Are Testosterone Supplements Safe?

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I can already hear the hordes of fellow guys, screaming their lungs out: “Are testosterone supplements safe?” No doubt, this is significant… no, it’s a VITAL question for any men looking to naturally boost his T! Now I want you to relax, for this is where I intervene to save the day and give you the much-needed answers.

Along with “What is a testosterone booster?” plus “What is in a testosterone booster?, this has GOT to be the given the silver medal for the second most asked question when speaking about anything related to increasing your primary male hormone. Don’t you folks agree, hmm?

Okay, I hope you’ve warmed up already because we’re about to start, ready or not! First things first, to get this article going I’d like to start with:

Supps are the natural alternative to steroids


Obviously supplements specifically designed to enhance your manliness is what we’re talking about here, in case you ended up here by accident (like this is even possible). And yes, I DO believe that testosterone boosters are indeed a fairly cool way to substitute injecting your ass (literally) with synthetic T.

Do you wonder if they can match the sheer potency of the banned thing? Haha, no chance bro! And I’m not saying it in a sarcastic manner, the truth itself is that supplements can and NEVER will match the effectiveness of anabolic steroids!

If that’s discouraging you from making the most of your manhood, you’re free to somewhere else – somewhere where they advocate artificial hormones… This site will always remain geared towards natural, over-the-counter methods of raising one’s testosterone, dealing with lower levels of it and the plethora of associated consequences!

From my point of view, even if T boosters never even come close to what synthetic testosterone might give me, I value my health an awful lot more than being bigger at the expense of my balls becoming shriveled like a prune.

Now that I got this off my chest and hopefully you managed to realize that you can’t expect steroid-like results from supplements, I think we should move on to the next HOT topic!

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Can you expect any serious side effects from them?


Honestly? Like, really? I’ve got a solid background in terms of taking testosterone optimizing supplements over the years and I can give you a precise, personal intake on this matter. BUT, let’s first take a look at what most of the “experts” in the field generally point to, when talking about adverse effects of such products:

  • Acne
  • Increased aggression
  • Liver toxicity
  • Kidney damage
  • Headaches

I don’t know about you guys, but to me, this sounds like what’s written on the label of 99% of the prescription drugs on the planet! Well, maybe excluding the acne and aggression part… still, you catch my drift. Too generic and non-specific to cause any concern whatsoever.

I’ve come across only a few cases of guys complaining about allergic reactions. These are generally a rare occurrence. So I’d say that your chances of having an allergy of some sort to one of the ingredients are close to your chance of winning the lottery!

My own experience with these supplements speaks…

Even with the crappiest testosterone boosters that I’ve tried in my time, I must confess that the only so-called “sides” that yours truly has experienced were some elevated irritability and more aggressive behavior.

Being more dominant equals more manliness, which translates to you having more of your primary male hormone. Aggression is totally connected to that and pretty much what you might expect from more androgen activity in your body! Although if you light up fast, then aggravating this side of yours could be problematic for your and others around you!

“Government’s first duty and highest obligation is public SAFETY”

– Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold’s words are spot on – he only forgot to add testosterone boosters somewhere next to safety!

So you think these products are all moonlight and roses then? Well, not all of them folks!

Testosterone boosters are not created equal!


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Unless you live in la la land or perhaps you’ve been on some HEAVY drugs, then it should be crystal meth (see what I did the…) clear that there are boosters and BOOSTERS!

When you end up with a bottle of some underdosed, poor quality crap manufactured by a shady company, not even Chuck Norris would be able to assist you. That’s why you absolutely should gather enough info about a certain product before taking it, because if something is hating by A LOT, if not all, of the people who tried it… chances are it SUCKS donkey balls!

What to look for? Proven ingredients, like the ones, listen in this post of mine. Now, I want to highlight what NOT to look for:

  • ANYTHING containing banned substances (anabolic steroids)

Before you burst into laughter, let me throw the BOMB by telling you a top secret (or not so much) information – testosterone boosting supplements that contain traces of synthetic hormones DO exist. Of course, there have been various scandals in the industry over the years, closely related to such fraudulent practices.

Corrupt and shady companies out there did (and probably still do under a different name) formulate supplements with added “bonuses” so that they’re indeed super-effective, only for the people who actually took them to find out what the real truth is.

So you better buy something trustworthy, also tried and tested before getting all hyped up! However, you could potentially wonder…

What if I DO encounter any side effects?


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Option A)
Jump off a cliff (the higher, the better)

Option B)
Enter the miss universe contest

Option C)
Check out Arnold’s top movie quotes

If you’re still among us, didn’t participate in miss universe or you’re yet to view Arnold’s coolest action movie quotes… you’ve just earned my respect mate!

Back on topic though! Let’s dive into the theoretical realm and for example, say that you’ve been taking test boosters for some time and whack – certain side effects occur!

Basically, check these aspects first before you jump into any serious conclusions about a given product:

  • Did you take it as recommended on the “directions” label?
  • Are you taking something else alongside that might interfere or be the cause of the side effects?
  • Do you drink, smoke, abuse certain powders etc.?
  • Any external factors that could be blamed instead?
  • Are you SURE it’s not just all in your head?

Come on, don’t be a shy boy! Ask yourself some or ALL of these questions so that you can receive some clarification on your situation. Judging by my past “side effects” with testosterone increasing supplements, the only real problem was always that some just didn’t do the trick – that’s what I call a TRUE side effect!

This brings me to another spicy topic – age relation!

Are these supplements safe for older folks?


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There will be no bubbles burst here, you older gents are going to love this!

Once again, IF you don’t buy the cheapest crap, filled with loads of useless garbage, chances are it would not make a difference if you’re 20 or 60. That is if you don’t have any prior medical condition that could potentially cause problems, but then again – in this case, you’re better off visiting a doc to make sure everything is functioning as intended!

Like I said earlier, more mature guys will be loving their testosterone boosting supplements because as T production declines steadily after 30, you’ve got a LOT more to gain from these products than some if not all of the younger folks out there!

And now, the time has come for the last vital question my friends, and that is…

So we all just jump into the T boosters craze?


Philosophy, philosophy… why are you so beautiful!? The short answer to the primary question though – yes and no!

As a rule of thumb, testosterone boosters, in general, are indeed a safe and natural method to raise your manhood as a whole. Unlike the juice (you the kind of juice I’m talking about), they offer natural compounds that are most of the time used in synergy to bring maximum efficiency.

No doubt that useless, pointless (everything less) supplements of this class DO exist, but they’re generally super easy to spot. Just by checking two or three reviews (if there are that many) of them and you’ll realize that these are NOT worth your time, money, health and… testosterone!

Quality testosterone supplements are money well spent – vice versa, not so much!

To wrap it up – I truly hope I managed to give you valuable answers to crucial queries! Hopefully, next time you decide to buy such a product, either check one of my reviews (like this one for example) or simply try to remember what I had told you.

Perhaps, you’ll be more confident in utilizing these natural remedies to low testosterone and so on!

Yours truly,

Simon
Founder of Testosterone Nerd
E-mail: simon@testosteronerd.com

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24 COMMENTS

  1. Simon,
    Recently, as an attempt to increase my T-level as much as possible, I decided to buy tribulus supplement, which was supposed to increase my T-level if I take it on a regular basis.
    It’s been 1 month and all I saw is the increase in my breakout. My face have been clear for awhile and now all these pimples pop up out of nowhere. On the other hand, my key lifting number has been increasing slowly.
    Do you think it’s just placebo effect ? Or do you think I should just stop the tribulus as my acne is getting really bad right now.

    • Hey again Marvin,

      Alright, so as you may already know (or not), I’m not a big fan of Tribulus to be perfectly honest with you – check my article about it for an in-depth analysis.

      Now, acne is generally connected to puberty, as the main force behind it are all the cascading hormones, testosterone being one of them. Of course, there are guys who actually enjoy (go figure) having pimples because that’s when they know their product is working. Once again though – it all varies from person to person.

      Your case sounds like Trib might be working for you, or you’re just reaping the benefits of a decent training regime – you’re the one to tell me which one of these is true! And last but not least – placebo is REAL bro! The human mind is a powerful weapon.

      If your acne is getting that bad, I say to hell with the Tribulus – just stop taking it. If the rash goes away, congratulations my friend! If not… better go make an appointment with your local dermatologist!

      Cheers and God bless,
      Simon | Author of Testosterone Nerd

  2. Hey Simon,

    Great info about the T Supplements. I’ve always been a bit worried about taking T Boosters after a bad experience with a Trib Supplement. I just went psycho and angry all the time.

    I was thinking of investing in some Testofuel. Do you think it will bring any rage?

    Also, are there any benefits for non lifters taking T Supplements?

    • Hi there Vin and welcome.

      It’s intriguing to hear more about your experience with Tribulus. Especially if you could elaborate on the going all psycho and sh!t while being on it – I personally felt jack (you know what) from that herb.

      I’ve tried and tested TestoFuel myself (here’s my in-depth review of it) and I can honestly say that I didn’t go through any moments of unnatural rage or something. Feeling more alpha for sure, the positive side of it.

      The benefits of an increase in one’s testosterone production are welcomed for pretty much ANY man out there. I don’t see why it would make a difference if you’re a lifter or not? However, lifting heavy stuff is always better than not doing anything at all and you’ll definitely enjoy the testosterone booster even MORE!

      Cheers and God bless,
      Simon | Author of Testosterone Nerd

  3. Hi Simon,
    Having been through your testosterone supplement review I have come to the terms that anybody age can take it at least from the age of 20 up. The side effect of the supplement can as well be very funny.

    When the person becomes highly aggressive due to the effect of the supplement, Is there any policy put in place to guide people like that if their aggression is high enough to harm themselves or others?

    • Hello and welcome!

      Well, it would be weird to see anyone below 20 take a testosterone booster, although there are exceptions. If you happen to be dreaded with low T levels, then turning to such supplements wouldn’t be unreasonable, no matter the age.

      Aggression is rather complex, I DO NOT think that we can grasp it in its entirety. Sure, receiving an increase in your testosterone could very well aggravate one’s aggressive behavior, but it will never a HUGE amount of difference from taking a natural supplement.

      Now steroids are a completely different story and since they mess with your whole endocrine system, you might expect all kinds of unpleasant sh!t – including beating people up before you even have the time to restrain yourself (maybe not literally, but you catch my drift).

      Cheers and God bless,
      Simon | Author of Testosterone Nerd

  4. Simon

    This is very interesting review on the safety of supplements for testosterone. Based on my understanding your stint on “the Juice” is right on. I had a friend who called himself doing a cycle to keep his size and he got big but his unmentionables shrank ( so say his X-Gfriend).

    Personally I do not take supplements. I have tried them in the past but they always ache my stomach and muck up my insides. I take a less is more approach; moderate exercise, lots of water, fresh fruits and vegetables and try to stay away from foods that are not in their original form. No one is perfect and neither are supplements.

    • Welcome Ralph!

      Had a blast reading about your friend’s gf complaining about his package shrinking! This is the drawback to getting big in an unnatural manner – unfortunately.

      Supplements are useful, but of course, they will never make you superhuman and certainly will NOT replace nutrition.

      You’re doing great in terms of your approach and I think I need to cover the subject of water in the future. Liquid is liquid and our bodies are primarily made of guess what… LIQUID!

      Cheers and God bless,
      Simon | Author of Testosterone Nerd

  5. Hello

    How does a guy know if he even needs one of these supplements, I do take some supplements such as pea protein and amino acids are these harmful to me in any way?

    Are there any supplements people should avoid when taking these supplements? What is the best supplement of this type for a guy to take in his late 50’s?

    • Hey,

      Pea protein, harmful? Depends on what’s inside the container of course, but if it really is protein then congrats – you WILL live! Amino acids are also nothing to be afraid of, as supplements in general. The only problems arise when you deal with some crappy products that have pure garbage inside. Also, don’t worry – there’s no need to avoid anything while taking protein and/or amino acids.

      As for testosterone supplements and guys in their late 50’s – anything works for you pretty much. My personal favorite so far has been TestoFuel which I’d imagine for work just as well (if not better) for older folks.

      Cheers and God bless,
      Simon | Author of Testosterone Nerd

  6. At what point should you be considering taking extra testosterone in your diet? I’m a 31-year-old male and can feel my strength and libido is not the same every day. Would a testo supplement help with this? I do agree that not all supplements are created equal and should be thoroughly researched before trying.

    • Hello!

      Not sure what you mean by extra testosterone in your diet, but I’d assume you’re not referring to anabolic steroids? Otherwise, I’d be very disappointed with you bro!

      There’s no particular age that when you hit you suddenly buy all the available testosterone boosters and indulge in endless pleasure. 31 sounds about ideal for you to take care of your manhood and optimize it.

      Supplements (the good ones) WOULD help you, no doubt. I’m writing reviews for the products that I had tried already so don’t hesitate to have a look around my site for such – they don’t bite (for now).

      Cheers and God bless,
      Simon | Author of Testosterone Nerd

  7. I found this very intriguing as I know someone who takes a prescription testosterone booster and there were definitely a lot of side effects from it. However, his physicians are hesitant about non-prescription supplements because of the other prescriptions that he takes.

    Do you yourself think that there is justified fear in using the non-prescription supplements or do you think those in the medical field are just getting kick-backs from the pharmaceutical companies? How does someone know that they are getting advice from a medical professional that is genuinely looking out for the individual rather than the pharmaceutical companies? He wants to be safe and avoid any possible negative interactions with his other medications!

    • Hello and welcome.

      Prescription T booster? That’s news to me. Perhaps you’re mistakingly referring to supplements, while your friend might’ve been on TRT – testosterone replacement therapy. It’s the synthetic version of testosterone, not harmless at all and something doctors like to prescribe.

      Testosterone boosters and supplements, in general, are OTC (over the counter) products. You can buy them freely without visiting your doc. And as unfortunate as it is, medical personnel getting kickbacks from the pharma industry is a FACT.

      You have to find a doctor that’s trustworthy and one who cares about your health – not so much for the “benefits” that he’ll receive by certain companies. That’s all the advice that I can give you. I know it’s tough to find the right doc, but there are still noble men and women in white coats!

      Cheers and God bless,
      Simon | Author of Testosterone Nerd

  8. Thanks for posting this, Simon.

    I have always believed that testosterone boosters were for men whose testosterone was decreased below normal levels. Now I know “normal” can be relative, but I think most users of steroids are not looking to increase their testosterone to normal levels. They’re looking for “through the roof” levels that give them that competitive edge.

    I like that you’re warning people that some of the supplement companies do include small amounts of steroids in their product. The reason is simple: because they work. That way they can include a bunch of other worthless crap in there, and when someone does notice a difference, they can say, “See, all this stuff we put in here does work,” when it’s actually the steroids that are doing the work.

    I’m with you. Natural is always the best way.

    • Hey Andy.

      Quite frankly, test boosters can be utilized by just about any men – no matter how low or normal their levels might be. Steroid users (or abusers) on the other hand, like you accurately mentioned, seek T levels equivalent to that of 10 healthy males – it’s a completely different story.

      Haha, talk about some products being FULL of worthless crap! In such cases, you’d beg for them to have had put some steroids inside, just so that it’d work and you could justify your wasted cash (not being serious, of course)…

      Natural it is bro, high five!

      Cheers and God bless,
      Simon | Author of Testosterone Nerd

  9. Wow you have opened my eyes up to somethings I’ve never thought of when it came to testosterone supplements. I will say that not all of them are created equal. Just like you stated in the article. I took this one brand and it gave me really bad acne. I stopped and went to another one and the acne disappeared. I will be sure to share this information.

    • Hi James.

      Sorry to hear about your unpleasant past experience with a certain product, why don’t you share the brand with everyone?

      Taking your time to gain a better understanding of a particular product before buying it is always a DECENT idea. Doesn’t matter (maybe, slightly) if you’re buying toothpaste or testosterone boosting products.

      Cheers and God bless,
      Simon | Author of Testosterone Nerd

  10. Are testosterone supplements safe? Glad I stumbled into your post. I was wondering that myself. I actually tried to use them twice. Once maybe a decade ago but had to stop because I was going thru some money problems. Then again when I got certified as a personal trainer.

    This is a topic that can get really confusing. You do a really great job of simplifying it and making it easier to understand.

    I’ll be coming back for sure to get more information on this topic.

    • Hi and welcome!

      So you’re a certified personal trainer? That’s rather cool – I’m sure some of your clients will benefit from utilizing natural T-boosting supplements. In fact, most men will!

      It’s a fact that the whole subject regarding the safety of testosterone boosters can be bewildering, but that’s why I decided to create this post – to help folks out.

      Cheers and God bless,
      Simon | Author of Testosterone Nerd

  11. Good to know that testosterone boosters are the safe alternative to steroids. Great site by the way, nicely laid out with a large variety of information and products. Very humorous and light hearted presentation for a subject I would assume is completely serious for some one looking for this information. I found it very easy and entertaining to read through. Also was easy to find all the other information through out the site.
    Louis

    • Hey there, Louis!

      Indeed, testosterone boosting supplements ARE the natural alternative to juice a.k.a. anabolic steroids. Sure, they might not be as effective, but oh boy your body and especially your endocrine system will thank you for choosing them over the banned stuff!

      Do not hesitate to check out my other articles as I’m sure you’ll find them just as amusing and informative.

      Cheers and God bless,
      Simon | Author of Testosterone Nerd

  12. People need a website like this, there are too many people taking the wrong supplements and educated person such as yourself makes a big difference. Very balanced article overall. I wouldn’t personally mess with them but if you know what your doing. go for it. Have you tried them before?

    • Welcome aboard Josh!

      Listen, mate, I think you got it all wrong here. Supplements are NOT steroids.

      Testosterone supplements are actually testosterone boosters. You won’t see me advocating anabolic crap. period.

      Testosterone boosters are natural, certainly nowhere near as effective as synthetic testosterone but your testicles will thank you for not turning to the dark side.

      Cheers and God bless,
      Simon | Author of Testosterone Nerd

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