Amended Bitter Orange - Ephedra in disguise ?

Written by Jenny Mathers

Continued from page 1


2004 was not a great year for bitter orange inrepparttar media. The extract has successfully battled reports of adverse events alleged to be a result of consuming bitter orange or citrus aurantium. These numbers proved to be incorrect.

While synephrinerepparttar 131427 main alkaloid of bitter orange or citrus aurantium extract, is chemically similar to ephedrine, it is notrepparttar 131428 same as ephedrine and differs inrepparttar 131429 way it reacts pharmacologically withinrepparttar 131430 human body.

Although at first look atrepparttar 131431 research, bitter orange or citrus aurantium presented with dangers that I wanted to warn against, a more in-depth look has revealed that bitter orange by itself is not dangerous. The citrus aurantium extract standardized for synephrine (3-6%) is accepted as safe[7].

But hang on, before you click off this page, to go and find a fat burner with citrus aurantium in it, I do also want to say, that they can't be used as an alternative to good food and exercise.

Herbal supplements such as those containing bitter orange can be helpful but only when used within a weight loss strategy of balanced eating and exercise, and while they may benefit some, it may not benefit others and only your doctor will be able to make that decision for you[6]. The results may be slower, but a balanced diet and exercise arerepparttar 131432 keys to permanent and healthy weight loss. So while bitter orange may be helpful, you can obtainrepparttar 131433 same results without it. What-ever stage you are at with your health and fitness, diet and exercise arerepparttar 131434 two most important aspects.

If you do decide you'd like to try a supplement containing bitter orange, please consult your doctor before purchasing a bitter orange or citrus aurantium product.

Essentially if you consult your doctor about bitter orange, as we say in Australia - you can't go wrong, mate. Your doctor will be able to refer you to your nearest dietician and will recommendrepparttar 131435 best weight loss strategy for your situation.


[1]Jones, D., "Bitter Orange or Citrus Aurantium: same difference ?"

[2]Colker et. al., (1999) Effects of Citrus Aurantium extract, caffeine, and St. John's Wort on body fat loss, lipid levels, and mood states in overweight healthy adults. Curr. Ther. Res. 60, 145 - 153.

[3]American Herbal Products (2004) "FDA Spins Numbers on Bitter Orange AERs" Press Release

[4]Nykamp DL, Fackih MN, Compton AL. Possible association of acute lateral-wall myocardial infarction and bitter orange supplement. Ann Pharmacother. 2004 May;38(5):812-6. Epub 2004 Mar 16.

[5]Definition of Alkaloids - any of hundreds of compounds found in plants with a nitrogen atom connected to two carbon atoms, and often formed in a ring structure. Many commonly known chemicals and drugs are alkaloids, including nicotine, cocaine, quinine, morphine, and ephedrine.

[6]Dharmananda, S., SYNEPHRINE:Is Chih-shih (Zhishi) Toxic? Institute for Traditional Medicine, Portland, Oregon. Seerepparttar 131436 schematic diagram for synephrine atrepparttar 131437 bottom ofrepparttar 131438 page.

[7]Supplement Watch on Synephrine

Other Sites of Interest:

Supplement Watch Newsletter

Copyright 2004 Jenny Mathers All Rights Reserved. This article representsrepparttar 131439 opinion ofrepparttar 131440 author only. This information is for educational purposes only and should not be taken as a replacement for medical advise. Please see your doctor before changing your diet, or trying a new supplement.

Research resource for fat burning foods and supplements. Fat burning food research information allowing you to take the guess work out of fat burning.

Ten Exercise Tips for Weight Loss

Written by Kathy Burns-Millyard

Continued from page 1

Try browsingrepparttar net or getting a book or two on how to exercise at home. This information will be useful to you to know how much you need to work out on each specific exercise in order to burn offrepparttar 131425 desired number of calories. It can also help you get ideas for new types of exercise, so you're not easily getting bored withrepparttar 131426 same old routines.

7. Try to get somebody to exercise along with you. It should be somebody committed to do this with you, otherwise they could accidently cause your own interest to dwindle.

Getting a committed person to exercise with you helps keep you going. There may be days when you feel just too lazy to crawl out of bed inrepparttar 131427 mornings. On such days,repparttar 131428 knowledge that some body is waiting for you is enough to slide out of bed.

Another advantage is that you can discuss your progress and fears with another person and be a sympathetic listener torepparttar 131429 other person as well. This is a fine way of getting motivated your self, and losing weight faster.

8. Listen to your body, and stop when it's had enough. If you push it too far, you could end up hurting yourself.

When you have worked out long enough, your body will start giving you signals. Heed those signals. This is particularly true inrepparttar 131430 initial stages of getting started with your exercise routine. Take one step at a time. Stop when you are out of breath or when a certain part of your body tells you that it has had enough. Hint: Pain is a message from your body that it needs to stop *now*.

9. Increaserepparttar 131431 amount of time you exercise gradually - not in sudden steps. Trying to do too much, too soon can cause you to hurt yourself severely. And not being able to meet your own expectations forrepparttar 131432 amount of time your exercise,repparttar 131433 amount of weight you lift during work outs, orrepparttar 131434 number of miles you can run for instance, will only make you discouraged, and more likely to quitrepparttar 131435 exercise routine before it's had a chance to be of any benefit.

10. Stick to your exercise and work out routines. For some people this is easier said than done. Most of us have such hectic schedules that it is quite difficult to fit in time for exercise. But your body... everyone's body... NEEDS proper exercise and fitness. So just make up your mind to do it. Then do it.

Select an exercise pattern to suit your life style. All of us have different life styles and professions so there is no sense in trying to followrepparttar 131436 book strictly. Try and follow an exercise routine that is suitable for you. Exercise is important but sticking with it forrepparttar 131437 long haul is what helps you lose - and keep off -repparttar 131438 added weight and fat. And by choosing exercises that fit your personal likes, dislikes and life style - you'll be more likely to stick with it and seerepparttar 131439 real, lasting results you want.

2004 Kathy Burns-Millyard. This article is provided courtesy of - You may freely reprint this article on your website or in your newsletter provided this courtesy notice, the author name, and the URL remain intact.

    <Back to Page 1 © 2005
Terms of Use