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Depo Testosterone Guide – Cost, Dosage, and Side Effects

Testosterone. For many of us, it’s the holy grail, the one ingredient to solve all our struggles, the fountain of youth. Boosting your t-levels gives you energy, strength, more muscle, happiness: it will turn you into the man you want to be. Your ultimate you. But your quest to obtain this magic elixir is difficult, tiring, and filled with shitty supplements and futile efforts. You are about to give up and accept defeat…

But then, you read about depo testosterone. No diet changes, no horribly tasting chemical supplements you have to take multiple times a day, no effort. Just a depo-testosterone injection every 1 to 4 weeks and you’re done. Could it BE any easier? You may think you’ve found the holy grail, but, unfortunately, there are some serious ‘buts’ you need to consider before getting your bare butt ready for a depo-testosterone injection.

Health warning: please don’t buy depo testosterone before you’ve read this post till the end. What are five minutes of reading compared to possibly life-long side effects? When it’s your health, you make time.

What is depo-testosterone?

What is depo-testosterone used for?

How to take it and the dosage

What are the health benefits?

What are the dangers and side effects of depo-testosterone?

What are the precautions?

What drugs can interact with depo testosterone?

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What is depo-testosterone and how it works

Let’s begin with the basics: what is depo testosterone exactly? Is it pure testosterone, or is it mixed in with other stuff? Is depo testosterone natural? Is it the name of the ingredient, or of the brand? Let’s find out!

Types of testosterone

First, let’s get one thing straight: Depo-Testosterone is a brand name, not a type of testosterone. The working ingredient is called testosterone cypionate, which is a type of androgen and anabolic steroid (AAS) medication.

Now the word testosterone itself can be used in different contexts. We need to get this straight before we’re able to understand depo testosterone.

  • 1 – Natural testosterone

This is the primary male sex hormone as found and produced in our body, the real testosterone, the OG so to speak.

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It is the hormone – and natural anabolic steroid – that makes you into the man you are. It promotes loads of processes like muscle growth, bone mass, body hair, and many, many more.

But wait… is testosterone a steroid? Yes, it is.

  • 2 – Medical testosterone

Your body is not the only one that can make testosterone; researchers can as well. In 1935 scientists found a way to isolate testosterone and in 1939 medical testosterone was approved for use. Since then, its use in medicine has exploded, with testosterone taking place 146 in the list of most-used (pharmaceutical) drugs in the United States.

But wait… is testosterone a drug? Yes, it is.

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Forms of testosterone

You didn’t think it would stop there, right? No, there are loads of different forms of medical testosterone to make things even more confusing. Without getting too complicated, here is a quick list of some of the different forms of testosterone you can come across in your search for the holy grail, followed by their most popular brand names:

Unmodified (non-esterified) testosterone formulations:

  • Topical gels: AndroGel, Fortesta, Testim, Testosterone (generic)
  • Topical solutions: Axiron, Testosterone (generic)
  • Transdermal patches: Androderm, Testoderm (discontinued), Testoderm TTS (discontinued), Testosterone (generic)
  • Intranasal gels: Natesto
  • Buccal tablets: Striant
  • Pellet implants: Testopel

Ester prodrugs of testosterone, formulated as oil solutions for muscle injections:

  • Testosterone cypionate: Depo-Testosterone, Testosterone Cypionate (generic)
  • Testosterone enanthate: Delatestryl, Testosterone Enanthate (generic)
  • Testosterone propionate: Testosterone Propionate (generic)
  • Testosterone undecanoate: Aveed

That’s a looooot of testosterone. If you go through it, you’ll see at least one familiar name in there: Depo-Testosterone!

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Depo-testosterone

As you could see in the list above, Depo-Testosterone is a testosterone cypionate. Other names are testosterone cipionate, testosterone cyclopentylpropionate and testosterone cyclopentanepropionate (not the combination “depo testosterone cypionate” though, as many people often think).

It is an FDA approved substance, but it is illegal to use or buy without a prescription from a doctor. The depo testosterone cost in a pharmacy is about $85 for a 10ml bottle. It was first introduced to the market in 1951 in the United States under the name Depo-Testosterone.

In fact, the brand name Depo-Testosterone is the most common trade name of this type of testosterone. Some other brand names are:

  • Andro Cyp
  • Andronate
  • Deposteron
  • Depotest
  • Durandro
  • Duratest
  • Pertestis
  • Virilon

These are just a few of the brand names testosterone cypionate has been marketed under.

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What is depo-testosterone used for?

Now we know a bit more about what Depo Testosterone actually is, it’s time to look into how it can work in our benefit.

Medical use

Depo-Testosterone is a prescription drug, and as such it is possible that your doctor decides you should start taking it for medical reasons. The main medical use of depo testosterone is to treat certain conditions that are linked to a testosterone deficiency.

  • Hypogonadism or hypoandrogenism

This means the diminished functionality of the gonads, resulting in less production of sex hormones. In other words, when someone’s body doesn’t produce any testosterone – or only little – in a natural way.

This can occur both for men and women, and both can receive treatment for this. This treatment is often called hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Other commen names are androgen recplacement therapy (ART) or testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). All these treatments are aimed at battling testosterone deficiency.

  • Certain types of breast cancer

There is much debate about using testosterone (or other hormone treatments) to treat breast cancer. However, for some forms of breast cancer hormone therapy is a common practice, because some types of cancers are hormone sensitive.

  • Transgenderization

Transgender hormone therapy uses testosterone to promote masculine characters in a person. This therapy is specifically used for female-to-male (FTM) type transgender hormone therapy. A different name for it is masculinizing hormone therapy.

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Other use of depo-testosterone

Above are medical uses, prescribed by qualified doctors. Additionally, this testosterone is often used illicitely. Why take a drug like testosterone without consulting a doctor, you might think? Well, people do it for multiple reasons. Generally, these are the most common illicit uses of this testosterone.

  • Depo testosterone for bodybuilding and other sports

This is probably the most common one: doping. The usage of depo testosterone for sports, working out, bodybuilding, or athletics is widespread among amateurs and professionals alike. As we all know, doping use in professional sports is prohibited and it can get you banned from your sport. Nevertheless, it’s still a common thing among professional atheletes.

  • Depo testosterone for anti-aging

When you grow up you start to produce more testosterone, especially when you hit puberty. After that you’re at your physical peak; you’re a prime male. Bursting with testosterone you feel like you just hit some next level of awesome.

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But then, after a few years, your t-levels slowly start to drop; it’s the end of your natural testosterone booster. Your energy levels drop, you can’t workout like you used to, you struggle to maintain a lean body, and you generally just notice you’re becoming old. Dropping testosterone is part of the aging process, and to counter that, some people resort to depo testosterone.

How to take it and the dosage

Whatever your reason, before you start using depo testosterone you need to know how to take it and what the normal depo testosterone dosage is.

Depo testosterone is for intramuscular use only, meaning that you have to inject it directly into your muscle. It should NOT be injected into your veins (no intraveneous injection), but far inside the gluteal muscle. In other words: you should inject depo testosterone in your butt muscle.

The normal depo testosterone dosage is difficult to tell, because there is no “normal”/standard dosage. The dosage of depo testosterone depends on many different factors, such as gender, age, weight, height, etc. Therefore, you should always seek medical help to make sure you get the dosage right. Dosages of the testosterone injection vary somewhere between 50-400mg per injection. You have to inject every two to four weeks.

What are the health benefits?

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We’ve discussed most of these already when talking about the reasons why people use depo testosterone. To sum it up for you, here are the most common benefits.

Depo testosterone benefits

  • Stronger bones
  • More muscle
  • Increased energy
  • Less fat
  • Better memory
  • Improved mood
  • Enhanced libido
  • Healthier blood circulation

What are the dangers and side effects of depo-testosterone?

The list of benefits looks great, but unfortunately, there is also a long list of dangers and side effects.

Depo testosterone side effects:

  • Increased acne
  • Gynaecomastia (male breasts/man boobs)
  • Water retention
  • Excess hair growth
  • Nausea
  • Baldness
  • Headache
  • Anxiety
  • Liver damage
  • Depression
  • Pain at the place of injection

Furthermore, for some people, it can increase the chance of serious, life-threatening conditions, from strokes to heart failure. If you are considering taking depo testosterone you should be aware of these – and more – dangers and side effects. Taking depo testosterone is a serious matter.

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What are the precautions?

That is why it is always adviced to only use depo testosterone after checking with a doctor whether you are physically fit to do so. Your doctor will be able to tell you exactly which precautions to take before taking depo testosterone.

First of all, make sure to tell your doctor if you have any allergies. Depending on where you have bought depo testosterone (or any other similar testosterone brand) it may contains inactive ingredients that people can be allergic to.

Furthermore, depo testosterone can affect – and worsen – certain medical conditions, such as diabetes (it can lower blood sugar), high cholesterol (increasing risk of coronary artery disease), or liver problems. These are common examples, but use of the drug may be linked to more diseases.

Lastly, you should never take depo testosterone when you are pregnant. It is unknown whether this substance is passed on through breast milk, so as a precaution it is adviced to never use it when pregnant.

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What drugs can interact with depo testosterone?

Taking depo testosterone while taking other drugs as well may cause complications or change the effects of the substances you are taking.

Since effects may vary depending on the type of drugs you are taking, it is always adviced to tell you doctor or pharmacist about any drug you might be taking alongside depo testosterone.

Conclusion

This depends on what your goal is, and whether it is safe for you to use it. If you suffer from a testosterone deficiency, depo testosterone can change your life. But if you have a medical condition or already take medicines that aren’t compatible with depo testosterone, it can change your life for the worst.

That is why the biggest conclusion is that you should ALWAYS check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking depo testosterone.

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DHEA and Testosterone – Benefits, Dosage, and Side Effects

If you’ve been looking at testosterone-boosting possibilities in the past there’s a good chance you’ve come across DHEA. Testosterone levels could presumably be increased by stocking up on this supplement, and indeed some of the supposed DHEA benefits sound awesome. But what do you really know about this steroid hormone? Before you start taking a daily DHEA dosage for testosterone increase you might want to have a look below…

What is DHEA?

What is DHEA used for?

DHEA benefits for health

DHEA and testosterone

Does DHEA increase testosterone?

DHEA dangers and side effects

What is a normal DHEA dosage?

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What is DHEA and what are different forms of DHEA?

Before you even begin to THINK about DHEA supplements you need to know what DHEA is and which different forms of DHEA there are. And is DHEA legal? Is DHEA sold as medication, or is it maybe an over-the-counter supplement?

All these things you wanna know before you think about buying DHEA supplements. You don’t want to just put something in your body because the internet told you to do it, right?

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What is DHEA

For all you brainiacs out there, let’s get technical first and start with the science bit.

DHEA stands for dehydroepiandrosterone, also known as androstenolone (as if the first name wasn’t enough). Its chemical formula is C19H28O2. DHEA is a so-called endogenous steroid hormone, which means that your body produces it on its own (in the brain, adrenal glands, and gonads). In other words, you already have DHEA in your body; naturally.

This newly-born hormone then goes on to help your body produce even more, different hormones. Some of these hormones include estrogen and – here it comes – testosterone.

Fact – DHEA and testosterone are indeed linked

Ok, so we can conclude for now that there is in fact a link between DHEA and testosterone, but that shouldn’t get your blood pumping just yet. A link between the two doesn’t mean you can go ahead and supplement your diet with a big DHEA dosage to increase testosterone. But, before we go deeper into it’s possible t-boosting powers, let’s get to know that tong-twisting hormone a bit better.

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Forms of DHEA

So you know your body naturally makes the stuff, but what if you want an extra top-up? How is DHEA sold exactly? Do you have to resort to nasty injections, can you buy supplements at your local drugstore, do you need a prescription for DHEA? Who knows, maybe you can just boost it with the right DHEA food sources.

Luckily, we know.

First of all: no, you cannot increase DHEA with food, unfortunately. No food contains DHEA. The closest things you can find in nature are wild yams and soy. They contain something similar to DHEA which, in fact, is used to make actual DHEA supplements. However, your body needs more than just that to actually raise your DHEA levels.

So don’t bother going crazy and stuffing your face with yams and soy. It won’t raise your DHEA. Probably, it’ll just make you really, really sick…

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These wild yams and soy ARE often the basis for DHEA supplements though. This is the most common form of DHEA on the market. Confusingly enough, DHEA is known under many different names, all meaning basically the same thing, so if you see any of the following you know you’re dealing with DHEA:

  • DHEA
  • Prasterone
  • DHEA-S
  • DHEA Sulfate
  • Prasterone Sulfate

And then we haven’t even mentioned all the different product names, like Intrarosa and Gynodian Depot…

Now maybe you’re thinking: “those last two sound weirdly familiar…but I definitely didn’t hear about them from my bros in the gym…”

You are correct. These two products are in fact used by women who have reached menopause and struggle with certain ‘intimate difficulties’, so to speak. That is because there are possible DHEA benifits for men and women alike. Just make sure when you do end up getting DHEA supplements you get the right one!

And that brings us to the next point: what about legal DHEA supplements? So these two mentioned above are legally sold as over-the-counter medication in the United States. Aside from these there are loads of different forms of DHEA supplements, both legal and illegal, which can be taken in a multitude of ways: by injection into your muscle, in through the vagina, applied to the skin, or orally as a supplement. The ways seems endless.

What is DHEA used for?

You get it, DHEA is many, many things. But what is DHEA exactly used for? After browsing the internet it becomes clear DHEA is used for many puposes as well, helping with:

  • Adrenal deficiency
  • Depression
  • Lupus
  • Testosterone deficiency
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Obesity
  • Skin care
  • Osteoporosis
  • Menopause
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Alzheimer’s

Again, the list seems endless, but do bear in mind that most of these uses are not backed by science or at least not proven with solid evidence.

Now if you’re a bright fellah with some analytical skill you probably noticed a pattern in that list of uses: they are all (possibly) age-related problems. And that’s the main reason why people take DHEA supplements: for anti-again purposes.

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DHEA benefits for health

The list of DHEA benefits kind of mimics the list above. Some of the benefits associated with DHEA supplements are:

  • Increasing energy
  • Strengthening bones and muscles
  • Supporting the immune system
  • Boosting memory and general mood
  • Decreasing fat mass
  • Improving sexual function
  • Slowing down general changes associated with age

These are just a few of the supposed DHEA benefits for men and women alike. For women specifically one of the additional benefits associated with Prasterone is treating dyspareunia (pain during or after sex).

Again, if you are a bright fellah you will look at that list of benefits and think to yourself “gosh, those benefits do sure look a lot like the testosterone benefits I’ve been reading about…”

And that brings us to the main event of today’s blog post: DHEA and Testosterone.

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DHEA and Testosterone – Why Do People Use DHEA to Increase Testosterone?

DHEA & Testosterone = a match made in heaven?

Many people use DHEA for low testosterone. When we age, our testosterone levels naturally decrease, because our bodies simply don’t produce as much of it as they used to. As a result, you have less energy, your muscles become weaker, fat comes on much quicker: your body ages as your t-levels decrease.

Now the exact same thing happens with DHEA. Your levels decline as you get older; similarly adding to the aging process. Because DHEA helps produce other hormones like testosterone, it seems logical to conclude that less DHEA = less testosterone, and thus that automatically more DHEA = more testosterone.

But just because it sounds good doesn’t automatically mean it’s true…

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Does DHEA increase testosterone?

Let’s really get ourselves balls-deep into the science for this one. Time to collect some research.

Dehydroepiandrosterone (couldn’t resist using that tongue-twister one more time) is one of the major steroid hormones connected to aging, studies confirm. However, this doesn’t mean that DHEA should be considered the ‘fountain of youth’, as some studies have affectionately labeled DHEA’s potential rejuvinating qualities.

It gets even more blurred when we look at DHEA supplementation and how this may affect testosterone. This study, for example, found a small – yet significant – effect of supplementation of DHEA on testosterone. However, definitely the majority of studies – like this one – has not found evidence for positive effects of DHEA supplementation on testosterone. But, there does seem to be good news for ladies; as prasterone does seem to help their postmenopausal pains, resulting in the FDA’s approval of products containing DHEA for this purpose.

Quite frankly, if you dig deeper into DHEA you will find loads of studies; with loads of different conclusions. The most important thing to take from this is that there is no conclusive evidence that DHEA supplementation works.

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DHEA dangers and side effects

Ironically enough, what researchers DO seem to agree upon are the dangers and side effects of DHEA.

Be prepared: the following list is long and nasty!

Possible DHEA side effects:

  • Acne
  • Oily skin
  • Hair loss
  • High blood pressure
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Insomnia
  • Upset stomach

The list of DHEA side effects for women even go a bit further, reportedly including:

  • Facial hair
  • Deepening of the voice
  • Changes in the menstrual cycle

Ouch! That’s not exactly an appealing list, and if you think about the fact that there isn’t even any conclusive evidence for DHEA’s effectiveness, it makes you wonder why people would risk it, right?

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Read also:  What is depo testosterone? >>

What is a normal DHEA dosage?

With inconclusive research like that and a long list of nasty side effects, it just seems better to stick to more natural ways to try and boost your testosterone, instead of taking DHEA supplementation.

But, that’s just an opinion, and if you are set on going ahead with DHEA then definitely no judgment here bro. This post is just to give you all the info out there, but in the end, the decision is always yours!

So if you do want to give it a try, here’s some info about DHEA dosage:

DHEA dosage

Weak/minimal DHEA dosage 10-25 mg per day
Normal DHEA dosage 25-50 mg per day
Strong DHEA dosage 50+ mg per day

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Conclusion

Everything above is aimed at giving you a detailed overview of what DHEA is, how DHEA and testosterone are linked, whether a proper DHEA dosage to increase testosterone works, and in general how safe supplementation is.

Unfortunately, with conclusive evidence lacking and the list of side effects being longer than your weekly grocery list, you might want to think twice about using DHEA supplements. Nevertheless, the ultimate conclusion is simple: in the end the choice is always yours.

Read also: Is testosterone a steroid? >>

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Magnesium and Testosterone – Increase Your T-Levels Naturally

You know you want to boost your testosterone, but how can you effectively do it? If you google your way through the internet you will find loads of different ways – and different substances and supplements – to supposedly boost your t-levels. This article (and there are loads more like it on our blog) gathers the research for you and separates fact from fiction. In this case, we’ll have a closer look at the connection between magnesium and testosterone and answer that pressing question: does magnesium increase testosterone?

Do you think you know? You’ll find the answer below!

What is Magnesium?
Natural ways to increase magnesium
Link between magnesium and testosterone
Testosterone and magnesium for bodybuilding
Benefits of magnesium supplementation

What is Magnesium?

Magnesium is one of the most common minerals in our body. You probably know it’s important to get enough of it, but do you actually know HOW important? Magnesium is involved in over a whopping 600 reactions in your body, including protein synthesis and energy metabolism (that’s right; it’s a natural power booster!). With magnesium being connected to so many processes that are essential to your health, you get why keeping an eye on your magnesium intake is of vital importance.

Before going into the natural ways to increase magnesium, and investigating whether the magnesium testosterone connection is real, let’s first get more scientific: what is magnesium?

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Name: Magnesium
Symbol: Mg
Atomic number: 12
Atomic weight: 24.305
Element category: Alkaline earth metal
Appearance: Shiny grey solid

 

Magnesium is all around you; literally. There are only eight elements in the universe that are more abundant than magnesium, and on earth, magnesium is even the fourth most common element. It is made in aging stars, which blast the element all across the universe once they explode. You can find magnesium in the earth’s crust and the planet’s mantle, but also in seawater for example.

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With so much of the element about, you’d think it’s not that hard to get enough of it, right?

Wrong.

Magnesium deficiency: causes, signs and symptoms

Despite its abundance in the universe, it’s not always as bountiful in our bodies. To actually absorb enough of it to reach the recommended intake can be difficult, and there are many factors that can cause magnesium deficiency. To name but a few:

  • Low magnesium diets
  • Aging
  • Illness
  • Genetic factors
  • Use of certain medication

“Ok, but do I actually notice anything from that magnesium deficiency?”

Let’s be honest here: not always, no. There is a very good chance you are technically low on magnesium, but effectively not suffering from any problems.

If you have to believe some of the sources, an alarming 75% of Americans aren’t meeting their recommended intake, but this doesn’t mean they actually notice it in their day-to-day lives. Many people can live their lives happily, despite a slight magnesium deficiency.

But for some: low magnesium CAN cause problems. Especially when you show some of the common signs and symptoms of magnesium deficiency you might need to start looking into ways to boost your magnesium levels. To help you out, here is an overview of some of the most common symptoms of magnesium deficiency:

  • Muscle twitches
    Twitches, tremors, cramps – all such muscle problems can be a sign that you are low on magnesium
  • High blood pressure
    Another common symptom of magnesium deficiency is high blood pressure, which in turn can result in heart disease
  • Muscle weakness and general exhaustion
    Feeling weak and tired, both physically and/or mentally, can be caused by a magnesium shortage in your body. Another word for this is fatigue.
  • Asthma
    Asthma and magnesium deficiency have been linked in several pieces of research, showing how a lack of magnesium can eventually result in tighter airways
  • Irregular heartbeat
    Low magnesium levels can affect your heartbeat, causing so-called heart arrhythmia. Symptoms can range from a bit of lightheadedness to an increased risk of heart failure
  • Osteoporosis
    This disorder makes your bones weaker, resulting in a larger risk of bone fracturing

These are just a few of the symptoms associated with a lack of magnesium. Interestingly, just going through that list you can already imagine magnesium being linked to testosterone, as some of the symptoms – fatigue, tiredness, muscle weakness – are exactly what you are feeling when you are low on testosterone. But, we shouldn’t get ahead of ourselves just yet.

With all of the above in mind, it seems logical to find ways to boost your magnesium levels, right? So let’s have a look at how we can actually obtain magnesium and increase it in our bodies.

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Natural ways to increase magnesium

Luckily for us, there are several natural ways we can increase our magnesium levels and stay on top of things. The list below shows you the most powerful ways to boost your magnesium levels.

Avoid things that waste magnesium

Sorry for stating the obvious here, but it’s always good to look at the source, not just the solution. Before you look at natural ways to increase magnesium, you should also look at ways that decrease magnesium.

Some things to avoid are:

  • Gluten
  • Alcohol
  • Over-cooked foods
  • Refined sugar

These are just a few examples. In general, try to stick to a nutritious diet with enough nuts and vegetables. And that brings us to our next point…

Magnesium-rich foods

Diet, diet, diet! It’s absolutely essential for your general wellbeing to maintain a healthy diet, and the same thing goes for when you’re battling with low magnesium levels. Feeling a bit flustered? Just add some of these magnesium-rich foods to your diet:

Cashews Kelp Whole Wheat
Spinach Avocado Pecans
Black Beans Almonds Cultured Yogurt
Peanuts Tofu Edamame
Dark Chocolate Seeds Quinoa

 

Supplement

So you’ve been stuffing yourself with nuts for breakfast, spinach with quinoa for dinner, and yogurt with dark chocolate for dessert, and still, you feel like your magnesium levels haven’t changed? Then it might be time to supplement.

Supplementation is an easy way to increase your magnesium levels, but you should have a look at what type of supplement you want. For example, do you just want to focus on magnesium, or do you want to boost other essentials – like zinc or vitamin D – as well? Whatever you do, just make sure you check that the ingredients are 100% natural and there are no nasty chemicals mixed in with it. Natural is ALWAYS the safest, best way to go.

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Link between magnesium and testosterone

By now, you’re an absolute pro when it comes to magnesium. At least; that’s what you think…

Truth is, we haven’t even started talking about the connection between magnesium and testosterone. So far, we’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg. So let’s move on: can you use magnesium for testosterone boosting?

To find the answer, we need to have a look at the science.

One study, for example, tested the effects of magnesium supplementation on testosterone levels, and the results were indeed favorable. Subjects taking magnesium supplements showed increased levels of both free testosterone and total testosterone levels, supporting the idea that one can use magnesium for testosterone boosting.

Of course, one study doesn’t prove the connection. Luckily, it’s not the only study! For example, a group of Italian researchers tested magnesium and anabolic hormones in older men, and they too witnessed a testosterone increase linked to magnesium intake.

These are just two examples, but the list of studies proving the magnesium testosterone connection seems endless. It seems like we can safely assume that the two are linked, so time to supplement: time to boost testosterone and magnesium!

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Testosterone and magnesium for bodybuilding

Before looking at possible supplementation, let’s look at one of the key reasons why people want to boost testosterone and magnesium: for muscle building.

Testosterone for muscle building

This might seem like a no-brainer, but it’s still good to get our facts straight. Testosterone – the primary male sex hormone plus an anabolic steroid – is essential for muscle growth. Testosterone is one of the driving factors in promoting muscle and bone mass. Aside from providing energy, testosterone increases strength and muscle mass. This makes testosterone and muscle building inseparable.

Magnesium for muscle building

So that one we know, but how about magnesium? Magnesium and muscle building go hand in hand as well, just like testosterone and muscle building.

One of the many processes magnesium supports is that it assists your body in the production of insulin-like growth factor, which is an integral part of muscle strength and growth. So yes, magnesium for muscle building is definitely a thing!

Furthermore, the fact that magnesium helps with earlier-mentioned aspects like strong bones, battling fatigue, blood pressure, etc. all indirectly assist you in your efforts to build muscle because you will be stronger and more fit overall.

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Benefits of magnesium supplementation

With all these benefits of magnesium (and testosterone) just piling up, its time to discuss supplementation. By now, you are probably just as convinced as we are about the benefits of magnesium supplementation. The question remains though: if you’re gonna take them, which ones to take?

More minerals

Before you straight away start ordering magnesium supplements, you want to consider what other minerals and vitamins you might be missing in your diet.

Why just stack up on one thing, when there are supplements on the market that contain many more essential ingredients, not just magnesium? Zinc, boron, vitamin D, vitamin B6… The list of vitamins and minerals you want to add to your diet goes on and on, and before you know it you have stacks of supplements filling your cupboards…

Solution? Get a supplement – like TestoGen – with many other minerals and vitamins mixed into the formula so you can hit many different areas at once. Why focus just on boosting testosterone, or just on weight loss, when you can combat all these areas with just one supplement instead of 10 different ones?

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Conclusion

Looking at all the research we discussed it seems clear: there is a clear link between testosterone and magnesium. Therefore, it makes sense to use magnesium for testosterone boosting, increasing your t-levels in a safe and natural way. To do so, you can definitely benefit from some easy measures, like eating magnesium-rich foods or changing your lifestyle a bit to try and avoid things that cause a magnesium deficiency.

Finally, you should use the right supplement to boost your magnesium, in turn increasing your testosterone. Whatever you do though; make sure it uses 100% natural and safe ingredients, and avoid any nasty chemicals you find in some of those dodgy products. Trust us, you will be thankful in the long run!

Scientific research

Brilla, L.R. and Victor Conte (2000). “Effects of a Novel Zinc-Magnesium Formulation on Hormones and Strength.” JEPonline, 3(4), 26-36.

Cinar V., Polat Y., Baltaci A.K., Mogulkoc R. (2011). “Effects of magnesium supplementation on testosterone levels of athletes and sedentary subjects at rest and after exhaustion.” Biological Trace Element Research, 140(1),
18-23.

De Baaij J.H., Hoenderop J.G., Bindels R.J. (2015). “Magnesium in man: implications for health and disease.” Physiological Reviews, 95(1), 1-46.

Maggio M., Ceda G.P., Lauretani F., Cattabiani C., Avantaggiato E., Morganti S., Ablondi F., Bandinelli S., Dominguez L.J., Barbagallo M., Paolisso G., Semba R.D., Ferrucci L. (2011). “Magnesium and anabolic hormones in older men.” International Journal of Andrology, 34(6), 594-600.

Female hand holding vitamin D supplements in sunlight

Does Vitamin D Boost Testosterone Levels in Men?

We all know vitamin D and how it’s important for you, but what do you know about the connection between vitamin D and testosterone? There is a lot of speculation about how these two are linked and whether you can boost your t-levels with the right vitamin D supplements. What is true? How do you separate fact from fiction?

Let’s have a closer look at how testosterone and vitamin D function within your body. More importantly, let’s see how they are linked and what this means for you and your search for natural ways to increase your testosterone levels.

What is vitamin D?

What is testosterone?

Link between vitamin D and testosterone

Does vitamin D increase testosterone?

Benefits of vitamin D supplementation

Scientific research on vitamin D and testosterone

vitamin d benefits

What is vitamin D?

So before we get to the question whether vitamin D raises testosterone we need to look at some other things first. We need to answer: what is vitamin D exactly, what is the role of vitamin D in our body, and how is vitamin D produced?

Role of vitamin D

Vitamin D is actually the name of a group of vitamins. They are so-called fat-soluble secosteroids and one of their roles in the body is to increase your body’s capability of absorbing minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and phosphate. As such, vitamin D is especially beneficial for your bone structure: it gives you stronger bones!

Not enough vitamin D can lead to severe bone conditions. It can cause rickets, which affects the bone development in children and can cause pain, poor growth, and soft bones; which in turn leads to bone deformities. In adults it can lead to a similar condition called osteomalacia. Both conditions are mostly due to a vitamin D deficiency. You can see how important vitamin D is for our health!

But that’s not all…

Studies have shown, for example, that vitamin D supports your immune system, making you less likely to become sick! Another often studied link is the one between vitamin D and the cardiovascular system. Such studies suggest that sufficient amounts of vitamin D support the blood flow through your body. So vitamin D can actually get your blood pumping!

Still not convinced about vitamin D? Another study looked at the relationship between vitamin D and body composition, muscle strength and decreased body fat and – again – the results are all in favor of the D!

These are just a few examples of the positive effects vitamin D has on your body – and then we haven’t even looked at vitamin D for testosterone yet! But more on that later though; let’s first see how we can actually get the vitamin D we need.

vitamin d sources

How is vitamin D produced?

So how can we give our bodies enough vitamin D? What are the typical sources of vitamin D? Let’s look at the top two.

Sunlight | Food

Sunlight

Let’s start with the most obvious one; there is a reason why this vitamin is nicknamed ‘the sunshine vitamin’! When your skin is directly exposed to sunlight your body will actually make its own vitamin D, which in turn will help your body with all the benefits we mentioned above.

Let me guess, you’re now thinking; “so if I just go for a walk in the sun I get vitamin D? So why not just do that?” Wouldn’t that be amazing, raising your testosterone by chilling in the sun! Unfortunately, there are several ‘buts’…

  1. Imagine we are in a cold, seasonal climate – say in Boston, for example – and you have a Caucasian skin tone. You can often get enough vitamin D by walking outside in the sun during Spring and Summer, but what about Fall and Winter? Without taking vitamin D supplements, most people in these regions suffer from vitamin D deficiency, especially during Winter.
  2. Why did we specifically say Caucasian? Because people with a darker skin tone won’t get the same amount of vitamin D from the sun. People with a dark skin have to spend longer in the sun for their bodies to produce the same amount of vitamin D. So if you have a dark skin and live in Boston, you have an even higher risk of suffering from a vitamin D deficiency.
  3. This ‘but’ is the most important one: the negative effects of too much direct sunlight. Your body needs ultraviolet B rays (UVB) to produce vitamin D. These rays can’t get through windows, so to reap the benefits of the sun you need bare-skin exposure.
    But wait…haven’t we always been taught that bare-skin exposure to the sun causes a greater risk of skin cancer? Yep, that’s true. You see the problem now…?

The nickname ‘sunshine vitamin’ sounds great and catchy but, unfortunately, getting enough of the vitamin isn’t just a simple walk in the park. During the summer months, you will most likely receive enough through sunlight (and other sources of vitamin D, we’ll get to that now). But when the temperatures drop and the days get shorter, you have to start looking at alternatives. So what other sources of vitamin D are there?

vitamin d sunshine

Food

So if we can’t get enough sunlight, how else can we get vitamin D? The answer: food.

Now, unfortunately, you won’t find it in many foods. Nevertheless, there are a few sources that are rich in vitamin D and which can definitely help you get the desired boost; especially for those long, dark winter months. We made an overview for you of the most common foods rich in vitamin D.

Vitamin D foods:

  • Mushrooms
  • Fish liver oil
  • Egg
  • Salmon
  • Beef
  • Mackerel
  • Sardines
  • Tuna

To get enough of vitamin D from these foods you would really have to eat a lot of them, and especially as a vegetarian or vegan this is almost impossible. So what to do?

Firstly, there are more and more manufactured foods on the market that are fortified with vitamin D. Some examples are fruit juices, breakfast cereals, and soy protein-based drinks.

Secondly, you can take additional vitamin D supplements. In fact, the UK’s National Health Service even advises people to do so during Winter. Luckily, there are currently loads of these supplements on the market for you to choose from. These can be special supplements with just vitamin D, or you can find pills or tablets containing vitamin D, but also helping out with other things your body might be lacking.

Take, for example, TestoGen testosterone booster, which doesn’t just contain the vitamin D you need, but also many other essential natural ingredients your body needs and which help increase your testosterone. But what is testosterone exactly? And why do we need it?

What is testosterone?

Testosterone is a steroid hormone found in both men and women (that’s right, it’s not just the male hormone). However, it is often described as “that which makes a man a man”, and men have a higher amount of it than women.

Testosterone is produced in the testes and in the adrenal glands. Furthermore, women’s ovaries produce small bits of testosterone as well, supporting many bodily functions just like in men. Our blood contains two types of testosterone:

  1. Bound testosterone
    The majority of testosterone in your body is bound testosterone. It attaches – or binds – to two types of protein in your blood: sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) and albumin. About 65 percent of your testosterone binds to SHBG, while about 30 to 40 percent binds to albumin.
  2. Free testosterone
    Then there is also a tiny bit of testosterone – only about 2 percent – which doesn’t bind to anything: free testosterone.

Why does it matter? Here is a (rough) overview to simplify things:

total testosterone

Testosterone is essential for your health, especially in areas such as athletic performance, general strength and muscle development, and – of course – your sexual function.

Testosterone levels in men start to rise during puberty, stimulating sperm production, increasing bone and muscle strength, promoting the growth of body hair, and much more. Basically, it’s the thing that makes you more manly. You can see why testosterone is crucial to your health!

Link between vitamin D and testosterone

So we know now how serious low testosterone and low vitamin D are, but what we haven’t discussed yet is the link between the two. Are they really linked and if so, does that mean we can use supplementation of vitamin D for testosterone boosting?

To answer this question, let’s have a look at what scientific research has to say about the matter.

For example, researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health performed an extensive study with 1,362 male participants, testing the association between plasma 25-OH vitamin D and testosterone levels in men. The result of their study supports the positive associations between vitamin D and testosterone, confirming how they complement each other.

Maybe even more interesting is the following research performed on subjects from the US Military. The study focussed on Special Operations Soldiers and the correlation between testosterone and vitamin D. Results showed how vitamin D deficiency can inhibit the production of testosterone; effectively meaning low vitamin D = low testosterone.

Does vitamin D increase testosterone?

And there we have it folks. Does vitamin D increase testosterone? The answer: yes it does!

The studies described above are just two examples taken from an immense pool of studies that have been done on the matter, confirming the link between vitamin D and testosterone. Happy days!

Benefits of vitamin D supplementation

If you’ve come this far reading all the way through the article, the benefits of vitamin D supplementation will be clear. Vitamin D is extremely important for many general health matters like your immune system and your cardiovascular system.

Even more so, it’s a scientifically proven testosterone booster. If your t-levels are low, vitamin D will be able to pick you up; so vitamin D supplementation can really turn your life around!

Conclusion – lift your D to lift your T

The conclusion is clear. However, we should place a side note here. If it’s just vitamin D you’re after then we can definitely recommend going to your local pharmacist/health store to buy some vitamin D supplements to help you through the Winter.

But if you’re here because you are specifically looking for ways to boost your testosterone, the chances are just vitamin D supplementation is just not gonna cut it. Truth is; if you’re feeling down, without energy, and your sex life seems non-existent, you probably need more than just a vitamin D boost. Nature holds many more secret ingredients to boost your t-levels. Think for example about the aphrodisiac red ginseng (a.k.a. “Man root”), or fenugreek. Or are you aware of the benefits of zinc and vitamin D for testosterone?

If you are really looking to boost your testosterone you need more than just vitamin D supplementation. You need a supplement like TestoGen, which combines multiple natural ingredients in one powerful formula to attack your low t-levels and not only boost your vitamin D, but also your zinc, your magnesium, and much more to effectively boost your testosterone!

Scientific research on vitamin D and testosterone

Aranow C. (2011). “Vitamin D and the immune system.” Journal of investigative
medicine : the official publication of the American Federation for Clinical
Research, 59(6), 881-6.

Beveridge L.A., Witham M.D. (2013). “Vitamin D and the cardiovascular system.”
Osteoporosis International, 24(8), 2167-80.

Forney L.A., Earnest C.P., Henagan T.M., Johnson L.E., Castleberry T.J., Stewart L.K.
(2014). “Vitamin D status, body composition, and fitness measures in
college-aged students.” Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research,
28(3), 814-24.

NHS. “How to get vitamin D from sunlight.”

Nimptsch K., Platz E.A., Willett W.C, Giovannucci E. (2012). “Association between
plasma 25-OH vitamin D and testosterone levels in men.” Clinical
Endocrinol, 77(1), 106-12.

Wentz, Laurel & CB, Berry-Caban & JD, Eldred & Q, Wu. (2015). “Vitamin D
Correlation with Testosterone Concentration in US Army Special Operations
Personnel.” Conference Paper: Experimental Biology.

Concerned man in the shower with soapy hair

Does a Cold Shower Increase Testosterone in Men?

Imagine you could increase your testosterone with something as simple as taking a cold shower; would you do it? Of course, you would! Question is though: is it actually true? Does a cold shower increase testosterone in men?

Some of the benefits of cold showers are widely acknowledged (and then we’re not just talking about benefits for your energy bill). For example, it is scientifically proven that frequent exposure to cold water can help your immune system! It’s also generally believed that it’s better for your hair and skin than warm water; so taking a cold shower every day could actually help you stay beautiful!

But what about the testosterone benefits? Can a cold shower increase testosterone? Can the so-called “James Bond shower” (or “Scottish Shower”) help you get the same mojo as the martini-sipping gentleman himself? Let’s have a look at what a cold shower can do for you and, more importantly, what it can do for your t-levels.

Benefits of cold showers

Cold shower testosterone benefits

How to take cold showers – a practical guide

Benefits of cold showers

For centuries, cold showers – and the effects of cold temperatures in general – have been believed to provide many health benefits. Spartan warriors used to take cold showers to toughen up before battle, and in present-day saunas we still see a cold pool next to the steam room.

From increasing blood circulation to boosting testosterone: you’ll be amazed by the potential wonders a nippy morning drizzle can do to your general health and wellbeing. That is, if we believe all the hype around it.

Let’s try and separate fact from fiction by having a look at the science behind some of these health claims. The benefits of cold showers – the truth revealed!

Circulation | Immune system | Mental health | Beauty | Weight Loss

benefits

Circulation

The idea behind this is that when you take a cold shower your body responds by pumping blood to your organs to keep them warm. In other words, a cold shower can improve your blood circulation because it will literally help your blood flowing faster through your body. By taking cold showers on a regular basis you can improve your general cardiovascular health and circulatory system.

Of course, that includes increased blood flow to certain special parts of your body… Doesn’t that sound great? Turn down the heat and get that blood pumping!

Immune system

This benefit has been scientifically proven by a study in the Netherlands, which tested the effects of cold showers on the number of sick days taken by working people. The results were stunning! In the study, people ‘playing it cool’ were absent 29% fewer days than people keeping their showers on a more comfortable temperature.

Cool fact, right?!

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Mental health

And that’s not the only scientific study looking at the potential benefits of a cold shower. A researcher in Virginia suggested cold showers as a treatment for depression, and the results were far from depressing. Turning temperatures down actually lifted spirits up; now doesn’t that fact make you smile?!

Beauty

Some people believe that a cold shower a day can keep the skin care products away; but is there any truth to that? So far, there hasn’t been any research about it, so we cannot say with certainty what the effects are. The theory sounds convincing though. The idea is that cold water triggers your pores to tighten and to decrease looking reddish and puffy.

However, naysayers suggest you should just stop taking boiling hot showers – which ARE bad for your skin – instead of torturing yourself with freezing morning showers.

Weight loss

Let’s face it, we all desperately want this one to be true! The thought seems logical: cold water makes your body cold and to try and prevent that, your body will start burning calories to warm you up. Boom: instant fat burn!

It sounds too good to be true though, and so far studies have not effectively proven this theory. However, it also hasn’t been disproven, so maybe it could be worth trying out…

Cold shower testosterone benefits

So we looked at some of the potential benefits for your body and mind, but how about the most interesting benefit of all: using a cold shower to boost testosterone. Could it be that you can actually boost your libido just by jumping under a cold shower?

The answer is: yes! Cold showers can indeed help you increase testosterone levels, fertility, and effectively give your boys a much-desired boost. The main reason is that testicle cells work better in the cold (the reason why your balls are between your legs instead of inside your body), so why not give them a nice refreshing shower? This will bring down the temperature in the testes and give the desired boost in testosterone production.

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How to take cold showers – a practical guide

Before you now run to your shower to treat yourself to an icy waterfall for the next hour – and potentially give yourself hypothermia in doing so – we made a practical guide for you, explaining just how to take a cold shower.

The beginner’s guide to taking a cold shower

Step 1 – Chill You’re excited to dive right in to get that cold shower testosterone boost, but it shouldn’t have to be a freeze-shock therapy.
Start your shower at a normal (warm) temperature and gradually turn down the heat, giving your body time to adjust to the cold.
Step 2 – Take it step by step Try taking it step by step, body part by body part. If the water gets too cold and you feel like you can’t stand it anymore, step away from the shower. Then, slowly put one leg in the water, followed by your other leg, your arms, etc.
Like that, you can slowly let all your limbs get used to the cold, before immersing your full torso. This part is the hardest because this is where your heart is located.
Step 3 – Time your shower Try to time your shower and find the right balance. Standing in a cold shower for three hours won’t do you any good, but neither will dipping in the cold for just three seconds. Try to gradually get the temperature down to about 70°F (20°C) and then try to keep that for a few minutes.
Suggested shower schedule (but try to find what works best for you!):
– 5 minutes gradual adaptation from warm to cold
– 2-3 minutes cold shower, about 70°F (20°C)
Step 4 – Repeat Repeat this cold shower sequence once or twice a day. It can take some time before you start feeling the results, so try to take cold showers for at least a few weeks.

Let us know your results!

Are you taking the plunge? Do you enjoy a daily cold shower testosterone boost? We are excited to hear your thoughts about the cold shower method and how it has helped you increase your testosterone in a natural way. Leave your comment below!

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