Potential risks of health food products containing yohimbe extractsBMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6959.958 (Published 08 October 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:958
- P A G M De Smet,
- O S N M Smeets
- Royal Dutch Association of the Advancement of Pharmacy, 2514 JL The Hague, Netherlands.
EDITOR, - We wish to express our concern about the availability of yohimbe preparations on the health food market. We submitted capsules that contained yohimbe extracts (imported from France by Nutramin, Amsterdam) to thin layer chromatography and high performance liquid chromatography and recovered, besides several other alkaloids, at least l mg of yohimbine per capsule. The recommended daily dose of 8-10 capsules would therefore provide at least 8-10 mg of yohimbine a day, and the other alkaloids might also …