Yohimbine is a toxic crystalline alkaloid compound that is a product of the bark of the yohimbe tree in West Africa. The primary active ingredient of yohimbe is yohimbine. This compound is used to make a medicine that acts as an adrenergic blocking agent and as an aphrodisiac in the treatment of impotence. According to webmd.com, it is also used to enhance the performance of athletes, reduce weight, remedy chest pains, regulate high and low blood pressure, stop nerve pain from diabetes, and treat depression when accompanied by certain other medications.
It is sold under the following common brand names: Erex, Testomar, Yocon, Yohimar, Yohimbe. (Wikipedia)
What does Yohimbine do?
Yohimbine promotes a healthy feeling and mood and works to support fat loss (especially when combined with fasting) and antioxidant support by fighting free radicals, it also aids vasodilation in the body allowing more oxygen and blood to pass through all the tissues, to the extremities and appendages of the body. (bodybuilding.com) There is also evidence that yohimbine may help with erectile dysfunction, as well as sexual problems caused by some medications that are prescribed for depression. (webmd.com)
There is a risk of side effects when taking yohimbine orally in recommended doses, according to webmd.com it can cause an upset stomach, an excited state, tremors, sleeping difficulties, anxious behaviour, high blood pressure, a fast heartbeat, dizzy feeling, stomach pains, headaches, increase in urination, a bloated abdomen, and rashes. In order to avoid such symptoms it is advisable to consult a doctor before taking yohimbine.
How much Yohimbine should I take?
The recommended dosage is 0.2mg/kg bodyweight, this has been proven to successfully increase fat burning without seriously effecting cardiovascular parameters such as, heart rate and blood pressure.
If you are overweight, it is not advisable to use yohimbine because the cardivascular system may not be able to support the stimulatory effects of the compound. If you take yohimbine with other supplements, always begin with a half-dose and take care to assess your tolerance levels before continuing with the treatment, as it is possible for the supplements to negatively interact. (examine.com)
When Should You Take Yohimbine?
Yohimbine supplements are most effective if taken between meals or during short term fasting. Or according to Tommy Jeffers the ultimate time to take Yohimbine is before low-moderate intensity cardio. In the case that you do a combination of weights and cardio, it is recommended that you take your dose of yohimbine about 15-20 minutes before you have finished your weight workout. By taking yohimbine at this moment, you give the supplement time to start working in your body and begin to break down fat while you do your post cardio workout.