Many people ask the question repeatedly, what is the difference between ephedra and ephedrine, when trying to find the best suiting weight loss aids to suit their needs. To sum it up, ephedra is a plant found mostly in desert regions of Asia and several other parts of the world. Once the plant has been dried, it is used medicinally. Ephedra was first introduced as a stimulant containing the herbal form, ephedrine, as an FDA regulated drug found in asthma medications. When other effects were noted, it was quickly released to the mainstream market as a potent and highly effective dietary aid assisting in weight loss.
Ephedra is an Asian botanical herb most widely sold now as a dietary weight loss supplement around the world. The active compound currently derived from the ephedra plant to make ephedra diet pills
is the alkaloid ephedrine. The ephedra plants ephedrine alkaloid is what makes up the content of ephedra in current fat burners. It is used because of all the ephedra alkaloids; ephedrine is the most potent thermogenic agent, stimulating the central nervous system to provide benefits such as increased stamina, focus, energy and the assistance in weight loss.
Known as ephedrine, ephedra and Ma Huang, each term is used to refer to the same substances derived from the ephedra plant.Ephedrine is widely used for:
- Weight Loss
- Energy Booster
- Enhance Athletic Performance
- Increased Focus and Alertness
- Improved Stamina
Often containing other stimulants, including caffeine, these fat burners are said to be “amphetamine like” stimulants that help users easily shed excess weight. Originally used as a short-term prescribed diet aid, ephedrine was offered to people suffering from obesity to help lose necessary amounts of weight to maintain high quality health and nutrition practices. Currently, the use of ephedrine has vastly spread like wild fire among any individual looking to lose weight with diet and exercise.
Many scientific studies conducted throughout the years have listed many benefits associated with ephedra diet pills
including those listed above. Findings continually show the use of ephedra/ephedrine products statistically shows significant increase in weight loss over short periods of time. Cast under a negative shadow more recently, ephedra used properly along with consistent diet and exercise is a great supplement for those looking to lose weight to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Without being abused by the user, ephedra has the potential to assist many people with its weight loss benefits, and help decrease obesity not only in the United States, but around the world as well.Julie Riggs MED RD LD
Registered and Licensed Dietician
Julie Riggs has been teaching fitness and nutrition skills to every population, from NFL players to the elderly, pre and post-natal moms to professional bodybuilders for her entire career. As a writer and consultant for www.i-supplements.com and as a registered dietician, personal trainer, and mom of three Julie brings real life perspective to the every day person's fitness and nutritional concerns.