Notoriously related to hair loss in both men and women, dihydrotestosterone, or DHT is more than the hormone that causes your hair to fall out. Essential during puberty, DHT supports healthy development, especially for promoting male-dominant characteristics such as a deeper voice and body hair. As an adult, DHT provides an anabolic environment that is ideal for muscle growth.
Since it has been linked as the primary reason that men and women lose their hair, the popularity of DHT blockers has exploded. Is DHT really that bad? Should you be using DHT blockers? Let’s take a look at what is DHT, the effect it has on your hair, and whether you should be using a DHT blocker.
What is Dihydrotestosterone (DHT)?
Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is an androgenic and anabolic hormone that is naturally produced in the body through a conversion process involving testosterone.
Androgenic refers to the development of bodily organs and characters, especially during puberty. For example, sexual organ development, a deeper voice, and facial hair are all androgenic changes. Not to be confused with anabolic changes, which relate almost exclusively to lean muscle tissue growth. This is why bodybuilders and muscle-bound lifters use anabolic steroids; they want to build bigger muscle tissue without the androgenic side effects. DHT is androgenic, but it also exhibits a strong anabolic effect on the body, which is helpful for protecting current levels of muscle mass and promoting new muscle mass growth.
The process that promotes the production of DHT begins with the release of testosterone. When testosterone levels are low, the hypothalamus releases gonadotropin-releasing hormone. This hormone makes it way to the pituitary gland, where luteinizing hormone is produced and released into the bloodstream. Luteinizing hormone links up with Leydig cells in the testes in men and triggers an increase in testosterone production. For women, luteinizing hormone connects with the ovaries to increase testosterone. With levels of testosterone elevated, roughly ten percent of it is converted to dihydrotestosterone.
High Levels of Dihydrotestosterone
High levels of DHT usually always correlate with excessive levels of testosterone; after all, DHT is the by-product of testosterone conversion. Elevated levels of DHT are associated with different bodily changes in men and women.
Typically, when a man has too much DHT circulating in his body, he experiences hair loss, increased facial hair growth, and improved muscle building results if he is consistently performing resistance training. Remember that DHT is anabolic, far more so than testosterone. Studies show that DHT improves the uptake of amino acids far better than testosterone, confirming its role as a better muscle builder.
For women, a chronic increase in circulating DHT could result in facial hair growth, hair loss on the scalp, interruption of the menstrual cycle, and acne. In extreme cases, the female genitalia may experience abnormal changes.
Low Levels of Dihydrotestosterone
Just as there can be an issue with too much DHT, the opposite is also true. There are two ways to look at low levels of DHT: one caused by low levels of testosterone and another that is caused by medication.
Low levels of testosterone and consequently DHT in men can spark a number of serious side effects including weight gain, gyno-based symptoms like man boobs, mood swings, depression, and loss of muscle mass. When someone is taking a DHT blocker as an adult, the side effects may not be as apparent for men because testosterone levels are theoretically high.
Fortunately for women, low levels of DHT are not a concern. There is some speculation that decreased levels of DHT during teenage years could delay the onset of puberty though.
Correlation Between Hair Loss and DHT Levels
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, over 80 million men and women suffer from some form of hair loss. This problem is more prevalent for men with some estimates claiming that more than 50 million men are suffering from some degree of hair loss. What does DHT have to do with hair loss?
Studies show that dihydrotestosterone has a strange relationship with hair. The presence of DHT is required in order for body hair – leg, arms, chest, armpits, etc. – but if there is too much DHT on your scalp, it can halt hair growth.
When the hair on your head grows, it does so in three key phases:
Anagen Phase: The growth phase of hair that lasts two to six years. On a healthy scalp, around 80% of the hairs on your head are in this phase at any given time
Catagen Phase: The renewal phase for hair that lasts two weeks. Think of it like hair turnover, allowing the hair to become stronger.
Telogen Phase: This is the resting phase for hair. The hair stops growing between one to four months. On a healthy scalp, up to 20% of the hairs on your head will be in this phase at any given time.
When your body is producing too much DHT, it is circulated throughout the body, especially your scalp. The presence of DHT for too long can increase the telogen phase (resting phase) while shortening the anagen phase (growth phase). Over time, the anagen phase becomes so short that the hair cannot break the surface of the skin, resulting in baldness.
If you are beginning to notice signs of balding, your first instinct will be to block DHT. Luckily, there are a number of prescription, over-the-counter, and natural DHT blockers that you can add into your daily routine to prevent or at least slow down hair loss.
Prescription DHT Blockers
The best prescription-based DHT blocker is finasteride. While you may be able to purchase it in other countries through a local pharmacy without a prescription, in the United States, you need a prescription from your doctor or dermatologist.
Finasteride is usually prescribed at a lower dosage of one milligram per day, but the upper dosage is five milligrams. Studies show that finasteride is effective in halting hair loss, but the gains you see will go away if you discontinue using it.
Over-the-Counter DHT Blockers
The most popular over-the-counter DHT blocker is minoxidil, better known by the brand name Rogaine. It is available in two percent and five percent concentration with the latter providing arguably better benefits but also increasing the risk of skin irritation.
Studies show that daily application of minoxidil, usually once in the morning and again at night, can effectively halt the negative effects of DHT and promote hair regrowth. Be careful though; studies also confirm that if you stop using the product, your hair loss will continue.
There are also DHT-blocking shampoos that are popular, but not as effective on their own as minoxidil. The two main ingredients in DHT-blocking shampoos are ketoconazole and pyrithione zinc. You might know these ingredients better under the brand names Nizoral and Head and Shoulders, respectively.
Studies show that these shampoos do exhibit some influence over DHT and helping to regrow hair, but they are best used in combination with other hair loss products such as minoxidil and finasteride.
Natural DHT Blockers
There are a number of supplements that feature a naturally-occurring ingredient that may be helpful in slowing hair loss and promoting hair growth. Let’s take a look at the top three most-studied ingredients for hair loss:
Saw Palmetto: Available as an extract in capsule form or as a tea, saw palmetto is often used for prostate health, but studies show that it can block DHT conversion.
Green Tea: This tasty beverage can also be found as an extract in supplement form. Studies show that a compound called EGCG in green tea can decrease the conversion rate of testosterone into DHT.
Stinging Nettle: Most often consumed as a supplement or as a tea, studies show that stinging nettle is effective in stunting DHT production.
Dihydrotestosterone or DHT is an essential hormone in the human body that helps to bring about puberty and healthy adult changes. However, when elevated levels of DHT are left unchecked, hair loss may occur. The best way to prevent hair loss is by responsibly using a DHT blocker – preferably a natural DHT blocker. We highly recommend talking with your dermatologist and getting advice on whether you should use a prescription or over-the-counter DHT blocker to protect your healthy hair.
It would appear that intermittent fasting can do more than help you lose weight and manage your calorie intake. Research suggests it can also stimulate testosterone production and enhance your strength.
Yet how does it work? What is the connection between intermittent fasting and testosterone? More importantly, is there any basis to its claims? Let’s find out…
Would you believe the biggest obstacle we face when losing weight is our everyday diet? We have all been brought up on the idea that the best way to eat is three times a day – breakfast, lunch and dinner – with some light snacks in-between.
Yet it is this very same diet – and all those sugary temptations – that has led to issues with obesity, overeating and metabolic problems (extra body fat, insulin resistance, etc.). When paired with a more sedentary lifestyle – due to our jobs – this combo has made it harder for us to keep the pounds at bay.
It is little wonder then that fasting has become a go to solution to help combat weight gain.
Intermittent fasting, for instance, forces you to revise your eating pattern so that you go for extended periods of time without eating – this is usually between 16 to 48 hours.
And you don’t just do it once in a while…
Intermittent fasting encourages you to do it regularly, to help you break out of this cycle of eating AS WELL AS enabling your body to use fat for fuel instead of sugar.
The science of fasting
Our bodies run on sugar (i.e. glucose). This means if you constantly munch on sweet things, your body won’t use any of your fat stores to keep your body functioning, and eventually you WILL put on weight.
Fasting changes all of that as it makes you eat the same amount of calories but within a restricted time frame.
Now, there are several types of intermittent fasting plans. However, for optimal results people tend to follow the 16/8 method, where they only eat for an 8 hour period (usually from lunch to early evening) before fasting for the rest of the day.
This eating pattern allows you to have non-caloric drinks during these fasting periods, whilst helping your body to enter into a state of ketosis (where your body doesn’t have enough carbs to burn for energy, so it uses fats AND makes ketones instead).
Intermittent fasting and testosterone
Okay, you’ve now got a fair idea of what intermittent fasting is and how it can encourage weight loss – but what about testosterone? What is the connection between the two?
Well, increases in testosterone and strength appear to be a side effect of intermittent fasting, as this method seeks to increase your body’s ability to secrete LH (luteinizing hormone).
Combine this with a conscious diet that is filled with whole foods, and together they can help to boost testosterone production.
The science of intermittent fasting and testosterone
The key to harnessing these particular intermittent fasting results, seems to lie in the way fasting triggers the production of hormones – LH and FSH that are primary to testosterone levels e.g. are precursors to testosterone.
In one study, when researchers examined the sex hormone and gonadal functions in rats; intermittent fasting was found to increase testosterone levels (but only in the male rats).
Yet, these elevations in testosterone do appear to be dependent on the length of your fast. For instance, there have been other studies where longer fasts have resulted in decreasing testosterone levels:
Study One: during this fasting study, by the third day of their fast, participants’ testosterone levels started to decline.
Study Two: following an 84 hour fast, researchers noted falls in LH secretion (a precursor to testosterone and essential for its creation).
This suggests that if you keep to short fasting periods – as suggested with intermittent fasting – then it is possible to use fasting to help naturally raise your testosterone levels.
It is all about getting the balance right, as proven by a study on non-obese men. When asked to adopt an intermittent fasting diet, participants saw a rise in LH of up to 67% and a staggering 180% increase in overall testosterone.
How intermittent fasting improves testosterone levels
Admittedly, research is still being done to understand the intermittent fasting/testosterone phenomenon, but so far the following has been linked to its elevation:
You might remember us mentioning this hormone earlier. Well, this special hormone seems to be at the center of producing testosterone intermittent fasting results. As seen in the study we mentioned above, when you enter into a short term fast, you will see rises in both LH (67%) and overall testosterone (180%).
And given that LH is a precursor to testosterone and the fact that intermittent fasting boosts them both, this suggests that in the short term it is good for combating testosterone deficiency.
NOTE: this particular study was based on a short term intermittent fast. Researchers believe adopting a longer intermittent fast could produce even greater testosterone gains.
Increased fat burn
Another intermittent fasting benefit appears to be increased fat burn throughout the day. Which is great news for testosterone, as one of the fastest ways to raise your T levels is to lose body fat.
In fact, both free and SHBG-free testosterone have been linked to insulin resistance (insulin, C-peptide and HOMA-IR) and body fat levels, meaning the less body fat you carry, the easier it will be for you to create more testosterone.
Intermittent fasting can basically give you a fat burning edge, as it encourages your body to enter into ketosis and use fat for fuel instead of carbs.
Bolstered adiponectin production
A protein hormone that helps in the regulation of glucose levels and the breakdown of fatty acids. During fasting, adiponectin starts to level out, resulting in improved insulin sensitivity. At the same time, this encourages increased testosterone production.
During a study on mice, adiponectin was found to reverse insulin resistance and boost testosterone levels.
There is a strong tie between growth hormone levels and testosterone, as they’re both anabolic hormones which work to improve your muscles ability to absorb glycogen, as well as encourage protein synthesis and bolstered endurance.
During a study, 24 hour fasts were discovered to increase GH levels by 2000%. Now, given how closely correlated GH is to testosterone, there is the belief that when GH levels rise, so will testosterone.
Testosterone is believed to positively correlate with insulin sensitivity, meaning skipping breakfast is not a bad thing. You see, your body’s circadian cycle experiences a natural cortisol spike when you wake up i.e. when most of us are eating our breakfast.
Now, in somewhat fit/fit people, this insulin spike – alongside eating, high insulin sensitivity and high cortisol levels (at that time of day) – can all lead to rapid falls in blood glucose which in turn can trigger something known as ‘false hunger’. As you can probably guess, this false hunger leads to overeating and taking in more calories than necessary.
Yet by choosing to miss out breakfast, you can essentially regulate your blood sugar, insulin and cortisol levels at a time when they are most sensitive and likely to trigger excess eating.
Other intermittent fasting benefits
Increased lean body mass
Given the influence this fasting method can have on growth hormone production; it should come as no surprise that intermittent fasting can also affect bodybuilding – more importantly the development of lean muscle mass.
You see, whereas in the past bodybuilders were advised to eat little and often, e.g. 4-6 meals a day, in a bid to lower fat, boost their metabolism and encourage lean muscle mass; studies now suggest that entering into a regular state of fasting (that is not calorie restricted) can be effective at increasing lean muscle.
Reduced risk of health conditions
Remember how we said intermittent fasting can lower your blood sugar and insulin levels? Well, these drops can also help to decrease your risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer and other health issues.
There have been growing studies which suggest that intermittent fasting can help you to live longer.
Alleviate symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease
Some researchers believe this popular fasting method can reduce symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and instead offer you improved mental health, clarity, focus and concentration.
Effective intermittent fasting plans
The fascinating thing about intermittent fasting is that it allows you to elevate your testosterone levels without you having to go to the extreme with your fast. Instead, by simply choosing to skip breakfast and not eat until lunchtime, you can harness this fasting method and begin witnessing numerous intermittent fasting benefits.
In fact, by tailoring your dietary routine to any one of the following plans, you can instantly optimize your results and begin seeing increased fat burn from day one.
PLEASE NOTE: fasting is not as simple as choosing not to eat. To maximize its effectiveness you also need to consider your diet.
This is possibly the most popular form of intermittent fasting as it is based on you fasting for 16 hours of the day and then consuming your assigned calorie intake during the remaining 8 hour window.
Now, this is easier to implement than you think. In fact, a lot of consumers choose to complete the bulk of their fasting period whilst they’re asleep and assign their eating window from 12pm (noon)-8pm.
This fasting method is relatively simple as it encourages you to completely fast, i.e. consume no calories, for 2 days out of the 7 days of the week. For the remaining 5 days, you can stick to a more traditional diet.
Now these 2 fasting days shouldn’t be consecutive but spread out over the week. For instance, they suggest that you begin your first fast from 8pm of the Tuesday until 8pm Wednesday, and then repeat from 8pm Saturday until 8pm Sunday. This means you never fast for longer than 24 hours at a time.
Admittedly, going a whole day without food can be difficult to stick to. However, there have been numerous studies to support this kind of fasting pattern.
NOTE: it is possible to modify this fasting method to 5 days of you eating normally and 2 days where you only eat 25% of your daily calories (within a restricted time frame).
The Warrior diet
This fast differs from the others, as it asks dieters to follow their own instincts about food and to eat what they feel is best, e.g. what a warrior would eat. This includes animal meats, some fresh fruit and veg, and a small amount of grains that are high in fiber.
Aside from this, the warrior diet is structured around you having one meal a day, usually between 4pm-8pm. Otherwise, you should spend the majority of the day fasting (every day).
This fasting method relies on you fasting every other day of the week. On fasting days you can either choose to eat nothing or have a small meal (modified fasting).
Similar to the 5/2 method – that being that you don’t have to fast every day of the week. Period fasting differs because after fasting for 1-2 days, you wouldn’t have to fast again for another 1-4 weeks.
Intermittent fasting and working out
If you’re serious about losing weight/body fat and bolstering your testosterone levels, then you’ve probably already considered combining intermittent fasting and working out.
After all, given its ability to stimulate GH and lean muscle mass, it makes sense to blend them together. But is it safe? Should you risk intermittent fasting with bodybuilding?
Well, interestingly, unless it is for medical or religious purposes, most bodybuilders wouldn’t dream of entering into a fast, as their mission is to preserve as much muscle as possible.
Yet, fasting doesn’t necessarily have to equal muscle loss. In fact, it is considered quite beneficial for bodybuilders as it will allow you to detox your body – especially if you’ve abused or taken too many supplements for an extended period of time.
By adopting intermittent fasting, you can cleanse your body from these excess supplements, and ultimately help your body to start afresh (when you begin retaking them again) as your body will be able to absorb them easier – optimizing the effectiveness of its ingredients.
Pros to intermittent fasting and bodybuilding:
It can cleanse/detox your body from harmful substances/toxins.
It gives your body a rest, whilst allowing your stomach to heal from the effects of supplements.
Can offer you HUGE muscle gains when you start eating normally again.
During one 8 week study involving 18 men undergoing a weight training program (who hadn’t done it regularly before) – when they followed a fasting plan of a 4 hour eating period on 4 days of the week; they managed to maintain their lean muscle and boost their strength.
YET those who ate normally gained 5lbs of lean muscle AND increased their strength. This suggests intermittent fasting isn’t entirely ideal for triggering muscle gains as it can be difficult to consume enough calories (particularly protein) to help build new tissues and fuel exercise (which can also contribute towards this growth).
Can help you maintain muscle during fat loss
As proven by an 8 week study on 34 men (who weight trained 3 times a week). Split into two groups 1) that only consumed calories for 8 hours a day and 2) those who ate normally.
When they ingested the same number of calories and protein a day, neither group lost muscle or strength. HOWEVER, the time restricted group managed to shift 3.5lbs of body fat, whilst the normal group didn’t.
Can help to clear your mind and improve focus/drive.
Helps to lower blood pressure and your heart rate.
Bolsters fat burning whilst encouraging the development of lean muscle mass – perfect for cutting cycles.
Improved protein synthesis, testosterone production and GH stimulation.
That being said, fasting isn’t always good for bodybuilding, as seen by the points below.
This one falls into the ‘maybe bad’ pile due to reality that weight loss – without exercise – will trigger losses in fat and lean mass, including muscle.
One study saw lean mass losses of 2lbs when participants had fasted for several months. However, there have been other studies which recorded no losses in lean mass.
Now this theory is based on fasting in general. When it comes to intermittent fasting, it is believed that this method will enable you to maintain lean muscle.
Low energy levels – this can feed into the effectiveness of your workouts and your physical endurance levels.
Can lead to deficiencies in essential vitamins and minerals – due to your body excreting them from your body. As a result it can cause spasms (low calcium levels).
Can cause depression (if continued for too long).
Can decrease your strength.
Increases your risk of injury.
Intermittent fasting and working out may decrease your metabolism.
NOTE: most of these cons will only occur if you fast for too long or if you do it incorrectly.
So can intermittent fasting and working out be paired together? The answer to this one is a double-edged sword as on the one hand there are studies which suggest it can help you to maintain and even build muscle.
Whilst there are others which say it can trigger muscle losses, fatigue, lack of strength and energy, and even depression.
This suggests it would depend on the type of intermittent fasting method that you adopt and the amount of exercise/weight training you undertake. For instance, participants have seen positive results when they only weight train 3 times a week.
Similarly, when they filled their 8 hour eating window with plenty of protein (20g after exercise) and enough calories, they had plenty to stimulate tissue growth, ensure muscle recovery and bolster endurance.
This point is emphasised by the connection between slow weight loss and the maintenance of lean muscle mass. Lose weight gradually – by not drastically reducing your calorie intake whilst fasting – and you CAN protect your muscles.
So does intermittent fasting lower testosterone, or is there more to the intermittent fasting/testosterone conundrum than meets the eye?
Personally, we feel that as long as you adopt the right fasting method – such as the 16/8 method – it CAN offer you the testosterone gains that you crave.
It is just a matter of ensuring that your body still receives enough calories and protein in order to function. Do that and you can enjoy the added intermittent fasting benefits of improved strength, metabolism, fat loss and overall better health.
However, if you’re concerned about your T levels dropping, then adding a proven testosterone booster such as TestoGen to the mix could help.
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The human body comprises of a complex interconnectivity of biological structures and chemical balances. Often, due to a variety of causes, these chemical balances are disturbed to induce various medical conditions and hamper the body’s normal functions.
One of these imbalances is the high production of estrogen in men. Often at older ages or because of medications, testosterone production falls and estrogen concentrations in the blood rise to induce various medical conditions.
These medical conditions include sexual dysfunction, gynecomastia, or excessive weight gain. The following blog will tell you how to lower estrogen in men, how to tell if you have high estrogen levels, and the various pharmaceutical or natural options you have to reduce estrogen levels.
Contrary to popular belief, estrogen is equally as important for the health of men as testosterone is. Although there are differences in the concentrations of both these hormones between men and women, the fact of the matter is that each is equally as important to carry out bodily processes.
Interestingly enough, for testosterone to achieve many of its effects on the male anatomy, it needs to convert to a specific subtype of estrogen. As such, the hormones play very interesting roles in the male body.
The Role of Testosterone in Men
Testosterone is responsible for male characteristics like ample facial hair, manipulations of the vocal cords and the male sex drive. Besides these sexual roles, testosterone also helps with:
Bone mass development
Muscle mass development
Production of red blood cells
Healthy heart function
Controlling cognitive and mental functioning
In healthy males, the concentration of testosterone is higher than that of estrogen. Of the entire pool of testosterone in the male bloodstream, 2% is unbound testosterone responsible for regulating bodily processes and the remaining 98% manages the sexual functioning in men.
The Role of Estrogen in Men
Although estrogen had been exclusively considered the female sex hormone, contemporary research is proving otherwise. Estradiol, a subtype of estrogen, is found to play a significant role in male sexual behavior.
Additionally, we find estrogen receptors in various parts of the male brain and throughout the male reproductive system, including the penis and the testes. With this evidence, it becomes apparent that estrogen is equally as important for male functioning as it is for female bodily processes.
Beyond the presence of various receptors and concentrations of estrogen in the male bloodstream, estrogen has been associated with the following roles for men:
Increased sexual functioning and maintaining penile reflexes.
Maintaining the health of brain structures controlling heart rates and breathing.
Essential for pelvic floor functioning.
Preventing insomnia and improving quality of sleep.
Sustaining healthy bone structures and maintaining bone mass.
How Does a Testosterone-Estrogen Imbalance Occur
There can be two situations where the body experiences low testosterone and high estrogen; either the body isn’t producing enough testosterone whereby the amount of estrogen gets relatively higher, or the body produces large quantities of estrogen.
Either way, this imbalance can cause a variety of medical conditions in men and affect their general functioning.
Causes of Low Testosterone
One of the most common causes of low testosterone levels in men is the age of the person in question. It’s not that the body produces low levels of testosterone; it’s just that the testosterone receptors in the body start dying out and so the body becomes less sensitive to testosterone production.
Sometimes low testosterone is associated with neural dysfunction where the pituitary gland fails to fulfill its role in signaling the testes to produce testosterone. One other cause of low testosterone production in the body is the use of anabolic steroids.
Finally, hypogonadism can also cause low testosterone production in the body. The condition is characterized by underdeveloped gonads (testes), which can’t produce enough testosterone to sustain proper bodily functioning.
Causes of High Estrogen
There are numerous causes for the production of high estrogen as well. Conditions like obesity, old age, and depression have been associated with hormonal imbalances, which might boost estrogen production in the body.
In certain cases, it has been observed that the body produces high concentrations of aromatase; an enzyme responsible for converting testosterone to estrogen.
How To Assess Your Estrogen Levels
The symptoms of estrogen are both physiological and psychological. Furthermore, people react differently to estrogen overloads and so your symptoms might not be the same as another person’s.
However, despite these differences during a testosterone-estrogen imbalance, the symptoms are fairly apparent and hard to ignore; you will know that something is wrong during one. As such, you should look out for the following symptoms and consult your doctor immediately for a check-up to assess whether you need treatment:
Loss of muscle mass
Natural And Pharmaceutical Estrogen Blockers
The most common form of treatment for high estrogen in men is to use estrogen blockers. Different prescription blockers work in unique ways to increase testosterone levels in the body and reduce the impacts of high estrogen in the body.
Irrespective of their mode of action, these inhibitors influence the activities of aromatase to prevent the conversion of testosterone to estrogen sometimes by chemically altering the testosterone and sometimes altering the enzyme itself. Some options that you could try out include:
Natural Estrogen Blockers
First of all, there are some natural estrogen blockers you can try. Some examples of natural estrogen blockers are the following.
Wild Nettle Root
Wild nettle roots effectively work as aromatase inhibitors. Aromatase is the enzyme responsible for the conversion of testosterone into estrogen. Wild nettle roots contain fatty acids that have been proven to lower the body’s sensitivity to aromatase and therefore reduce the amount of testosterone being converted to estrogen.
Flavonoids are a class of chemicals that have been known to have various health benefits for the human body. One of these is to act as an aromatase inhibitor, whereby it can reduce the rate at which estrogen is converted to testosterone in the body.
Studies conducted to observe the efficacy of the flavonoids present in Chrysin found that these inhibited the activities of aromatase by up to 83% in men suffering from testosterone deficiencies.
Maca is a vegetable that’s very similar in appearance to Brussels sprouts and cauliflower. Extracts from the root of this vegetable have been found to have estrogen inhibition properties when used in the right doses.
Although these studies have been focused on animal models, Maca powder is often used to boost testosterone production in the body. The research concluded that Maca might be equally as effective for use in humans and can help balance out hormone dysfunctions in both men and women.
Grape Seed Extract
Of all the natural remedies for estrogen and aromatase inhibition, none have been more widely studied than grape seed extract. These have also become widely used in the treatment and management of breast cancer in women, which is caused by high levels of estrogen.
Research shows that grape seed extracts suppress the expression of aromatase and inhibit the activity of aromatase in the body to essentially reduce the production of estrogen in the body. This happens to be one of the ways to lower estrogen levels fast.
Pharmaceutical Estrogen Blockers
Although there are plenty of natural estrogen blockers that you could try out to increase the levels of testosterone in the body, there are plenty of pharmaceutical options as well. These are generally discouraged from use because there are a fair number of side-effects associated with these, and self-medication is specifically forbidden owing to the permanency of the side-effects.
If you do suffer from a testosterone deficiency, you should always consult a doctor before taking medication.
In any case, common pharmaceutical aromatase inhibitors include:
Steroidal inhibitors like formestane and exemestane work by altering the chemical structure of the testosterone to reduce the efficacy of aromatase in the body.
These steroidal inhibitors do not change the effects of testosterone beyond the way it interacts with aromatase. As such, these can prevent the conversion of testosterone into estrogen and thus increasing the concentration of testosterone in the body.
Non-Steroidal Enzyme Inhibitors
Non-steroidal inhibitors directly affect the aromatase in blood circulation. Anastrozole and letrozole bind with the enzymes to prevent them from interacting with testosterone to prevent the conversion to estrogen.
Compared to steroidal inhibitors which alter the chemical compositions of testosterone, non-steroidal inhibitors leave the testosterone as it is to continue functioning as they have.
Natural Ways To Lower Estrogen In Men
Besides medication, there are plenty of other ways to help reduce the levels of estrogen in the body. These are different from using natural medication because these are lifestyle changes that you can incorporate to prevent high levels of estrogen. Some commonly prescribed ways to reduce estrogen in the body include:
Increasing Water or Fluid Intake
This involves treating estrogens in the body as a toxin that needs to be flushed out like any other. When you drink plenty of clear fluids, the body uses this water to balance out the chemicals in the blood to help you live a healthier life.
Although the body itself produces high levels of estrogen, it recognizes that the concentrations are high and will flush it out on its own. By increasing your fluid intake, you will create a consistent stream of toxins that will be excreted through sweat or urine to help restore the balance between testosterone and estrogen.
Increasing Anti-Inflammatory Foods
For many obese people, hormonal imbalance occurs because of their diet. Carbohydrates, excessive sugar and fats can sometimes force the brain to malfunction and thus also lose the ability to regulate hormone levels.
Since food digestion and fat storage is also dependent on certain hormonal cycles and good nutrition; eating the wrong kinds of food can overload the brain and also prevent healthy functioning. Replacing your sugar intake with fruits, vegetables and other nutritious foods can possibly restore the hormone imbalance and even prevent the development of severe medical conditions.
Increased Exercise and Activity
Muscle development requires the release of testosterone, which is the most pronounced when you’re placing significant and consistent strain on the body. Working out on a regular basis will require the body to produce more testosterone and reduce the conversion of the hormone to estrogen.
Additionally, if you combine the workouts with greater water consumption, it gives your body another outlet to flush the excess estrogen from the body. Combine weight lifting with plenty of anaerobic exercises like running and swimming to help reduce the levels of estrogen and increase the levels of testosterone in your body.
Supplements And Medications To Lower Estrogen Levels
Lowering estrogen levels in males can also be achieved by taking supplements that can assist you with your lifestyle changes. You will find plenty of supplements in the markets in addition to the medication that we’ve already identified above to help you reduce estrogen levels.
These supplements have been designed to make sure that you can keep up with your workouts and will often contain the same natural ingredients that can also act as estrogen blockers in the body.
Increase Your Testosterone To Lower Estrogen Levels
You can also try to increase your testosterone levels to improve the imbalance. There are plenty of natural supplements in the market that are made with magnesium, zinc and fenugreek which have been known to boost male libido and improve sexual performance.
As such, you can try these out to undo the effects of increased estrogen and increase the concentration of testosterone in the body. If you’re wondering how to lower estrogen, then these supplements are probably your best shot; short of taking medication.
Increased estrogen is a fairly common complaint for men of all ages. The condition is likely to occur as you get older and there are ways to lower these estrogen levels in men. There are plenty of natural and pharmaceutical options to treat increased estrogen levels and equally as many testosterone boosters that you can use.
This blog has discussed how to lower estrogen levels in men, the reasons why you might develop a hormone imbalance and the lifestyle changes you can make to live a healthier life. If you’re suffering from the symptoms of excessive estrogen, then you should consult your doctor and they will help create a proper treatment plan as befits your age, physical health and any prior medical conditions.
Dark chocolate, despite its reputation as a sweet treat, offers numerous health benefits. One of the more significant health benefits is the role it plays in boosting testosterone levels in the body to help regulate mood, libido and energize you. Therefore, increasing dark chocolate consumption can actually serve as a very useful health supplement.
This blog will offer an in-depth discussion on the various benefits of eating dark chocolate and particularly how dark chocolate can help boost testosterone levels. It will conclude on other ways that you can boost your testosterone to make your workouts more intense, improve your erectile dysfunction and to enhance your sex-drive.
Dark chocolate is chock-full of healthy ingredients that are responsible for the benefits of dark chocolate. The core ingredient in chocolate is a paste called cocoa liquor. Cocoa beans are ground down, roasted, shelled and fermented to create small pieces of paste called nibs. These nibs are then mixed with cocoa butter and sugar to create what we know as chocolate.
The “darkness” of chocolate depends on the concentration of this paste in any chocolate; as such, milk chocolates have lower concentrations of paste, while dark chocolate has higher concentrations.
The ingredients of dark chocolate include:
Stearic acid is a primary component of cocoa butter that is mixed with cocoa liquor. Stearic acid happens to be a type of fat that doesn’t increase the risk of cholesterol or heart disease.
In fact, it’s widely used throughout the body to help with cell synthesis and as a major ingredient for many chemical reactions taking place in biology. Anyone who thinks that dark chocolate increases the risk of developing cardiovascular disease can now rest easy knowing that the candy doesn’t present much of a risk.
Dietary fibers are an essential part of keeping your gastrointestinal tracts healthy and it’s responsible for healthy bowel movements. Dark chocolate has the highest concentration of insoluble fibers which can reduce the risk of developing type II diabetes and are essential for healthy weight management.
Dark chocolate is also full of essential minerals that can help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and the risk of high blood pressure.
Compared to other types of chocolate, dark chocolate has high concentrations of potassium, magnesium, copper, and calcium, each of which plays a vital role in improving vascular health.
Antioxidants in Chocolate
Chocolate contains high amounts of antioxidants, which can help reduce inflammation in the body and can decrease the risk of developing conditions like neurodegenerative disease, arthritis, and many others.
Two major antioxidants in chocolate include caffeine and theobromine which can stimulate the nervous system, help improve blood flow throughout the body and also act as antioxidants in the process.
The relatively high amounts of caffeine in dark chocolate can help reduce the frequency of erectile dysfunction and the antioxidant role played by various flavonoids can improve your general health.
What Are The Health Benefits Of Dark Chocolate?
Dark chocolate offers immense health benefits for the entire body. These include offering nutrition to the nervous system, reducing the risk of developing diabetes, and many others. In specific, the health benefits of dark chocolate are:
Improves Cardiovascular Function
Dark chocolate contains a variety of chemicals like flavonoids and alkaloids which directly improve the functioning of the cardiovascular system. Substances like Theobromine, Catechins, and essential sugar work through different mechanisms to deliver these effects.
Studies focused on the role of dark chocolate in improving the health of the body have found that it can help reverse the effects of various CVDs like fibromuscular dysplasia and can reduce blood pressure. Additionally, these studies also identified that dark chocolate might help with improving the health of blood vessels throughout the body by affecting the release of Nitrogen Oxide in the blood.
Improves Brain Function
The ingredients of dark chocolate have been known to deliver neuroprotective effects, which can help sustain the health and wellness of the brain, as well as the central nervous system. The flavonoids in dark chocolate and the saturated fats found in it prevent the death of neurons in the central nervous system.
These effects are even more pronounced because of the easy absorption of these flavonoids in the bloodstream. Since these flavonoids have high bioavailability, these can easily cross the blood-brain barrier to deliver anti-oxidative and neuroprotective effects which can prevent or slow down the development of many neurodegenerative diseases.
Additionally, it has been observed that chocolate and cocoa can help improve the blood flow throughout the nervous system to help improve cognitive functioning. With the consumption of dark chocolate, you could potentially find that you can concentrate much better, your reflexes will sharpen and your recall will be much quicker.
Studies directed towards studying the role of chocolate as a mood enhancer found that the substance can actually improve mood or at the very least prevent the progression of negative thoughts. The flavonoids found in dark chocolate are linked to having psychoactive effects, which can affect cognitive patterns and have an anti-depressant effect on patients suffering from mood disorders.
These studies found that the chemical components found in chocolate can induce an increased release of neurotransmitters in the brain, which allows chocolate to have these effects. Additionally, the high carbohydrate concentrations in chocolate are associated with a comforting effect on people.
This, in combination with the presence of caffeine in dark chocolate, has long-since associated dark chocolate as a mood modulator.
Improved Insulin Sensitivity
People with blood pressure also often are resistant to insulin, which is why they also develop type II diabetes. Type II diabetes is a condition that is often found in combination with hypertension, where blood vessels don’t respond to the insulin released in the body. This technically qualifies as insulin resistance, which is a defining characteristic of type II diabetes.
Dark chocolate has been found to enhance the production of nitric oxide in the body, which is responsible for the dilation of blood vessels. The release of insulin also causes a release of nitric oxide, which causes blood vessels to dilate.
People with high blood pressure have stiff blood vessels that do not respond to the presence of insulin and these restricted blood vessels cause an increase in blood pressure. With the consumption of dark chocolate and the corresponding increase in nitric oxide concentrations in the blood, studies found, people became much more sensitive to insulin.
Chocolate contains high concentrations of carbohydrates, glucose, and calories. The higher concentration of sugars, carbs, and calories makes them a great source of energy. Experts are of the opinion that this may also be because of the neural effects of dark chocolate and the role it plays in the dilation of blood vessels.
Additionally, since dark chocolate can effectively increase blood glucose concentrations, it gives off a burst of energy that you would not find in any other supplement.
Dark chocolate is abundant in flavonoids and antioxidants, which can reduce the intensity of oxidative stress and thus the inflammation occurring as a result. Although the body needs oxygen to continue performing the chemical reactions essential to healthy functioning, sometimes the body accumulates excessive oxygen.
The excessive oxygen continues to flow throughout the body and produces excessive heat, which causes inflammation. Interestingly enough, inflammation and oxidative stress have been associated with medical conditions like arthritis, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and Tourette’s syndrome. Increasing the consumption of dark chocolate can help avoid these conditions altogether.
How Dark Chocolate Increases Testosterone Levels
There are multiple ways in which dark chocolate can enhance amounts of testosterone in the body. Considering the stress alleviating effects and ingredients that can boost the production of testosterone, it’s one of the more effective testosterone enhancing supplements that you can find. The ways in which dark chocolate boosts testosterone production include the following.
Magnesium and Zinc Supplementation
Both magnesium and zinc have been found to play a vital role in the production of testosterone in the body. Dark chocolate contains high amounts of either of these two minerals which can help elevate testosterone production.
As such, if you increase your intake of dark chocolate, you will automatically also provide the body with the vital ingredients to increase testosterone production.
Antioxidant Effects on the Testes
The testes are responsible for the production of testosterone in the body. One major reason for a drop in testosterone levels is increased oxidation in the testes, which hampers the production of the hormone in the body.
Dark chocolate, with its various flavonoids, is a known antioxidant that can reduce the oxidation and therefore the oxidative stress on the organs. This will help improve testicular function and thus restore testosterone production to original, much higher levels.
Stress Releasing Effects
When you’re stressed out, your body releases a combination of hormones including adrenaline, norepinephrine, and cortisol. When you’ve been stressed for long periods of time, the increased concentration of these hormones can be detrimental to normal bodily processes.
In stressful situations, the body is much more concerned with survival, rather than with reproductive or developmental goals and therefore uses these hormones to reduce the production of testosterone. Consistent stress can reduce the concentration of testosterone in the body and thus induces a testosterone deficiency.
Dark chocolate has been associated with reducing stress and anxiety; thus also reducing the concentrations of cortisol in the blood. Once the amount of cortisol being released into the bloodstream is reduced, your body will automatically begin to produce more testosterone. Therefore, with the use of dark chocolate, and its stress-relieving effects, you can boost testosterone concentrations in your body.
Want to learn more about how dark chocolate can benefit your health? Then we recommend you watch this little video. After that, we’ll move on to have a look at other natural ways to boost your testosterone levels!
Other Natural Ways To Boost Testosterone
There are other natural supplements and herbs that you can try out to boost the production of testosterone in the body. These include:
Zinc and Magnesium Supplements
Zinc and magnesium are vital ingredients in the production of testosterone. Research finds that men suffering from testosterone deficiencies are also deficient in magnesium and zinc.
Incorporating foods that contain high concentrations of the two minerals can help increase the level of testosterone being produced in the body. Moreover, you could also choose to try out supplements that can increase the quantity of these two minerals to boost testosterone production.
Vitamins B6 and D
Vitamins are crucial in various biological processes, including cell development and healthy tissue growth. These also serve as sources of energy for the body. One particular role of vitamins B6 and D is how these can help with the production of testosterone in the body.
Fenugreek is a herb that has long since been associated with treatments for sexual dysfunctions like ED and low libidos.
Dark chocolate presents much potential in terms of helping boost testosterone levels in the body. This candy, in addition to its delicious taste, has ingredients that offer health benefits throughout your body.
Compared to other testosterone boosting products that you find in the market, this is a much safer and healthier alternative.
Falling testosterone levels are inevitable as you get older. As time progresses, you’ll feel less energetic, your libido might mellow out, and you’ll lose a lot of muscle mass.
These effects, although completely natural, can induce self-esteem issues and in some cases might even inhibit your physical activity to make you feel less capable than you once were.
Fadogia Agrestis has recently come to light as a testosterone booster, increasingly being used by athletes in place of anabolic steroids. However, owing to the lack of research on the herb, people are confused about whether they ought to make Fadogia Agrestis a part of their diet regimens.
Therefore, this blog will discuss what Fadogia Agrestis is, what the benefits of the herb are, what science has to say about it, and many other relevant questions. You might want to read on!
Fadogia Agrestis is a shrub native to West Africa, specifically found in Nigeria and Sudan. The plant is a widely-used ingredient in traditional medicinal practices of the region.
The herb is used to treat a wide variety of conditions including diarrhea, kidney pain, bloating and most significantly as an aphrodisiac.
It’s become increasingly popular because of the belief that it can increase testosterone levels, which is why it can act as an aphrodisiac. Within traditional African medicine, the herb has been used to treat erectile dysfunction and to invigorate the libido as well.
Athletes have also begun using it to improve their performance and to enhance the intensity of their workouts, believing that the herb enhances testosterone in the body.
There is little evidence that points out whether Fadogia Agrestis can enhance testosterone production in the body, however, the herb does have other benefits besides boosting testosterone levels.
Health Benefits of Fadogia Agrestis
There isn’t a lot of research on whether Fadogia Agrestis has health benefits. Although it’s commonly used across the United States to help with digestion and increasingly for its testosterone boosting capabilities, the range of applications for the herb is limited.
Maybe over time we’ll find other benefits of the Fadogia Agrestis, but until that happens the list is restricted to:
It’s possible that the herb has anti-infective properties
The herb might have anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects
Fadogia Agrestis might also act as an aphrodisiac
Can help treat GI disorders like diarrhea, stomach aches, and certain infections of the genitals like blennhorrhea
Scientific Research Data
Not a lot of research has been directed towards the effects of Fadogia Agrestis extract on the human body. Much of the research has been oriented toward establishing its role in boosting testosterone levels because rats exhibited raised libido levels when treated with the herb.
Even those avenues of research have yet to include human studies; for now, we just have evidence from animals for the effects of Fadogia Agrestis.
The meager research conducted has discovered the following effects for the herb:
Research suggests that Fadogia Agrestis might contain certain chemicals that can help fight off certain types of parasitic infections.
The study in question identified six different chemicals that were concluded to help treat many parasitic infections that are common to the African continent.
Fadogia Agrestis as an Aphrodisiac
A few years ago, researchers looked at the role of Fadogia Agrestis as an aphrodisiac in male rats. It was found that rats that were administered with the herb were much more sexually active and had delayed ejaculation times.
These changes were said to be dependent on the dose of Fadogia Agrestis being administered to them and were put down to increased levels of testosterone in the blood.
Analgesic Effects of Fadogia Agrestis
Animal model research shows that Fadogia Agrestis may also have a pain-relieving effect. When animals were subjected to pain stimuli, the analgesic effect of the herb was equally as effective as that of aspirin.
The research concluded that Fadogia Agrestis affects both the peripheral and central nervous system responsible for the sensation of pain to deliver its effects.
Does Fadogia Agrestis Extract Have Any Side Effects?
Considering the limited research on the effects of Fadogia Agrestis on the human body, we don’t really know if there are any side-effects of the herb either.
Although research indicates that it boosts testosterone levels in the blood, it concludes with a note on how the herb impairs testicular functioning in male rats.
Beyond this, some research points out that the herb might actually cause the breakdown of cell plasma and may be toxic for the liver and the kidneys.
There is no conclusive evidence either way. However, even though there might be little evidence for the effects of Fadogia Agrestis for you, we would still strongly suggest that you consult with your primary physician.
In the event that you are allergic to the herb or suffer from long-term side-effects, it’s better that your physician knows why it may be happening.
Can Fadogia Agrestis Extract Be Used As a Testosterone Booster?
Research done on rats suggests that Fadrogia Agrestis might increase testosterone levels in the blood, but the fact of the matter is that rat biology is different from human biology.
Just because the herb has had a specific effect on rats, doesn’t mean it’ll have the same effects on the human body.
As such, given the weak evidence for the testosterone boosting effects of the Fadogia Agrestis, using it as a testosterone supplement is a risk that won’t necessarily pay-off.
You could try it out at your own peril in consultation with your physician, but there can be no guarantees that it will work for you. Always be careful when trying out untested remedies and supplements, this is a word of advice that also applies to Fadogia Agrestis.
We would suggest that you don’t risk the herb and instead use other FDA-approved supplements instead. These approved supplements have been widely studied, the effects and side-effects have been established, and as such present a much safer alternative than the Fadogia Agrestis.
Alternatives You Can Use Instead
Even though there may not be reason enough to use Fadogia Agrestis to help boost your testosterone levels, there are still many other options on the market.
These are a range of herbs and natural supplements that have been medically proven to deliver pro-testosterone effects, to help improve your workouts, libido, and maybe even treat erectile dysfunction. These include:
Hypogonadism is a common form of sexual and testicular dysfunction prevalent in the United States. The condition is a direct consequence of a lack of testosterone in the body and is linked to zinc deficiencies.
Taking zinc supplements has been linked to improving erectile functioning and the formation of testosterone in the body. As such, making zinc supplements a regular part of your diet can go a long way in helping enhance testosterone in the body.
Magnesium and zinc go hand in hand in the development of hypogonadism in men. Magnesium also increases the rates at which chemical reactions take place in the body, to provide you with boosts of energy to help increase your stamina.
Additionally, the mineral is also a component in the formation of an erection and the production of testosterone in the body. Foods like bananas, almonds, and leafy vegetables are a great source of magnesium.
Increasing the intake of magnesium will help improve the intensity of your workouts, which will lead to greater muscle gains and will also improve the quality of your sexual experiences. As such, magnesium is a great source of testosterone, which can help you maintain a fitter and happier lifestyle.
Vitamins are natural anti-oxidants that play a vital role in cell-formation, muscle development, and serving as a source of energy in the body.
Vitamin B6 in particular has been associated with increased testosterone levels and reduced estrogen levels in the body. Nutritional deficiencies like that are a leading cause of falling testosterone in ageing men.
Foods like vegetables, whole grain, eggs and making these foods part of your regular diet can help overcome vitamin B6 deficiencies and help boost the amount of testosterone in the body.
Men who are deficient in Vitamin D are also equally as deficient in testosterone levels. Like other vitamins, vitamin D is a source of energy and an important ingredient in the formation of muscle in the body.
With additional amounts of vitamin D, you will find that your muscle gains have accelerated and you are full of much more energy. Common sources of vitamin D include eggs, seafood, orange juice, and dairy products.
D-aspartic acid is used by bodybuilders to help improve muscle mass and increase their stamina. The acid is actually a basic amino acid that is used in the body to help with muscle formation and increases the blood flow to the muscles.
It does so by acting upon the testicles to help enhance the production of testosterone which leads to the development of lean muscle mass in the body. Increasing your D-Aspartic Acid intakes will ensure that you gain lean muscle, develop better stamina, and also allow you to enjoy a much more vigorous sex life.
If you’re looking to increase your D-Aspartic Acid intake, you should increase animal protein intake, sugarcane, and avocado.
If you’re suffering from erectile dysfunction, then you might want to try out fenugreek. The herb is a well-known libido enhancer and has anti-oxidant effects which might improve testicular functioning.
The herb is commonly used as a natural remedy to various forms of sexual dysfunction and has been known to enhance your libido and reduce the frequency of erectile dysfunction in men.
Piperine or Bioperine is a naturally found component in black pepper; it’s responsible for the biting spicy taste of black pepper.
Bioperine increases the likelihood of the absorption of other vital nutrients in the body. As such, if you make Bioperine a part of your testosterone supplement regimens can make them a lot more effective.
You’ll find plenty of natural supplements in the market which use these natural ingredients to create complexes to provide the combined boosts of all these nutrients. Supplements like Testogen, are created with high-quality natural ingredients to help boost testosterone levels in the body to help you work out better and help improve the quality of your sexual experiences.
These supplements have no side-effects and provide multiple health benefits besides increasing the amount of testosterone in the body. Compared to other pharmaceutical and artificially manufactured anabolic steroids, these are a healthier alternative that can significantly boost testosterone production.
There is a long way to go with respect to Fadogia Agrestis and establishing its role in the enhancement of testosterone production in the body.
Until a time where we have more information on the exact effects of the herb on the body, it would be ill-advised to use these to improve testosterone production. There could be side-effects that we’re unaware of and it’s very likely that it doesn’t have a significant effect on testosterone production in the body.
With these considerations in mind, there are multiple other alternatives that have been shown to work without having to turn to the damaging artificial steroids, which can literally destroy your body.
These natural remedies and testosterone boosters present you with multiple health benefits that you should try out to help enhance your physical and sexual performance.
Nitric oxide is one of the most important substances in the body. It’s important for helping to dilate the blood vessels, and thus helps to ensure that blood, oxygen, and nutrients are able to reach all of the different parts of our body.
This is tremendously important for anyone who is hoping to maintain their overall health, and can be especially interesting for men who are trying to enhance their sexual health. In this article, we’re going to discuss the best nitric oxide foods to help you learn how you can naturally boost the amount of this valuable substance in your body.
Before you start learning about foods rich in nitric oxide, it can be pretty useful to understand a bit more about what this fascinating compound actually is.
Nitric oxide is a tremendously important molecule that your body produces. It has a large impact on a number of different bodily processes, one of the most important being the way that it helps the blood vessels dilate.
There are a number of benefits that could be attributed to this aspect of nitric oxide on its own:
You may find that you are able to exercise better, An increase in NO and thus better dilation of blood vessels means that you will be able to bring more blood and oxygen to your muscle tissues, allowing your endurance to increase.
In addition to increasing your stamina and endurance, nitric oxide is thought to help reduce the intensity of muscle soreness which can be very intense after a heavy workout. Delayed-onset muscle soreness, as this is referred to, is a painful and insistent issue that occurs between 24 and 72 hours after an intense workout.
You will reduce blood pressure. This is a bit of a no-brainer: high blood pressure is caused by constricted blood vessels, so dilating these blood vessels will counteract high blood pressure.
You can improve your cognitive abilities. By increasing blood flow to your brain, you will provide more energy for your brain to perform executive functions and remember things.
You can improve sexual health – especially for men. Men who struggle with erectile dysfunction have a hard time bringing blood into their penis. In some cases, this can be remedied by increasing the amount of nitric oxide present in the body, which is known to help elevate blood pressure.
NO also helps the muscles in the penis relax, which makes it easier for blood to flow into the region, causing an erection. Many of the supplements that are currently marketed towards people struggling with erectile dysfunction, such as L-arginine, work by increasing NO in the body.
Nitric oxide can even help people manage type 2 diabetes. Studies have shown that people with this condition often have a difficult time producing their own nitric oxide, which can impair the health of their blood vessels. This can contribute to a number of problems associated with diabetes, such as elevated blood pressure and kidney problems.
These are some of the most common health benefits of increasing the amount of nitric oxide available in the body – not bad for something that you can boost by simply improving your diet.
The best ways to naturally increase levels of Nitric Oxide
There are a fair few ways that you can increase levels of nitric oxide.
One of the best things that you can do is increase the number of antioxidants that you consume. Antioxidants help to disarm free radicals, or rogue electrons, which can damage the life of nitric oxide. By getting rid of free radicals, you can increase the amount of nitric oxide in your body.
You can also take nitric oxide supplements. There are lots available, but most of them contain one of the two most common ingredients:
L-arginine, an important amino acid that isn’t actually essential to get in your diet. Healthy adults can make enough of this amino acid to keep themselves in shape, however, some people are unable to make enough of it. L-arginine is directly involved in the production of nitric oxide.
L-citrulline is another amino acid. Your body should be able to make all of the L-citrulline that it needs. Your body also creates L-citrulline during the process in which L-arginine is converted into nitric oxide. L-citrulline can be turned back into L-arginine through another metabolic process.
Avoid mouthwash. Sure, mouthwash can be great for getting rid of bad breath – but it’s also full of alcohol and other toxic compounds which aren’t great for your health. First and foremost, mouthwash will also kill off the bacteria that are necessary for the production of nitric oxide. If you want to freshen up your breath, consider using something like ginger.
Exercise more. While it’s true that nitric oxide can help improve the results of exercise, the opposite is also true – increasing exercise levels can improve the amount of nitric oxide that your body produces. Exercise increases the functioning of the endothelium, or the walls of our arteries, which are involved in the production of nitric oxide.
Eat healthily. Probably the easiest, safest, and most reliable thing to do would be to eat a lot of foods that increase nitric oxide. Before supplementing or taking extreme amounts of antioxidants, make sure you’re eating a healthy diet rich in foods with nitric oxide.
The best foods high in nitric oxide
We’ve mentioned that diet is probably the best way to increase levels of nitric oxide in the body – and certainly the safest. Here are ten of the most important foods rich in nitric oxide.
Beets. Beets are often regarded as one of the best nitric oxide foods. They are chock-full of dietary nitrates, which your body can use directly to create nitric oxide. Beet juice has been studied specifically for this, and the results have been incredibly impressive: less than an hour after drinking beet juice, subjects reported a 21% increase in their levels of NO.
Garlic. Another one of the most popular and effective foods for boosting NO is garlic. It does this by helping to activate a certain enzyme that’s responsible for helping the body convert L-arginine into NO.
Meat. While there have been tons of studies proving that red meat is terrible for your health, there’s no doubt that it can help to boost NO. This is because meat and chicken contain a lot of coenzymeQ10, which is known to help boost nitric oxide levels.
Cacao. The ingredient that’s known for creating one of the world’s most popular snacks, chocolate, is also tremendously beneficial for our health. One thing that it’s great for is helping to bring about an optimal level of nitric oxide in the human body.
Greens. Get your greens! Not only are they rich in nutrients, they can help you create more nitric oxide. Foods like spinach, kale, and cabbage leaves are great for boosting nitric oxide.
Citrus fruits. Things like oranges and grapefruits are fantastic sources of vitamin C, a potent antioxidant vitamin that can be useful for helping to boost the absorption of nitric oxide in the human body. As an antioxidant, vitamin C will also help get rid of the free radicals that can get in the way of nitric oxide.
Pomegranates. Pomegranates are another fantastic food that are filled with delicious antioxidants. These antioxidants can be useful for helping to prevent nitric oxide from getting damaged.
Nuts. Nuts and seeds are fantastic sources of protein and other nutrients, and they’re also a great source of arginine. As we’ve discussed, arginine is highly important in the synthesis of nitric oxide.
Watermelon is currently known to be one of the most potent sources of L-citrulline, one of the amino acids that’s known to help aid in the synthesis of nitric oxide in the human body.
Red wine. While it might not be wise to slam a bottle of wine with the intention of improving your health, there’s no doubt that having a glass in the evening can help to boost the amount of nitric oxide in your body. Most of the studies have been done in test tubes, but there’s reason to believe that this should work in vivo.
Are there any foods that decrease Nitric Oxide levels?
Fortunately, there aren’t a whole lot of foods that lower nitric oxide levels.
High cholesterol can reduce nitric oxide, however, so it’s probably a good idea to avoid foods that can increase levels of bad (HDL) cholesterol. This means that you should avoid trans-fats or deep-fried foods.
Aside from that, as long as you eat a diet that provides you with nitric-oxide boosting foods, you should have no trouble producing a lot of this fantastic compound.
If you’re not happy with the size of your penis, you’ve probably been searching all over the Internet to find natural ways to boost your manhood.
Testosterone is the male-dominant sex hormone, but does testosterone increase penis size? Let’s review the role of testosterone in a man’s body, what really determines your penis size, and how healthy t-levels can help you in the bedroom.
Believe it or not, healthy testosterone levels are essential for more than building muscle. Guys need testosterone for cognitive function, bone health, state of mood, and fat burning. Since testosterone is responsible for androgenic benefits such as the development of your testicles, could one (welcome and appreciated) side effect of healthy levels of testosterone be a boost in the size of your manhood?
The studies are clear: optimizing your testosterone levels helps you maintain strong erections and a healthy sexual appetite. But does testosterone make your penis bigger as well? Let’s take a look at the relationship between testosterone production and penis length.
Testosterone and Male Sexuality
There are two types of sex hormones: testosterone and estrogen. Men and women have both, but testosterone is the male-dominant sex hormone. In other words, men have far greater levels of testosterone while women produce far more estrogen. Testosterone is all but silent until you hit puberty, then a part in the brain called the hypothalamus turns on the figurative t-faucet full blast.
Testosterone promotes both anabolic and androgenic changes. Anabolic refers to the size and shape of your muscle tissue. When guys take anabolic steroids, they do so with the intention of getting bigger muscles. Androgenic is related to physical development such as a deeper voice, facial hair, and sexual health. Compare this to estrogen, which promotes feminine characteristics such as wide hips, bigger breasts, and a higher-pitched voice.
Since testosterone plays an essential role in your sexual development, does testosterone make your dick bigger?
What Affects Penis Development
The size of your penis is determined when you still have no idea what your penis is: during fetal development. Studies show that male babies who have abnormally low levels of testosterone while in the womb tend to develop a condition called micropenis. What are the symptoms? The name tells you everything you need to know.
In that same study, researchers gave infants testosterone supplements and followed them into adulthood. The babies with micropenis who had received the testosterone supplements developed into adults with an average length penis. Far better than the alternative.
Testosterone and Different Stages of Male Development
Penis size aside, how does testosterone guide male development? As mentioned above, once the hypothalamus gives the signal, puberty begins and you can look at the gigantic release of testosterone as the start of the marathon race. In general, there are several stages that guys go through during puberty:
Boys will notice a sudden growth spurt, and this happens a few times over the short course of several years until guys reach their full adult height. When they check what’s going on downstairs, they will notice their testicles are getting bigger. The shape of the body begins to change and lean muscle tissue becomes more noticeable. The penis comes into its own, growing in both length and width.
With all this chaos, guys will notice hair starting to grow everywhere, especially in the pubic area, under the arms, and on the face. If it hasn’t already, the voice starts to drop and deepen into an awkward Barry White. Boys become men once they’ve reached their full height, full penis size, and testosterone production slows down a bit and stabilizes.
Does Testosterone Make Your Penis Bigger?
So, if testosterone penis size is something that happens while you’re inside the womb, does testosterone increase penis size as a fully-formed adult? You can have abnormally high t-levels as an adult, but unfortunately, that won’t make an inch of difference.
Testosterone and penis size don’t have much to do with one another once you’ve already gone through puberty and become an adult. What you see is what you get. There are few ways to successfully increase the size of your penis as an adult. The main method being surgery, which is not something we would recommend due to the risk of infection and side effects.
Testosterone may not have much to do with penis size once you’re an adult, but testosterone is responsible for a number of important sexual benefits.
Normal to high levels of testosterone are responsible for a healthy libido and sex drive. Studies have shown time and time again that men with low levels of testosterone also report no interest or drive to have sex.
Not surprisingly, when you give a guy with low testosterone a patch, shot, or supplement for testosterone, the first thing they notice is a boost in sex drive.
Erectile dysfunction or the inability to get and maintain a hard penis during sexual arousal is a common symptom of low testosterone levels. Studies show that when men restore their testosterone levels through natural or prescription intervention, the quality and hardness of their erections dramatically improves.
Have you ever wondered why some guys just have the confidence to hit on and attract women? Some studies suggest that testosterone and confidence may have a cyclical relationship. Confident postures and behaviors may increase testosterone in men, and as a result, this testosterone boost may support confidence. So, if you want that alpha male confidence, focus on supporting healthy testosterone levels.
Increase Testosterone Naturally to Feel Better
Whether you’re freaking out about the size of your penis, your performance in the bedroom, that extra weight gain that won’t go away, or how you’ve been feeling lately, focusing on healthy levels of testosterone may be able to provide some relief.
Sure, testosterone can’t do much for your penis size once you’re an adult; however, it can improve self-confidence, upgrade your bedroom game, and make you feel better all-around. Instead of obsessing over the size of your penis, we recommend focusing on improving your testosterone levels and becoming a better version of yourself.
Diet: Eat a clean, all-natural diet that provides plenty of lean proteins such as chicken breast, whey protein, and turkey; healthy fats such as salmon and coconut oil; and complex carbohydrates such as wild rice and sweet potatoes.
Exercise: Strive to exercise no less than three days per week. Incorporate a combination of strength training and cardiovascular activities such as bike riding or jogging.
Supplements: Take a proven testosterone boosting supplement made with all-natural ingredients – nothing illegal or shady. TestoGen combines several scientifically proven ingredients to help boost your testosterone naturally. For stronger erections, consider taking L-arginine as this amino acid has been shown to promote blood flow and stronger erections.
Does Testosterone Make Your Penis Bigger? Who Cares?
The hard truth: Testosterone won’t help you get a bigger dick. But why focus on that?
Unless you have a serious medical condition, penis size should be the least of your worries. Supporting natural levels of testosterone so you feel better about yourself and your health is far more important. Get your priorities straight: Look at the bigger picture, not one part about yourself that no one cares much about.
If you’re interested in finding out the average testosterone levels, then you’re not alone. Testosterone is a highly important hormone that’s involved in a large number of bodily functions, ranging from sexual health to muscle growth. Knowing the average levels of this hormone can help you figure out if you have a deficiency.
However, it’s not always that easy. There are differences in testosterone levels by race, age, and gender. It can take a little bit of digging to figure out what the optimal testosterone levels are for you. That’s what we’re here to help you figure out.
In this article, we’re going to discuss the average testosterone levels by age and race so you can deduce whether or not you need to make some changes in your diet or lifestyle to improve (or, God forbid, decrease) your testosterone levels.
Testosterone is one of the most versatile and important hormones in the human body. Testosterone is often associated with ‘manliness,’ and while this might be the case, it’s actually just as important for females.
Testosterone is involved in a lot of different things, including:
The regulation of libido, sex drive, and sexual function
The growth of muscle tissue and muscle mass
Energy levels and motivation
Balancing the emotions, maintaining a stable mood and improving cognitive health
There are a number of reasons that a person might want to understand what the average testosterone levels are. For one thing, if you have an imbalance in testosterone – say, you’re producing too much or too little – then you might experience some unpleasant side effects as a result.
Some symptoms of excessive testosterone, a condition known as hypogonadism, can differ between men and women. Excessive testosterone can also be caused by the use of drugs like steroids.
Conversely, a condition known as hypogonadism can lead to an entirely different set of problems related to a lack of testosterone. Since girls generally produce less testosterone than guys, hypogonadism is a condition that’s often diagnosed in men.
There are a number of symptoms for each of these conditions that we will go into detail about later in the article.
Average testosterone levels by age groups and sexes
There are significant differences in testosterone levels depending on the age and sex of the individual. Here are some of the average ranges of testosterone levels: The values are measured in ng/dL or nanograms per deciliter. A nanogram is a billionth of a gram, and a deciliter is a tenth of a liter – meaning that measures are taken in how many billionths of a gram are found per 100 mL of blood.
Anywhere within the described number would be considered an ‘average’ testosterone level, so there can be quite a bit of fluctuation between the levels of testosterone even in healthy people.
Infants and children
Males, between 0-5 months: 75-400 ng/dl
Males, between 6 months to 9 years: Less than 7-20 ng/dl
Males, 10-11 years: Less than 7-130
Females, between 0-5 months: 20-80
Females, between 6 months and 9 years: Less than 7-20
Females, 10-11 years: Less than 7-44
Teenagers and Adolescents
Males, between 12-13 years: Less than 7-800 ng/dL
Males, 14 years: Less than 7-1200
Males, 15-16 years: Less than 100-1200
Males, 17-18 years: 300-1200
Females, 12-13 years: Less than 7-75
Females, 14 years: Less than 7-75
Females, 15-16 years: Less than 7-75
Females, 17-18 years: 20-75
The average testosterone levels for males over the age of 19 are between 240-950 ng/dL.
The average levels for females are between 8-60 ng/dL.
Is there a difference in testosterone levels between races?
Things get even more complicated when you bring in the issue of race. The average testosterone levels by race may not always be the same as those described above. When one brings in the ethnic background and race of various individuals, things can be even more complicated.
(It should be clarified that a person’s race, we are discussing their physical characteristics: skin tone, muscle strength, body type, etc. When we are talking about ethnicity, we are referring to their cultural background).
There are a number of biological and physical characteristics that people from different races express. For example, black people are generally considered to be more muscular than Caucasians. This is not always the case, but it is the case often enough that it is worth noting.
Many of these changes could be attributed to the different amounts of hormones produced by people of different races. But is that actually the case?
Some studies have been done in the area, and one of the most conclusive studies realized that black men have a slightly higher amount of dihydrotestosterone, or DHT. This was reduced during a study in which 1900 men were evaluated. The men were black, white, and Hispanic, spanning an age range between 30 and 79.
For the most part, there wasn’t any significant difference in the number of hormones – testosterone, sex hormone binding globulin, or DHEA. However, the black men were shown to have slightly higher amounts of DHT – though not enough to account for the perceived physical differences in their body structure.
Another test revealed that younger black men had higher adjusted testosterone levels. However, this conclusion was drawn in relation to the amount of belly fat found in the subjects. Black men typically have less body fat and more muscle mass, and when these factors weren’t accounted for, the differences seemed negligible.
Signs and symptoms of low testosterone levels in males and females
Low testosterone levels can be very problematic, for either gender. Low testosterone can be caused by a condition known as hypogonadism, during which the body isn’t able to produce enough testosterone.
It can also be caused as men grow older, or for women when they begin to go through menopause. The hormonal changes experienced by women during this period are often more extreme than the gradual emergence of andropause symptoms.
Whatever the case, low testosterone can cause a number of symptoms in both genders. Here are some of the most common symptoms experienced by males:
Erectile dysfunction and sexual difficulty
Low sperm count, decreased fertility
Depression and mood instability
Lethargy and lack of motivation
Problems getting to sleep or sleeping too much
A decrease in body hair, premature baldness
Loss of muscle mass and physical strength
And here are some of the most common symptoms experienced by females:
Irregular periods or missed periods
Decrease in libido
Dryness of the vagina
Weak or frail bones
Problems getting pregnant
When high testosterone levels might be a problem
High testosterone levels are often idealized in the modern world, especially for bodybuilders and athletes. Unfortunately, increasing the amount of testosterone present in your body can cause a number of issues.
One of the main issues associated with high testosterone levels can be androgen insensitivity syndrome. This is a condition that can arise naturally, but can also occur when someone is ingesting too many androgens – that is, male sexual hormones. Steroids.
When you’re consuming higher levels of steroids than your body produces, it will naturally respond by trying to maintain equilibrium. It does this by effectively desensitizing your body to the influx of hormones. This means that when you stop using steroids, you won’t be sensitive enough to really feel your own hormones.
There are a number of other reasons that high testosterone levels could cause issues, especially in men who are using androgenic steroids. Testosterone goes through a process known as aromatization, in which testosterone is converted to estrogenic steroids. Sounds bad?
It sure can be – especially when men are taking huge doses of steroids. Ultimately, this means that they will then have to deal with the side effects of high levels of estrogen – which accounts for many of the side effects of androgens that men experience.
Regardless, symptoms of high T can differ between women and men, as well as the time that they experience the increase. For men who are experiencing estrogenic side effects of steroids, side effects might include:
Increased breast tissue, ‘man boobs’ or gynecomastia
Decreased testicular mass
Decreased sperm count and fertility
Loss of body hair, premature baldness
Decrease in libido
Some young teens and adolescents may also simply experience high T levels naturally – a condition known as hypogonadism, during which their body produces more testosterone than they may want or need. Symptoms for boys can include:
Excessive muscle mass
Increased sex drive
Spontaneous erections, nocturnal emissions
Acne and mood swings
Girls are more likely to experience a condition known as polycystic ovary syndrome. This happens when the ovaries produce more testosterone than they need to be, and can lead to symptoms like:
Early or irregular periods
Early development of breasts
Thick or coarse body hair
Acne and mood swings
How to test your testosterone levels
If you want to get your testosterone levels tested, it’s not too difficult. The first thing that you’ll probably want to do is get to your doctor.
Your doctor will check in with you regarding your medical history and perform an examination with you. During this time, if you are a man, they will likely check if you use any steroids, if you had issues during puberty, and check if you have any symptoms of low testosterone.
If you’re a woman, your doctor will probably run checks on your menstruation history, see whether or not you’ve had issues with acne or facial hair, and observe your muscle bulk.
A simple blood test after this will determine your testosterone levels. If you are displaying symptoms of high testosterone then this will confirm that the issue is actually related to high or low levels of the hormone.
How to increase testosterone levels naturally
If you’re struggling with low testosterone levels, there are a few things that you can do to naturally boost your levels without needing to take steroids or androgens.
One of the best ways to boost your T levels is to exercise. Of all the types of exercise available, you’ll probably want to do some form of HIIT – high-intensity interval training – or other strength training.
High-intensity exercises done with low repetition are the most effective way to increase your muscle mass and strength quickly. HIIT has also been proven to increase the amount of free testosterone available in athletes.
Your body needs vitamins, minerals and nutrients to function properly. One of the things that it needs these things for is helping you create hormones that are important for sexual function.
There are lots of supplements that can help you boost T levels or provide benefits that mimic those of enhanced T levels, without causing any of the side effects associated with androgens.
TestoGen is a good example. TestoGen combines a number of natural ingredients that work together to encourage your body to produce testosterone, in addition to helping provide stimulation and libido boosting.
Zinc. Zinc is one of the most important minerals for sexual health and testosterone production.
Korean red ginseng. This herb has been used for millennia to boost libido and enhance energy levels.
Fenugreek is an herb and culinary ingredient associated with enhanced libido and T levels.
Combining a supplement like this with a healthy diet and a good exercise routine including a lot of strength training is guaranteed to boost T.
It’s important to figure out what the average testosterone levels by age and race are. This can help you determine if you fall within a healthy range.
Hopefully this article has helped you better understand the nuances and differences of testosterone levels between different individuals.
Technology and innovation have allowed us to access more and more unique products sourced from all over the world, and we’ve gained access to a large number of superfoods and supplements that we never could have tried before.
One of these supplements is butea superba, a plant that has been used since ancient times in Thailand to help boost libido. Despite thousands of years of anecdotal evidence, modern science has indicated that butea superba might have a negative impact on testosterone.
This article aims to explain in detail what butea superba is, how it influences testosterone, and whether or not it’s worth using to boost your libido.
Butea superba is a plant medicine that has been popular for many thousands of years, particularly in the traditional medicine of Thailand. Nowadays, Butea can be found readily as a supplement or in its raw, unprocessed form.
The roots of the plant are most commonly used to help boost libido and improve sexual function, and they have been used as such for millennia in Thailand and nearby regions. Scientific evidence has learned of a number of interesting compounds that can be found in Butea superba, some of which are responsible for its effects.
Many of these compounds are from a family of nutritional compounds known as flavonoids. Flavonoids are antioxidants, and help to reduce the intensity and frequency of oxidative damage in the body.
Since oxidative damage can lead to illnesses like cancer, chronic pain, and the general degradation of the body, it’s important to get a good amount of antioxidants in your diet.
Butea superba also contains a number of other phytochemicals (plant-based compounds) and other acids and nutrients that can influence human health. These work together to provide the unique profile of benefits that Butea can offer us.
What are the Butea Superba benefits?
These unique compounds work together to offer a number of health benefits that can be useful for both men and women. While the plant is commonly associated with an improvement in male fertility and sexual function, there are a lot of other things that it can do. Butea superba extract and the fresh plant can provide you some of the following benefits:
While it’s true that the benefits of this plant can extend beyond men, its energy boosting properties seem to target the masculine better than the feminine. Some of the compounds found within Butea superba seem to mimic male hormones, which can improve our ability to recover after a workout, improve our strength, and boost our overall energy.
Improves Heart Health
There are lots of compounds found within Butea superba that target the heart and the cardiovascular system. Some of the flavonoids are particularly effective in this regard.
By doing this, they can effectively help to reduce the chances of developing heart disease as well as helping to balance out bad (LDL) cholesterol levels while having a positive influence on HDL (good) cholesterol.
Since cholesterol is important for the processing and production of testosterone, this can also be useful for men who are hoping to balance their T levels.
Improving Hair Loss
Butea superba testosterone benefits are often attributed to the fact that it can boost sexual health and help prevent hair loss. Despite this, it’s unsure as to whether or not the reduced hair loss has anything to do with testosterone levels or not.
Regardless, it’s shown to be useful for helping men who are struggling with premature hair loss or male pattern baldness. By strengthening and supporting the hair, Butea helps both men and women develop strong and healthy heads of hair.
Improves Sexual Health
In addition to boosting energy and recovery time, both of which can be considered important aspects of sexual health, Butea has been indicated to be useful for helping people manage erectile dysfunction.
By increasing blood flow, Butea helps bring blood to the penis, lowering the chances of being unable to develop or maintain an erection. This is one of its most popular and persistent traditional uses, and modern science has continued to support the notion that Butea helps improve sexual function.
Improves Bone Health
There is some indication that Butea superba helps increase the number of minerals that we can absorb in the bloodstream. It’s believed that this is what causes the plant to have a positive influence on the health of our bones.
People with osteoporosis or arthritis may find that Butea helps them manage their symptoms. Young folk would be wise to take care of their bones, as well, to prevent these conditions from emerging later in life.
There are a number of inflammation-fighting compounds that can be found in Butea superba.
Inflammation is generally a good thing: it indicates to your immune system that there is a ‘focus area’ in your body that it needs to send attention to. Unfortunately, people struggling with chronic inflammation are sending unnecessary inflammatory responses to their immune system, which can lead to disease.
By reducing the inflammatory response, foods like Butea can help reduce the chance of developing inflammatory diseases.
One of the most impressive things that Butea has been shown to do is help fight off cancer. One study that was conducted in Thailand revealed that Butea actually contains compounds that are cytotoxic, meaning that they can prevent cancer cells from multiplying or outright kill them.
It’s important to note that in serious or late-stage cases of cancer, more serious treatments or extracts would be required to make a significant difference.
Does it increase testosterone?
Because of the myriad sexual benefits of this plant, one might suspect that it increases the amount of testosterone available to the body. Whether or not this is entirely true is a matter of some discussion.
One thing that Butea is known for is containing anti-estrogenic compounds. This means that it can prevent the body from producing too much estrogen – an important factor for men, as estrogen is essentially the anti-testosterone.
Testosterone also goes through a process known as aromatization, by which it converts to estrogen in the body. By reducing the amount of estrogen that your body produces, you can accentuate the more masculine effects of testosterone.
Butea has also been shown to boost levels of DHT (dihydrotestosterone) more so than it has been shown to boost levels of testosterone. DHT is the main active metabolite of testosterone, though, which has similar effects.
This could explain why Butea has been shown, in some studies, to actually decrease the amount of free testosterone in the body: by encouraging testosterone to metabolize into DHT while reducing the amount of estrogen being produced, Butea can significantly improve androgenic effects in the body.
What is the Butea Superba dosage?
There isn’t much evidence that can provide a solid dosage of Butea Superba.
It’s important to note that low dosages have been proven to be safe for human consumption – but what constitutes a low dose?
In rats, extremely high doses – more than 300 mg/kg in rats – have been shown to promote mutations and can be toxic. However, this only equates to about 48 mg / kg in humans.
Most supplemental forms of Butea superba will contain a pre-measured dosage that has been deemed safe for human consumption – usually no more than 100 mg daily. The Thai government believes that more than this can be dangerous.
Are there any known side effects of using Butea Superba?
It’s important to be aware of any potential side effects of any substance that you’re taking, especially something that could be as powerful as Butea. Any substance that influences your hormones needs to be treated properly.
One thing that is certain about Butea is that it can actually lower the amount of free testosterone in the blood. While this can be concerning, there is not enough research to indicate whether or not this poses a threat, due to the elevated levels of DHT and the continued benefits provided by the plant.
Most of the studies done on Butea have been done on rats – for example, this study shows that rats experience an increase in spleen size, damaged liver cells, and lowered testosterone when taking 150 to 200 mg/kg of the substance.
We do not use this ingredient in TestoGen
Because of the potential Butea superba testosterone interaction, we choose not to use this ingredient in TestoGen. Our products aim to improve sexual health and function, as well as boost energy levels, without causing a risk of side effects.
TestoGen does, however, focus on using natural products. Many of the ingredients that we use are safe, especially at the doses that we provide them in. Some of the ingredients in TestoGen include:
Zinc, a very important mineral that’s needed for proper hormonal health – symptoms of zinc deficiency can be identical to those of testosterone deficiency
Libido is most commonly associated with sexual activity and sexual desire, but libido can also involve things like general energy levels, motivation, and excitement – without these things, it can be very hard to find yourself engaging in sexual activity. Since it’s so important for so many aspects of our lives, many men are wondering how they can increase their libido.
There are a lot of different libido booster ideas. You can take supplements – these are arguably the most popular way for men to quickly boost their libido. However, supplements are not going to be as sustainable as lifestyle choices: exercise, a good diet, and proper mental and physical health care will keep your libido going better than anything else.
In this article, we’re going to describe some of the best libido boosters that you will be able to find so you can decide which ones will suit your lifestyle.
Low libido can be a difficult problem, especially for young and healthy men who are supposed to be at the peak of their sexual prime. A low libido can make it difficult for men to maintain their relationships, and can impact other areas of their life that are seemingly unrelated to their sexual health.
Symptoms of Low Libido
Low libido can cause a number of symptoms that can interfere with a man’s quality of life, including:
Low sex drive
Many men who struggle with low libido have a hard time maintaining their sex drive. They may simply not be interested in sexual activity. This can be a particular problem for men who are in relationships who aren’t able to meet the needs of their partner.
Impaired sexual function
Many men who struggle with low libido may also not be able to perform when they are in the bedroom. One of the identifying symptoms of low libido is erectile dysfunction – an inability to get or to maintain an erection.
Low energy and motivation
Many men with low libido find that they don’t just lack energy for performing sexually – they have low energy around the clock. This can make it difficult to complete daily tasks and find motivation to achieve their goals.
Low Libido Causes
If you notice any of the above problems, you might be concerned about what might be causing your low libido. There are a lot of causes of low libido, and before learning how to increase libido it’s important to first identify what’s actually wrong.
Hypogonadism / Low Testosterone
When men experience low libido, often their first suspicion is that they have low testosterone levels. This is certainly a possibility, as low testosterone can influence libido significantly. There are lots of reasons that men could struggle with low testosterone, many of which will be addressed in the following sections.
Hypogonadism is a condition in which men are unable to produce the necessary amount of testosterone for them to function properly. Hypogonadism can be inherited from the parents, caused by lifestyle choices or developed at some point in life. If you struggle with hypogonadism, then the problem of low testosterone is likely a biological one.
Low testosterone is known to cause a number of symptoms that can make life difficult for men, in addition to a low libido. In fact, many of the symptoms of low libido and low testosterone are similar or identical, which is justification for the link people draw between the two. Other symptoms include:
Trouble focusing and concentration
Lack of muscle mass or difficulty gaining muscle
Low production of semen
More body fat
If you’re experiencing a number of the above symptoms then you might be struggling with low testosterone; seeking natural ways to enhance your testosterone levels could fix your low libido. However, if you’re not showing other symptoms of low testosterone, your low libido might be caused by any of the following.
There are a lot of medications out there that can lower testosterone or otherwise suppress libido or sexual function.
Medication that affects blood pressure can impair or prevent erections.
Opioid medications (morphine, fentanyl) can lower libido significantly and make it difficult to maintain an erection
Chemotherapy medication, corticosteroids, ketoconazole, and cimetidine can all lower testosterone
Many antidepressants are known to impair sexual function or testosterone level
Steroids or other forms of testosterone replacement can lower testosterone production in the long-term
If you’re experiencing symptoms of low testosterone or libido, talk to your doctor about switching medications.
Depression is a difficult condition to live with that can lead to a loss of motivation and decreased interest in a number of things – including sex. In fact, many depressed people are known to be unenthusiastic or uninterested in sexual activity.
Furthermore, antidepressant medications have been shown to reduce sexual desire even further. SNRI and SSRI medications, like Cymbalta or Prozac, have been shown to be particularly effective at lowering libido.
Another class of antidepressants, known as NARDIs, may not influence libido as much – Bupropion, for example, has not been indicated for lowering libido.
There are a lot of diseases and chronic conditions that can negatively affect libido. If you’re constantly sick or in pain, then there’s no wonder that you’d find less time in your mind to focus on things like sex.
A number of illnesses have been shown to be particularly potent in suppressing libido, including:
Type 2 diabetes
High blood pressure (can interfere with erections)
High or low cholesterol
Chronic organ failure
Some studies have revealed that men who struggle with sleep apnea may not produce as much testosterone as other men. The link between testosterone and libido suggests that this could create problems with your sexual desire.
Another one of the most common causes of low libido in men is stress.
Stress can seriously interfere with your hormonal health. Stress causes the body to release more cortisol, a hormone that is notorious for causing effects that are undesirable to men. Too much cortisol can also suppress libido.
Diet influences every aspect of our health, and can be very important for maintaining and managing hormonal health. If you have an unhealthy diet, chances are you will experience low libido – and a host of other symptoms that can make life a bit more uncomfortable. Below, we have a list of foods that increase libido.
Foods that increase libido
Knowing that diet is one of the best ways to increase your libido provides a simple option for helping to regain your sexual health. A healthy diet, rich in grains, fruits, vegetables, and legumes, is important for maintaining your general health – but a number of foods might be of particular interest if you’re simply wondering how to boost your libido.
Chocolate might not be a good staple for your diet, but it can certainly help to increase libido in the short-term. Good, organic, dark chocolate (75% or more) contains a number of compounds that are useful for helping to get things going. One such compound is theobromine, a sister compound to caffeine that boosts mood and can work as an aphrodisiac.
The best way to go about this is to find a source of raw, unprocessed cacao beans or cacao powder. Be careful, though – if you’re used to the heavily processed chocolate they sell in stores, raw chocolate can pack a serious punch. Start small (and, if possible, share some with your partner and see how things go).
Avocados are another food that are known to be an aphrodisiac. In addition to this, they’re simply great for you – a rich source of vitamin E, vitamin K, and omega-3 fatty acids make avocados a great daily food.
Walnuts are great for you, and they’re also good for your sexual health. Walnuts are believed to increase sperm quality, meaning that they will boost your fertility.
Strawberries and Raspberries
Strawberries and raspberries contain a lot of zinc in their seeds. While they might not contain as much as a tin of oysters, they are certainly more viable options for vegans who are hoping to boost their zinc levels – not to mention the way that strawberries have been used in myriad sexual advertisements for many, many years.
Other ways to boost libido
It’s not just your diet that can help you bump up your libido. Living a healthy lifestyle and following these tips will improve your sexual health.
Male libido supplements
There are a ton of supplements and herbs that are known to help boost libido. Some of the most popular supplements that can be used solo include:
Yohimbe is a powerful African herb that’s known to function as a stimulant and an aphrodisiac. This stuff is very strong and should be used with caution – otherwise, you might find yourself awake with a quick heartbeat and a powerful erection for hours.
Gingko is a powerful herb that’s known to increase blood flow throughout the brain and body. It can promote the health of erections and also reduce anxiety associated with sexual dysfunction.
Something as simple as garlic can work as a powerful aphrodisiac. As long as your sexual partner doesn’t mind the smell, garlic can provide a serious boost to libido.
If you’re not getting enough sleep, chances are you’re not going to be operating at your maximum potential. This could mean that you’re not producing enough hormones, and this could impact your libido.
Poor diet, unhealthy living habits, lack of socialization – all of these things can interfere with your self-image, making it difficult to approach the opposite sex or to find yourself sexually attractive at all.
Focus on your positive traits and remember past experiences in which you accomplished something or surprise yourself with your own behavior in a positive way. Counseling and therapy can also be extremely helpful for boosting your self-confidence.
If you are losing your libido as a result of being too stressed out, something as simple as meditation can help. Meditation is a very powerful technique that has been used for millennia to help ground the mind and the body, to reduce stress, and to enhance energy levels and cognition.
What yogis and Buddhists have known for thousands of years is now being proven by science. As a stress reliever, meditation can actually reduce cortisol levels in the blood. In turn, this can reduce any symptoms of low libido that are being caused by high cortisol. Meditation might not be the best testosterone booster for libido, but reducing cortisol is just as important.
Male libido supplements that increase testosterone
There are so many male libido supplements out there that it can be hard to choose one that ticks all the boxes, that’s why we created TestoGen.
TestoGen works in a fairly holistic manner by providing the body with a combination of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and adaptogenic herbal supplements that can restore libido and boost energy levels by helping the body produce testosterone.
Some of the ingredients include:
Vitamin D, important for the synthesis of protein.
It has been understood for some time that cholesterol is important for the synthesis of testosterone and other sex hormones -, especially testosterone. This link between cholesterol and testosterone suggests that it’s very important to get enough cholesterol in our diets.
This article will explain more about the link between cholesterol and testosterone so you can know for certain whether low testosterone will affect your T levels.
Cholesterol is a substance that’s similar to fat and found in our bloodstream and in other parts of our bodies. Despite the demonization of cholesterol in recent years, it’s known that we need cholesterol for a number of things.
Cholesterol is needed to produce healthy cells. Cholesterol is found in a high concentration in cell membranes and allows them to communicate, ensuring proper function in the body.
Cholesterol is highly involved in many of the functions and processes of the brain.
Cholesterol is highly involved in the production and maintenance of hormones. In regards to cholesterol and testosterone, cholesterol is used in the last phase of testosterone production. A hormone known as luteinizing hormonetriggers certain cells in your testicles to convert the cholesterol into testosterone in your scrotum.
Cholesterol can be found in a number of foods and it’s very important to get enough of it. Cholesterol is so vital for our bodily functions that if you don’t get enough from your diet, your liver will begin to synthesize cholesterol – however, this can be taxing on your body.
HDL Cholesterol vs LDL Cholesterol
There are two different types of cholesterol, HDL and LDL.
HDL, or high-density cholesterol, is denser than LDL cholesterol. It can act as a ‘broom’, and sweep LDL cholesterol out of the bloodstream. It takes it to the liver, where the liver filters the LDL out of the body.
LDL, or low-density cholesterol, can be dangerous and is often referred to as ‘bad’ cholesterol. High levels of LDLcan lead to the development of plaques in the arterial walls and conditions like atherosclerosis, which can be fatal.
High levels of HDL cholesterol can be considered a mark of good health, whereas low levels of HDL cholesterol can indicate a problem. Conversely, high levels of LDL cholesterol can be dangerous whereas low levels of LDL are a good sign.
Is cholesterol a steroid?
Cholesterol is actually considered a steroid.
Cholesterol is part of a group of lipids,or fats. Lipids are incredibly valuable in the body when they are present in small amounts. They are not water-soluble. Lipids are also non-polar, meaning that they don’t have an electrical charge at either end of their molecular structure. This means that they have interesting properties.
Some lipids – a particular family known as non-glyceride lipids -are steroids. The difference between steroids and other lipids is mainly their chemical structure. Steroids have a ring system in their molecular structure and will have other groups of atoms attached that determine their function and separate cholesterol from other substances like cortisone.
The link between cholesterol and testosterone is so solid that some have referred to cholesterol as something akin to a baby form of testosterone. Cholesterol is the base hormone that leads to the development of all others in the body.
How does diet affect cholesterol and testosterone?
Now that you know that testosterone is formed as a result of cholesterol and that cholesterol is a compound that can be obtained through your diet, you might be wondering how your diet can influence your body’s testosterone production.
In fact, there has been quite a lot of evidence to suggest that dietary consumption of cholesterol is vital for the maintenance of healthy T-levels. One study followed a group of men over 8 weeks. These men consumed a low-fat diet, and after the testing period, their testosterone levels were measured. Those on the low-fat diet tested lower for testosterone and dihydrotestosterone.
The studies referenced above and below show that there is an undeniable link between cholesterol and testosterone. This means that your diet has a profound impact on the amount of cholesterol that your body can produce.
Findings from cholesterol and testosterone studies
The link between cholesterol and testosterone is undeniable.
Some studies have reported that the use of testosterone supplements or androgens can actually decrease levels of HDL cholesterol. Results are inconsistent, however, and some researchers have reported no correlation between HDL levels and testosterone supplementation.
On the flip side, consuming higher levels of cholesterol has been linked to an increase in testosterone levels. One study evaluated over 4,000 men over the course of a year. By simply observing levels of testosterone and HDL cholesterol, it was seen that men with higher cholesterol counts had higher levels of testosterone.
That said, there are many other potential factors that could have been involved in the group that measured higher in T levels.
Further studies seem to confirm these results, however: One study followed nearly 300 men who struggled with Type 2 diabetes. Those who had higher levels of HDL cholesterol again tested higher for testosterone.
Foods that improve testosterone production
There are a number of foods that can be useful for increasing testosterone and cholesterol production, many of them by simply providing HDL for your diet or decreasing levels of non-HDL cholesterol.
Eggs are the definitive, go-to food for people (who aren’t vegan) who want to increase their testosterone levels. Eggs are a great source of cholesterol, they’re easy to make, and they’re extremely versatile – eggs can be added to a huge number of meals and prepared in a variety of different ways, making them appealing for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Eggs are very rich in HDL cholesterol and can lead to a marked increase in testosterone levels almost immediately.
Eggs also contain saturated fat, which is also important for helping to boost T levels.People are able to increase overall T levels by adding eggs to their diet on a regular basis. However, it’s important not to go overboard, as the saturated fat in eggs can be dangerous if consumed in excess.
Tuna may not contain a ton of cholesterol, however, it’s very rich in vitamin D – a nutrient that’s involved in the production of testosterone . Tuna is ideal for men who are bodybuilding or otherwise athletic because it’s rich in protein and great for the heart. Salmon and sardines are other seafood sources of vitamin D that can bolster testosterone and cholesterol production.
Legumes and grains
Many legumes and grains are able to reduce non-HDL cholesterol and can free up more HDL for the production of testosterone and other hormones.
How can TestoGen help with testosterone?
Low testosterone is a problem that many men struggle with. Low testosterone can interfere with the quality of life by causing symptoms like:
Fatigue and motivation issues.
Sexual dysfunction and issues with libido.
Problems with emotional health – depression, anxiety, irritability.
Sleepiness and lethargy.
TestoGen is a highly effective natural testosterone booster that combines a number of healthy ingredients to provide a boost to T levels. Some of the most interesting ingredients are:
Bioperine, a black pepper extract that increases the bioavailabilityof the other ingredients making them more accessible to your body.
Zinc is a well-known aphrodisiac and healthy zinc levels can correct some symptoms of sexual dysfunction.
Red ginseng is another herb that’s known to be useful for boosting libido, energy, and motivation – all things that high testosterone levels can provide.
D-aspartic acids an important amino acid involved in the production of luteinizing hormone, one of the hormones that helps convert cholesterol into testosterone.
Vitamin D and vitamin K1. As mentioned earlier, vitamin D is important for the production of testosterone. Vitamin K1 helps the body absorb vitamin D, therefore making it an important component of a testosterone-friendly diet.
These ingredients and many more can help to combat some of the symptoms of low testosterone.
Looking for a way to treat your low testosterone levels? A testosterone cream might just be the solution you were looking for! Testosterone levels drop as you age, and for men and women alike, the effects can really impact one’s way of living.
You might have less energy, you might lose strength, you might sense your libido is lacking. All this – and more – is connected to low testosterone, and may be solved with the right solution.
Can topical testosterone – testosterone cream for men or women – be the answer? What are the benefits and – maybe more importantly – what are the testosterone cream side effects? Read on to find out!
Suffering from low testosterone can be horrible, but luckily, there are several ways to get your t-levels back up again. Testosterone cream is one such solution. It’s a topical solution, which is directly applied to the skin.
Even though it’s commonly referred to as “testosterone cream”, the product is often actually more a gel than a cream. Regardless of how you like to classify it, it remains a topical solution, meaning you apply it by rubbing it in your skin. By doing so, it goes directly into your bloodstream.
This makes it an easy-to-use and convenient type of testosterone treatment, because you don’t have to worry about any surgeries or needles. Just rub it on and see your testosterone levels soar!
Testosterone cream is a prescription drug, and you should never use it without consulting with your doctor first. A doctor may prescribe it to treat hypogonadism, which is a condition in which the male body doesn’t produce enough testosterone on its own.
Testosterone cream for women
For women, testosterone gel/cream is especially used during menopause. Increasing testosterone may help fight the symptoms associated with the menopause such as a decreased sex drive, lower energy levels, and less stamina. It is even said to be beneficial for your skin!
Other uses might be to improve one’s mood, increase metabolism, and helping with weight loss and dieting.
What options are available?
So what options do you have? What different creams are out there? Are they all the same?
There are several topical testosterone products on the market, and all are manufactured slightly differently and therefore may require a different doses or should be applied to a different part of the body. Be sure to check with your doctor and read the instructions carefully before use.
Now with testosterone we tend to think about, well, the “downstairs department”. True, testosterone is produced in the gonads/testicles (the ovaries for women) and it’s in many ways connected to the state of your little (or big, sorry…) friend down there.
Because of that, many people often just assume you apply the solution where the problem is; they assume you have to rub it on your manhood.
Truth is though, that all testosterone creams specifically state NOT to rub it on your penis or testicles! That’s right, do not rub testosterone cream on your genitals.
So where to apply testosterone cream? Instead of on the genitals, the prescribed usage is generally by applying it on your shoulders, upper arms, or abdomen. However, this is not try for all gels/creams, so be sure to always check with your doctor and read the instructions carefully before use.
Testosterone creams vs testosterone shots
Before we dive into the pros and cons of creams, a quick comparison with the more well-known testosterone treatment about: testosterone injections. What’s the difference?
Well, for one – and this is straight away the most important difference for most people – you don’t have to inject a needle into your body when you go for the cream.
It’s that simple. Many people simply don’t like the idea of needles, and honestly, can you blame them?
We do have to place a side-note here though: do bear in mind that if you go to the doctor for your testosterone treatment, you can ask the doctor to inject it for you, so you don’t have to do it yourself!
And what are the other differences? Well, so the cream is easier because you can just apply it yourself, but the downside is that you have to apply it every day. That’s a lot more than the once a week/two weeks with injections!
Secondly, the gel you rub onto your body can actually rub off on others as well! That’s right, if you don’t watch out, you can pass your t-booster over to your kid… But more on that later, when we get to the risks and side effects. First, let’s have a closer look at the benefits.
Benefits of testosterone creams
Here comes the part of the article you’ve been waiting for: the benefits. What exactly can this topical T do for you and your problems?
To make it easier for you, we created this extensive list of benefits that have been associated with the product:
It does all sound really great, but we’ve only discussed the good part so far. Unfortunately, there is also a bad part to consider…
And the bad part is really, really bad… You want to think twice before turning to topical testosterone, so do make sure to be aware of all these risks and side effects first.
So sit back, take a deep breath, and prepare yourself. Here come the testosterone cream risks and side effects…
Risks and side effects
There are many testosterone cream side effects you should consider before resorting to this product. There is a reason why it’s a prescription drug and we advise you to always check with your doctor first! Here is a list of possible side effects:
This is probably the side effect you hear about most, and it’s a nasty one! People can have allergic reactions to the cream, which can result in symptoms like:
Always be sure to rub it on a clean part of your skin and make sure you don’t have any wounds or existing rash.
Rubbing off on others
This is not a side effect that you will really notice yourself, but it is a truly bad one nonetheless. Since it’s a cream/gel you rub on your skin, you have to be aware of the possibility that it’ll rub off…
This can happen by directly touching someone else’s skin – man, woman, or even a child – or it can happen by others coming in contact with the clothes you’ve been wearing or even sleeping on the same bedding.
Testosterone products can cause many unwanted effects for women and children, so be sure to contact your doctor straight away if you suspect them to have been exposed to the cream.
Changes in your breasts
That’s right, this may affect your breasts!
As you probably know, a lack of testosterone production (hypogonadism) may cause gynecomastia (a.k.a. Man boobs or moobs). Unfortunately, topical testosterone CAN have an adverse effect on your breasts as well.
Sometimes your body changes the testosterone into a type of estrogen – “the female hormone” – which can result in an increased production of breast tissue. You breasts can grow and swell, and feel painful, sore and tender.
Not something you want!
From moob, to mood. Another testosterone cream side effect is a change in a person’s general mood and emotional state. Think of mood swings, depression, anxiety, sudden crying, paranoia, and anger.
Increasing your t-levels with creams can not only cause physical changes, it can also change you mentally!
When using topical T, your bathroom trips and blatterly functions can become a lot less comfortable.
People have reported problems from needing to urinate more than usual (and waking up from it at night) to having trouble peeing to feeling the need to urinate when you actually don’t have to. Worst case scenario, you can even start urinating blood… Ouch!
And it doesn’t end there…
The side effects mentioned above are just the most common risks, but unfortunately, it doesn’t end there. Thin hair, baldness, prostate problems, erectile dysfunction or the absolute opposite – too many erections and for too long; all possible side effects of testosterone cream!
What are alternative options?
Ehm, so maybe no testosterone cream then…? Yikes, those side effects sound horrible!
That’s why you should always make an appointment with your doctor first to talk through all these risks and side effects, before you decide to start this treatment.
But if this has put you off trying it in the first place – which we get – let’s have a quick look at some of your alternatives.
As we discussed above, you can also choose testosterone injections, but they come with their own list of side effects and risks. Curious? Here you can read more about testosterone injections for men.
Maybe you’ve looked into hormone replacement therapy (HRT), but again, this comes with similar type of side effects! For more information about that, have a look at this in-depth hormone replacement therapy article!
You can find a lot of foods and herbs in nature that actually help you increase your t-levels in a safe and natural way. No injections, no chemicals, none of the nasty stuff. Instead, some diet changes can already help you more than you could ever imagine! Which ones? Have a look at the diet and testosterone section of our blog, filled with tips for foods you can eat to boost those t-levels!
If this still won’t help, you might want to try natural supplements like TestoGen which naturally increase your testosterone levels.
Conclusion? Yes, testosterone cream might help your problems and it can be helpful for both men and women in their road to higher t-levels. However, make sure that you know what this entails and that you are prepared for all the possible side effects and risks.
Whatever you decide to do, it’s never a bad idea to have a talk with your doctor and discuss your options. Good luck!
Supplements, techniques, and products like testosterone gel are becoming increasingly popular in the modern world. There are many things that are supposed to be able to help men feel stronger, more sexually active, and more energized – but there is often a lot of misinformation surrounding these things.
This is especially true with testosterone gel, a topic that has been the subject of quite a bit of controversy. In this article, we’re going to let you know the truth about testosterone gel, its benefits, and the potential for side effects.
What is a Testosterone gel?
AndroGel, a testosterone gel, is a specific form of testosterone that can be used to help treat certain issues related to testosterone. Most often it’s used to help manage conditions related to a testosterone deficiency, more so than it is used to help enhance the effects of testosterone in those who already have healthy amounts of the hormone present in the body.
Testosterone gel was developed for men who suffer from hypogonadism – a condition in which the body isn’t able to produce enough testosterone. Since testosterone is highly involved in the growth and maintenance of the sexual systems and hormonal health of men, deficiencies can cause a number of serious side effects.
What brands are available
Generic testosterone gel is found relatively easily, but testosterone gel is available under a number of different names. AndroGel is often used as a term to describe all forms of testosterone gel, but AndroGel is actually a brand name – and it’s not the only one. Here are some of the most common brand names of testosterone gel.
Regardless of whether you’re purchasing generic testosterone gel or one of the brand names listed above, you need to see a doctor to get your prescription. This means that, without the prescription of a doctor, the use of testosterone gel is considered illegal.
The above-listed brand names come in a variety of different forms, all of which are intended for topical usage. These are in the form of gels, creams, or solutions.
Benefits of testosterone gel
Testosterone gel is considered a more mild form of testosterone therapy, and as such, the benefits of the stuff will be less significant than they would be from, say, an injection. Fortunately, this also means that the side effects are less likely to be as severe.
Those who experience the most benefits from testosterone gel will be men who suffer from hypogonadism. This means that if you already have a normal, healthy balance of testosterone in your body, you might not experience such profound changes by using testosterone gel.
Regardless, these are some of the most prominent benefits associated with testosterone therapy:
Improved heart health.
Testosterone is highly involved in the maintenance of the health of our hearts, and helps to ensure that we produce enough red blood cells. Men who don’t produce enough testosterone are more likely to develop heart problems.
Some studies have proven that men who were able to restore their testosterone levels to a healthy amount were significantly less likely to have cardiovascular issues like heart attacks or strokes.
Losing fat & building muscle.
This is generally the most common reason that people are interested in testosterone therapy. Athletic men, especially bodybuilders, are often interested in maximizing their muscle growth while minimizing their body’s retention of fat.
Men who don’t produce enough testosterone naturally will have a hard time producing enough muscle. It has been shown that men who don’t make enough testosterone can see a significant improvement to the ratio of muscle mass to body fat, though not everyone reports a significant increase in strength.
Improved bone health.
Another important thing that testosterone gel can help with is improving the health of our bones. If you don’t produce enough testosterone, then chances are your bones won’t be as healthy as they could be. This is particularly true for older men.
Testosterone helps to regulate the mineral density in our bones, and as men naturally lose testosterone as they grow older, so too does their bone density begin to decrease. Some studies have proven that testosterone therapy can help to increase the strength and durability of bones, as well as decrease the chances of developing issues like osteoporosis.
Boosts cognitive health.
Men who don’t produce enough testosterone may have trouble with their cognitive abilities, and there is some evidence that men with higher testosterone levels are less likely to develop conditions like Alzheimer’s.
Improved sexual health.
There’s little doubt that men who have more testosterone are usually more sexually active. There is a close link between sexual activity, arousal, and testosterone production.
Older men tend to have decreased levels of testosterone, and as such may have a harder time maintaining an erection or sexual desire. It is known that using testosterone can help to improve sexual desire and performance in men. Again, this is mostly true for people who have a deficiency in their testosterone levels – further studies indicate that there’s a healthy level of testosterone for optimal sexual function, and taking more after reaching this level may not lead to any further benefit.
Better emotional stability.
Testosterone is highly involved with our mood, and many people who struggle with low testosterone are more likely to be depressed, irritable, angry, and tired. These issues don’t tend to occur with the natural age-related decline of testosterone and are thus attributed mostly to hypogonadism.
Fortunately, using testosterone gel can help to restore balance to your emotions and improve your mood. Testosterone therapy has been shown to help many males struggling with hypogonadism.
Androgel side effects
While Androgel might be known for causing some pretty impressive benefits, it’s always smart to be aware of any potential testosterone gel side effects that could occur alongside the usage of a potent substance like this. Androgel is actually known to cause a relatively high number of side effects, similar to those that are caused by other testosterone-enhancing substances, such as:
Nausea, vomiting, and other issues of digestive upset
Premature hair loss or increased hair growth in different areas on the body
Changes in libido – some find that they become hyper-sexualized, others notice a significant decrease in their sexual desire
Redness, swelling, itchiness, burning, or hardening of the skin in areas where the testosterone gel is used
Changes to skin tone and color in areas of the skin where the gel is worn
Changes to the breasts – men may find that they begin to grow larger breasts; while some women have found that their breast size decreases
Changes to mood and temperament – some become more aggressive, irritable, easily upset, or depressed
These side effects tend to increase in intensity and frequency the more testosterone gel a person uses and the longer that they use it for.
It’s also important to let your doctor know if you have had any negative experiences with other prescriptions or the ingredients included in these products, such as dyes. This can help to prevent any unwanted reactions to the testosterone gel.
Testosterone gel vs Testosterone injections
There are many different ways to go about testosterone replacement therapy, and testosterone gel isn’t the most popular. Many people prefer depo-testosterone injections, despite the dangers that this method of therapy can create.
Here are some of the pros and cons of each method of testosterone therapy.
Testosterone gel is a more mild form of therapy, and thus will be less likely to cause serious side effects.
Testosterone gel is often easier to acquire than testosterone made for injecting.
Testosterone gel does not require that you actually use a needle, which can cause issues such as infections.
Testosterone gel therapy is more mild, meaning that men with healthy levels of testosterone may not experience much benefit from it.
Testosterone injections are generally much stronger than testosterone gels, and can therefore provide significant effects in people with healthy testosterone levels.
Testosterone injections are likely more effective for building muscle mass.
Some people are able to source their injectable steroids without a prescription, thus making them more affordable than the androgel cost.
Testosterone injections are much more likely to cause serious side effects.
Injecting anything can lead to infections of the blood, scabbing, and scarring if not done properly.
Natural Alternative Solutions
If all of the risks associated with testosterone therapy seem a bit much for you, don’t worry – there are ways to boost your testosterone naturally. Some of these methods involve simply changing your diet, others are lifestyle changes that may take some time and dedication to implement.
Zinc is one of the most important minerals for managing testosterone levels and sexual health; this is one of the reasons that it’s included in a number of different supplements aimed at men.
Tribulus Terrestris is another natural supplement that many men have used to help boost their testosterone levels. While there is some debate as to whether it actually increases testosterone, there’s little doubt that the effects of supplementation – increased libido, more energy and vitality – are similar to those of increased testosterone.
Garlic is another natural food that’s known to help boost sexual health and testosterone levels. Garlic provides the most medicinal benefits when it is eaten raw and after it’s been crushed or chopped.
Fenugreek is another food substance that has been touted to help increase testosterone levels, though there is some controversy surrounding its effectiveness.
While many men use testosterone therapy to enhance the effects of their workout, this works the other way, too: working out and lifting weights actually boosts testosterone. If you are not a very active person and have low testosterone, this could be why.
Stress causes the body to produce more cortisol, a hormone that can interfere with the beneficial aspects of testosterone. Men who live high-stress lives may have more cortisol and thus feel the need to supplement with testosterone.
Testosterone gel is one of the milder forms of testosterone therapy, but it still carries with it some risks. Men who struggle with low testosterone levels may find that AndroGel or similar substances can help them improve their overall well-being.
Testosterone levels have reached a population-wide all-time low with studies revealing that men of today have substantially lower testosterone levels than their fathers and grandfathers. The cause rests primarily with a combination of environmental factors such as pollution, dietary complications such as increased soy, and lifestyle choices such as smoking.
A blood test is the most reliable way to determine whether your testosterone levels are lower than normal. If your testosterone levels are too low and you’re an older man, your doctor may suggest testosterone injections. Known as testosterone replacement therapy, these testosterone shots can help to increase testosterone levels, but the potential benefits may come at a cost.
What Are the Health Risks of Having Low Testosterone?
Testosterone is a sex hormone that is found in both men and women, but it is far more prevalent in men. Testosterone is required in promoting androgenic changes such as a deep voice and sex organ development during puberty, but it remains an essential part of everyday health. If you have consistently low levels of testosterone, you may be at risk for the following:
Poor Bone Health: Testosterone plays a key role in promoting bone development, but it also maintains the strength and integrity of bones well into old age. Low levels of testosterone have been shown to kickstart the development of osteoporosis, a disease that promotes weak and brittle bones.
Higher Injury Risk: Continuing with the point above, weak and brittle bones place you at a higher risk of injury from things you may take for granted now such as a simple fall.
Cardiovascular Disease: One study found that low testosterone levels were a key indicator of the development of cardiovascular disease – an umbrella term for health problems related to the heart – and early death.
Depression: While researchers still aren’t completely sure of the link between depression and low testosterone, the studies are clear: having low t-levels is almost certainly going to contribute to depression. In multiple studies, men with low testosterone levels also reported varying degrees of depression, mood swings, and anxiety.
Weight Gain and Cardiovascular Issues: Testosterone is a fat-burning and muscle-building hormone. It plays a key role in the development and maintenance of lean muscle tissue while increasing your metabolic rate for fat burning. Studies show that men with low testosterone levels also tend to see increases in fat-based weight and a loss of muscle tissue.
What are the Symptoms of Low Testosterone?
Wondering if you have low testosterone? Here are some symptoms of low testosterone:
Diminished physical energy
Loss of strength
Decreased stamina and endurance
Erectile dysfunction (ED)
Decreased sperm count
Fat gain and/or muscle loss
Lack of motivation and mental toughness
Loss of libido or no interest in sex
Mood changes or feeling down more often than usual
Always feeling tired
If you’ve been experiencing any of these symptoms consistently, get to your doctor right away to schedule a blood test.
What is The Reason to Use Testosterone Injections for Men?
Testosterone shots for men may counteract the effects of low testosterone while preventing further health issues. Injectable testosterone is convenient as you will only need a shot once every two to three weeks, depending on your doctor’s recommendation. When you begin treatment, you will need to visit your doctor to get the shots because your condition needs to be monitored and the dose may need to be adjusted.
What Are The Potential Benefits of Testosterone Shots?
If other options have been exhausted, or if your doctor is concerned about how low your testosterone levels are, studies suggest that testosterone shots may provide the following benefits:
Fitness: Men taking testosterone injections report an increase in physical energy within the first week. Over time, there can be an increase in muscle size and definition with decreased overall body fat.
Mood: Many men also report feeling better and more like themselves. The improved mood is a result of an increase in serotonin from the testosterone shots. Overall, many men say they feel happier and more positive.
Sex Life: The biggest boost in confidence comes in the bedroom as an increase in testosterone is almost universally linked to increased sex drive and a decrease in erectile dysfunction symptoms. Infertile men have been shown to have increased sperm count after injectable testosterone.
What Are the Risks and Side Effects of Testosterone Injections?
The benefits sound great, but the side effects of testosterone shots may outweigh them. Common testosterone injections side effects include the following:
Soreness or pain at the injection site
Joint and/or muscle pain
Breast tenderness or pain
Trouble sleeping or insomnia
Mood swings (usually aggressiveness)
While these side effects are to be expected and usually go away on their own, testosterone injections can also produce serious side effects that require immediate medical assistance including:
Extreme nausea or vomiting post-injection
Intense stomach pain
Swelling or pain in muscles
Blood in the urine
Yellow skin and/or eyes
Extreme mood changes especially with anxiety or thoughts of suicide
Long-term usage of injectable testosterone can promote a few life-threatening conditions for men:
Prostate Health: For men with prostate issues such as an enlarged prostate or tumors, testosterone shots can exacerbate the condition.
Liver Health: Your liver is the site where medications are processed and filtered. The strain on the liver from injectable testosterone can lead to complications down the road.
Cardiovascular Health: Ironically, while low levels of testosterone are associated with cardiovascular disease, taking injectable testosterone can lead to a buildup of plaque, which causes heart problems.
What Results Can Be Expected After the Therapy?
If you are seriously considering testosterone injections, or if your doctor is ready to place you on a treatment plan, you might be wondering what to expect. Here’s the breakdown of what commonly happens during one year of testosterone shots:
One Week Post-Injection
After your first testosterone injection, the biggest difference in your body will be your insulin sensitivity. You may find that your energy levels increase and your mood may improve slightly, but the latter could be the placebo effect.
One Month of Injections
Many men report that the biggest difference in how they feel takes place in the bedroom after one month of testosterone shots. It’s expected that you’ll have a higher sex drive with more interest in sexual intercourse. Symptoms of erectile dysfunction usually dramatically decrease.
Other things to notice are mood and energy. Many men report feeling more social and energetic, making it easier to follow their doctor’s orders of exercise. Mental energy also gets a boost with a noticeable difference in attention and memory.
If you have any of the common side effects that we discussed above, this is when they will reduce significantly or disappear altogether as your doctor would have adjusted the dose to match your needs by this point.
Two Months of Injections
Older guys will often report that they feel like their younger selves after two months of injectable testosterone. Serotonin levels have increased and an overall sense of satisfaction and happiness is to be expected. Men struggling with depression will have a much-improved condition thanks to a cumulative effect of more confidence, better sex life, and increased physical energy.
Three Months of Injections
Assuming you’ve been following the requirements for exercise, you’ll start to notice a big difference between the second and fourth months of testosterone shots. Muscle mass will increase while body fat will decrease. Cholesterol levels should stabilize and insulin sensitivity will remain strong. If you had cardiovascular issues before taking the shots, there’s a good chance you’ll see an improvement in blood pressure.
Six Months of Injections
Your overall physical health should be at its peak along with your sex life and mental health. At this point, you and your doctor have worked out all of the kinks and placed you on the ideal dosage of testosterone. During this time, your bone health has been getting significantly stronger although you may not notice it until you try a high-impact exercise such as CrossFit.
Your doctor will schedule a six-month checkup to ensure everything is going smoothly, but also to ensure your prostate has not swelled and you have not developed plaque in your arteries.
One Year of Testosterone Injections
Results may vary, but here’s a general checklist of the things most men notice after taking testosterone shots for one year:
Better endurance and exercise performance
Better sex and more interest in sex
Improved red blood cells
Better insulin sensitivity
Low blood pressure
Normal cholesterol levels
Boost in cognitive ability (memory, attention span, alertness)
Overall happiness and satisfaction with life
What is the Cost of Testosterone Injections?
Testosterone injections cost will vary based on a number of factors including health insurance, the brand that your doctor recommends, and the number of injections that you need per month. With insurance, you may spend as little as $10 to $20 per month on injections. An out-of-pocket cost can be as little as $60. It’s important to speak with your doctor and insurance for an exact price.
Before you jump into using testosterone shots, it’s important to consider other proven methods of naturally increasing your testosterone. In fact, there’s an excellent chance that your doctor will recommend changing the following three things before he or she will prescribe you a testosterone injection:
Diet: If you’re eating a diet that is packed with processed ingredients, soy, and sugar, you are actively promoting the decrease of your t-levels. Focus on a natural and whole food-based diet has been shown to promote healthy levels of testosterone.
Exercise: A sedentary lifestyle is another way that you could be sabotaging your testosterone levels. Walking or simply being physically active for 30 minutes per day is a good start, but the Center for Disease Control recommends 150 minutes of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes of high-intensity exercise every week. This can be in the form of weightlifting, fitness classes, jogging, etc.
Supplements: You can use supplements to complement a comprehensive diet and exercise program. Ingredients such as zinc, magnesium, and vitamin D have all been shown to naturally support testosterone levels. TestoGen contains these three proven test boosters as well as several more research-based ingredients.
Testosterone Shots: Are They Worth It?
Despite their benefits, testosterone injections do carry a degree of risk. We would recommend trying natural alternatives such as improving your diet and exercising more before trying injectable testosterone. If you’ve changed your lifestyle, but you still have symptoms of low testosterone, speak with your doctor for an appropriate treatment course.
Ginseng is becoming an increasingly popular medicine in the western world. Even before the massive popularity surge of natural medicines, ginseng was widely recognized as a powerful energy stimulant, libido booster, and cognitive enhancer.
The medicine has been a part of traditional Chinese remedy for many centuries, if not thousands of years. There are several different forms of ginseng that share many similar benefits. In this article, we’ll be talking about Korean red ginseng, one of the lesser-known but equally powerful variants of this medicine.
Korean red ginseng is one of the many varieties of ginseng; a traditional Asian medicine that’s known to provide a number of impressive benefits. Ginseng is known for growing quite slowly, and different types of ginseng are harvested at different ages.
White and fresh ginseng are harvested between 4 and 6 years of age, whereas red ginseng is generally not harvested until after it’s been growing for six years. The reason that the plants have slightly differing medicinal properties is that they have different medicinal compounds in them.
This is a result of their growing conditions. Just like with any plants, the nutritional content of the plant will vary depending on the soil that it’s grown in, the weather, and the way it’s processed. Asian ginseng, such as Korean red ginseng, is generally believed to function as more of a stimulant than American forms of ginseng.
Most forms of ginseng contain two primary active ingredients: ginsenosides and gintonin, both of which work together to create the health benefits that ginseng is known for. Korean red ginseng and its extracts are often considered to be the most potent form of all the different types of ginseng.
How it was used in traditional medicine
Ginseng remains very popular in traditional Chinese medicine, which is a testament to its efficacy. People have been using it to promote a number of different aspects of health, and it was prescribed by medical practitioners for a number of different ailments.
Traditional practitioners recognized the importance of using medicines properly, and for this reason, they would tell their patients to use ginseng in different ways depending on what their ailments were.
Some of the most common ways to use the herb were:
It is generally believed by many systems of ancient medicine that chewing a medicinal herb – most often the roots or leaves – is one of the most effective ways to get the benefits of the medicine. Modern medicine has supported this belief with the understanding that sublingual absorption is one of the most potent ways to ingest a medicine.
The Western view of this is that the medicine is more effective because it’s delivered straight into the bloodstream through the veins under the tongue. Traditional medicine believes that the act of chewing the root brings you into closer contact with the spirit of the plant and allows you to build a deeper healing connection.
Korean red ginseng extract
Some practitioners would make various forms of extracts of Korean ginseng when chewing the fresh root was not a good option. They would make tinctures, poultices, and other forms of liquid extract that could deliver hefty doses of the medicine to their patients.
Some practitioners would dry and crush Korean red ginseng root. This allowed it to be stored for long periods of time and was good for practitioners who were unable to obtain fresh root.
Traditional practitioners used the medicine for similar things as we do today: as an energy tonic, to help boost sexual function and performance, to boost memory and to enhance immunity. More on this in the section below.
Korean red ginseng benefits for health
There are so many benefits attributed to korean red ginseng that it’d be hard to list them all in a single article. Here are some of the most powerful and well-studied effects of korean red ginseng.
One of the reasons that Korean red ginseng has been so popular throughout the years is because of the way that it fights inflammation. Inflammation is believed to be at the root of most diseases, so eliminating it at its source is a great way to boost immunity and ward off a number of dangerous ailments.
Korean red ginseng extract also works to fight inflammation because of its capacity as an antioxidant. As an additional benefit, this means that it will help to ward off the damage caused by oxidation – this can prevent diseases like cancer and chronic conditions like eczema.
Enhances cognitive ability
Korean red ginseng extract is included in a number of nootropic formulas – supplements that are designed to improve mental health and cognitive ability. Many studies have been done in the area and have confirmed that Korean red ginseng helps to boost mental performance. Interestingly, according to the study above, Korean red ginseng has a self-limiting effect. Subjects experienced more improvement when they were using dosages of 200 mg instead of 400 mg.
Fights erectile dysfunction
Erectile dysfunction has many causes, but Korean red ginseng has been shown to help fight erectile dysfunction caused by a number of things. In fact, the medicine has proven in some studies to be even more effective than prescribed medications used to treat the same issue. More on that below.
One of the most popular uses of ginseng was, and still is, boosting the immune system. Our immune system is our body’s primary defense mechanism, and strengthening it helps to ensure that we’re better protected against diseases, viruses, and illness. Korean red ginseng extract has even been proven to help boost the immune systems of people who are struggling with advanced stomach cancer.
Helps fight cancer
One of the most impressive things about Korean red ginseng is that it can help to reduce the chances of developing some types of cancer. This is, in part, due to its ability to help fight inflammation as well as its potent antioxidant capacity.
Works as an energy tonic
One of the most popular uses of Korean red ginseng extract is as an energy tonic. Ginseng works differently than more common stimulants such as caffeine because it provides the body with sustainable, long-term energy instead of a quick, hard-hitting boost of energy.
A review of studies done on many different ginseng supplements revealed that they can be immensely useful at helping to fight chronic fatigue while boosting physical performance in a number of different areas.
Helps regulate blood sugar
Another important thing that Korean red ginseng can do is help people manage their blood sugar levels. This is important in helping to manage or prevent the development of conditions like diabetes. Subjects using the herb experienced an 11% decrease in their overall blood sugar levels and a 33% improvement to their insulin sensitivity.
Does red ginseng extract have side effects?
Even with reliable, healthy herbs like Korean red ginseng, it’s important to be aware of any potential side effects or interactions.
Fortunately, Korean red ginseng side effects are not common and are generally not severe. Highly sensitive people may experience some of the following if they use ginseng for a long time or at high doses:
Changes to their menstrual pattern
Elevated heart rate and higher blood pressure
Diarrhea or digestion issues
Dizziness or lightheadedness
It’s also important to make sure that you don’t mix your ginseng with anything that could adversely interact with it. It’s possible that some commonly used medications may interfere or exacerbate some of the side effects of Korean red ginseng extract. If you’re taking any of the following, you should ask your doctor if it’s safe to use Korean red ginseng.
Medication that raises or lowers blood pressure, blood thinners
Monoamine oxidase inhibiting drugs, or MAOIs
Any other stimulant medications like dextroamphetamine
Drugs that target or affect your immune system
Medications for diabetics
You may also want to avoid mixing ginseng with other common stimulants like caffeine because the effects can become quite powerful.
Red ginseng libido, testosterone, and erectile dysfunction benefits
Erectile dysfunction is a condition in which a man has a hard time sustaining or getting an erection. There are a lot of different reasons that men can experience erectile dysfunction.
Physical conditions like diabetes, nerve or heart problems, and blood pressure issues can contribute to erectile dysfunction, as can psychological or emotional issues like anxiety or unaddressed trauma. Even lifestyle changes such as weight loss or changes to an exercise routine can contribute to the problem.
Many people are able to manage their erectile dysfunction by making certain lifestyle or dietary changes, but this isn’t always enough. Fortunately, Korean red ginseng extracts have shown remarkable potential for helping to treat ED.
There are a number of reasons for this.
has been linked to increased levels of testosterone. Testosterone levels are highly linked to our libido and sex drive, and some men who experience low levels of testosterone have a hard time maintaining an erection or becoming sexually aroused whatsoever. After taking Ginseng testosterone levels are often higher than the average.
Korean red ginseng
has been shown to be useful in warding off anxiety. Though this particular study was done on rats, countless patients, practitioners and everyday people have reported improvements to their anxiety thanks to the use of ginseng.
This is important because many people experience erectile dysfunction as a result of anxiety. Reducing anxiety in a holistic manner can help to fight off erectile dysfunction.
As mentioned, erectile dysfunction can be caused by a number of physical problems. Since Korean red ginseng extract functions so well at fighting so many diseases and at regulating stress and blood sugar, it can help to correct physical issues that might be contributing to erectile dysfunction.
Ways to use Korean red ginseng with other ingredients for even better effects
Korean red ginseng works fantastic on its own, but it can be even more powerful if it’s mixed with other ingredients that can enhance its effects. For example, many of the ingredients found in the supplement Testogen – which contains Korean red ginseng extract -can synergize to provide a more powerful effect than any ingredient on its own.
Magnesium is an important nutrient for regulating blood pressure and relaxing muscles, making it ideal for helping people manage erectile dysfunction – especially when combined with ginseng.
Fenugreek isn’t just used in curries, the herb has also been shown to help improve libido and sexual performance in men. Korean ginseng libido benefits are also impressive, and the two work very well together to enhance libido.
Zinc is a very important mineral for sexual health and male fertility, and the benefits of Korean red ginseng will be accentuated a lot if a person has a healthy amount of zinc in their diet.
Testogen also contains ingredients such as vitamin B6, boron, and nettle leaf extract, all of which can work together to amplify Korean red ginseng benefits.
Korean red ginseng is a powerful herb that’s been used for centuries to help boost energy, libido, and cognitive performance. It has withstood scientific studies, and now many supplement companies are working to include this herb in their formulas.
Hopefully you understand more about this herb now and can see why it would be a great supplement to include in your stack for sexual health.
Most people reading this post will share the same feeling. You have a serious testosterone deficiency and it reached the point that you’re debating taking drastic measures to get your life back on track. You’ve heard about a thing called hormone replacement therapy for men and boy did it get you all excited…
You’re thinking whether this might just be the light at the end of the long, long, testosterone-lacking tunnel. Now you might be aware of some of the side effects and dangers, but you’ve reached the point you just want to take control again; you want your life back.
You are absolutely right for wanting that, and I can assure you you’ve come to the right place. But before you take the plunge and go start your male hormone replacement therapy, we do want to ask you to first go through this article below. Some parts will definitely shock you, and you might reconsider this intense therapy… Don’t do it for us; do it for yourself and your body.
Low testosterone – or low T as it’s often referred to – can seriously impact your life. Unfortunately, it affects all of us to a certain degree because it’s part of the natural ageing process. As we grow older, our testosterone reserves start running low. We have less energy, we can’t seem to shed those pounds, hell; we may even struggle to perform in the bedroom.
All signs of low T. You feel like your life is slipping away; you are officially turning into an old man.
It sucks that your t-levels are decreasing, and unfortunately, it’s all just part of the ageing process. It isn’t nice, but it is natural.
Now it DOES become an issue when your testosterone is decreasing faster than it should be. When this happens, we call it testosterone deficiency syndrome, which IS a medical condition that may need treatment.
Testosterone deficiency syndrome is sometimes also referred to as late-onset hypogonadism. It is characterised by the deficient testicular production of testosterone. In other words; your testicles are not producing the amount of testosterone they should be producing, which can result in some serious health risks.
For example, low T can make your bones weaker and potentially cause osteoporosis, which makes you more prone to injuries and breaking your bones. Furthermore, eventually sharply dropping t-levels can cause a higher risk of death, due to a higher risk of heart disease.
Testosterone deficiency syndrome is a serious matter, and if you suffer from this condition you may want to resort to measures such as hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
But before you do so the question is; when is it a deficiency, and when are you just ageing? It is a difficult distinction to make, and that is why you should always first try ways to naturally increase testosterone before you resort to something serious like HRT.
Still not working? Unfortunately, there is no natural hormone replacement therapy, so it will mean you have to resort to medication. Then just make sure to always consult with your doctor first before starting a therapy like this!
What is hormone replacement therapy for men?
All precautions aside: what is male hormone replacement therapy exactly? The answer is quite easy: a man is given testosterone (this is possible in different ways, more about that later) to increase t-levels.
This is done because of a testosterone deficiency or to treat male hypogonadism, which is a condition in which somebody’s body makes far less testosterone than normal. In other words, hormone replacement therapy simply gives you more testosterone.
Of course, this is the very short version of a serious treatment. As an introduction, have a look at this video below which explains it all quite well (video length = just over 8 minutes). Don’t feel like sitting through that whole video? We get that, but not to worry: further below we’ll go through all the info you need to decide whether or not to try hormone therapy.
Types of male hormone replacement therapy
There are different types of hormone replacement therapy. You should discuss with your doctor which type of HRT is best suited for you and your condition. The three types of hormone replacement therapy for men are:
Intramuscular – testosterone injection. This is the image most of you will have of the treatment. You – or your doctor – will inject yourself with testosterone. The injection goes directly into the muscles of your buttocks, and you have to repeat this every two to three weeks.
Transdermal – testosterone gel. This treatment seems less scary because it doesn’t involve needles, but the downside is that you have to do this every day (instead of just once every few weeks). You should apply the gel to your abdomen, shoulders or arms.
Transdermal – testosterone patch. Similar to the gel, you can also decide to get skin patches. You wear them on your arm or upper body, and just like with the gel you should apply the patch every day.
Oral – methyltestosterone pill. Again, with this method, you can stay away from the needles, but you will have to do it much more frequently. This pill should generally be taken several times a day.
Subdermal – implant. This one keeps you away from the needle, sure, but it doesn’t sound that appealing… The doctor will make a small incision into your butt, place the little implant, and sow it up again. It takes less than half an hour, and it can last you for months.
Transbuccal – tablet. This option won’t involve any sharp objects; aside from your incisor. You place this tablet above your incisor, on your gum, and then hold it there for about 30 seconds, pressing it to your gum through your upper lip. After this, it should stick to your gum and you leave it there for about 12 hours(!!!). Remove tablet, then repeat.
Now all of these types have pros and cons. An injection sucks, but you only have to do it once every few weeks. A gel is easy and less scary, but you have to do it every day.
And that’s not all. An additional side effect is that is can rub off on other people(!). Yes, you read that right! You’ll have to think twice before hugging your loved ones… That’s seriously messed up!
What are the benefits?
So what are the benefits of hormone replacement therapy? Well, simply put, it’s to treat testosterone deficiency, so you will be seeing all the benefits of testosterone in general:
Decreased body fat
No wonder testosterone is so popular among bodybuilders and people who want to increase their performance in general. Furthermore, hormone replacement therapy and weight loss are often seen as being connected, making HRT popular among people who want to lose weight.
However, weight loss is NOT a good enough reason for a doctor to prescribe hormone replacement therapy. A doctor will always advise you to exercise more and eat more healthy. HRT is a treatment for people who suffer from a medical condition, not a weight loss therapy.
Hormone replacement therapy side effects
The benefits are obvious, but how about the dangers and side effects of hormone replacement therapy for men? Unfortunately, the list is LONG.
We won’t sugarcoat it, we won’t act like these side effects only happen to a small percentage of people, we won’t tell you they are worth the risk. This is your body and your decision to make; you decide whether the pros outweigh the cons.
Here comes the list; don’t shoot the messenger, please.
Breast enlargement; a.k.a. man boobs
Swelling in the ankles
High blood pressure
Blood clots in your vessels
Higher risk of cardiovascular problems, such as heart attacks and strokes
The list of side effects is nasty and long, and these are just the most common problems that may occur when resorting to hormone replacement therapy. Several studies – like this one and this one – highlight the risks of the therapy for men, and it shows how this treatment is not something to take lightly.
Other methods to increase testosterone
Sorry if we scared you a bit, but it’s important you are fully aware of the magnitude of the situation. Hormone replacement therapy is not a walk in the park, but if you are determined to go ahead with it then we can only further advice you to see your doctor first.
If, however, you are seriously in doubt after reading this article, you may want to have a look at other methods to increase testosterone first.
Luckily, there are many different ways to naturally increase testosterone. From just making sure you actually sleep enough, to boosting your magnesium, to something as weird as taking a cold shower to increase testosterone; there are loads of ways to give those t-levels a natural boost.
Does a cold shower sound horrible and do you simply not have time to sleep for 9 hours a day? Then you might want to consider a natural testosterone booster instead!
Again, if you are determined to take the plunge and go for hormone replacement therapy then there is nothing else we can say then good luck and we hope it helps you achieve what you want to achieve.
This article tried to provide a complete overview of what the therapy is, how it can help men overcome their testosterone deficiency problems, and what side effects might occur. Bear in mind though that more often than not the therapy does work and it helps men turn their lives around again.
HRT can be the perfect solution for you; just make sure to always check with your doctor first before buying some dodgy product and potentially harming your body for the rest of your life. Good luck!