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2008/05/11 15:03:12 (permalink)

Various supplement questions.....

I have a few questions but thought I'd ask them all in one post.

What is actually wrong with Ephedrine? I can't seem to find it anywhere.

What supplements will help in limiting the effects of a hangover/making you feel better in the morning? I have milk thistle extract, electolytes, taurine, caffeine and does melatonin help?

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    RE: Various supplement questions..... 2008/05/11 15:05:38 (permalink)
    What is actually wrong with Ephedrine?


    If used responsibly....nothing

    What supplements will help in limiting the effects of a hangover/making you feel better in the morning?


    Don't drink myself, so have no idea. I'd imagine that Liv.52 would be a good choice though


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    RE: Various supplement questions..... 2008/05/11 15:51:53 (permalink)
    The main constituents of ephedra, notably ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, are plant alkaloids that are thought to be responsible for the ephedra's medicinal action. These alkaloids are believed to cross the barrier protecting the brain from unwanted chemicals in the blood and mimic activity of the sympathetic nervous system ("fight or flight") by interacting with various neurotransmitter receptors. Specifically, it is thought to enhance the release of the neurotransmitter norepinephrine and stimulates alpha- and beta-adrenergic receptors. The problem with this non-specific stimulation of adrenergic receptors is that while the desired receptors (beta-2) in the lungs are stimulated to open the airways, other types of receptors are also stimulated, including the beta-1 receptors in the heart that increase heart rate and force of contraction, and the alpha-1 receptors that increase blood pressure and decrease circulation to the renal system and other parts of the body.

    Epinephrine, which is similar to ephedrine but much more active and short-acting, is a conventional treatment for asthma, but it has been largely replaced by current asthma medications which are able to act more selectively on beta-2 receptors.

    Possible Side Effects of Ephedra
    nausea

    headache; dizziness
    irritation of the stomach; diarrhoea
    anxiety; psychosis
    kidney stones
    tremors
    dry mouth
    irregular or rapid heart rhythms; heart damage
    high blood pressure
    restlessness; nervousness; sleeping problems
    decreased appetite
    flushing; sweating
    increased urination

    Use of ephedra has also been associated with stroke, seizures, psychosis and death.

    The risk of side effects and adverse effects appears to be greater in people with preexisting conditions, such as heart disease, high blood pressure; heart rate disorders; thyroid disease; hypoglycemia; glaucoma; anxiety; glaucoma; pheochromocytoma; diabetes; kidney disease or kidney stones; mental illness or a history of mental illness; enlarged prostate; cerebral insufficiency and a history of seizures, stroke, or transient ischemic attacks. People with these health conditions should avoid ephedra. People with allergies to ephedra, ephedrine, or pseudoephedrine should also avoid ephedra.

    Ephedra is believed to increase the risk of heat stroke, because it increases metabolism and impairs the body's ability to lose heat.

    Source - http://altmedicine.about.com/cs/allergiesasthma/a/Ephedra.htm
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    RE: Various supplement questions..... 2008/05/11 16:07:27 (permalink)
    one other thing in ephedrine use is going overboard and getting too thin
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