Are you wearing a perplexed look on your face? Can you imagine me advocating low testosterone treatment in men by synthetic substances? No – we can definitely throw anything containing synthetic hormones out of the window. My other similar article shares the same standpoint about treating low testosterone naturally!
Now, I don’t support any shape or form of artificiality (whether it’s related to anabolic steroids or ‘plastic’ women).
So today’s post will be focused on dealing with low T, without resorting to harmful substances.
Remember – my goal is to help you fellows treat low testosterone naturally, without reverting to the dark side.
And no, they don’t have any cookies there!
Here are 4 bulletproof methods for helping you wage war on low T without resorting to potentially harmful chemicals:
Stop drinking, stop staying up until late in the night. It’s simple, really.
Getting enough sleep is crucial and studies support this.
Men who sleep 4 hours per night have been shown to have x2 less testosterone than men who get a good 8 hours of sleep (1).
Focus on less refined foods and say no to any junk food.
Diet is key not only to a healthy lifestyle but it’s vital for our hormonal balance as well.
That’s why you should avoid foods that lower testosterone like flaxseed oil and soy.
Being sedentary is bad for your entire body.
That’s why you can tackle low T by becoming active and hitting the gym.
Research shows that weightlifting improves testosterone levels in both younger and older guys (2).
Injecting yourself with synthetic testosterone might not be the only solution to treating low T.
That’s where testosterone boosters come into play as a natural alternative.
And there are plenty of great products to choose from although my personal favorite is still TestoGen, which contains clinically-proven ingredients.
By testosterone treatment therapy, or in other words – by injecting yourself with synthetic testosterone.
That’s pretty much the same thing that bodybuilders and gym rats use to enhance their physique and strength.
Although they’re using much higher doses than what a doc would generally prescribe to anyone with low T.
Now, that might sound perfectly fine on paper, but as you might imagine, putting (or injecting) anything artificial in your body is far from optimal for your health.
Doctors prescribe TRT for guys whose T values are below the norm, although that may not always be a sound plan.
I’m not saying that you shouldn’t listen to your GP or any doctor for that matter.
But I just want to make sure that you know what the related risks to using TRT are!
Here are some of the most serious and shocking adverse reactions that may result from taking (injecting even) synthetic T:
Heart attack and stroke – Researchers have found that guys who are on TRT are at a greater risk of being struck a heart attack or a stroke (3).
Dermatologic, respiratory and cardiovascular problems – Another study shows that gents who used testosterone gel (synthetic T) experienced certain problems with their skin, heart and even breathing complications (4).
This in return reminds that a danger associated with receiving unnatural amounts of T is polycythemia (such a fancy name).
No one wants to be bored to death with over pretentious medical field words, so straight to the point we go.
It’s a case of your own body generates way too much red blood cells.
Synthetic testosterone in return HAS the not-so-awesome potential to kill you by the likes of heart attacks, strokes etc.
Red blood cells can (and most likely will) indeed multiply with the help of TRT.
This in return rings a bell – thick blood sometimes causes blood clots in arteries.
Hello, do you comprehend the possible problems connected to restricted or completely obstructed blood supply to coronary arteries or the ones supplying blood to your brain?
As already acknowledged – first is a heart attack, second a stroke.
Doesn’t take a Nobel laureate to understand that this is serious business and that polycythemia ain’t no joke.
It could very well be possibly the beginning of the end to put it more lightly if it’s not treated accordingly in time.
All of those are some NASTY things, no doubt about that. Listen, brothers, our bodies are incredibly complex and sophisticated units.
Basically, you’re not doing yourself a favor by introducing harmful chemicals into your system.
You have to weight in the pros and cons for himself when it comes down to personal decisions like smoking, drinking alcohol, taking unsafe and damaging substances etc.
Of course, when it comes down to treating the dreaded condition we know as low T, doctors might ultimately make the decision to include artificial testosterone which may come in the form of injections, pills, gels or patches.
Oh, there’s even an oral form but as you can imagine liver toxicity is a real PITA.
An intriguing question arises at this moment, which I believe you might want to be answered:
So, most folks out there can expect to produce around 4 to 7 mg every day. Did you copy that? I said, FOUR to SEVEN milligrams daily.
If you’re even slightly familiar with dosage protocols of TRT would know that a common dose of testosterone is somewhere in the 100 mg region, every week.
Now, I want you to take a wild guess as to what could possibly happen in your body when you inject more than 10 times the amount of what it normally pulls out?
Hmm, perhaps you apply for Mr. Olympia? Or maybe your skin turns green while you start to realize that you will definitely need a new wardrobe?
Ever wondered why tales exist of mega buff fellows complaining about their tiny nuts?
Hold on tight – it’s because introducing synthetic testosterone to your body, shuts down its own production of T!
A few weeks of injecting yourself with such a compound might be more than enough to shut you down.
Or in other words to completely put a stop to the essential creation of our primary male hormone initiated by your hypothalamus, pituitary gland and testes.
So after your body halts the T production which occurs naturally otherwise, what do you think happens?
Yep, your balls become lazy because you are giving your system loads of testosterone, so they shrink in an attempt to hide in shame.
Also, feel free to check my normal testosterone levels for men article if you’d like to read more about what’s normal when it comes to testosterone.
Moving on now to a much-anticipated comparison between most doctors’ favorite traditional approach and a more natural concept to treating low T.
Fellow men, introducing in the left corner, in red trunks it’s the synthetic menace and in the right corner, entering the ring in blue trunks, please give it up for… natural T boosters!
If I ever happen to be the referee for a match like this one, I’ll probably be heavily booed by the crowd because of my biased position.
Look, as much as I stand my ground in terms of my preferences towards natural means, there are some benefits related to TRT which are undeniable, alright?
By not looking at only one side of the coin, there’s a study that reveals the effect of these artificial substances in improving general health.
Men with type 2 diabetes all experienced improvements in glycated hemoglobin, total cholesterol levels as well as a much-welcomed decrease in the waste line region (5).
Other obvious positive reactions like increased sexual desire and firmer erections are also associated with higher levels of testosterone in the body, in this case, achieved by TRT.
Besides, if you have your reservations towards testosterone enhancing supplements, I have my very own post about the safety aspect of testosterone boosters!
Listen, I personally value my health an awful lot – I don’t smoke, I rarely drink alcohol (in small amounts) and I try to avoid specific foods like the plague.
Also, to be 100% honest with you, I bloody HATE syringes!
The existence of an alternative to traditional testosterone replacement therapy is a blessing in my opinion because we men now have options – options to choose from.
Summarizing this would mean that an answer to the question Can you up your T naturally? has been giving by this article of mine.
There’s enough evidence that there are indeed natural compounds that possess the awesome ability to elevate testosterone values.
Also, there are even more guys out there who are happily using them to great success.
I’ve had and still do enjoy the perks of these cool supplements! Even if there are loads (and I mean it) of so-called “gurus” and “experts” that simply ADORE bashing anything and everyone, including supplements designed to naturally up our virility.
From personal experience, I can confidently say that the most horrible side effect of a T booster has got to be… not feeling a damn thing!
And that’s only in cases where the product itself is just poorly formulated with insufficient amounts of critical ingredients.
Or even ingredients that are pretty much useless when it comes down to raising test levels.
Don’t forget to check my in-depth TestoGen review!
Of course, I welcome you to check my other reviews as well, even if not every single product that I’ve tried was top of the top – but that’s real life, not everything out there works optimally.
A haunting memory from my early gym days.
I was just walking into the dressing room and it came out of the blue – a guy was injecting “something” into another guy’s back.
Later on, I was told that the syringe was filled with some filth called “testosterone propionate” which happens to be a synthetic form of our beloved hormone.
Now, it would be probably pointless to even remotely scratch the subject of complications this man experienced and probably still is (I stopped training there).
Oh, you’re actually interested in reading more about it? Thought so, folks!
All I really want to mention is that he was experiencing unpleasant (to put it lightly) adverse effects from this synthetic crap, which he was describing as heart palpitations, chest pain and difficulty breathing.
Heck, I was even in the same boat a few years ago – I’m not proud of myself doing it and I will never repeat, but I was young and delusional.
Some negative aspects can be put in the low T category, for the sole reason that after a cycle of artificial androgens, you experience what’s known as a crash.
You’re free to check my piece of writing related to the main symptoms of low testosterone for reference.
To wrap it up, I would like to share a quote by the man playing Rambo himself!
– Sylvester Stallone
Couldn’t agree more with Sly – we should all consider this hormone an incredibly important aspect of our general well-being as men.
If Rambo himself says it’s IMPORTANT, then it must be true, right?
Have something to say concerning treating low T naturally?
Then feel free to write it in the comment section below!
P.S. This is not supposed to be medical advice – just personal intake. I’m not a urologist so feel free to seek the assistance of qualified healthcare personnel if needed.
Ever since the ancient Mayans, an intriguing question filled with mystery has been left unanswered: what is in a testosterone booster? We’re going to be changing history itself with this post. (seriously though, Mayans were probably using T boosters in their days, don’t you think?).
I’ll do my best to bring that sought-after information on the table so that you can pat yourself on the back after you finish reading this post and say with a loud voice “I finally KNOW what’s in those fancy supplements!”.
And just a reminder, don’t forget that I’ve also written an in-depth article regarding what a testosterone booster is!
For a start, I would like to point out that our beloved boosters are natural products formulated with safe ingredients.
That means zero nasty anabolic steroids and other similar banned compounds.
So don’t sweat it guys, you absolutely shouldn’t worry about WADA (world anti-doping agency) knocking on your door, demanding explanations.
Testosterone boosters contain only natural and/or chemical compounds that have been approved by the FDA – there are no banned substances or anything illegal here.
In a nutshell, natural testosterone increasing supplements, for the most part, consist of the following (or a combination of them) things:
Vitamins and minerals
And no, T boosting supplements don’t contain Kryptonite, moondust, preserved sweat from Arnold’s face during the infamous “get to da Choppa!” scene in Predator or a ‘best of a compilation’ of Justin Bieber’s love songs.
Basically, certain ingredients are proven to up our primary male hormone values.
For example, Vitamin D is our best friend here, and the more upmarket testosterone boosters DO include this awesome vitamin in their formulations.
Which brings me to another subject…
Here are 4 key ingredients that are part of many top-rated T-boosting supplements:
It’s an acid (oh, really?), an alpha acid – in fact, it’s an alpha-amino acid.
Our bodies are producing D-AA on their own, and this is why it falls under the “nonessential” amino acids category.
Also, It can be primarily found in the testes.
Don’t let words like “nonessential” discourage you though.
This has to be a favorite of mine when it comes down to test boosters because It still has a major role In the synthesis of T in men.
The trick behind this acid is that It acts as a neurotransmitter that catches the signals from your pituitary gland.
Then it gives them a fast ride all the way to the Leydig cells located in your grapes which lead to the conversion of cholesterol into big old’ testosterone.
There’s a handy study done by some Italian folks, the conclusion being that D-AA did increase T levels of both pro athletes and guys with lower testosterone (1).
It should also be noted that the first group used DAA only short term for more optimal results, while the low T men were on D-Aspartic Acid for much longer.
I’ve taken quite a few supplements containing this type of amino acid, and I must say that I’m a total sucker for it!
Some of the proven T boosters with clinically-backed doses of DAA include my personal favorite TestoGen (also check my TestoGen review as I did a complete 30-day cycle with it).
Another strong player with a lot of experience in the field of testosterone supporting abilities.
This beauty of a supplement contains a smart combo of Magnesium, B6 vitamin and last but not least Zinc.
There’s clinical support to the supposed effectiveness of ZMA regarding its anabolic properties, apart from It often is referred to as being a viable sleep enhancer (2).
We all know that a positive impact on our sleep Is crucial for a lot of bodily functions:
From repairing muscle tissue from vigorous training to increasing GH (growth hormone) when its levels are at the highest point – during night time.
Also, these days It’s not too hard to experience a deficiency of two minerals mentioned in the text above.
For example, classic white bread and refined sugars can have an adverse impact on the values of Zinc and Magnesium in the organism.
That leaves little doubt as to why ZMA has been a staple in mоst guys’ T-boosting stack these days and what most manufacturers include in their formulas.
We all love the beautiful sensation of the sun elegantly touching our skin, don’t we?
Argh, I’m sure that reading the last sentence completely shattered your testosterone production and all androgenic activities in your body came to a halt.
Good, this is where our dear buddy called vitamin D comes to the rescue!
Excluding the jokes but exposing yourself to direct sunlight (direct, not through your double glass windows) stimulates the production of this awesome vitamin.
To be more precise what proves to be most vital is the UVB (ultraviolet) concerning your body deciding to stack on some more Vit D.
Enough with general info as we move onto the good news for those of us looking at this fat-soluble vitamin as an additional weapon in our testosterone boosting arsenal.
When something is backed by research, it has the edge over other not-so-proven compounds.
Now, some German researchers found spectacular evidence about vit D’s T-boosting properties.
After prolonged use of this vitamin, men who supplemented with 3332 UIs every single day for a total of 365 days managed to raise their T by more than 25% than the controlled (placebo) group (3).
Also, other researchers came up to the conclusion that older fellows who take vitamin D have a less chance of suffering from low T levels (4).
That’s more than enough proof for me. Vitamin D is a keeper in my book!
Don’t make associations with the name.
It’s a plant that’s mainly produced in the far east, most notably in India.
That has got to be the new bad boy in the scene when It comes to raising your testosterone levels naturally.
That’s why I decided to leave It last because I wanted to give it the much-deserved attention!
Now, people In India are mostly using this as a way to spice up their meals and also for preparing curry.
But Fenugreek has not only taken the bodybuilding world by storm – it actually has proven benefits when it comes to natural male hormone optimization.
Inhibiting aromatase and reductase is another great aspect of Fenugreek.
Why? Because these enzymes breakdown testosterone in our bodies and we want less of that.
A research done on the subject has concluded that the extract of this plant, does indeed elevate testosterone values (5).
And not only that, all of this comes with the added bonus of a decrease in body fat.
There’s also an increase in androgenic action that’s associated with Fenugreek use.
Speaking of body fat and body composition, there’s also a study exploring the possibilities of this great plant affecting muscle mass, strength and body fat (6).
The conclusion was a positive one, pointing out that the test subjects experienced an increase in muscle strength and an overall improvement in body composition.
For me personally, that’s more than enough to highlight the powers of Fenugreek and its testosterone boosting capabilities!
Hooray for these fenugreeks (or whatever)!
Even though Tribulus is widely used in an awful lot of test boosters, as unfortunate as it is –
Well, Tribulus is most definitely not a very effective (if at all) ingredient for optimizing your natural T production.
This is unfortunate because this herb is widely used in an awful lot of test boosters.
That’s why touching the Tribulus subject is like walking on the thin ice simply because there are way too many contradicting opinions on its testosterone enhancing properties.
If you are interested in a more in-depth approach to this ambivalent herb, then you can check my article titled is Tribulus Terrestris a T booster?!
It should be noted (again) that I personally DO NOT believe Tribulus is an actual testosterone-boosting supplement!
Right, this was my intake on this tricky topic.
Optimistically my attempt to educate you in a sense when it comes down to what exactly is inside of a testosterone booster was not in vain.
Also, do keep in mind that like I already said around 024835678 times, these supplements are not banned or illegal, so they are safe to take.
If you still have doubts, I’ve got a pretty neat article lined up for you – it’s entirely dedicated to one thing – are testosterone boosters safe?
After reading it, I’m positive that you’ll have new friends (not literal ones, unfortunately) to help you with your testosterone goals.
Now – do you now feel confident in trying a testosterone boosting supplement? Leave a comment and let us know!
So, what is a testosterone booster exactly? It is something you eat, is it something you drink, is it something you inject yourself with? Hey, perhaps you simply… INHALE it? These are real-world questions from real people, who happen to have absolutely no clue about what these supplements do and what purpose they serve. You can also read more about what these products consist of in my What is in a T booster article.
Testosterone boosters are a specific category of dietary/sports supplements that are designed to naturally enhance one’s own testosterone production.
Also, there’s lots of confusion regarding natural products for increasing T levels and banned substances (e.g. steroids).
So let me clear something up – testosterone boosters are NOT illegal and above all, they’re NOT anabolic steroids!
These products are perfectly legal to buy, natural and since all T boosters are supplements.
They’re regulated by the FDA (US food and drug administration) too and they are not considered drugs.
Well, some boosters come in tablet form, while others in the form of capsules and some come in powder form.
Even more interesting is the fact that there are even T-enhancing supplements that are sold in liquid form.
However, one aspect is shared among ALL of them though – they are all taken per orally (through the mouth)!
There are exceptions to the rule of course – let me give you a prime example.
EFX’s Test Charge is one of those extravagant T boosters since it comes in liquid, capsule and tablet form! Talk about being different.
Perhaps they should’ve added something to inhale in the formula.
These so-called boosters are a natural solution to a primal craving for many men – a way to up their testosterone production without resorting to harmful, synthetic substances.
We just don’t want to dance with the devil and join the dark side by introducing anabolic steroids or prohormones into our mortal bodies, right?
Testosterone boosting products are completely legal, and they are available without a prescription, which means that these supplements practically fall under the OTC (over the counter) category.
So you’re probably thinking that our manhood enhancing supplements are in fact as easy to get as your daily multivitamins? Boom, spot on!
Yes, not all testosterone enhancing supplements are created equal.
While the purpose of all of them is to naturally optimize your T levels, there’s a difference in how they actually do that.
For example, these products have different formulations (ingredient profiles).
Generally, they can be put into two broad categories:
Multi-ingredient (they feature more than one key ingredient)
Single-ingredient (they contain only one key ingredient)
I believe it’s safe to say that combined products are much more recognizable, familiar and you are much more likely to run into one of these modern formulas that contain at least a few different T-boosting compounds.
Thus, taking into account the fact that two heads are better than one and we can clearly carry this wisdom into the world of testosterone enhancing products.
When it comes to testosterone boosters. more is better – especially when quality and quantity go hand in hand!
And this brings us to…
Yes, multi-ingredient products have the advantage most of the time. That’s because they have more active ingredients that work in synergy to deliver better results.
What do I prefer though? My personal preference has always been (since the day I started supplementing with such products) multi-ingredient testosterone boosters! Basically, something along the lines of TestoGen (also, don’t forget to check my detailed TestoGen review).
That is NOT to say that I’m totally anti-standalone versions of such supplements, it’s just that I believe in the saying “the more, the better.”
That does NOT apply to certain aspects though, like overweight ladies for example (sorry, it’s just not my thing).
And this fantastic conclusion brings us to another, a rather exciting and informative element related to today’s main topic: synergy!
Synergy is a word that dates back to ancient Greece and it means “joint forces for optimal efficiency”.
In our case, when manufacturers formulate their products, they carefully combine different substances which act synergistically.
This way we can get more bang for our buck and last but not least – supplements that are more effective.
Of course, there are situations when you might want to buy a single-ingredient testosterone booster since you will know the exact amount of a given ingredient you are getting per serving.
That can prove to be worth it if, for example, you are only interested in a single substance and/or you absolutely require an accurate dosage.
Synergy = testosterone boosters that are more potent and powerful!
Note that some products are hiding behind proprietary blends, which is a problem since you don’t really know how much you’re getting of each ingredient.
Still, there are T-enhancers that get the job done, even without disclosing the separate amounts of ingredients inside.
Alright, moving on now – let me shed light on another tricky question regarding our topic:
Most of the modern test boosters last anywhere from 20 to 30 days, meaning that some of them will last an entire month.
And please, don’t think that it’s such a “brilliant” idea to not use the recommended dosage protocol.
Yeah, you might save a few bucks by taking only half a dose.
However, chances are you’ll be getting half the results too (if not even less)!
Been there, done that.
There’s a reason why (besides marketing) manufacturers put their recommendations for how to take your testosterone booster when to take it and so on to reap the optimal benefits from using it.
Especially big companies have whole laboratories, teams of scientists, doctors, nutritionists and other experts so one could assume that these fellows know a thing or two about the products they come up with.
You want to take the maximum quantity listed by the guys who formulated the stuff, to make sure that you’re receiving enough of the essential ingredients.
Some of them are even recommended to be used for 4-8 weeks if you want to get serious with elevating your primary male hormone levels naturally.
Don’t let this discourage you though! And please, always follow the suggested daily dose for optimum results.
According to science (1), there might be certain side effects associated with these supplements under particular conditions.
Most notably – when consumers don’t follow the instructions given by the manufacturer on the product’s label.
Basically, there’s nothing concrete when it comes to studies and specific side effects that may result from taking test boosters.
There are only assumptions and some of the “experts” in the field even mention the following adverse effects:
Of course, you might encounter theses if you’re taking anabolic steroids.
However, if you’re using supplements from a reputable brand and as per the directions on the label, I’m pretty sure that you’ll most likely not even encounter ONE side effect.
I’ve personally used countless of these products over the years and I don’t recall experiencing even a single adverse reaction.
You take them by following the directions on the label, simple.
Every supplement has a recommended dosage and ‘how to use’ section, provided by the manufacturer.
So, please – guys, folks, ladies and gentlemen, every supplement meant to raise your testosterone naturally is unique and possesses its directions for usage.
There IS NOT a one and only method which works universally for every single product and me proposing a general technique for dosing your booster would be totally preposterous!
I’ve heard a dozen so-called fitness “gurus” throwing wild advice on how to dose your T booster actually, no matter what it contains or what’s written on the label.
I’m talking about ridiculous things like waking up at a particular time in order to take it, slapping yourself a few times then opening a bottle with your eyelids and such, before consuming the dose suggested to you by Mr. Know It All.
Okay, I probably went a tiny, little, insignificant bit too far with the last sentence, but my point is simple:
You should, without any doubt read labels and directions for the products that you’re buying – this apparently holds true for everything, not just testosterone boosting supplements.
I would be pretty glad If I managed to clear things out for you folks and also renounce general misconceptions concerning the King of Hormones and more precisely my weapon of choice – T boosters.
From my standpoint, the mind-boggling question what is a testosterone booster now has valuable answers provided for you.
Listen, testosterone boosters work and they’re no longer a mystery to you – cheers to that!
Whether you’re into boosters with loads of active ingredients or you’re a lone wolf who prefers singularity, it’s all up to you fellows!
Just make sure you inform yourself well before you proceed to buy anything – that’s WHY I’m here, after all!
This reminds of another subject that left uncovered in this piece of writing, but it doesn’t mean that I neglected it!
I’m sure that many of you are wondering – are testosterone boosting supplements safe?
Yes, they’re perfectly safe since they’re 100% legal – as opposed to the harmful anabolic steroids.
If you want to discuss this (or that) further or just have a question, don’t hesitate to drop me a comment down below!