Nutrition Tips : How Does Ephedrine Affect the Body?

Nutrition Tips : How Does Ephedrine Affect the Body?

November 6, 2019 66 By William Morgan


My name is Christine Marquette and I’m a registered
dietitian with the Austin Regional Clinic,
and I’m going to talk to you about how ephedrine
affects the body. Now ephedrine is actually
a component very similar to ephedra. It’s
actually just a different name, ephedra, there’s
different varieties, ephedra sinica is a type
that was typically found in weight loss products
and different supplements. And ephedrine is
actually is the alkaloid of ephedra. So the
way it actually affects the body is that it’s
a stimulant and it does have thermogenic properties,
so it could have a very modest effect on your
metabolism, it could increase your metabolism
very slightly. What was found many years ago
by supplement manufacturers were if they combined
it with caffeine it could increase the rate
of your metabolism a little bit more effectively
resulting in a modest amount of weight loss,
not a significant amount. However, what was
found through the years was that this combination
and actually just ephedra by itself had various
serious side effects, very mild side effects
included insomnia but ultimately, it could
result in death and it did result in death
in a number of people. There were over fifteen
thousand complaints of adverse reactions from
one supplement manufacturer alone that eventually
were turned over to the FDA. So for this reason
you can no longer buy ephedra or ephedrine
as a weight loss supplement. There’s a similar
component called pseudoephedrine and this
particular alkaloid is still found in decongestants,
but you typically cannot buy those unless
you actually go to the pharmacy and get it
from behind the counter. It’s not something
that you usually can just find on the shelf,
you have to actually go ask for it at the
counter, again because it should be used strictly
a decongestant, not for weight loss. It is
a slightly different alkaloid but again related
to ephedra so it still needs to be used with
caution. So just some information for you
on how ephedrine affects the body.