The bark of the yohimbe – an evergreen tree native to Western Africa – contains potent chemicals that can calm a human’s central nervous system and yield medical benefits.

Unsurprisingly, this bark is now a popular supplement consumed by people worldwide in search of positive effects on their physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

Let’s explore what makes this tree bark so unique and help you determine whether it deserves a role in your supplement regimen in Ultimate Nutrition’s Guide to Yohimbe:

What is a Yohimbe Supplement?

For centuries, healers across Western African countries like Nigeria, Cameroon, and the Congo utilized yohimbe as a remedy for ailments like fevers, chronic coughs, and leprosy; they also hailed its status as a powerful aphrodisiac.

In the last century, the use of yohimbe spread to Western cultures, and scientists worldwide began to study the bark of this famous tree.

This research revealed to a global audience the presence of alkaloids – organic compounds that produce physiological compounds within humans – in yohimbe bark. Chief among these alkaloids was yohimbine, a compound with potential health benefits.

In the late 20th century, yohimbe bark extract became a popular treatment for erectile dysfunction – for reasons discussed later – before the rise of medications like Viagra and Cialis.

Today, many online and brick-and-mortar health food stores sell high-quality yohimbe supplements, typically in pill or tablet form, that can offer meaningful health benefits discussed below.

Yohimbe Benefits

Potential Benefits of Yohimbe Supplementation

Without further adieu, let’s dive into the famous potential health benefits of yohimbe bark extract:

Can Treat Erectile Dysfunction

As mentioned earlier, yohimbe was once an uber-popular prescription drug given to male patients suffering from erectile dysfunction (ED).

While its popularity may pale compared to Viagra, Cialis, and their generic relatives, many patients still hail the tree bark’s strength against impotence.

Research published by the International Journal of Impotence Research and the National Institute of Health (NIH) finds that the supplement helps improve the quality and frequency of erections in a notable percentage of men featured in double-blind experiments.

According to oft-cited NIH studies of men with ED, one month of yohimbe supplementation saw “14 percent of [participants] experience restoration of full and sustained erections” and “20 percent report a partial response to the therapy.”

Most scientists attribute these benefits to the ability of yohimbine, the chief alkaloid of yohimbe, to act on the central nervous system, promoting blood flow and increasing nerve sensitivity in the pelvic region.

Can Aid Fat Loss

According to research from the National Institute of Health (NIH), the yohimbe bark extract can also stimulate fat loss in some people.

This effect of yohimbe occurs because the supplement influences the body’s central nervous system and blocks some of its adrenoreceptors, increasing norepinephrine levels and halting the activation of alpha-2 receptors in fat cells.

Over time, this process can lead to notable fat losses, potentially helping some people lose weight. 

Aforementioned NIH research demonstrated this effect among professional soccer players, who on average decreased their body fat levels by 1.8% over 21 days of yohimbe supplementation.

Subsequent NIH research on the effects of yohimbine on obesity found that obese women taking yohimbe supplements for 21 days lost far more weight (7.8 lbs) than those taking a placebo (4.9 lbs) over the same period. 

We should note that this yohimbe bark benefit certainly needs further study, as all research to this point is undoubtedly preliminary.

However, early results are encouraging, suggesting yohimbe may one day become a widespread weight loss supplement.

Potential Side Effects of Yohimbe Supplementation

As with any supplement, there are a few potential side effects of yohimbe bark extract you should be aware of:


If you research negative experiences with yohimbe, you’ll likely read an anecdote or two associated with dizziness.

Though this side effect is uncommon among the millions worldwide that supplement with this bark extract, you can still be proactive about preventing it altogether.

Avoid rapidly sitting or standing up when lying down shortly after taking your yohimbe supplement.


Some people that take yohimbe supplements experience nausea, though the side effect is relatively rare. 

If you regularly experience nausea due to stress or anxiety, insomnia, dehydration, gastrointestinal issues, menstruation, medications you take, etc., please seek medical advice before adding yohimbe to your supplementation regimen.


National Institute of Health (NIH) studies of yohimbe’s impact on sleep occasionally list insomnia as an infrequent but documented side effect of regular supplementation.

If you begin supplementing with yohimbe bark extract, pay close attention to any disruptions in your regular sleeping patterns.

Rapid Heartbeat

A rapid heartbeat – aka tachycardia – can be distressing and even have medical consequences if left untreated for long periods of time.

While instances are scarce, some people who supplement with yohimbe experience such a reaction, so it is worth monitoring. 

Man uses Yohimbe for Nervous System

Ultimate Nutrition’s Yohimbe Bark Extract Supplement

Now that you understand the history of yohimbe supplementation and the powerful, positive effects it can have on your health, it’s time to try the best option available:

Ultimate Nutrition’s Yohimbe Bark Extract can help you rediscover your libido and burn fat without breaking the bank. Each tablet in this world-class supplement contains 800 mg of yohimbine imported from Africa and intended for daily use. For a different form of yohimbe, try our Yohimbe Bark Liquid Extract. This supplement contains all the yohimbe you need in an easy to take format.

It’s time to feel and perform your best. Let Ultimate Nutrition take you to the next level TODAY.

Brian Rubino
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