So what are the benefits of yohimbe?

Yohimbe is a bark extract that contains the active chemical yohimbine. Yohimbine is a prescription medication in the United States and Canada and is approved for use in treating erectile dysfunction (ED or impotence).

The extract typically contains about 6% of yohimbine and studies show that it can be effective for treating male impotence and sexual dysfunction. Some studies suggest that the active ingredient yohimbine is too low in the extract to help with impotence but other studies show some benefits.

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Erectile Dysfunction

Low Sex Drive (Aphrodisiac)

Moreover, many prescription antidepressants are known to cause certain amount of impotence and lower sex drive. Yohimbe may be helpful in reversing the sexual side effects of antidepressant medications.

Promotion of Fat LossSome but not all studies show that taking the active ingredient yohimbine may promote weight loss. Indeed, it is a popular product for those who have an interest in bodybuilding. One study looked at a yohimbe cream designed to promote fat loss when applied to the thighs. The result showed no benefits in reducing the fat content in the thighs.

Bottom Line

dash diet thumbs upMost studies are done on the active ingredient yohimbine found in the back extract of yohimbe. The concentration of the active ingredient is lower but may be sufficient to help treat ED or low sex drive.Side effects of yohimbe are generally mild unless a high dose is used. Always start with the lowest effective dose and increase slowly to avoid side effects.

Read the label to find out how much of the yohimbine is found in the yohimbe plant extract.

See Yohimbe to get the full details along with dosage recommendations and side effects.

References for Benefits of Yohimbe

Created: June 15, 2010