July 11th, 2007 by Paul Johnson

Yohimbe is a popular supplement for it’s fat loss and sexual health benefits.

About Yohimbe:

Yohimbe is a stimulant that comes from the bark of the West-African tree Pausinystalia yohimbe Pierre. Yohimbe is a selective competitive alpha2-adrenergic receptor antagonist. What this basically means, is that it works on the negative feedback loop of adrenaline production. It essentially tells the body that it needs to rev up it's production of adrenaline and noradrenaline. This is the opposite of ephedrine, another common bodybuilding stimulant, which works directly on the receptors in stimulating adrenaline production.

Yohimbe fat loss effects:

By acting on increasing adrenaline production, yohimbe assists in burning fat. There have been many studies showing yohimbe is effective in burning fat. A study published in Res Sports Med. 2006 Oct-Dec;14(4):289-99 compared 20 athletes taking 20mg twice a day to a control for 21 days. Results showed more than a 2% bf reduction difference, between the yohimbe compared to the control.

Yohimbe also has been used as a topical fat loss product for reducing spot fat. You can read more about it in a previous article: Is spot reduction of Fat possible?

Yohimbe sexual effects:

Yohimbe has been used for many decades in europe for the treatment of ED (erectile dysfunction). In 1980's the FDA approved the OTC use of Yohimbe. Yohimbe is available as a low dosed supplement or high dosed prescription drug. They still don't know how exactly Yohimbe works to improve ED. It may be the result of dilating the blood vessels allowing more blood to the penis or by acting on the spinal chord.

Yohimbine side effects:

Yohimbe is a stimulant so it can cause all the same side effects of them such as: high blood pressure, insomnia, anxiety, jitteriness, dizziness. Some people are extra sensitive to Yohimbe. Starting at a low dose then working up, is the best way to assess your tolerance. High doses should long term is not recommended. Yohimbe should not be taken with tricyclic antidepressants or phenothiazines or users with kidney problems or psychiatric problems. You should use caution if you are on MAO inhibitors or medicines for high blood.