The Next Ephedra?

Tim Walton

I’m a big believer in supplements, but it’s amazing what some people cram down their throats with little or no research on their part other than believing the marketing hype. Like anything else, there is use and abuse of supplements and they are effective, no good, safe, dangerous, time savers and a value, a total waste of money or any combination of the afore mentioned or others. Confused? Basically, do your research on anything you are considering consuming for any potential side effects as well as for the benefits-to-price ratio.

Consider this: Sometimes a supplement comes along and is very effective and then every manufacturer jumps on the bandwagon and puts it in their formulas. Case in point: If you are taking any product that contains the ingredient known by the following names , be….VERY…careful: Geranium Stem, 1,3, Dimeth, Geranamine, methylhexaneamine, geranium extract, MHA, 1,3 Dimethylamylamine, DMAA, and probably a couple other names that escape me at the moment. Sounds pretty innocent when they use the Geranium names.

It is a powerful stimulant that can have some side effects and consequences you do not want especially if you are a male who does not want E.D. (erectile dysfunction). Got your attention? Good. Chemically related to Tuamioheptane which is banned by the NCAA, it is also on the World Anti- Doping Agency’s prohibited list. Athletes taking drug tests can have false positives for amphetamines. If an athlete does not want to risk being banned from their sport, stripped of their medals, or losing a scholarship, they might want to reconsider using this.

Developed (and shelved) in the early ‘70’s by Eli Lilly as a nasal decongestant due to its vasoconstrictive properties, it was later “rediscovered” by supplement manufacturers as a strong stimulant. People have varying degrees of reaction to it, but some things to watch out for are: blood pressure problems, sustained rapid heartbeat, headaches, adrenal fatigue, dependency, and for you guys: impotence or E.D. Risk factors aside, is it effective? In most people (and from what I’ve seen @ the 95% mark) it is VERY much so. But is it safe? As mentioned before, there is use and abuse, but if you start to experience any of the mentioned symptoms, I’d personally drop it and quickly. If you do not experience any of the symptoms and are not a tested athlete, a typical dose would be 25 – 50 mg. Keeping in mind that I am NOT a doctor, if you like the benefits but experience some of the side effects, nitrates (Nitric Oxide) that are easily found in many formulas of supplements, as well as stand -alone products, seem to help matters. If E. D. concerns you (and who wouldn’t it concern?) just Google “Stim Dick” and you’ll have plenty to read, but just consider the sources as the manufacturers will downplay it if they mention it at all.

My take? It definately takes you up several levels and you have an overall increase in energy, focus, and power. Yes, I’ve used it and it worked very well but there was sometimes a fatigue “crash” after it wore off. Doses had to be increased as my body adapted to it. I’d cycle off it for a few weeks to clear my system and then could go back to the lower doses. I did my research and am not a tested athlete. I used Nitric Oxide (N.O.) products at the same time and had no problems with side effects. I decided to drop it as I felt I was developing a dependency on it, whether it was psychological and/or physiological, to blast me through my better workouts. I also didn’t want to risk any potential effects down the road as there are studies going on regarding long term use.

Weigh the benefits vs the potential risks. It is very effective and you’d be surprised where this stuff pops up. Check your labels on ANY pre-workout or energy supplement. I’m willing to make a prediction that this stuff will go the way of Ephedera which was banned in 2004.

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