If you could find an herbal supplement that can help with weight-loss, increase athletic performance, work as an appetite suppressant, and it is also known to be a natural aphrodisiac, you wouldn’t be wrong if you call it the “magic pill”, right?
Yohimbe bark supplements are one of the most interesting herbal supplements available. Known for its aphrodisiac properties, yohimbe contain a compound called yohimbine which acts on fats cells in the body by increasing adrenaline levels and inhibiting a regulatory process found on fat cells that normally suppresses the fat burning process, leading to an increase in fat burning. Yohimbine is found naturally occurring primarily as an alkaloid in the pausinystalia yohimbe tree, sometimes referred to as corynanthe yohimbe, and can be found in the plant known as Rauwolfia Serpentina, as well as the Rauwolfia family of plants in general. Considered by some herbalists to be as effective as ephedrine, an average dosage of 0.2mg/kg bodyweight has been used with success to increase fat burning without overly significant implications on heart rate or blood pressure.
However, yohimbe works better on an empty stomach as its effects seem to be partially negated with food intake. A great supplement to take during short term fasts or for prolonged periods between meals, yohimbe is also known to aid to erectile dysfunction, as well as a general stimulant. Caution should be taken at higher body weights since the cardiovascular system may not be as prepared to handle a stimulatory agent such as yohimbine.
When supplementing yohimbine for the first time, always start with a half-dose and assess tolerance before proceeding. As always, consult with your health care professional before starting yohimbe supplements.