Ephedra Alternatives

May 21st, 2008 by Paul Johnson

Ephedra is a natural stimulant herb used in supplements. The media has been trying to scare people for years about it because some people took way over the recommended dosage. The FDA at one point banned it in supplements, but then when a U.S court allowed it in low doses, the FDA has yet to step in on the issue again. Ephedra is certainly not the only fat burner that works, but it is one of the most effective. Let’s look at some of the ephedra alternatives, should ephedra once again get banned by the FDA or because you prefer something else.

Stimulant Ephedra alternatives:

Ephedrine – Ephedrine is the commercial pill version that many bodybuilders used, when ephedra was banned. Ephedrine is often used in cold medicines, but because it is also used in the process to manafacture methamphatemine, it requires identification to purchase it and there is a limit to how much you can purchase at a time. This information is given to the drug enforcement agency.

Synephrine - The citrus plant called "bitter orange", contains an active stimulant similiar in structure as ephedrine, called Synephrine. Because it is similiar to ephedrine it should be almost as beneficial in aiding fat loss. It also can be stacked with caffeine to increase effectiveness, just like the old ephedrine caffeine stacks.

Yohimbe - This stimulant has been around for years, first used to treat men's erectile dysfunction. It actually turns out to be a good fat burner, but it works on a different mechanism than ephedrine. It also has the unique ability to help with spot reduction of fat.

Read more about Yohimbe's fat loss spot reduction in a previous article of mine:
Can Yohimbine Transdermals Spot Reduce Fat

There are other stimulants that are used commercially for fat loss, but none as researched and well known as the above.

Non-Stimulant Ephedra Alternatives:

Most of the non-stimulant fat burners aren't potent enough by themselves, like the stimulants such as Ephedra or synephrine. Therefore, most common fat burner supplements stack together an array of fatburning compounds. Green tea is common in most commercial fat burner stacks, which raises the metabolism by up to 30%! Octopamine HCL (also known as Norsynephrine HCl) is found in some fat burners. This is a amine akaloid that is derived from synephrine, except it is not a stimulant and it's been highly concentrated to magnify it's benefits. Octopamine HCL increases metabolism, increases fat oxidation, improves insulin sensitivity, decreases catabolism of muscle tissue. Sesamin, derived from sesame seeds, has a unique method of increasing fat oxidation and preventing fat storage. Acetyl-L Carnitine (ALCAR) is a well proven fat loss ingredient, found naturally in meat, but in a different form. There are countless other fat burning compounds, far too many to go through here, that have potential to aid in fat loss.

  1. neil maycock on May 21st, 2008

    Another great article about Ephedra, We are talking the mormon tea version right?

  2. admin on May 22nd, 2008

    Yes. There is only one version of ephedra. 🙂