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Bleak History: Ephedra

When it comes to weight loss, the market and our brains are increasingly becoming overcrowded with the information about the new, better and improved products that guarantee results in matter of days. One of such products was ephedra, which, due to misuse and one public incident (death of a famous pitcher Steve Bechler) was soon banned from market and withdrawn from sale. Despite this, the companies that used to produce and sell this product are somehow miraculously still on the market and doing business. The only difference is that the masterminds behind them have come up with the way to disguise those “mishaps” by simply giving a different name to the products in question, i.e. reformulating them. The final outcome, products giving exactly the same results with one crucial difference – all are ephedra-free.

New Age Products

Hydroxycut (Ephedra-free of course) – this product is said to have the potential to boost the mechanism responsible for weight loss, and in addition decrease the cravings. As far as main substance constituents are concerned, we can find hydroxycitric acid, though unfortunately in amounts not revealed. This acid is widely “praised” for its appetite curbing properties, natural in origin. To tell the truth, the one thing that can be regarded as truthfull is that it is natural. When it comes to the other thing, regarding the claim that it curbs appetite, well let us just say that studies have proved quite the opposite (1,500 mg dosage on a daily basis had no evident effect on either weight loss or appetite curbing). And even despite, the company’s claim and the study they rely on, many experts still remain in doubt concerning this product.

Xenadrine EFX (thermogenic technology functioning principle) – the main component is thermodyne complex, enriched with extracts from caffeine and green tea. Given the fact that green tea is here essential, and when taking its long history of use, it really does not come as a great revelation technology-wise. Despite the lack of novelty, it has been proven in a study that 270 mg of EGCG (chemical present in green tea) and 50 mg of caffeine, when given to male participants, had a boosting effect on their metabolism by 4%, whereas that amounted to only 1% when the only supplement was caffeine. One down point, however, is related to the fact that, since there is actually no information on the quantity of these two substances in afore mentioned product, it is somewhat rather difficult to pinpoint the exact effect it would have on the majority of male population.


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