Imagine you are crossing the street and a speeding car almost hits you. Within seconds, you begin to sweat, your heart pounds, and you feel almost out of breath. Your central nervous system has kicked in, and your adrenaline is rushing. You basically have the ability to do things physically that you couldn't have done just seconds before.
Ephedra produces a similar result.
Historically known as a Chinese herb and recently known as a powerful supplement, Ephedra Diet Pills, ephedra or ma huang, has made its mark in recent history. Its uses are numerous and its effects are powerful. Some swear by this powerful stimulants ability to help them lose weight because of its ability to temporarily suppress appetite and naturally help them burn calories with its thermogenic characteristics.
A natural herbal supplement from a desert shrub (the ma huang plant) that grows on the dry, rocky slops of Asia, ephedra has proven itself in both the health and the athletic arenas.
PERFORMANCE USES: SHED FAT AND BUILD ENDURANCE
Athletes use ephedra for its body-fat shedding and muscle-mass maintaining ability. Studies have shown that ma huang help suppress appetites, stimulate the central nervous system, and heat up the core body temperature. As your body's temperature increases, your body naturally burns more calories for fuel, thus creating a greater loss of fat. And that's why people from all walks of life are using it.
Recent research has led to the use of ephedra with caffeine and aspirin to optimize its fat-burning and stimulant effects. Researchers combine the natural herbal forms of gaurana (caffeine), ma huang (ephedrine), and white willow bark (aspirin) to create a strong supplement with a power-packed effect that helps consumers shed unwanted body fat and boost their energy levels.
MEDICAL USES: ASTHMA, FLU, AND COLDS
Used for over 5000 years, ephedra can be useful in the treatment of asthma and congestion because of its ability to clear bronchial passages creating a larger airway for easier breathing. Individuals have been using ephedra for years to fight fevers, flu's, and colds as well. Its potential to promote sweating seems to flush the common flu or cold away, and some experts suggest that it reduces the duration of a fever or can even stop the flu or cold from arriving at all.
Ephedra's strong effects can help you make desired dramatic changes in your physique by helping you lose fat while maintaining muscle mass. It can give you the zip you need before a workout on the days when your tail is dragging. It can even help you breathe easier when you normally find yourself out of breath in those intense athletic activities.
USE COMMON SENSE
Nonetheless, because of its powerful effects, ephedra should be taken with caution. Those who take it should consider the label's warnings and recommendations. Though ephedra accounts for less than 1 percent of herbs sold, it accounts for up to 64 percent of the negative reactions reported. Thus it is more than 220 times more likely to cause problems than all other herbal products combined.
Use common sense and read the warnings before taking ephedra, or don't take it at all.
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GAMMA HYDROXY BUTYRATE (GHB) GAMMA BUTYL LACTONE (GBL) 2(3H)-FURANONE DI-HYDRO (GBL) 1,4 BUTANEDIOL (BD) TETRAMETHYLENE GLYCOL (BD) SUCOL-B (BD)
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