Ephedra containing Supplements are
At least 124 people have died
and thousands have been to the emergency room as a result of taking
ephedra-containing supplements. Most "fat burners", "metabolism boosters",
"energy boosters", and weight loss supplements contain ephedra, caffeine, and
sometimes aspirin.Caffeine and aspirin potentiate
the effects of ephedra AND the combination of ephedra and caffeine and/or
aspirin can be lethal or life threatening.
Look for these
ingredients on the label:
DO NOT USE THESE
- Ephedra (ma huang, epitonin, ephedrine)
- Caffeine (guarana, kola nut)
- Aspirin (willow bark, salicylates, salicylic
Here is a list of some of the most popular
ephedra-containing supplements and drinks:
||Ripped Force |
||Yellow Jackets |
|| Stackers I, II, III
Serious side effects:
The FDA would
like to ban ephedra from the US market.
- Heart attack
- High blood pressure
- Fast heartbeat (tachycardia)
- Panic attack or psychoses
. The main
problem with ephedra is that safe levels are unknown.
People have died or had seizures and strokes at relatively low dosages (12-36
. Most deaths, seizures and strokes have occurred
during or right after exercise.
. Studies show that
ephedra is not uniformly and explicitly labeled on
. Most ephedra-containing supplements have 12
mg or more ephedra alkaloids per dose and recommend 100-300+ mg in 24 hours.
This level clearly raises the risk
of the most serious side effects, including death.
Good web sites for additional information on
http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/ds-savvy.htmlKNOW WHAT YOU PUT IN YOUR