Dinitrophenol (DNP) : The Truth Behind This Killer 'Supplement' / Industrial Chemical!

DNP is all up in the news for its part in the death of 3 people in 2013 alone! So what is this supplement, is it indeed even a ‘supplement’, should it be sold, and if it’s causing deaths then why the hell hasn’t it been banned before now!?

What is Dinitrophenol (DNP)?

2, 4-Dinitrophenol (DNP) is an industrial chemical that has persistently been sold ILLEGALLY on the internet as a fat burner…yep, an industrial chemical being sold in a little bottle, in gelatine capsules as a ‘genuine’ fat burning agent! Well let me tell you that there is nothing genuine about this faux fat burner, and nor have we ever contemplated selling it here at Discount Supplements. Historically, DNP has been used in dyes, wool preservatives, herbicides and…explosives, wait, let me capitalise that last one…EXPLOSIVES! Come on now people, really!?

What does DNP do?

DNP is reported to induce rapid fat loss through the uncoupling of oxidative phosphorylation which increases the metabolism of fat for energy. An excessive intake of aspirin, for example, also causes uncoupling of oxidative phosphorylation which quite often results in death, so why is it deemed acceptable for people to consume DNP for its ability to cause the uncoupling of oxidative phosphorylation for fat loss? The uncoupling of oxidative phosphorylation causes an accumulation of pyruvic and lactic acid because of the increased dependence of glucose for energy, and inhibited ATP formation (the bodies main energy source). If this is allowed to continue the person will suffer toxicity which manifests as hyperthermia, tachycardia, diaphoresis, tachypnea and cardiac arrest!

Professionalism and integrity

Genuine supplement companies will strive to bring you the best, most recent supplements and information out there. If a supplement company is worth its weight then they will hire the services of qualified and registered health professionals and nutrition experts in order to keep you as customers and consumers safe and informed…and that is exactly what we do. We batch test and scrutinise products on a daily basis to ensure the integrity of our brand and products is not blemished. The people that are selling these products are trading irresponsibly and illegally, under no circumstances should DNP ever be sold for human ingestion. A spoke person on the BBC said if the governing authorities got wind of a site selling cocaine online then it would be closed down instantly and serious repercussions would follow. So how on earth is it that despite peoples deaths being attributed to DNP for more than a century, that people are still dyeing even now!?


The abovementioned complications are what ultimately lead to some 62 published deaths attributed to DNP since the turn of 20th century. The majority of deaths seem to be in the teenage and early thirties age bracket with those wanting to lose a few excess fat cells. DNP was banned in 1938 because of persistent reports of cataracts stemming from the excess amount of heat released from the uncoupling of oxidative phosphorylation. A Texan Doctor took it upon himself to process DNP almost 30 years ago, and sell it as a fat loss product called Mitcal, he distributed on a relatively wide scale which inevitably caused a high profile death in 1984. This Doctor was later sentenced in 1986 for man-slaughter, we feel there should be more of the same for anyone knowingly selling DNP to trusting and unsuspecting members of the public.

Supplement alternatives

DNP is NOT a ‘supplement’ or ‘borderline substance’ and never has been, so DO NOT take it under any circumstances! Instead, if you have some excess fat you wish to lose then consider one of the following:

-         Grenade Thermo detonator

-         Maximuscle Thermobol

-         Universal Animal Cuts

-         PhD Nutrition Lean Degree

-         CNP Professional Pro Lean

-         Bio Synergy Body Perfect

NOTE: Fat metabolisers may contain stimulants, so those of you with underlying medical conditions should seek the advice of your Doctor prior to consumption.


Grundlingh, J., Dargan, P, L., El-Zanfaly., Wood, D, M. (2011). 2,4-dinitrophenol (DNP): a weight loss agent with significant acute toxicity and risk of death. J Med Toxicol. 7 (3) : 205-12.

Yen, M & Ewald, M, B. (2012). Toxicity of weight loss agents. J Med Toxicol. 8(2) : 145-152.

BBC News Health, (2013). Warning over illegal ‘weight loss’ chemical DNP. Retrieved 11th October, 2013, from http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-24456217


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Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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