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How is ephedra used for weight loss?

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Ephedra, an herb also known as ma huang, has the stimulant ephedrine. It's very closely related to manmade compounds found in the drugs pseudoephedrine and phenylpropanolamine.

The FDA banned supplements with ephedra after the herb was linked to serious side effects.

There's little evidence that it helps except for short-term weight loss. The agency says the health risks outweigh any benefits.

From: Supplements for Weight Loss WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

FDA: "Beware of Fraudulent Weight-Loss Dietary Supplements;" "Tainted Weight Loss Products;" "Weight Loss Fraud: Know What You're Taking;" and "Questions and Answers about FDA's Initiative Against Contaminated Weight Loss Products."

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "Natural Medicines in the Clinical Management of Obesity;" "7-Keto-DHEA;" "Hoodia;" "Guar Gum;" "Green Coffee Extract;" "Green Tea Extract;" "Glucomannan;" "Conjugated Linoleic Acid;" "Chromium;" and "Chitosan."

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Bitter Orange;" "Ephedra;" "Hoodia;" "Effects of Chromium Picolinate in People at Risk for Type 2 Diabetes;" and "Green Tea."

National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements: "Chromium."

National Library of Medicine: "Senna."

Micronutrient Information Center, Linus Pauling Institute, Oregon State University.

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Ephedra."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on March 9, 2018

SOURCES:

FDA: "Beware of Fraudulent Weight-Loss Dietary Supplements;" "Tainted Weight Loss Products;" "Weight Loss Fraud: Know What You're Taking;" and "Questions and Answers about FDA's Initiative Against Contaminated Weight Loss Products."

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "Natural Medicines in the Clinical Management of Obesity;" "7-Keto-DHEA;" "Hoodia;" "Guar Gum;" "Green Coffee Extract;" "Green Tea Extract;" "Glucomannan;" "Conjugated Linoleic Acid;" "Chromium;" and "Chitosan."

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Bitter Orange;" "Ephedra;" "Hoodia;" "Effects of Chromium Picolinate in People at Risk for Type 2 Diabetes;" and "Green Tea."

National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements: "Chromium."

National Library of Medicine: "Senna."

Micronutrient Information Center, Linus Pauling Institute, Oregon State University.

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Ephedra."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on March 9, 2018

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