Yohimbine and Yohimbine HCL may have similar effects, but they are not the same. Yohimbine is an alkaloid extract from the Yohimbe tree, which grows in Western Africa. African tribes have been using it as an aphrodisiac for many years as an aphrodisiac.
Yohimbine Hydrochloride (Yohimbine HCL) is the synthetic version of the original alkaloid. The HCL version is safer than the natural thing because some of the compounds present in Yohimbine’s natural form may be toxic. Also, the synthetic version delivers a consistent and equal dosage.
Yohimbine was used to treat erectile dysfunction, but its demand has reduced ever since Viagra was introduced.
The Uses and Advantages of Yohimbine HCL
- The synthetic alkaloid is used to treat erectile dysfunction (ED) that is caused due to any non-physical factor. ED caused by physical factors like injuries, surgeries, etc., are treated with other medicines. Yohimbine HCL works by dilating and relaxing blood vessels in the penis, and this leads to an increased flow of blood to the penis. It also stimulates the brain and increases sexual desire.
- The compound also helps in burning fat, especially stubborn fat that is found on women’s thighs and in the midsection of men (the abs area). It does so by increasing lipolysis by enhancing the release of norepinephrine to fat cells, and by blocking the activation of alpha-2 receptor. This is all scientific jargon – suffice to say that the compound very efficiently burns fat and causes weight loss, and that is why it is used so extensively in the bodybuilding industry.
- It also blocks monoamine oxidase, an enzyme, and thereby cures depression. However, for this to happen the minimum dosage of Yohimbine HCL must exceed 50 mg per day – and that is not a safe dosage.
The Disadvantages of Yohimbine HCL
- This is one very low-dosage drug – anything below the recommended dosage will not work and anything above it will prove toxic. Therefore, you must always consult your physician before starting on a Yohimbine supplement.
- Extra dosage of Yohimbine HCL can even lead to seizures and kidney failure.
- Other side effects include nausea, dizziness, insomnia, and anxiety. Even a dose of 40 mg per day can cause these side effects.
- It increases blood pressure and heart rate and therefore people with high blood pressure should take it under medical supervision.
- One of the advantages of the compound is that it blocks monoamine oxidase. Now, this means that Yohimbine-takers must strictly avoid tyramine-containing foods like cheese, liver, red wine, etc. They should also avoid all products that contain phenylpropanolamine (example: nasal decongestant).
- The compound should not be taken by pregnant women, people with cardiovascular disease and elders.
- It should not be combined with antidepressants.
The general recommended dosage is .2 mg per kg of weight. So, if you weigh 80 kilos, you can easily take 16 mg of Yohimbine HCL without fearing side effects. The compound must be taken twice daily – once in the early morning on an empty stomach and once in the early afternoon before your lunch.
It is best to start with a lower dose to check your body’s tolerance to the compound and then gradually increase it.
Yohimbine HCL’s effectiveness increases when it is taken with caffeine, and therefore you should look for supplements that contain both these substances.
Many body builders take the compound for 4-5 weeks and then give it a break for 4 weeks, and then start again.
Many penis enlargement products typically steer clear of Yohimbine HCL, but some people take Yohimbine along with L-arginine for enhancing their penis size and erection stamina.
This is what you should know about Yohimbine HCL. Before signing off, let us repeat that if you are suffering from any medical condition that is listed above, you should avoid this compound. Also, don’t go for the natural extract, work with the synthesized version because it is consistent and ensures equal delivery of all nutrients.