What are we looking at?
Testosterone Boosters are a form of herbal or otherwise legal supplements. Testosterone boosters have the set intention of increasing testosterone levels in the body. These boosters come in many different shapes, sizes, colours and sources. However, their potency, effectiveness and legitimacy is often challenged through personal anecdote, clinical trial and research. We outline some of the products on the favoured side of this debate and attempt to unblur the lines that surround testosterone boosting supplements on the market.
Why use supplements to boost testosterone?
Testosterone reduces by about 1-2% per year, from sometime in your 30’s. The bioavailable testosterone in your body deceases at a slightly quicker rate than this. However, this broad rule can be misleading as individual cases will vary. Some people maintain a higher level of testosterone later into life while other some people of a similar age see levels drop faster. Contrary to popular belief, a stimulus from training alone is not enough to promote growth or development of muscle tissue. One study concluded that “post-exercise increases in hormones such as IGF-1 and Testosterone cannot be used as proxy markers for hypertrophic potential in human skeletal muscle”. In layman terms, these increases alone aren’t enough to act as a stimulus for muscle growth or development. However prolonged increase of a continue heightened level of testosterone is beneficial in many ways!
What can you expect from the use of testosterone boosters?
Increasing testosterone levels in the body can assist with the following:
- Increased libido
- Boosted recovery potential
- Higher strength
- Improved recovery times
- Enhanced Metabolism
- Lean muscle development
Despite the non-hostile nature of testosterone boosters there is still the suggestion for those supplementing to cycle these products. This allows the body a reprieve from what is promoting test or discouraging estrogen for a period of time. A two week break after 6 weeks of supplementation is generally recommended.
What we would suggest to promote testosterone production or promote healthy levels of testosterone are as follows:
- Vitamin D supplementation
- (year-round supplementation has shown serum vitamin d levels can increase test)
- ZMA products
- (Zinc, Magnesium and B6, research suggests there is a significant anabolic effect to ZMA. Differences between a study where participants took ZMA and others took a placebo there was a 30% increase in testosterone in those supplementing with the product.)
- D-aspartic acid
- (A regulator of testosterone synthesis, it may act on a stimulatory receptor. Note: this response to d-aa is only temporary which is why cycling and limiting it use is promoted.)
- (A plant extract used to boost testosterone, increase male fertility, aid with nutrient absorption, reduce fatigue and aid with muscle adaptation.)
Do not confuse testosterone boosters with steroids.
Testosterone can naturally decrease as a result of any of the following:
- Inadequate sleep (either quantity or quality)
- High stress living or work situations
- Excessive consumption of drugs and alcohol
- Large and prolonged consumption of BPA (a chemical found in plastics, receipts and some kitchen items)
- All products will vary per individual
- Some individuals may not need testosterone boosters due to naturally high levels of testosterone or could be predisposed to medical conditions rendering these products less useful for them
Our favourite Testosterone Booster is Alpha Mars by ATP Science
References for further investigation/light reading:
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