Now that the FDA has banned ephedra
in over-the-counter products, companies are touting an array of other herbs and nonherbal products claimed to speed weight loss.
Robert Lemon, said in an affidavit filed in the case that none of the ingredients in MetaboGenx, including ephedra
, is known to be lethal or cause brain damage when used as directed.
FDA officials have been trying to restrict ephedra
sales since 1997.
According to a wonderful book, Evidence-Based Herbal Medicine by Michael Rotblatt, MD, PharmD, and Irwin Ziment, MD, FRCP (Hanley and Belfus, 2001), ephedra
, or ma huang, is the herbal source of ephedrine and pseudoephedrine.
You say that you know of no one in your family who ever had a heart problem, but you don't say that anyone used ephedra
every day, either.
Douglas Zipes, who recently testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on the use of ephedra
The US Department of Health and Human Services requested an analysis of the past studies of products containing ephedrine and ephedra
after the recent deaths of several high-profile athletes attributed to these products.
The medical examiner implicated ephedra
in the 23-year-old's death.
But it's not uncommon for those with high levels of ephedra
alkaloids in their blood to test falsely positive for speed.
Once the darling of the "in" crowd, ephedra
is now the product that no one wants to sit next to on the school bus.
and Ephedrine are powerful stimulants to the heart, our metabolism, and the central nervous system.
But Air Force surgeon general officials strongly advise airmen to contact their physicians or health care providers before taking dietary supplements that contain Ma Huang, ephedra
The natural sedative kava and ephedra
, which is used as a body building and weight loss supplement, are both under the spotlight as potentially causing harm.
One group was given a caffeine and ephedra
Hydroxycut is the brand name of a "performance enhancer" that contains ephedra
(also called MaHuang) as one of its main ingredients.