Yohimbe for your Health and Weight Loss
Preface: Yohimbe is obtained from the bark of widely grown tree
in the South African region. The active compound of Yohimbe known as Yohimbine
is also found in the great amounts in South African herb known as Quebracho (Aspidospema
Quebracho-Blanco). This substance is conventionally used as stimulant for enhancing
the sexual desire, in West Africa and South America. Yohimbe and Quebracho are
most commonly used in dietary supplements for treating the impotency and encouraging
male sexual performance which is frequently marketed as “Herbal Viagra”.
It also noticed to increase athletic performance as the substitute of anabolic
steroids. The purified extract from Yohimbe bark gives the alkaloid which the stimulant
like caffeine and ephedra and is known as Yohimbine which is synchronized as the
prescription medication being used for the treatment of erectile dysfunction in
males penile system. It is also widely promoted as the natural form of Viagra used
as the male’s sexual desire arouser.
Yohimbe Theory: The alkaloid known as the Yohimbine found in
Yohimbe works as the Mono Amine Oxidase (MAO) inhibitor for enhancing the levels
of neurotransmitter, norepinephrine. Yohimbine also functions as the stimulator
of the central nervous systems effectively blocking the specific receptors like
alpha-2 adrenergic receptors as well as boosts energy levels and also encourages
fat oxidation. Yohimbe is also reported of widening the blood vessels by making
it probably the useful treatment for penile erectile dysfunction along with some
typical forms of male impotency, along with all other activities shown above. Due
to the MAO reduction, Yohimbe is sometimes suggested as the treatment for mild
Scientific Support: There is no authentic clinical evidence which could establish
that Yohimbe is either anabolic or thermogenic, though quite often Yohimbe is endorsed
as the ‘natural’ medium of enhancing testosterone levels for building
muscles, promoting strength and fat loss. Facts based on some trials and tests
reveals that Yohimbine could enhance the blood supply to the genital organs, an
effect which may occur in both males and females. Thus, Yohimbe may be considered
as effective in alleviating some milder forms of both physiological and physical
impotency. Merely around 30% of the persons reported to have been benefited with
effects in term of penile erectile function and sexual performances, based on the
few studies performed on the purified form of Yohimbe.
Yohimbe Safety: The deep concerns about the safety of using Yohimbe
products are increased due to the reports of toxicity of Yohimbine which is the
major alkaloid of the plant Yohimbe, as the amount of Yohimbe based products piling
up in the markets. There are several side effects reported by use of Yohimbe like:
negligible complaints of headaches, anxiety and tension to more serious adverse
affects including high blood pressure, increased heart beat rates, heart palpitations
and hallucinations. However, it is strongly suggested that persons suffering from
high blood pressure and kidney disease should avoid using the supplements formulated
with ingredients like Yohimbe. The pregnant or anticipating pregnancy should avoid
taking Yohimbe due to abortion risk. The foods having Red Wine, Liver and Cheese,
should never be combined with Yohimbe. Yohimbe with nasal decongestants or dietary
supplements having ephedrine or phenylpropanolamine should not be combined avoiding
blood pressure fluctuations. At times Yohimbe is combined with serotonergic supplements
for promoting its effectiveness. Combining Yohimbe with any anti-depressant supplements
or prescription medications except under the advice and supervision of the nutritionally
oriented practitioners is not at all recommended.
Yohimbe Value: Yohimbe is being used as the sexual desire arouser
and sexual enhancer for almost past century and no effect on human sex drive
or performance has been sufficiently verified. The drug Yohimbine has been assessed
in managing the penile erectile disorder in the few small studies, where it reflects
some gentle therapeutic advantage over placebo. Clinical analysis of commercial
Yohimbine extracts shows that several products showed inadequate amount of Yohimbine
alkaloids whereas the most of them were lacking the effective levels of the compound.
The concentrations of Yohimbine in commercial Yohimbe products typically range
from zero to almost 500 ppm. As Yohimbe bark is noticed to have up to 6% total
alkaloids, 10-15% of which are Yohimbine.
Dosage: Since there are no regular accepted doses suggested for
Yohimbe, it could be believed that more than 40 mg of Yohimbine per day may show
adverse side effects like: dizziness, headaches, loss of coordination and hallucinations.
The specific daily amounts of Yohimbine alkaloids noticed in commercial supplements
i.e. label claims are mostly in the range of 10 to 30 mg and at times standardized
to Yohimbine or total alkaloid contents.
Diet Pills containing Yohimbine