Ephedra Essay

This essay has a total of 405 words and 2 pages.


Almost everyone loves professional sports. People love to watch awesome athletes competing
fiercely against each other. But now, more than ever, to make it in this world you have to
be the best of the best. And people will go to many extreme lengths to be this way. The
use of steroids in professional sports is becoming more and more popular. The latest way
to lose weight, boost energy, and gain a more competitive edge is by using nutritional
supplements like the newest one; ephedra. Ephedra causes decreased appetite and burns
calories, which results in weight loss. Ephedra exploded onto the scene in February of
2003 after a Baltimore Oriole's pitcher died of heat stroke from using ephedra. It is not
only used by athletes but now usage is particularly high because younger athletes want to
be bigger, stronger, and faster and older athletes need to remain in shape and
competitive. Anything that occurs naturally is considered a food, as is ephedra. This
means that ephedra does not have to be proven safe of efficient before being put on the
market. The NFL, the NCAA and the Olympics have all decided to ban ephedra. But supporters
of ephedra say that when used properly is safe and effective in weight loss and energy
gain. They think it should be kept on the market for people who want to use it safely. On
the other hand people against ephedra feel that since ephedra increases heart rate, speeds
up the metabolism and reduces the body's ability to cool itself that it is very dangerous
and should be classified under the category of amphetamines, which are illegal drugs, and
therefore should be banned.

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