Ephedrine for Weight Loss
Ephedrine is an effective as well as controversial weight loss substance. It is a powerful fat burner and CNS stimulant, in particular when used with caffeine. It can also treat asthma. However, due to negative side effect reports there has been demand to regulate ephedrine.
Ephedrine works in a number of ways. This includes improving norepinephrine, epinephrine, and dopamine levels. It also stimulates alpha and beta adrenoreceptors. Additionally, ephedrine can help suppress appetite. Ephedrine also activates “atypical” adrenoreceptors improving the fat burning effect. It also improves protein synthesis, which helps maintain muscle.
Using ephedrine before working out can improve exercise performance, especially when used with caffeine. However, to safely do so tolerance must first be achieved. Additionally, ephedrine helps prevent good HDL cholesterol levels from lowering, which can occur with weight loss. It also lowers bad LDL cholesterol.
There are various side effects related to using ephedrine. Common side effects include dry mouth, insomnia, headaches, and anxiety. Serious side effects tend to mostly occur when it is taken in larger doses at inconsistent intervals.
Some of the problems associated with ephedrine use can include increased blood pressure, decreased glucose uptake , and neurotoxicity. For the most part ephedrine can be safe to use by healthy people, but those with some conditions should not take ephedrine due to the possible side effects usually connected with medical conditions and ephedrine use. This includes people with heart problems, diabetes, and insulin resistance. Neurotoxicity can be a problem, but can simply be avoided by using small doses at regular intervals and consuming adequate amounts of water.
There are two main forms of ephedrine: ephedra herbal extracts and synthetic ephedrine HCL. Herbal extracts are more common since there is less legal restriction on them, but synthetic ephedrine HCL is more standardized, although it can contain additional ingredients that might be toxic, especially if they are standardized to ephedrine alkaloids.
Ephedrine is usually taken twice a day with a total daily dosage between 20 and 60mg. This can be even dosages or a larger dose in the morning. For best weight loss results, you should follow a calorie restricted diet and regular exercise while on ephedrine. Long term use has not been studied and it is often recommended to not take it longer than 3 months at a time. The effectiveness of ephedrine can be improved when combined with caffeine, aspirin, yohimbine, and l-tyrosine.
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