel” antidepressant agents: a critical review.” European Journal of Pharmacology 500(1): 371-384.
  5. dmaa toxicology report. Retrieved from:


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