Ephedra was first used as a traditional Chinese medicinal remedy for common throat and respiratory issues such as asthma and hay fever. Ephedra has also been known under the names of ephedrine and ma huang, and there are several different types of ephedra. Only one type was ever used for weight loss. And since, they have started using other types such as ephedra viridis, that have never been proven to promote weight loss results. The only effective weight loss ephedra is ephedra sinica.
Ephedra sinica works as a natural stimulant that constricts the blood vessels and increases blood pressure and heart rate, much like an amphetamine. It encourages an accelerated metabolism, greater thermogenic fat burning, and it suppresses appetite while increasing natural energy in the body. This can contribute to better workouts. Ephedra was, for several years prior to 2004, the single most popular weight loss ingredient in any product! All of the big product lines such as Hydroxycut, Dexatrim, ECA Stack, and others used it, because it works.
During its years of popularity, there were efforts made to test ephedra sinica, its effectiveness, its side effects, its greater dangers, and anything else that might come with it. But all efforts to test and regulate ephedra were blocked and defeated by lobbying! Considering what we know, none of this is particularly surprising. But it did not stop the ultimate conclusion to the ephedra story.
In its short history, ephedra sinica has been connected to an unacceptably high rate of serious side effects. There were numerous reports of deaths, heart attacks, strokes, and other serious and even deadly side effects. It has been compared to dangerous and illegal methamphetamines, and all together it has been associated with hypertension, irritability, nervousness, dizziness, trembling, headaches, insomnia, profuse perspiration, dehydration, itchy scalp and skin, vomiting, hyperthermia, irregular heartbeat, seizures, heart attacks, strokes, and death. But it all came to a head on April 12, 2004, after the sudden deaths of several major athletes using ephedra based products, that it was officially banned and multiple suits were brought against ephedra manufacturers.
Politicians, diet pill CEO’s, and others continued to try to block legislation, and some were ultimately charged and jailed due to efforts made to defraud the government and the common consumer. It was discovered that the Metabolife CEO at the time had received over 14,000 complaints about adverse side effects associated with their products, and they chose not to report them. And some have speculated about Utah Senator Orrin Hatch’s involvement due to his repeated efforts to block the FDA’s attempts to regulate ephedra. Hatch’s later statement describing the ephedra ban as “long overdue” were described by Time Magazine as “a dazzling display of hypocrisy.”
Since then, studies have been conducted including one review of ephedra related side effects and adverse reactions. Published in the New England Journal of Medicine, they discovered a significant number of cases of sudden cardiac death or severe disability due to ephedra use. Many of these cases were observed in young adults using the labeled and recommended dosages of ephedra based products ranging from insomnia to death, the most notable of which were Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman Korey Stringer from heatstroke in 2001 and Steve Bechler, pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles who died of heatstroke in February of 2003.
Since its original ban, there have been hundreds if not thousands of products introduced as the “replacement for ephedra” or the “alternative to ephedra.” Most companies scrambled, using a large quantity of popular ingredients to replace the one ingredient known as ephedra. And they have failed miserably!
But there is one product that has succeeded in effectively replacing ephedra once and for all! Known as Nuphedragen, this product uses the first blend to control the connection between the hormones known as CART and NPY. Nuphedragen uses the all natural ingredients known for the greatest levels of success, using ingredients such as synephrine, which is a cousin to ephedrine known to have all of the same benefits, while avoiding the nasty side effects. When they combine this with their three other ingredients, all of which have been known to promote diverse and effective weight loss results on their own, you will be able to match and even surpass ephedra!