What You Should Know
Ephedrine X, a Diet Labs product, is another of those supplements hanging on to the power of ephedra. When the Food and Drug Administration banned ephedra for use in diet supplements, they banned what is known as ma huang and other extracts with known ephedrine and pseudoephedrine alkaloids. That does not include all plant extracts from the ephedra family. That leaves supplement manufacturers to pull a useless extract from a plant and claim a supplement contains ephedra. The best way to recognize these supplements is to look for a few mimicking ingredients on the label. Typically you will find synephrine, caffeine, white willow bark and an appetite suppressant. Many supplement manufacturers love to hang on to hoodia, so that may be the appetite suppressant included. If this series of ingredients is included with the ephedra extract, you can be fairly certain the supplement does not contain real ephedra.
List of Ingredients
- Ephedra Extract
- Citrus Aurantium
- Green Tea Extract
- Caffeine Anhydrous
- White Willow Bark
- Gymnema Sylvestre
The official website for Ephedrine X is quite amusing. First, the company truly wants the dieter to believe real ephedra extract is used in the supplement. There are two ways to approach this claim. If real ephedra is used, the company is willing to use dangerous ingredients and should not be trusted. If the supplement does not contain real ephedra, the company is willing to lie and should not be trusted.
The second problem is that the company claims in one paragraph that the dieter does not have to change eating habits or exercise for the supplement to work, but in a later paragraph explains that the supplement is guaranteed to work with a reduced calorie diet and exercise program.
As for the formula, Ephedrine X includes all of the mimicking ingredients we suggested aside from the appetite suppressant. It is likely that the stimulant ingredients are strong enough to cause nausea and thus, the formula doesn’t really need an appetite suppressant after all.
Citrus aurantium is a source of synephrine. Synephrine is the most common alternative to ephedra because it causes many of the same side effects, but it is not proven to melt away fat like ephedra. Green tea extract is proven to boost metabolism, but the company does not reveal if enough of the extract is included. The proprietary blend contains just 456 mg and the proven amount of green tea is between 300 and 350 mg, so we doubt enough of the extract is included.
Caffeine is another stimulant proven to boost metabolism, but the company again conveniently forgets to mention how much is included.
- All ingredients are listed on the official website.
- Contains two proven ingredients.
- Does not likely contain real ephedra.
- Contains synephrine.
- No appetite suppressant.
Ephedrine X is a supplement that dieters should approach with extreme caution. Any company that continues to sell ephedra products after the FDA banned the ingredient is basing the supplement on hype and not safety for the dieter.