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Health food stores often carry a variety of products advertised as energy boosters. They may be natural, but may still NOT be good for you.
In general, it is wise to avoid stimulants containing ephedra (also known as ma huang) or caffeine (kola nut, guarana). Ephedra and caffeine based stimulants may give a temporary boost, but in the long run, they increase fatigue by overstimulating the body and exhausting the adrenal glands.
Chronic health problems, including symptoms that resemble chronic fatigue syndrome, have been observed in people who use these products long-term.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|