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What is Ephedra

Simply speaking, ephedra is an herb that is native to China. It's the uses and extraordinary benefits of ephedra that has made it one of the most popular herbs of the last 30 years. Its primary purposes are weight loss, athletic endurance enhancement and as a decongestant and asthma reliever. Ephedra first started appearing in supplements and prescription asthma medicines in the 80's and its popularity has exploded since. Let's take a closer look at the three main benefits of ephedra.

Weight Loss

Weight Loss is the most popular and well known use for ephedra. Ephedra works to raise body heat and metabolic rate which forces your body to burn fat at a faster rate. To get the best weight loss benefits from ephedra it should be used with caffeine. Many people also prefer to add aspirin, which is known as the ECA (ephedra, caffeine, aspirin) stack and has shown to be one of the best weight loss supplements created. As with any weight loss pill, it's not a magic pill. Ephedra effects are best seen when used in conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise.

Athletic Performance

The first way ephedra helps athletic performance is pretty obvious, it helps you lose weight. Unless you're an NFL lineman, the less you weight the better your athletic performance is going to be. Imagine running and jumping with a 15 pound dumbbell, now imagine that 15 pounds as extra fat on your body and how much better your could perform without it.

Ephedra when taken with caffeine is also said to increase both energy and your workout duration, along with the oxygen used during a workout. All of these factors lead to increased athletic performance.

Decongestant (Asthma)

Ephedra or Pseudoephedrine has been found in decongestants and cold medicines for years. Ephedra works to open the bronchial tubes which in turn makes it easier to breathe. Ephedra was also used to treat asthma for years, but has since been largely replaced by newer medications.

Ephedra is one of the world's most popular herbs and its use dates back at least 2000 years when the Chinese used it as a medicinal herb and decongestant. Since its explosion in popularity over the last 30 years, ephedra has become well known as an amazing weight loss ingredient that has helped hundreds of thousands if not millions of people.

For further information, you can see our Top 3 Ephedra diet pills here. Or, read more about ephedra's use in diet pills.

JT Hart is a regular contributor to Ephedra Outlet. He is a confused individual that spends his time enjoying good beer and food while also competing in triathlons and obstacle races. He manages to stay in good shape by being smart about his exercise and even smarter about his eating. He also loves to travel and all things sports. Follow him on Google+