About Ephedrine


There is an effective and safe way to increase energy expenditures by burning fat, the truly undesirable component of weight gain. (Rigorous exercisers and body builders gain weight in the form of muscle, which, of course, is desirable.) Used successfully for over 5,000 years, this method involves the use of ephedrine to enhance a natural biological mechanism for burning fat to produce energy, called thermogenesis. In the 1980s, the first thermogenic studies in humans demonstrated that obese women who took 20 mg of ephedrine three times per day (without changing their diet) lost about one pound per week. Ephedrine is a natural component of the herb ephedra, also known as ma huang, which has been brewed in Asia as a tea and used traditionally to help alleviate asthma, increase mental acuity, and increase energy expenditure by burning fat away.

Thermogenic therapy through the use of dietary supplementation to stimulate the fat-burning process is a reasonable way to increase one's metabolic rate. An intelligently designed dietary supplement containing ephedrine can also help satisfy appetite while stimulating energy expenditure through the burning of fat. Also at the core of a "smart" thermogenic supplement is the ingredient caffeine, which has been shown to increase the thermogenic effectiveness of ephedrine as a fat burner safely and, as a bonus, to enhance mental sharpness.

Overall, ephedrine and caffeine can increase energy expenditure by 5-10% via stimulation of the receptors in the highly specialized fat cells called brown adipose fat. These cells have more mitochondria than other fat cells, which accounts for their color. Mitochondria are the furnaces of energy production in the cell; when thermogenically stoked (by taking ephedrine and caffeine), they can dramatically increase energy expenditure through increased fat burning. When this process is not fully compensated by increased energy intake - which is possible with the appetite-satisfying aspects of a good dietary formulation - a negative energy balance occurs. In other words, more energy goes out than comes in, the net result of which is weight loss.

What's more, thermogenic weight loss resulting from ephedrine/caffeine/aspirin use is likely to have more lasting benefits compared to most conventional weight-loss programs or diet fads, thus leading to long-term weight maintenance.