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Loose it with Ephedra

It is not necessary to mention what a number of people are fighting with the extra weight now and how many methods and medicines have been invented and released to solve this problem. And we won’t get here to the absurdity of propaganda that puts forward the advantage of the “slim” beauty to the “plump” one. For a long time people got to different ways of fighting with the undesired weight – from trivial pills to not so trivial suicides.

As an alternative to the expensive and sometimes damaging pills and medicines Chinese herbalists suggest using Ephedra as the herb to stimulate the weight loss. Ephedra’s alkaloids – ephedrine and pseudoephedrine – work mostly stimulating central nervous system and heart work, increasing low blood pressure. With the purpose of the weight loss ephedrine is used together with caffeine and some appetite suppressants. Pills, medicines and diet supplements with such combinations safely raise the body’s metabolism and act to burn the fat content in the human body.

As a rule, people using ephedrine for the weight loss feel the increase of the energy level and the decrease of appetite. Besides, it is rather fast way to loose the weight – consumers’ testimonies and numerous researches have proved that within the period of 6 months a person can loose quite a number of pounds.

The side effects, though appearing to diminish after some time, should be carefully studied before the use of Ephedra. Among them are cardiac arrhythmia's and heart disease, weakness, nervousness, sleeplessness, depression, mania, agitation, suicidal ideas, exaggerated reflexes or Parkinson's disease-like symptoms, muscle aches and muscle damage.

During the history of its use, there have been several reports of death of the Ephedra side effects. That is why the FDA have been restricting and limiting the dosage recommendations and rules as for the use of the ephedrine-containing dietary supplements. Per FDA’s recommendation, the daily dose of ephedrine shouldn’t be more that 25 mg of alkaloids.

Among the reports of the severe side effects are myocardial infarctions, cerebrovascular/stroke events, seizures and psychiatric cases. Due to all the above mentioned, some rules as for the Ephedra’s use were worked out: all the ephedra-containing supplements must have a label with all possible adverse effects, (including death), must contain no more than 8mg of ephedrine per one serving; and finally, must be used for no longer than seven days.

Ephedra's potential risks outweigh its proven benefits for most people and they get to the other methods of fighting with an extra weight. But if you consult your health care provider and use it carefully – it can be a good help for you to loose some pounds you don’t need. Hopefully, it will serve you at best!

Prepared by Diana Lyakhovetskaya

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