Ephedrine Caffeine Mixtures Ec

I am going to cover ephedrine and caffeine (EC) as one section as they are often found together in any "fat burner" type weight loss products. Ephedrine and caffeine are both mild to strong stimulants with many interesting properties.

Ephedrine can be derived from plants such as Ma Huang, Sida Cordifolia, and others.

Caffeine can be derived from Cola nut, tea, gurana, and many other plant sources have caffeine and contain other compounds from the xanthine family.

What is it supposed to do?

EC products are called "Thermogenic compounds" because they can increase thermogenesis (the production of heat) and effect metabolic rate.

Explaining everything ephedrine and caffeine do would take an entire book onto itself. It is my feeling most people purchased this booklet because they want short, concise, and easy to understand information regarding the many products on the market, not a long drawn out and boring explanation of the science ( or lack there of) relating to each product.

So, in a nut shell, ephedrine is referred to as a Beta-adrenergic agonist that works by mimicking the effects of the "fight or flight" hormones epinephrine and noropenephrine (i.e. adrenaline).

The topic of beta agonism can get complicated real fast, so we will leave it at that. The point is, beta agonists such as ephedrine can have many positive effects relating to fat loss, such as increasing lipolysis ( an increase in free fatty acids to be used as energy), increased energy levels, preserving lean tissue (muscle) while dieting, and many other effects that greatly help with fat loss.

Ephedrine also has anorectic (appetite suppressing) effects and helps increase energy levels before a workout.

Caffeine is of course a chemical people are very familiar with and needs less of an explanation as that of ephedrine. Caffeine has many similar effects as that of ephedrine but works through different mechanisms. Rather than mimic the effects of the stimulatory hormones such as epinephrine and noropenephrine (i.e. adrenaline), caffeine stimulates the adrenal glands to release these hormones while blocking their breakdown, which has similar, though different, effects on fat loss than that of ephedrine (i.e. increased lipolysis, energy levels, etc.).

In summary, ephedrine increases the release of norepinephrine, which modulates food intake and acts as a sympathomimetic agent to stimulate heart rate and blood pressure, and enhance thermogenesis. Caffeine, an adenosine antagonist, reduces the breakdown of norepinephrine within the synaptic junction. Got all that?

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