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What is Testosterone Booster?
Testosterone is what makes men as well as men. It gives us the ability to build muscle and aggression to be competitive. Testosterone has many other benefits because it can keep you in a good mood, prevent depression, make you stall in bed, and provide you with overall well-being.
Men begin to see testosterone levels slowly decline after age 25 and see larger drops after age 34. When testosterone drops, men may see a decrease in libido, greater difficulty in building muscle mass, and changes in mood.
Testosterone boosters are supposed to be designed to boost free testosterone in men with deficiency. The idea is that it can help restore testosterone levels back to a healthy level and eliminate low test symptoms.
Are they legit?
The short answer is, no, not really. Most over-the-counter products on the market that claim to boost testosterone are greatly exaggerated, and are usually a type of proprietary blend that they claim will boost free testosterone. There are some ingredients in these products that have benefits in testosterone enhancement but they are usually in small doses which will have little effect on your test levels.
What Testosterone Supplements Work?
- Aspartic acid – Hey. DAA has been shown in studies to increase testosterone slightly in men over a short period of time, 12 days, and has shown increased testosterone in infertile men by 30 to 60%. Continued use shows testosterone numbers eventually return to baseline.
- zinc – Studies have shown that men with zinc deficiency have been able to increase testosterone levels with supplementation.
- Vitamin D One study showed that men who consumed 3,332 IU of vitamin D daily during the year experienced an increase in testosterone.
- Mucana – Testosterone levels increased significantly in infertile men, and no studies have been conducted on fertile men.
- Fenugreek – One study shows a slight increase in testosterone but a significant increase in libido.
- DHEA – One study shows an increase in testosterone in young athletes, aged between 19 and 22 years.
- Creatine – Studies have shown an increase in test levels up to 15% during supplementation.
- Tribulus terrestris There is some weak evidence of increased testosterone in infertile men.
(I just provided supplements that have evidence of success from human studies. There are many supplements with studies on mice that show an increase in testosterone but I feel it is worthless to be listed here.)
There are many other health benefits that come with taking some of the supplements listed above. If you are infertile, there are many options available to help increase fertility and testosterone. If you have blood work and are found to have low levels of testosterone, this may be a good first step to see if you are deficient in zinc and vitamin D.
The only proven way to increase testosterone
There is no supplement on the market that will boost testosterone levels dramatically unless you are infertile or lack some vitamins or minerals. Most of the products out there tricks usually contain the above ingredients. Some supplements are fantastic in increasing libido or increasing fertility, but they do little in the form of enhanced test levels. The only real way to increase testosterone levels high enough to build muscle is through either steroids or TRT, testosterone replacement therapy.
The pros and cons of steroids that I will provide for another day, but if you feel that your testosterone levels are low, you can find a chart Normal test levels here, Contact your doctor and see if TRT is the right choice for you.