Ripped Ma Huang Review

Editor's Review: 3.5 / 5.0

What You Should Know

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Ripped Ma Huang, a supplement from Sports One Nutrition, claims to contain ephedra. Even though the United States Government has placed tracking systems in place to track sales of ephedra and banned the use of ephedra in diet supplements, we stumble on new ephedra-based supplements all the time. There are two means by which a company can sell an ephedra-based diet supplement. Either the company has no regard for current law and thus chooses to sell an illegal product, or the ephedra extract is from a plant not listed on the FDA banned list. The latter would mean the ephedra or ma huang extract, in this case, would have no effect on metabolism or weight loss.

List of Ingredients

Ingredients:

  • Chromium
  • Guarana
  • Ma Huang Extract
  • L-Carnitine
  • White Willow Bark

Product Features

The first issue we found with Ripped Ma Huang was the ingredient list. One part of the product description claims the supplement contains guarana and white willow bark. The active ingredient list does not mention these ingredients. Guarana is a source of caffeine in most weight loss supplements and white willow bark is a natural alternative to aspirin commonly used in ephedra, caffeine, aspirin stacks. Ripped Ma Huang appears to use the ECA stack as a means of boosting metabolism, but ephedra is banned for use in diet supplements.

Chromium naturally reduces appetite by helping control blood glucose response to food. The ingredient is safe and effective. Ma huang extract is another term for ephedra. Ephedra is not available in legal diet supplement though it can be purchased over the counter for asthma treatment. Guarana, as we mentioned, is a source of caffeine. There is no mention how much caffeine is packed into each serving of Ripped Ma Huang. White willow bark can be used to reduce pain, but in this case we believe it is used as a blood thinner to move the active ingredients through the body faster. This could cause health issues for dieters taking prescription blood thinners.

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Advantages

  • All ingredients are listed online.
  • Caffeine and chromium are proven to benefit dieters trying to lose weight.

Disadvantages

  • May contain an illegal ingredient – ephedra.

Conclusion

Ripped Ma Huang is either an illegal supplement or a supplement trying to sell dieters on the idea that an alternative extract from some plant in the ephedra family is as effective as tried and true stimulant ephedra. Either way, we suggest the dieter choose a different supplement for weight loss.

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