Daily Dose of Yohimbe: 5-30mg
Yohimbe is tree that can be found in Western Africa in the countries of Nigeria, Cameroon, the Congo, and Gabon. The bark of the tree is used to boost libido because it contains useful alkaloids of which the principal alkaloid is called yohimbine. Traditionally, yohimbe was used in Africa to treat fevers, coughs, leprosy, and as an aphrodisiac. In modern times, it is primarily used to treat three conditions. The first is erectile dysfunction, because it has been found to relax and dilate blood vessels in the penis, resulting in increased blood flow and erection. However, there have been no studies comparing yohimbine to newer drugs such as Viagra. Yohimbine seems to work better for erectile dysfunction not caused by a physical problem.
It is also believed to stimulate the parts of the brain that involve sexual desire. Yohimbine drugs have also been used in studies to ease the sexual side effects of antidepressants and to to treat women with low sex drive. The second primary use of yohimbine is to promote weightloss. It has been found to increase lipolysis by increasing the release of norepinephrine available to fat cells and blocking alpha-2 receptor activation. However, only very few studies have been made to prove this and the evidence is contradicting. The third use is to treat depression, because it blocks an enzyme called monoamine oxidase. This enzyme is involved in removing the neurotransmitters norepinephrine, serotonin, and dopamine from the brain. Good results have only been witnessed in high doses of over 50mg/day, which is potentially unsafe.
There is a difference between the yohimbe supplements and the yohimbine chemical. Although the chemical is from the yohimbe bark, it is concentrated and standardized. It is unclear that yohimbe has the same benefits as yohimbine. More research needs to be done to find out how much of yohimbine in natural yohimbe is enough to have an effect.
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