I have received two nice pictures of ephedra plants and I take this opportunity to say some words about ephedra: we speak a lot of ephedrine HCL, the synthetic form of ephedrine that is made in laboratory and we sometimes forget about the natural form that grows in so many places and countries, the so-called Ma Huang and here in the following pictures, a member of the Ephedraceae herbs called Ephedra Distachya, the other name of Ephedra Vulgaris. This variety is famous for its high level of ephedrine alkaloids but you would have to spend a lot of time to extract these alkaloids by yourself 😉 If you are not afraid of this challenge, go ahead, the extraction process works basically like making tea; Mormons have understood the benefits of this plant and they have been early fans of the physiological effects of ephedrine (energy level, metabolism, appetite reduction, fat burning), in such an extend that ephedra or Ma Huang is also known as Mormon Tea.
Ephedra Herbs Are Not Banned
There is also a point worth mentioning: the herbal form of ephedra has not been banned by the FDA, it is totally legal to buy ephedra herbs in the USA, in any quantity: if you do your own decoction instead of buying ephedra diet pills for your weight loss program, no one can object, it is your right to do so. It is even legal to grow your own ephedra for personal use.
A few days ago I saw a page online about ephedra products that upset me a bit, it was this kind of site that has only one purpose, which is to make you buy products sold by websites owned by the same persons or companies. I have found many wrong information there, for instance they try to convince you that only ephedrine HCL is effective for weight loss, not ephedra products. You know it’s not true: the powerful fat burning effects that we mention frequently come from these alkaloids that you find in ephedrine HCL and also in ephedra plants that naturally contains these alkaloids. Just keep in mind that behind these different names, there is only one active principle or chemical component that confers the characteristic weight loss action: it is this special alkaloid called ephedrine.
In other words, you get the same effects from ephedrine HCL than from ephedra-based products if you have the same quantity of ephedrine alkaloids in both cases.
Bad Intention, Bad Information
The other point that bothered me was that this site was saying that the FDA had banned the weight loss supplements based on ephedra plants due to dangerous additional chemical compounds found in these plants! And also that ephedrine HCL was not as dangerous as herbal ephedra. Come on… All serious people know that the FDA was targeting ephedra (ephedrine) specifically. The controversy came from the fact that the FDA justified this decision by safety concerns when ephedrine has been proved safe and effective by most medical studies. Who doesn’t know today that the real reason of the ban had to do with drugs control, ephedrine being a precursor of methamphetamine? Other point, why would ephedrine HCL be less dangerous than herbal ephedra? Based on what? They have the same side effects. People who publish such information are not serious, they have no medical background, they just want you to buy ephedrine HCL and only that, not herbal ephedra or pills containing ephedra alkaloids.
Trust Their Disclaimer Only
That’s it, I know I talk too much when I am upset. In a nutshell: don’t trust all information found online, these guys want your money, that’s all. To be polite in most cases they have no idea about their selling topics, they just copy and paste information from serious sites. Just an example: they say that “additional chemical compounds” are dangerous, well then, please name these compounds and give scientific evidence that they are dangerous! What makes me laugh also (so to say) is that they pretend to have some scientific authority by adding one or two references at the end of their pages: just have a look, in most cases these references have nothing to do with the main topic of the page! If you want to see a real serious work on medical references, done by doctors, just have a look at our page about coffee or our article about the methodology of medical studies. Ask a doctor what he thinks about it, you will see what site is trustworthy or what other is not. The best page on all these misleading sites is their disclaimer! Often the same one, copied over and over 😉 I can resist the pleasure to quote them: “All content of EphedrineForIdiots is just an opinion and not advice and should not be taken as advice”. Don’t tell me 😉
Finally The Nice Pictures
OK now, here are the nice pictures of Ephedra Distachya I wanted to share with you:
Photo Credit: bara-koukoug
Take care and again, use your common sense when browsing the web because some people out there think that you are just a stupid buyer. Ephedrine HCL or ephedra alkaloids, no difference in terms of weight loss, just make sure that you buy it from the right places.