Testosterone is the sex hormone and the building block vital to men but also essential for women too. It plays a crucial role in physical development and optimal health. In recent years, testosterone levels in men are trending lower, partially attributable to environmental pollution and unhealthy modern day living.
Testosterone boosters are natural supplements that can stimulate your body to bring testosterone to an optimal level. They work by either directly increasing testosterone or precursory hormones, or by preventing testosterone from being converted into estrogen. Many of these boosters have been scientifically verified in human studies. Here are some general introduction of testosterone boosting supplements which include general nutritional support products. These supplements can be taken on their own or in combination with other testosterone boosters.
Tribulus Terrestris: Tribulus Terrestris, also known as ‘puncture vine’ or ‘yellow vine’, is commonly found in Asia and Africa. It has been proven to be one of the most effective testosterone boosters in the world, and also helps to improve muscle mass, sexual libido, and sperm motility.
Tongkat Ali: Also known as the Malaysian ginseng or 'Longjack', Tongkat Ali is said to raise testosterone levels, promote muscle strength, and address a number of conditions such as erectile dysfunction, decreased libido, fatigue, and stress.
ZMA: ZMA is a natural mineral supplement made up of zinc, magnesium aspartate, and vitamin B6. Zinc supports your immune system and muscles. Magnesium plays a role in metabolism and muscle health and helps manage sleep. B6 may boost energy. Zinc is shown to increase testosterone levels, especially in males that are deficient in the mineral. Vitamin B6 and magnesium also to aid in zinc absorption and the converting of free cholesterol to testosterone.
D-Aspartic Acid: D-Aspartic acid (D-AA) is an amino acid which can be manufactured by the body with proper nutrition and is a regulator of testosterone synthesis. D-aspartic acid can increase the release of a hormone in the brain that will ultimately result in testosterone production.
Fenugreek: Fenugreek is an herb from Southern Europe and Western Asia. It boosts libido, raises testosterone levels, and stimulates insulin release, which can help increase muscle mass with weight training.
Vitamin D3: Now, when it comes to testosterone, studies have found that Vitamin D deficiency suppresses testosterone. When one corrects the deficiency with proper diet, sunshine, and supplementation, testosterone increases.
DHEA: DHEA, produced by the adrenal glands, is a naturally occurring hormone and a precursor to testosterone. The supplementation of DHEA does not raise significantly but normalizes testosterone levels in deficient men as DHEA declines with age.
Yohimbe: Yohimbine, from the Yohimbe tree found in West Africa, is not so much known for its effect on boosting testosterone level but more as an aphrodisiac which aids in blood flow to the genital area improving erectile dysfunction. It is a stimulant. As such, when supplementing with yohimbe for the first time, always start with a super low dose and assess tolerance.
Maca: Also known as the Peruvian Ginseng, Maca dates back to around 3,800 B.C. as an integral part of ancient Peruvian and Inca health. Lab studies showed Maca root led to an increase in luteinizing hormone (LH), a precursor to the production of testosterone. It provides nutrients which nourish the endocrine system and helps keep the body functioning properly so testosterone production can be maximized.
Creatine: Creatine is well-researched and safe and boosts your athletic performance. Improved energy level for exercises in turn help to elevate testosterone naturally to optimal levels. Creatine is effective to provide energy that the muscles rely on for explosive workouts, to lessen fatigue, and to speed up recovery. It helps with fat loss and improves muscle building, and helps with overall testosterone serum levels.
Nitric Oxide: Nitric oxide is a molecule that our body produces to help cells communicate by transmitting signals throughout the entire body. Studies have shown that nitric oxide improves blood flow, athletic performance, as well as aids in erectile dysfunction.
Horny Goat Weed: Chinese have been using this plant as an aphrodisiac for thousands of years. According to the legend, a Chinese goat herder noted his herd was engaging in sexual activity at frequent intervals. He monitored the goats’ diet and realized that their high level of sexual activities always followed after consuming this plant. Western supplement manufacturers rechristened the plant as “horny goat weed.”
Deer Antler Velvet: Deer antler velvet is the velvety tissue that covers the deer antlers. It has been harvested for centuries and used traditionally to boost the immune system, and to increase strength, improve athletic performance, raise testosterone levels to increase sex drive, fertility and erectile function in men. Deer antler velvet has the potential to increase growth hormones for muscular growth and development.
Please note that the information above are for general reference only. Opinions expressed reflect the author's individual and unique experience. Each person responds to each supplement differently. It is highly advised that you consult your physician before beginning on supplementation.