Best Bodybuilding Supplements for Abs: Yohimbe

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Few thermogenic compounds get the recognition that Yohimbe does. Perhaps, the only ingredient to get more attention has been Ephedra. Like Ephedra, Yohimbe has a proven history and mixed reputation due to user abuse. When you want to lose more body fat so that your abdominals can shine through, Yohimbe may be a powerful tool to have in your arsenal. Let’s take a look at the science behind Yohimbe to see if it’s worth buying and using to reveal that six-pack.

What is Yohimbe?

Yohimbe is a type of tree found in central and western Africa; however, when it comes to dietary supplements, the focus is on the bark of the tree. Within the bark of Yohimbe is a compound called Yohimbine. This is where the real magic of this ingredient is found. Yohimbine is a powerful thermogenic agent but it is also used for libido and energy. Yohimbine is found in certain prescription medications for sexual dysfunction. Let’s focus on the weight loss and thermogenic benefits that Yohimbe provides.

Benefits of Yohimbe

Yohimbe has been used for many years within thermogenic and weight loss blends. Many people also take it on its own because of the potential benefits described below.

Supports Fat Burning

  • The primary reason Yohimbe is such a popular ingredient is for its role in burning fat. A study published in Research in Sports Medicine demonstrated how effective Yohimbe could be at promoting fat loss. In fact, the researchers concluded that Yohimbe may be an effective aid in long term weight loss. Case in point, it may be a great way to support your efforts to build a six-pack.

Boosts Natural Energy Levels

  • Yohimbe is able to promote a higher rate of blood flow throughout the body. This increase in oxygen rich blood reaching working muscle tissue may be able to promote a higher level of energy output. In other words, you may feel like you have more energy during activities such as your workout or in the bedroom.

Increases Mental Focus

  • Due to the increase in blood flow of oxygen rich blood, Yohimbe may promote a higher level of mental focus during workouts and athletic events. This is important on every level as better focus may mean a better workout, which, in turn, could result in more calories burned or more muscle built.

Potential Side Effects of Yohimbe

For as promising as Yohimbe is, it has also been the subject of supplement industry controversy. Over use and abuse of the supplement has led to hospitalizations with some countries going so far as to ban the supplement. If you have prior issues with blood pressure and heart health, it’s important to talk with your doctor about using Yohimbe because if you take too much, it may result in an unsafe increase in blood pressure. Here are other potential side effects of Yohimbe when it is abused:

  • Nervousness
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Headache
  • Skin Flushing
  • Nausea
  • Gastric Distress
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Palpitations
  • Increased Blood Pressure
  • Dizziness
  • Sweating

How to Take Yohimbe

Everyone is going to respond to Yohimbe differently. With that said, it’s best to start with a low dose of 5 mg, assess your tolerance and increase as is comfortable. It is highly advised not to exceed 30 mg in one day. Again, talk with your doctor beforehand.


Despite its mixed reputation, Yohimbe may be a highly effective weight loss support supplement, allowing you to have more energy and to reach your ab popping goals. Use responsibly as Yohimbe is a very potent thermogenic compound.



  1. Ostojic SM. Yohimbine: the effects on body composition and exercise performance in soccer players. Res Sports Med. 2006 Oct-Dec;14(4):289-99.

Please Note: Before following exercise routines or changing your fitness regime, please consult a certified fitness professional. Always talk with a medical practitioner before following dietary advice or taking supplements.

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