Adrenaline Rush Hour Revisited
by Dusty R. Green, M.Ed., Research Scientist/Author
This particular form of Lipodrene contains ephedra (not all do). Thousands of people are
"turned-on" to ephedra related products daily. Ma huang is the name
of the plant and ephedrine (interchangeable with pseudoephedrine) is the active ingredient. Regular exercisers use it for more fun/intense/invigorating workouts ... aerobically (running, walking,
cycling, etc.) or anaerobically (stop and go activities -- weight lifting, etc.). Ephedra refers to the scientific name of the plant, ephedra sinica. Ephedra sinica, known in Chinese as ma huang, has been used for approximately 5,000 years for asthma, hay fever, and common cold support. The alkaloids ephedrine and pseudoephedrine (similar to adrenaline) are the active constituents
that come from the plant.
The pros outweigh the cons by far, but I
feel compelled to tell you about this since people are eating it like candy without fully
understanding the implications. It's probably the best weight-loss support aid on the market ...
truly suppressing the appetite. If you take more than your body is ready for, it can make
you feel jittery as if you've had too much caffeine. Anyone just
starting out should build up slowly. Some
manufacturer's labels recommend you to "dive right in" to
ill-advised high doses!
Mental Sharpness, Productivity, and Less
The active ingredient, ephedra,
encourages the adrenal glands to produce adrenaline. Personally, I notice quicker/sharper thought patterns, higher productivity,
and don't require as much sleep. This new life is wonderful since I've always felt groggy
with anything less than 8 hours of sleep per night. I feel like the "energic kid" I used to be, thirty to ... well ... many, many
Straight Ephedrine vs. Ephedra
Those who take straight ephedrine
(sometimes referred to as nor-pseudo-ephedrine) experience extreme highs accompanied by
extreme lows. Headaches, nausea, dizziness, and insomnia can also occur. Some power
lifters still use straight ephedrine just before their next lift. The medical profession
uses it to start your heart in the event it decides to stop beating. In comparison, ingesting ephedra extract gives you a slow sustained release of ephedrine. In other words, it's like
taking ephedrine on a timed-release basis. It's great stuff if you
know what you're doing with it.
Is Ephedra Evil and Bad?
Staying uninformed is evil and bad (strickly my opinion, of course)!
Excess stress, pollution,
low nutrient intake, too much
exercise, etcetera, pushes the adrenal glands past their ability. Consistent use of ephedra and ephedrine can do the same. The dilemma -- if taking ephedra regularly over-works the adrenal
glands (along with everything else in life), then why am I recommending it?
We need a
certain amount of stress in our lives to function. If we have none, we may never get out
of bed. We need a certain amount of exercise, too. If we have none, we get fat and die
young. Too much exercise (marathon-ish type activities) can cause "burn-out"
and high blood acid levels. Consider our juvenile athletes who are driven by their parents and society to be the best at all costs or
the teacher/coach who uses exercise as a tool for punishment. In other words, some is
good and too much is bad.
Since the release of this formula in late 2007, people have been reporting a kinship of consuming 2 products simultaneously to that of feelings associated with cocaine use (so they say). Cocaine users typically experience mood/energy enhancement and appetite suppression, however, at
the cost of constantly replenishing it. Addiction appears to be the main downside of its use
... among other side effects.
The 2 product combo I'm referring to is Lipodrene (w/ephedra) and
d, l-phenylalanine (DLPA -- a
simple amino acid). After several anecdotal reports, I decided to use myself as a "guinea pig" while extrapolating the research. I now have to concur that there is an energetic and mood "high" (so-to-speak)
with the positive benefits of appetite suppression that lasts for 4-6 hours/dose. This, also
transfers to significantly less expense compared to cocaine use.
As ephedra (caffeine too) encourages the adrenals to release
adrenaline into the blood stream, DLPA helps replace it. Without DLPA (regardless of whether
you use ephedra or not), the adrenals are over-stressed due to other reasons as stated
above. Those of you who regularly take DLPA with your coffee understand the meaning of
feeling "refreshed and energetic." Caffeine, ephedra, and cocaine consumption can eventually overwork the adrenal glands and cause adrenaline and dopamine depletion while not replenishing them. By consuming DLPA, you are helping your body restore and balance all 3 major neurotransmitters nicely -- serotonin, dopamine, and
norepinephrine. Norepinephrine is the brain's version of adrenaline.
Stacking DLPA, Caffeine, and/or Ephedra
Many people take Lipodrene, however, without DLPA ... not a good idea. They may lose weight but, at the expense of their
adrenals. This type of information is not printed on labels of coffee cans or commercial brands of ephedra related products. As a result, most coffee drinkers and ephedra users tend to "crash" periodically which can lead to various other health and/or job problems. Cocaine abusers
constantly have the same problem. DLPA (d, l-phenylalanine) may be the bridge to that gap.
Why Combine Ephedra and Caffeine?
Double-blind studies conducted over the
past 15 years show indisputably that ephedra works great for weight loss support. The same studies
show it to be much more effective when taken with caffeine (included in Lipodrene). It appears to do this in-part by increasing the metabolic rate at which the body uses adipose (fat) tissue as
fuel ... even at rest. If this isn't good enough, muscle is maintained while reducing body fat levels, according to studies. Most diets known to man cause fat loss along with
muscle loss equaling depressed metabolic rates.
Ephedrine is one of the best bronchodilator support supplements ever discovered by man. It is the active ingredient found in
many over-the-counter cold and allergy medications. Unexpectedly, I hear from clients
regularly who comment on how clear their head and lungs feel from taking Lipodrene. I
forget sometimes to mention this benefit since energy and weight-loss are main topics
discussed in conversation.
DLPA (D,L - Phenylalanine) - Since amino acids compete with one another through the blood
brain barrier, begin taking 500 mg (700mg if you do the plus powder) on an empty stomach as soon as you awake each morning
for a week. Wait 15-20 minutes before eating or
taking any other supplements since they may contain other competing amino acids. Each week increase the dose by 500 mg until you max-out at 2,000-2,100 mg per day (depending on the form you take -- caps or the plus powder). This amount appears to be all we need to keep our adrenals fresh and functioning at optimum levels.
Do not take it late in the evening -- you may have trouble falling asleep.
Lipodrene - To keep from experiencing the jitters, begin taking 1/2 tablet the second week of DLPA consumption 20 minutes after DLPA. Take the other half of the tablet 4-6 hours later. Continue this schedule for a week. The next
week and thereafter, take 1 tablet
in the AM and another tablet 4-6 hours later. At this point, you've maxed-out. Don't take it late in the evening concerning sleep ... it may keep you awake!
Ephedra and Exercise
If you're having trouble getting
motivated to exercise, this helps tremendously. And yes, for athletes, performance
will most likely be enhanced.
Stop Right There
If you stop taking these supplements
abruptly, you may experience lethargy/feelings of tiredness. If you decide to stop, wean
yourself slowly however, I advise continuing DLPA use for general neurotransmitter support.
Personally, I haven't felt this good since
I began taking
Life Extension Mix
20 years ago. For the record, I still consume the full menu of Life Extension Mix. By adding DLPA a few years later I noticed the next energy boost (exclusive of Lipodrene). Consuming Lipodrene created a
energy boost on top of the DLPA/Life Extension Mix boost. After several interviews with
ex-users of ephedra, I discovered most of them quit because they didn't understand it.
were educated by labels placed on bottles of Metabolife, Ripped Fuel or the many others
that contain ma huang (ephedra). Essentially, the labels recommend you take amounts that make you
"bounce-off-the-walls." It's sot surprising they stopped using it.
Editors note (7-14-08):
Since the release of this formula in late 2007, people have been reporting a kinship of consuming 2 products simultaneously to that of feelings associated with a more enhanced "natural high." This product is one and the other is
phenylalanine. After several anecdotal reports, I decided to use myself as a "guinea pig" (for the 2 product combo) while extrapolating the research. I now have to concur that there is a very nice energetic "high" associated with the 2 product combo.
Continued here ...
01-05-10: Another combination is to consider
Choline with Lipodrene. For those who exercise
and/or lift on a regular basis, this combination can give the user highly charged workouts.
In addition, quicker reaction times and decision making abilities are
enhanced when playing sports.
The Power of Ephedra and
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