Are you taking pre-workout supplements such as 3XT-Pump, ANARCHY, or 1.M.R. Vortex, which contain the active ingredient yohimbine? Bodybuilding.com alone retails 18 dietary supplements containing yohimbine.
Many of you know that I’ve always been a proponent of mainstream national brand supplement use to help to fill nutritional gaps (e.g. multivitamins). However, this ingredient, like DMAA (formerly found in Jack3d), is another potentially dangerous stimulant to avoid.
The compound yohimbine is found in the bark of Yohimbe, an evergreen found in the jungles of West Africa. Yohimbe has traditionally been used as an aphrodisiac although it is increasingly used to enhance athletic performance.
Yohimbine and yohimbe extracts dilate blood vessels, resulting in vasocongestion. It can cause a substantial rise in blood pressure and heart rate at doses of 20-30 mg. Common side effects may include anxiety, restlessness, chills and shivers, nausea, headache, dizziness and increased irritability, among others. Other more infrequent cases of kidney failure and hallucinations have also been reported in studies.
Many countries including the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia have already banned products containing yohimbine due to potential serious health effects. The FDA currently classifies yohimbe as an unsafe herb, containing ”the toxic alkaloid, yohimbine and other alkaloids.”
The only proven way to effectively lose weight is through proper diet and exercise. Dietary supplements should be used as part of a healthy lifestyle and not a substitute for other healthy habits. Workout supplements promising bold effects likely do not work, and are often more harmful than beneficial.
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