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Ephedrine


What is ephedrine?

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Ephedrine is chemical derived from botanical plant Ephedra (also known as ma-huang in Chinese) which has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for over 5000 years ago for the treatment of asthma and hay fever. The alkaloids, ephedrine and pseudoephedrine are the active constituents of Ephedra plant. Pseudoephedrine is used in over-the-counter decongestants. Most naturally growing ephedra is found in temperate climates, in China, Mongolia, Southern Siberia and Japan, usually on sandy seashores. In the late 1900s, it was used as a stimulant and a dieting aid.Ephedra is both a stimulant (similar to adrenaline) and a thermogenic. It stimulates the brain, increases heart rate, constricts blood vessels (increasing blood pressure), and expands bronchial tubes (making breathing easier).
Its thermogenic properties cause an increase in metabolism, evidenced by an increase in body heat. Ephedrine is considered a banned substance by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), FDA and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The FDA has received nearly 1000 reports of "adverse events" from consumers using one of over 100 supplements containing ephedrine alkaloids. It became more popular after the 1994 FIFA World Cup, where the Argentine footballer Diego Armando Maradona tested positive for ephedrine in a doping control for using one dietary supplement product containing the substance.


What is the effective dosage for ephedrine?

Up to 25 mg in one dose is considered safe in cold remedies, higher dosages (75 mg in two - three divided dosages per day) is needed to get stimulant and fat loss effect. Higher dosages than 75 mg per day would increase the side effects and adverse health effects. Professional athletes use it for weight loss in this combination asprin, ephedrine & caffeine. 50-100mg of Ephedrine, 200mg of Caffeine and 300mg of Aspirin. Cycling it for 6 weeks at a time and then taking 2 weeks away from it. This combination is called "ECA"stack.

Is it legal to use it?

It is legal to buy but it is banned in competitive sports by international Olympic committee. It is also banned by FDA (America). There are other products or ingredients that contain ephedra or relatives of it, though you wouldn't know from the labels. For instance, Sida cordifolia (country mallow) supplies ephedra compounds. Mormon Tea and Desert Tea are actually types of ephedra. Ephedra itself is broken down in the body to norephedrine: some supplements contain this rather than ephedra. Its supporters claim it's safer than ephedra, but norephedrine may actually be worse.


What are the benefits of ephedrine supplement?

• It increases the alertness, arousal and motivation to train.
• Ephedra is both a stimulant (similar to adrenaline) and a thermogenic. It stimulates the brain, increases heart rate, constricts blood vessels (increasing blood pressure), and expands bronchial tubes (making breathing easier). Its thermogenic properties cause an increase in metabolism, evidenced by an increase in body heat.
• It is used in combination with caffeine (guarana) and aspirin (willow bark) to create a power thermogenic stack (fat loss),therefore fat loss.
• It is used in many decongestants and asthma drugs.
• Research studies proved that it does not have any effect on development of muscle strength and endurance. But it can stimulate beta-2 agonist receptor on muscle cells, which could increase the force of muscle contractions.


What are the side effects of ephedrine?

Side effects of ephedrine may include irritability, nervousness, dizziness, trembling, headache, itchy scalp and skin, vomiting and hyperthermia. Chemical dependence may also develop. Discontinue use and call a physician or licensed, qualified health-care professional immediately if you experience rapid heartbeat, dizziness, severe headache, shortness of breath, or other.
Cautions-
Cautions- Not for use by individuals under the age of 18. Keep out of reach of children. Do not use if pregnant or nursing. Consult a physician or licensed, qualified health-care professional before using this product if you have, or have a family history of, heart disease, angina, thyroid disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, recurrent headaches, bleeding disorder, depression or other psychiatric condition, glaucoma, difficulty urinating, prostate enlargement, or seizure disorder; if you are using a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) or any other dietary supplement, prescription drug, or over-the-counter drug containing ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, or phenylpropanolamine (ingredients found in certain decongestants and allergy, asthma, cough/cold, and weight-control products). There are other products or ingredients that contain ephedra or relatives of it, though you wouldn't know from the labels. For instance, Sida cordifolia (country mallow) supplies ephedra compounds. Mormon Tea and Desert Tea are actually types of ephedra. Ephedra itself is broken down in the body to norephedrine: some supplements contain this rather than ephedra. Its supporters claim it's safer than ephedra, but norephedrine may actually be worse.