Nature is full of products to alleviate pain, reduce swelling, increase your sex drive, and cure the common cold. However, one of the most popular ingredients in male enhancement pills and muscle gain supplements is Yohimbe. It’s derived from tree bark but it has had some serious side affects. The FDA has publicized a warning to keep the public informed.
Yohimbe is a tree bark containing a variety of pharmacologically active chemicals. It is marketed in a number of products for body building and “enhanced male performance.” Serious adverse effects, including renal failure, seizures and death, have been reported to FDA with products containing yohimbe and are currently under investigation.
– Food and Drug Administration — http://vm.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/supplmnt.html
The major identified alkaloid in yohimbe is yohimbine, a chemical that causes vasodilation, thereby lowering blood pressure. Yohimbine is also a prescription drug in the United States. Side effects are well recognized and may include central nervous system stimulation that causes anxiety attacks. At high doses, yohimbine is a monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitor. MAO inhibitors can cause serious adverse effects when taken concomitantly with tyramine-containing foods (e.g., liver, cheeses, red wine) or with over-the-counter (OTC) products containing phenylpropanolamine, such as nasal decongestants and diet aids. Individuals taking yohimbe should be warned to rigorously avoid these foods and OTC products because of the increased likelihood of adverse effects.
– Food and Drug Administration — http://vm.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/supplmnt.html (source)
If you are taking muscle gain product or male enhancement pills, then it’s time you scanned the ingredients in the bottle. These side affects are life threatening and should be avoided at all costs! If your a female then you probably don’t take these types of products, however, you should look at your husband and your son’s supplements!