Yohimbine comes from the bark of the African Corynanthe johimbe tree. Consumers traditionally use yohimbine as an aphrodisiac or a stimulant. It's also a potent fat-burning agent and takes spot reduction from a dream to a reality.* Yohimbine is a potent alpha-2 adrenergic antagonist. Antagonizing (or blocking) these receptors, Yohimbine enhances fat loss in otherwise resistant areas of the belly, hips, and thighs.*
- Promotes fat loss in belly, hips, and thighs*
- Stimulates fat release for burning*
- Acts as an aphrodisiac*
- Increases blood flow to the genitals*
Yohimbine is a chemical derived from the bark of two trees: African Pausinystalia johimbe and South American Aspidosperma quebracho-blanco.
Yohimbine is an indole alkaloid that functions as an alpha-2 adrenoreceptor antagonist.
Yohimbine was the historical go-to ingredient for stronger erections. Nowadays, we appreciate it more for its ability to increase thermogenesis and selectively target stubborn body fat in the hips, thighs, and lower back.
Here's How Yohimbibe Works
Fat cells have two adrenergic receptors known as alpha-receptors and beta-receptors. When activated, the alpha-receptor halts fat burning. That's why losing fat in areas with more alpha-receptors, like the hips, thighs, and lower back, is more challenging. And yohimbine blocks these alpha-receptors, making the fat easier to burn off.
Yohimbine's most famous fat-loss study involves its effects on body comp and exercise performance in soccer players:
After 21 days, soccer players who took yohimbine HCl saw a marked decrease in body fat (9.3%) compared to the placebo (7.1%). Likewise, post-supplementation fat mass was significantly lower in the yohimbine group (7.1%) compared to the placebo group (9.2%).
Take yohimbine, as yohimbine HCl, first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.
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