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(1) What is Ephedra?
What is it's natural source?
Ephedra is a stimulating
herb which grows in arid regions of the word. It has many different
names, such as Ma Huang. It has been used in China for thousands of
years to treat problems of the lungs. The active ingredient in
ephedra is ephedrine, which is known to increase heart rate as well
as body temperature. Depending on the strain of the herb, different
concentrations of the active ingredient ephedrine are
(2) What is Ephedra's
role as a sports supplement?
Ephedra is most commonly
used by bodybuilders and regular dieters wishing to cut bodyfat.
Although the original purpose is a nasal decongestant, recent
studies have shown it acts as a potent weight loss supplement.
(3) How much should be
Ephedra is still the topic
of much controversy, and although studies continually prove it is
safe for moderate use in athletics, many issues have come up which
has made ephedra the victim of much media scrutiny. Although
ephedra, like any other drug or supplement, is not good for a
person while taken in mass quantities, ephedra is perfectly safe
when specific directions are followed and done in moderation. Many
experts recommend taking 400 mg of 6% ephedrine-containing ephedra
three times per day about one half hour before each
(4) Are there any side
Ephedra side effects
usually occur at above average doses, but can occur at even normal
ones. They may include fast heartbeat, anxiety, and jitterness.
Harsher side effects are generally only seen at doses above
recommended level and include high blood pressure, vomiting and
very fast heartbeat. As usual, consult your physician before taking
ephedra as a nasal decongestant or using it as a diet supplement.
If taken at normal doses, ephedra is very safe and will result in
Go to: Ephedra Consumer Warnings
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