Ephdrine Weight Loss Supplement: Proven to be Safe

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Ephedrine Weight Loss Supplement: Proven to be Safe

After being linked to over 100 deaths, the National Football League (NFL), International Olympic Committee (IOC), National College Athletic Association (NCAA) and other sport organizations have banned the use of ephedrine. Ephedrine has also been prohibited from all military installations in the United States.

Even with the linkage to over 100 deaths and recent prohibitions, ephedrine has been proven to be an effective and safe weight loss supplement as long as it's taken in moderation.

What and where Ephedrine comes from?

Ephedrine, also referred to as ma huang, comes from the ephedra plant. Ephedra plants are most abundant around the desert regions of central Asia, but can be found worldwide. For more then 5,200 years ephedrine has been used in successfully in Chinese medications. The ephedrine product also has been used in Germany since 1896 and in United States since 1926 (Hobbs).

Ephedrine is an amphetamine-like compounds used to control and stimulate the heart and central nervous system. The amphetamine-like compounds perform like any weight-loss product or prescription drug would. When ephedrine is extracted from the ephedra plant it can be metabolized into norephedrine. Norephedrine is the metabolized form of ephedrine which stimulates the effects of the drug on the central nervous system.

Ephedrine has positive effects in weight loss and appetite suppression. On the negative side, if ephedrine is abused it can cause, heart attacks, strokes, tachycardia, paranoid psychosis, depression, convulsions, coma, fever, vomiting, palpitations, hypertension, and respiratory depression.

Minimal linkage to deaths

The media emphasizes the fact that ephedrine is bad for you. The media states that ephedrine has been linked to over 100 deaths. What the media does not report is the time frame or the amount of ephedrine taken, which is in excess to the recommended dosages.