“Ephedra-free” Supplements Not Always Safe

Ephedra was banned in the U.S. in 2004 because of harmful cardiovascular effects. But "ephedra-free" products are not necessarily stimulant-free. "Bitter orange" (citrus aurantium) is used in some products in place of ephedra. This substance, especially in combination with caffiene, often causes a stimulant effect similar to ephedra leading to heart-related side-effects. PositiveTip: Small dietary changes…

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