Ephedrine / Ephedra Pills for Fat-Burning
Ephedrine / ephedra is a popular fat
burner ingredient that is also very controversial. Ephedrine is the
main ingredient in the illegal drug methamphetamine (crank). Thus
ephedrine is often outlawed to keep it from being used to make
illegal drugs and not due to it being dangerous for dieters to use.
More recently the safety of ephedrine
has come into question. The use has caused some deaths in the US.
It certainly can be dangerous for some people and at the wrong
dosage. However, the health risks are sometimes exaggerated by the
The media has put more attention on the
people that have had severe reactions to ephedrine than most other
medications get. There are many of people that have life
threatening reactions to FDA regulated prescriptions as well as
over-the-counter medications. Additionally, obesity itself causes
complications that result in death. Thus the deaths related to
ephedrine use are not that much different than the risk of taking
The dieting industry has also played a
role in ephedrine getting a bad reputation. This is partially due to
it being sold as a natural health supplement and not regulated.
Additionally, it can be standardized from various herbs and it was
not always made clear that a natural product includes ephedrine.
Thus people do not always know they are taking ephedrine. Another
problem is that the products are rarely sold with a warning about the
possible risks of ephedrine use.
Thus the big problems with ephedrine
are that people are not educated and it is not regulated. If
controlled and regulated by the FDA, it would not end up in the wrong
hands as much. Those that are healthy and use it properly usually do
not have problems.
Ephedrine is a clinically proven fat
burner when used as directed, especially when used with caffeine and
aspirin. Whether you should use ephedrine/ephedra is partially based
on if you have certain health problems that make you more at risk of
serious side effects.
If your doctor says it is okay for you
to use ephedra-based products, it is important to start with small
doses to test your tolerance. It is also important to never take
more than the recommended dose and read the product’s label
carefully. You should also cycle the use of ephedra to avoid
overloading your adrenal glands. When used properly by healthy
people, it can prove a useful fat burner.
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