Ephedrine HCL


No matter how hard you train, how consistent you are with your diet or how clever you are with your supplements, losing weight is and remains a pain. The slimmer you get, the more you have to fight hunger and cravings. For this reason, many people turn to substances like ephedrine to help them lose weight. If you've spent any time in the gym, you've probably heard that this is as close to a miracle weight loss pill as you can get. In this article, we'll show you why most bodybuilders and athletes buy ephedrine. It inhibits your appetite while significantly increasing your metabolism and fat burning, which means that not only will you lose fat faster, but you'll also find it easier to stick to your diets.

What is ephedra?

Ephedra is a plant that grows in the form of a shrub. There are about 65 different ephedra species distributed on all continents (North America, South America, Asia, Europe and Africa). Ephedrine alkaloids are often confused with ephedra alkaloids, although there is a difference. Ephedrine is traditionally extracted from many, but not all, plants of the ephedra genus. Some species contain little to no ephedrine. Therefore, you can only buy ephedrine that is extracted from these few species.

This natural active ingredient has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for over 5000 years and is called Ma Huang in China. Ma Huang was mostly used in Chinese medicine to treat the respiratory tract, colds and common colds. Recently, food supplements with ephedrine alkaloids have also become available. These are sold as herbal food supplements and are supposed to suppress the appetite.

Pills containing ephedra were also used to enhance athletic performance. Therefore, they are nowadays banned in the professional sports world and are considered doping agents. Ephedra is mainly known for its fat-burning (thermogenic) properties and the subsequent increase in metabolism. This leads to it stimulating the central nervous system. In addition, various ephedra derivatives have since been synthesised to treat low blood pressure (hypotension). 

Should you buy ephedra or ephedrine?

Ephedra and ephedrine are not the same thing.

Ephedrine is extracted or produced from ephedra using pharmaceutical grade alcohol and HCL (hydrochloric acid). The resulting extract consists predominantly of ephedrine HCL, but measurements using the HPLC method also showed that ephedrine sulphate, ephedrine oxalate and ephedrine phosphate are present. Only a licensed drug manufacturer may use this method for commercial purposes.

The purified ephedrine HCl is used as a bronchodilator through its activation of beta-adrenergic receptors in the lungs. In plain language, this means that it helps you breathe. In the form of its relative, pseudoephedrine, it has also been used to treat allergies. 

Bodybuilders have traditionally used ephedrine for weight loss due to its thermogenic (heat-generating) effects in combination with aspirin and caffeine. Some supplements use white willow bark and green tea for the naturally occurring aspirin precursors and antioxidant benefits of EGCG

What is the difference between ephedrine, pseudoephedrine and ephedrine HCL?

Ephedrine HCL is purely about burning fat, which is why this substance is mainly used by bodybuilders. But what exactly is the difference? Should you buy pseudoephedrine or ephedrine?

Ephedrine HCL and pseudoephedrine are both alkaloids that occur naturally in the ephedra bush (but not in every species). Every supplement and every tea that contains ephedra therefore also has small amounts of pseudoephedrine and ephedrine. This is why ephedra works particularly well for fat burning, as the effects of both substances complement each other particularly well.

Pseudoephedrine is mainly used for colds such as coughs, colds or a blocked nose. This substance constricts the vessels (a so-called vasoconstrictor) and thus also the swollen nasal mucous membranes. It is also found in many allergy medicines.

Different duration of effect

Half-life is a pharmaceutical parameter. It represents the time it takes for the concentration of a drug in your body to be reduced by 50%. Ephedrine HCL has a half-life of only 3-6 hours, while pseudoephedrine has a half-life of 9-16 hours. Thus, the fat-burning effect of pseudoephedrine lasts much longer.


Another difference is availability. Pure pseudoephedrine is not legally available on the market and is therefore only found in combination with other active substances as part of a preparation (e.g. medication against the common cold). These preparations are therefore not useful for bodybuilders.

Buy ephedrine - appetite suppressant or fat burner?

In bodybuilding and fitness, there are two reasons why you should buy ephedrine:

  1. It increases your metabolism and fat burning.
  2. It is an appetite suppressant.

There are also studies that suggest ephedrine can increase your strength, endurance and power. Another study even showed that ephedrine can help you maintain muscle mass while dieting. It's still unclear whether ephedrine's muscle-sparing properties may be a by-product of its potentially performance-enhancing properties. (By the way, if you maintain a high intensity of exercise while dieting, you will lose less muscle mass).

Compared to many other fat burners, ephedrine and ephedra are scientifically proven to work: It will definitely help you lose fat and lose weight faster.

These effects are also quite powerful. Research has shown that an EC stack can increase your metabolic rate by 5%, which means you can lose an extra 150g of fat per week. This may not seem like a significant number at first glance, but it's about the same as going for a quick 30-minute walk every day. So not bad for such a small tablet.

Ephedrine as a fat burner - longer the better!

What does thermogenic mean?

Ephedrine is often described as thermogenic. This means that it boosts your metabolism, or simply put: food supplements with a thermogenic effect are so-called "fat burners". Ephedra is often called the king of all fat burners. Why? Because it is one of the most researched, non-prescription substances whose effectiveness has been proven many times over!

Unfortunately, ephedrine has also been in the media spotlight lately, and for this reason many companies are discontinuing their ephedra-containing products. Nevertheless, you will always find ephedrine-containing products or ephedra extracts among the bestsellers for sports supplements!  

People take ephedra for different reasons. Some take it just for the kick or the boost. Many people are addicted to a completely legal drug - caffeine - for the same reason - many bodybuilders believe that this kick is a sign of active fat burning. But this is not necessarily the case!

Ephedra and caffeine are both stimulants. A stimulant affects your nervous system. Ephedra in particular stimulates the release of adrenaline. This can lead to a variety of physical changes - such as a faster heartbeat or increased blood pressure.

In hundreds of studies conducted with this substance, very few showed any adverse effects. Several million people use the benefits of ephedra and only a few thousand report unwanted side effects (often from people with pre-existing conditions or people who have abused this substance). 

This product has been used safely and effectively in both adolescents and adults, both men and women. People with pre-existing heart disease or problems with high blood pressure could experience extremely negative side effects, and everyone should seek advice from their doctor before using a strong stimulant or other supplement such as ephedra. 

Studies about the fat burner

Researchers found that healthy adults who consumed ephedrine burned 3.6% more calories than participants in the placebo group.

Ephedra is also completely unique as a fat burner, as it becomes more effective over time. The longer you take it, the better your results will be. By the way, caffeine does not have this advantage - it loses effectiveness over time. Ephedrine's effectiveness increases chronologically because it increases your body's sensitivity to catecholamines. This mechanism is especially beneficial when you're in the cutting phase, because the longer you're in a calorie deficit, the fewer calories your body will burn, both at rest and in training. This is one of the main reasons why some people suddenly stop losing weight when dieting. Ephedrine helps to compensate for this by boosting your basal metabolism.

Buy ephedrine as an appetite suppressant

The fact that ephedrine not only boosts metabolism and fat burning, but also suppresses appetite makes it particularly attractive for bodybuilders. It has been scientifically proven that it can suppress appetite and cravings. Many athletes, bodybuilders and people who take ephedrine to lose weight often feel satiated with just a few hundred calories. Unlike the fat-burning effect, however, the appetite-suppressing effect of ephedrine diminishes somewhat over time. Nevertheless, many users report that their hunger and cravings remain inhibited.

What is an ECA stack?

The ECA Stack, also known as the Ephedra Stack (ephedra, caffeine, aspirin), is one of the most popular ephedra supplements in the sports and bodybuilding community. And for good reason, as numerous studies prove the synergy of these three active ingredients:

Taking ephedrine and caffeine has a stronger effect on your body than taking both ingredients separately. Another study suggests that caffeine and ephedrine boosted the metabolic rate more than ephedrine alone. 

This study examined severely overweight, obese and healthy adults and their metabolism. The result: Taking a combination preparation (24 mg ephedra and 70 mg caffeine) increased the metabolic rate by 8 % compared to the subjects who swallowed a placebo capsule.

Some studies even showed that caffeine and ephedrine supplemented separately did not lead to any weight loss, whereas a combination of both agents led to effective weight loss.

Conclusion on Ephedrine HCL

The bottom line here is that the scientific research does not support what the media, the American FDA and advocacy groups say about the serious side effects of using ephedra. This is not to say that ephedra can be abused without consequences. It just means that you are unlikely to have problems if you follow the suggested instructions. 

Our Ephedra Products

Isolated ephedrine HCL is completely illegal, which is why we do not offer this in our shop. However, we do sell preparations with ephedra extract that contain pseudoephedrine in addition to ephedrine. As you have already read above, this is the better choice anyway:

1. The effects of both active ingredients complement each other particularly well.

2. pseudoephedrine has a longer half-life and there are studies that suggest it works better as a fat burner than ephedrine itself.

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