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Xenadrine is one of the more popular and controversial dietary supplements on the market today. As you read this paper, you will come to know that there are two different types, Xenadrine RFA-1 and Xenadrine EFX. These two might not seem that different, but they are in a way that your life may depend on it.

Xenadrine, made by the New Jersey company Cytodyne Technologies, has quickly grown to be one of the most talked about weight loss supplements in the United States. Although considered by FDA (Food and Drug Administration) a "nutritional supplement" and not a drug, the main ingredient in its original formula (Xenadrine RFA-1) is ephedrine. Ephedrine is derived from the ephedra plant. It speeds up your metabolism which suppresses the appetite. Also fat cells are broken down and converted into energy. The effects of ephedrine are commonly compared to those of amphetamines (aka: speed). Ephedrine can raise the heart rate as well as blood pressure. So people with heart conditions and high blood pressure are urged to use caution when using supplements containing Ephedrine.

Records produced by the FDA stated that ephedrine has been linked to 81 deaths, 32 heart attacks and 69 strokes from 1993 to 2000. From the start of 2001 to June of 2002 another 100 ephedrine related deaths had been reported. These numbers of deaths may not seem to be much and chances are that you probably do not know of anyone who has been seriously affected by ephedrine. If this is the case let me change that for you. When Baltimore Orioles Pitcher Steve Belcher died of a 108 degree heat stroke, he had been taking a weight loss supplement containing ephedrine.

Xenadrine RFA-1's warning label notes that not only does ephedrine cause cardiovascular problems, but also that the consumer may experience mind- altering effects. An example of the mind-altering effects that are noted, in 1998 an American women ran her car into another vehicle at over 100 mph,...
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