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Ephedra

Wednesday, July 28, 2010 @ 08:07 AM
posted by Al

 My 25 year love affair with Ephedra. Ephedra is know by several different names. MaHuang, Chinese Ephedra and epitonin, and also ephedrine. However ephedrine is actually made from ephedra. Ephedra is a natural herb and has been used by me for 25 years.

I started using ephedra for bodybuilding in my early 20’s. It was very effective in reducing my body fat, giving me energy for those long grueling workouts that make bodybuilders what they are, and for controlling my appetite during the 8 weeks of dieting before a bodybuilding show. I also found that ephedrine was a great nootropic. In college I would take it wake up for a 8am class and found that my cognitive skills were far greater than when I did not use the ephedrine. Sadly ephedrine has almost been erased from the US but there is one version still available and it is Proefed.

Now that I’m in my middle forties I have still found a great need for ephedra in my live. As a middleaged man I have found it much more difficult to keep my mid-section at a level of bodyfat that I like. Well guess what, ephedra to the rescue. Ephedra is still available in the leaf form and comes in several products like ThinQuik, Hydroxytrol, High Octane Ephedra, and a few other brand name diet pills.

In short I really don’t ever see myself not needing some weight control, appetite suppression, or just the occassional energy boost, so my relationship with ephedra will most likely continue into the twillight of my life. As I look around at the people I see when traveling, I can’t help but think how ephedra could help many of these people with the quality of their lives. Overweight, latargic people, who cold really benefit from losing weight, bossting their energy and just a general better feeling about themselves. Thank goodness the FDA is trying to put a stop to this 5000 year old natural wonder product, and keeping cigarettes and liquor legal. We all know the tremedous health benifits of those 2 drugs.

WorldClassNutrition.com Launches New Mystery Project

Thursday, July 22, 2010 @ 01:07 PM
posted by Leslie Rae

WorldClassNutrition is launching a new project to offer consumers name brand supplement products for pennies on the dollar. The project offers consumers unspecified products in accordance with specific fitness goals. The process is much like popular travel websites where you bid on a city, score a great deal and afterwords have the hotel name revealed.

WorldClassNutrition has gone live with their Mystery Product service. Basically consumers purchase a Mystery Product in the fitness goal they are after (weight loss, pre-workout, post-workout, protein supplement) for a super low price. Then WorldClassNutrition sends a name brand, unopened, unaltered product that meets the fitness goal specified.

You may be wondering “What’s the catch?” There is no catch. When ordering products, there is often a surplus ordered and rather than having excess product on hand, WorldClassNutrition has decided to offer consumer’s extreme savings on the over stocked products they have on hand.

Among the manufactures in Mystery Product Project are:

  • Universal Nutrition
  • Sci-Fit
  • Optimum Nutrition
  • Muscle asylum
  • American Sports Nutrition (ASN)
  • MuscleTech, Myogenix
  • Certified Naturals
  • HiTech
  • Star Chem Labs
  • TwinLab
  • Competitive Edge Labs
  • Universal Nutrition
  • Swedish Beauty
  • Australian Gold

You are not able to choose the brand name you receive but, with prices like these, you’ll be getting a great value.

In 2004, the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) found that over 66% of Americans are overweight or obese and 32% of Americans are obese. Among children in the U.S., the 2006 NHANES showed the prevalence of obesity has increased for children aged 2–5 years from 5.0% to 12.4%, children aged 6–11 years saw an increase from 6.5% to 17.0%, and children aged 12–19 years saw an increase from 5.0% to 17.6% . The CDC defines overweight as having a BMI between 25 and 29.9 kg/m2 and obese has having a BMI greater than 30 kg/m2. A significant contributor is increased calorie consumption, with Americans in the year 2000 consuming 2,700 calories per day, 24.5% higher than in the 1970’s.  I feel that lower cost of fast food has been the biggest cause of this. I can get a 3000 calorie meal for $4.99. This has resulted in a population of Americans that is frighteningly unhealthy. This increase in overweight and obese Americans causes an estimated 365,000 deaths per year are due to obesity at a cost of $75 billion per year . Obesity is risk factor for heart disease which costs our healthcare system $448 billion per year, Type 2 diabetes which costs our healthcare system $174 billion per year , and even dementia which costs our healthcare system over $100 billion per year. Now a new study has found that resveratrol, an antioxidant found in grapes, may help control fat cell activity and thereby help with the toxins that get excreted from adipose tissue that contribute to the adverse health effects of obesity. Resveratrol has been shown to help maintain liver health and blood sugar health by activating a protein called sirtuin 1  which plays a role in lifespan. In the study, researcher exposed human fat cells to either a placebo or resveratrol (ranging from 10 micromoles/Liter to 100 micromoles/Liter) for 60 hours. By the end of the 60 hour period, fat cell division in the placebo group was 137% higher than the resveratrol group (100 micromoles/L), with fat cell division increasing by 380% in the placebo group compared to 160% increase in the resveratrol group. There was also a 45% decrease in maturation of the fat cells by resveratrol compared to the placebo group at 100 micromoles/Liter, with even 10 micromoles/Liter decreasing fat cell maturation by 6%. The significance of resveratrol’s ability to slow down both fat cell division and fat cell maturation is that this process is a hallmark of obesity progression. Past research has focused on preventing this division and maturation primarily through calorie restriction (15) as well as alternative treatments like guggulsterone supplementation (16). It is this ability to prevent fat cell division and maturation that has enabled resveratrol to promote longevity in simple organisms like the bacteria C. Elegans and the fruit fly (Drosophila Melanogaster) but even more complex animals like fish (Nothobranchius furzeri).  For the researchers, “our findings open up the new perspective that resveratrol-induced intracellular pathways could be a target for prevention or treatment of obesity-associated endocrine and metabolic adverse effects.” Plain and simple people are just not going to take it upon themselves to control their weight, at least the majority aren’t, so why not use natural supplements to reduce your weight and improve your health.

Is Your Weight Loss Product Going to Work?

Monday, July 19, 2010 @ 02:07 PM
posted by Leslie Rae

Weight loss products line the shelves of supplement stores, drug stores and even local convenience stores. They are generally packaged colorful bottles promising dramatic results and depict carefully airbrushed abs as a symbol of what is at the bottom of the bottle.

Weight loss products are effective, but they are not a miracle drug. If you are looking for hope in a bottle, you will be severely disappointed. However, if you go into the process with an open mind, realistic goals and the work ethic needed to in order to reach your weight loss goals.

Weight loss products have changed the fitness industry, but they have also created some misconceptions. Losing weight is easy, IF you are doing your part! Expecting a product to undo the effects of a sedentary lifestyle and poor diet is ridicules. Expecting a product to undo years of neglect without support from a revised lifestyle and exercise program is ludicrous.

When you start taking a weight loss product you will be increasing your metabolism and heart rate. This allows you to moderately burn more calories. But, if you start eating more because you are on a fat burner, not only will you negate the products effectiveness, you may end up gaining weight.

Changing your diet is the only way to effectively use a weight loss product and successfully lose fat.

Several years ago, over-the-counter pills, such as Xenedrine, Dexatrim and Zantrex-3, used a powerful combination of ephedrine and caffeine to help consumers shed pounds. They increased energy expenditure — or thermogenesis (it is thought that caffeine increases metabolism by increasing the breakdown of fatty acids) — and reduced appetite (ephedrine acts on the satiety center in the hypothalamus). But since the FDA came down on the manufacturing and limited sale of ephedrine many companies have replaced ephedra with a mixture of vitamins (such as thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B-6, folic acid), an ephedra-like substance called synephrine that is found in certain citrus fruits, and caffeine. The combination reportedly increases energy while boosting metabolism.

Many of the weight loss products on the market utilize different ingredients to assist in dieting; some of the more common ingredients are:

  • Herbal ephedra, caffeine, guarana and country mallow – Increase metabolism
  • Guar gum, glucomannan and psyllium – Cause a “full” feeling
  • Hydrocitric acid, green tea, conjugated linoleic acid and pyruvate – Slow fat production
  • Chitosan (or chitin – substance found in the exoskeleton of shrimp and other shellfish) – Block fat from being absorbed.

When you begin your journey to better health, don’t be afraid to use a quality weight loss products—just don’t expect it to do all the work for you. Put in the time to research where your diet is lacking and be sure to dedicate time to an exercise plan. Putting the three together will help ensure your success and promote a permanent lifestyle change to keep your health and weight where it needs to be.

Sexual Enhancements for Erectile Dysfunction

Thursday, July 15, 2010 @ 12:07 PM
posted by Leslie Rae

When the lights dim and she turns to you with that look, will you be ready? There is nothing worse than having her ready to go and not being able to make the magic happen. It doesn’t have to be like that. You can be a part of the moment when ever or where ever it happens with a little preparation.

Erectile dysfunction symptoms can affect your relationship if you aren’t open to discussing the experience with your partner. A healthy sex life has a lot to do with good communication.

ED is treatable and many people have success simply using oral supplements. Others look to sex therapy, penile injections or surgery (such as penile implants) for ED treatment.

The two most popular doctor involved procedures are: Intercavernous injection therapy and Intraurethral therapy. Intercavernous injection therapy is a medication that is injected directly into the penis, and Intraurethral therapy is a suppository medication inserted into the urethra.

The Stats from WebMD

  • At least 20 million American men have some degree of erectile dysfunction, and about one in 10 adult males suffers from ED long-term.
  • About 40% of 40-year-old men report at least occasional problems getting or maintaining erections. So do more than half (52%) of men aged 40 to 70, and 70% of men in their 70’s.
  • Failure to achieve an erection less than 20% of the time is not unusual; treatment is rarely needed.
  • Atherosclerosis alone accounts for 50% to 60% of ED cases in men 60 and older. Between 35% and 50% of men with diabetes have ED, and ED may be a predictor for other vascular problems.

Vaxitrol is a common product that men turn to for:

  • Longer Lasting Erections
  • More Intense Orgasms
  • Faster Recovery Between Sessions
  • Stronger Desire For Sex
  • More Frequent Erections (Sometimes for no reason!)

A really great highlight associated with Vaxitrol is once in your system it is “on demand” so no guess work is necessary for when a pill should be taken. Also, it has helped males with circulatory problems achieve an erection.

There are a variety of supplements you can turn to, so when she turns to you, there will be no question of if you will be ready or if she will be disappointed.

Yellow Bullet Fighting Fat Everywhere

Thursday, July 15, 2010 @ 12:07 PM
posted by Leslie Rae

Yellow Bullet diet pills revolutionized the weight loss industry. Delta Health Products formulated Yellow Bullets to offer an effective solution to the FDA’s imposing regulations. When the FDA went on their witch hunt, pulling products that were combating the number one killer of Americans, obesity (heart disease), the weight loss manufactures took a big hit and were left not knowing what to do.

While many companies were sitting on their hands during the inquisition, Delta Health Products went to bat. They read the law and proceeded accordingly.

They made Yellow Bullets the strongest pill meeting each of the FDA’s outlandish regulations so they could continue to help the public in their quest to drop fat and get healthier.

Once Delta Health, bit the bullet and produced a product that worked for the government and the people, it seemed like company after company tried to follow their lead. But, no one has produced a weight loss supplement that compares to the effectiveness sustained by Yellow Bullet.

Yellow Bullet replaced Yellow Swarm, perhaps the most powerful fat burner available before the legal drama erupted. Yellow Bullet has sped into its own popularity high. It offers a high octane boost that allows you to sustain more muscle building exercise at the gym and heightened energy throughout the day!

Yellow Bullet has the same ingredients as Yellow Swarm:

  • 25mg Ephedra
  • 300mg of Caffeine

Yellow Bullet Nutrition Facts:

100 Capsules
Supplement Facts
Serving Size

1Capsule

Servings Per Container

100

Amount Per Serving % Daily Value
Caffeine (Anhyrous) 300mg
Proprietary Blend 925mg
Ephedra Extract (25 Mg Ephedra Nevadensis), Glucuronolactone, Phenylethylamine HCl, Synephrine Caprylate, Nettle Root Extract, Yohimbine HCl, Xanthinol Niacinate, Picamilon
† Daily Value not established
Other Ingredients
Gelatin, Magnesium Stearate

, Silica, Titanium Dioxide, FD&C Yellow #5, FD&C Yellow #6.

Directions For Delta Health Products Yellow Bullet: As a dietary supplement take one capsule, preferably one in the morning with a large glass of water.

Warnings: Not for use by individuals under the age of 18 years. Do not use if you are pregnant or nursing. Consult a physician or licensed qualified health care professional before using this product if you have, are at risk for, or have a family history of stroke, heart disease, thyroid disease, liver disease, kidney disease, ulcer, diabetes, high blood pressure, caffeine sensitivity, recurrent headaches, anxiety, depression or other psychiatric condition, glaucoma, difficulty urinating, prostate enlargement, seizure disorder, or if you are using any other dietary supplement or a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (maoi), prescription drug or over-the-counter drug containing ephedrine or pseudoephedrine (found in some allergy, asthma, and cough/cold products). Do not exceed recommended serving or individuals who exceed the recommended serving or consume caffeine with this product may experience serious adverse health effects, including muscle function loss, chills and vertigo. Stop use and call a physician or licensed qualified health care professional immediately if you experience rapid heartbeat, nausea, insomnia, dizziness, severe headache, shortness of breath, or similar symptoms. In case of overdose seek professional assistance or contact a poison control center immediately. Avoid alcohol and foods with tyramine (such as cheese, red wine and liver) while taking this product. This product does not contain any ephedra alkaloids.

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Ephedrine: Legal and Available

Thursday, July 8, 2010 @ 12:07 PM
posted by Leslie Rae

It is not surprising that there is a lot of confusion about ephedrine.

Is it legal? Is it safe? Is it available?

While the answer to all three is yes, it is a little more complicated than that. They are all yes, as long as…answers. Which is exactly where the confusion comes in to play?

Is ephedrine legal?

Yes, as long as your state hasn’t banned it. The FDA banned the further production of ephedrine. The existing supply is legal to buy, have, sell and take. However, there are some states that have banned the product: Idaho, Nebraska, Texas, Washington State, Arkansas, Tennessee, Ohio, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Oregon.

The FDA has also maintained that you submit a legal driver’s license prior to purchase. The chief reason is not even the supplementation of ephedrine; it is the use of it in meth production that has so many states banning the purchase.

Is ephedrine safe?

Yes, as long as you don’t abuse it. Like most anything, exceeding the recommended dosage or taking it in poor health can lead to adverse side affects, up to and including death. BUT, so can aspirin.

Taking it as directed has been proven help in weight management and suppresses asthmatic symptoms. In fact, many would argue that it is safer than the chemical derived replacements, and I would agree.

Is ephedrine available?

Yes, as long as you know where to look. The most popular form, Vasopro, is becoming obscure. But Vasopro is just a brand name, Proefed, is more readily available and is the same milligram dosage of the same ingredient, ephedrine. Due to the permanent haul in non-prescription production, the price has sky rocketed, but is still flying off the shelves. When it works, it works.

WorldClassNutrition.com is one of the few sites that still carry the sought after product. You can find Proefed, 25mg ephedrine tabs.

World CLass Nutrition wants to keep supplements users aware of how the government is trying to take away your freedoms. Over the last week or two, a joint House-Senate conference committee has been considering ways to reconcile two competing federal Wall Street reform bills and turn them into a single bill that both chambers can support. The US House’s Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2009 (HR.4173) and the US Senate’s Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2010 (S.3217) differed in cost and content, most notably for us in that the Senate version did not give the broad new regulatory powers to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that the House version would. By removing limits on its power that are enshrined in current laws, the FTC could impose harsh new requirements on all businesses, even those completely unrelated to Wall Street, banking, or the financial sector; including dietary supplement manufacturers.

How do we expect that the FTC would act if given such new power? The agency has indicated that it wants to impose stricter standards on any advertising of dietary supplements. Past consent decrees that settled disputes with supplement companies have required strong disclaimers and much more evidence to support any future promotional claims. Consumer advocate organizations have urged the agency to require that multiple clinical trails be done on any advertised product, not just on its ingredients, to support advertising claims. However, such trials take many months, are very expensive, and are not required by current law allowing claims to be based on the body of science backing the active ingredients in a product. If the FTC and anti-business consumer advocates have their way, label claims and advertising will be far more restricted than is presently allowed. Of course, ads already have to be truthful and not misleading, so that’s not really an issue. But the FTC still wants more power so it can unilaterally impose a new regulatory scheme that bypasses today’s requirements for hearings, public comments, and due process before it can change the rules that we operate under.

Now the good news: despite strong efforts by certain committee members, the FTC provision has reportedly been stripped from the joint committee’s version of the bill. In other words, WE WON THIS BATTLE! For those of you who spoke up for our rights, thank you. But this was only one battle and industry critics have not given up on their crusade to over-regulate vitamins and other safe dietary supplements. It is still important to be ready for the next attempt to have the federal government take over the dietary supplement industry, as has been done in other countries where there are far fewer choices for consumers. .

Be prepared to tell your Senators and Representative in Congress that you want to continue to have access to safe dietary supplements and honest marketing claims without excessive government restrictions. Public action may be needed on short notice to head off tricky legislative maneuvering. Go to http://www.csofh.org/ to sign up for action alerts and learn how to Take Action! Protect your rights to have access to vitamins and stop the gov from taking control of everything you do.

Flaxseed Oil Beneficial in Chronic Wound Healing

Wednesday, July 7, 2010 @ 05:07 AM
posted by Al

Source Natural Flaxseed oil is well known as one of the best sources of the essential fatty acids. It contains approximately 50-60% of the omega-3 essential fatty acid known as linolenic acid or alpha-linolenic acid and roughly 18-20% of the omega-6 essential fatty acid known as linoleic acid. Although flaxseed oil contains ample amounts of both essential fatty acids, its true importance is due to the fact that it is nature’s richest source of linolenic acid, which is frequently deficient in American diets. The essential fatty acids in flaxseed play a role in a wide range of health conditions. There are several types of wounds, including surgical, traumatic and chronic wounds. Traumatic wounds may be caused by mechanical, traumatic or thermal injury, including contusions, abrasions, punctures, fractures, burns and frostbite. The surgical wound is usually clean and easiest to heal. By definition, chronic wounds may be more difficult to heal, and include pressure sores and diabetic ulcers. Researchers investigated whether a new flax dressing product was beneficial in treating long-standing venous ulcers. The product was comprised of fibers, oil emulsion and seedcake extract from genetically engineered flax plants containing a broad spectrum of antioxidants. The results after 12 weeks was application of this bandage yielded a more rapid rate of healing and reduced wound exudes and wound size. Several participants experienced complete wound healing during the 12 week period. The patients reported that the bandage diminished the pain usually accompanied with chronic venous ulceration. The researchers concluded that this study suggests flax as a bandage is beneficial for chronic wound healing and also relieves pain.

Flaxseed Oil – Evening Primrose Oil ALA and GLA Complex 1,300 mg

Flaxseed – Primrose Oil provides both omega-6 and omega-3 essential fatty acids (EFA’s). EFA’s act as precursors to molecules, such as prostaglandins, thromboxanes and leukotrienes, which help regulate cellular function. EFA’s have been shown to play a role in blood pressure maintenance, immune system balance, sustaining healthy skin and providing nutritional support during women’s cycles. Flaxseed oil, a rich vegetable source of alpha linolenic acid (ALA), and evening primrose oil, a natural source of gamma linolenic acid (GLA), provide a potent combination of EFA’s.

Ephedrine Is Still Legal

Friday, July 2, 2010 @ 02:07 PM
posted by Leslie Rae

Since the FDA placed a halt on the production and importation of ephedrine in the USA, diet pills have not been the same. For a while there were pockets of Vasopro ephedrine available at high prices, but now, even Vasopro is obscure. There is still ProEfed Ephedrine, it isn’t new, but it is some of the last available ephedrine on the U.S. market.

Ephedrine (derived from the root, as opposed to ephedra, derived from the leaf) was the chief ingredient in all of the original Hydroxycut, Xenadrine, Ripped Fuel, Stacker and many others. It was the “E” in the ECA stacks. Now that the ephedrine has been replaced with an FDA approved (so far) ephedra, the results have not been as dramatic and the satisfaction not as good.

Ephedrine is a bronchodilator that was sold for a long time over the counter as an asthma medicine. It caught the eyes of many after clenbuterol, another asthma medicine, was classified as a Class III substance. Bodybuilders had found that the effects of clenbuterol on losing body fat were top notch, but when their favorite product could only be had illegally, they needed another option.

Companies had begun to research the combination of caffeine, ephedrine and aspirin (ECA), finding it had similar effects to the coveted black market clenbuterol. The ECA stack provided one of the most potent stimulants to ever enter the market. For years, individuals were able to control their weight, maintain high energy levels and reduce food cravings.

When the FDA placed a ban on the production of ephedrine, many were left hopeless. The good news is that in most states, it is still legal to purchase and use ephedrine. You just have to stock up, because once the existing supply is gone there will be no more legal options.