Ephedrine Effects on Fat Loss and Muscle Growth

Ephedrine is a class of drug known as a sympathomimetic. Specifically it is both an alpha and beta andrenergenic agonist.

In addition, ephedrine enhances the release of norepinephrine, a strong engogenous alpha agonist. The action of this compound is notably similar to that of the body's primary adrenergenic hormone epinephrine (adrenaline), which also exhibits action toward both alpha and beta receptors.

When administered, ephedrine noticably stimulates the central nervous system, increasing the heart rate and has an overall heat producing (thermic) effect on most tissues in the body - this includes muscle and fat tissue, helping the user burn more body fat, as well as having stimulatory effect on other target cells.

Originally the ephedrine was released as an asthma treatment drug

The one of ephedrine's effects is as a bronchiol dilator (opening of the air ways), however, newer and better drugs are now being used for this application. Forms of ephedrine, however, can still now be found in common cold and flu medicines in chemists. Besides increasing heart and respiratory rate this drug also stimulates the thyroid gland to transform the weaker LT-4 (L-thyroxine) into the stronger LT-3 (Liothyronine), which accelerates metabolism.

Individuals using ephedrine notice a slight rise in body temperature as more free fatty acids are produced from the breakdown of triglycerides in adipose tissue (stimulating the metabolism) however this is usually not uncomfortable.

Ephedrine an ergogenic drug that enhances endurance, strength and energy.

Firstly for athletes interested in muscle gain, ephedrine enhances the metabolic rate - the measure of fat, protein and carbohydrate conversion by the body. And an enhanced metabolic rate could clearly increase the speed of depositing new muscle mass.

Secondly the stimulant effect of the drug also increases the force of skeletal muscle contractions. The adrenaline rush provided allows the user to push harder through their training and can indirectly lead to further muscle and strength gains.

Finally it is important to note that the powerful mental edge the drug can provide, typically making the user feel far more energetic and much better able to concentrate on the tasks at hand.

The ephedrine, when used correctly, can dramatically increase fat loss and spare lean muscle tissue