The Real Truth about Ephedrine
Often times, discussions and publications surrounding ephedrine products end up taking a controversial stance. The thing is, the media always needs a scapegoat – it’s much easier to single out a product rather than search for the real underlying facts surrounding an issue. Take for example the original ephedra diet pill ban of 2004; All ephedra containing supplements were pulled from the market in a ruling by the FDA that found the diet pills “unsafe” (Read more on that here).
It doesn’t make sense
It’s easy to take a product and rule it unsafe, any product can be unsafe. Drinking too much water can lead to side effects, consuming too much caffeine can lead to side effects, taking too much of ANYTHING can lead to side effects – why single out ephedrine/ephedra? Alcohol destroys thousands, if not millions of lives every year, why not ban alcohol? What about tobacco?
Most people fail to realize that clinical, peer reviewed studies exist that validate the safety and effectiveness of ephedrine/caffeine stacks.
Actual Clinical proof:
See studies here:
These are just a couple of examples of a pile of studies that can confirm the safety and effectiveness of the EC stack (Ephedrine & Caffeine) for weight loss. The bottom line is that although ephedrine is often presented in a controversial and negative light, it is a very diverse and effective product. Ephedrine is also the most popular over-the-counter asthma medication. It is a product that can help people lose weight, breathe better, and studies confirm its safety when used appropriately.
Use ephedrine, not ephedra diet pills.
It won’t be an easy feat to find real ephedra diet pills on the market in 2012 because they can no longer be legally manufactured, but honestly, it’s not really a bad thing. Ephedra diet pills didn’t always only contain ephedrine and caffeine, often times they contained synephrine, yohimbine, and other stimulants. While ephedrine and caffeine alone has been shown to be safe and effective, the additional stimulants have not. The studies that back-up ephedrine’s safety and efficiency only take into account ephedrine/caffeine combinations, not ephedrine/caffeine/yohimbine/etc combinations. The good news is that ephedrine is still available on the market as an over-the-counter nasal decongestant, so burning fat with ephedrine and caffeine is still possible. The EC Stack is a homemade version of an ephedra diet pill, containing the two main ingredients: ephedrine hcl and caffeine. It is recommended to not add anything else to this stack (stimulant wise).
Ephedrine and caffeine can still be purchased on the market in 2012, which is a good thing because 90% of the “fat burners” and “diet pills” available for sale are complete junk. The controversy surrounding ephedrine is often a media scapegoat – Back a few years ago creatine was actually under-fire as being a dangerous supplement, it was really quite silly.