We must talk about what goes into the boosters to help them work the way they do. There’s a wide range of materials available in different testosterone boosters, and you must know the basics of them before you get your booster. We will list some that we believe help your testosterone levels the most.
Fenugreek may sound like an ingredient for a wizards potion, but it’s actually a very helpful plant, There’s nothing Greek about this plant though, don’t let the name confuse you. This plant comes from India. The plant is usually used to create pickles, curry, and some pastes, but this plant has great anabolic properties that should be taken advantage of. One study in Texas looked at the effects this plant had on the strength and muscles of men that are in training. Interestingly enough, they found that both the placebo pill and the fenugreek pill boosted testosterone levels in the first four weeks, but the fenugreek group saw a significant increase in strength and muscle growth even after eight weeks of use. This is why scientists believe that this plant could help you push through your plateaus, and could help you with the growth of lean body mass.
We’ve all heard of zinc and magnesium, and they are commonly found in testosterone boosters. They are often combined in something called ZMA. This compound is a blend of zinc monomethionine aspartate, magnesium aspartate, and vitamin B-6. This name is common on the ingredients list, and if you used any kind of supplement before you probably already recognize it. It is even found in sleep aids! It helps our body achieve deeper levels of sleep, but it also helps our muscles grow and our testosterone raise. But why should you use such common ingredients? Many athletes actually suffer from zinc and magnesium deficiencies, mostly because the body cannot naturally replenish the levels after an intense workout session. When you lack these two minerals, you could suffer from a low anabolic profile, poor immune system and even increased cortisol levels, which all lowers your strength and impairs your performance. There was also a study conducted about the effects of ZMA, and the conclusion was that the group taking the actual pill saw an increase in strength, testosterone levels, and energy, while the placebo group actually saw a decrease! So it’s safe to say that this ingredient definitely boosts your testosterone levels.
Ashwagandha is one more thing you may see. Ah yes, our witch potion is almost complete! The weird name of this herb means “the smell of a horse”, and it’s said that it gives you that much strength. This herb with a funny name is gaining popularity fast and is used both in recovery products and in testosterone supplements. This herb was popular for centuries in a kind of ancient Indian healing called Ayurvedic healing, and they say that ashwagandha is an “adaptogen”. An adaptogen is something our body can use to help us adapt better to stressors. Many people use it to lower their cortisol levels, to control anxiety and fatigue levels, but it is believed that this plant can potentially raise testosterone levels. The evidence is limited since it’s quite new, but there have been studies claiming that it leads to muscle growth and better testosterone levels. This herb can even help you sleep better, and it can boost your libido as well.
D-Aspartic Acid, or D-AA, is an amino acid that is naturally found in Leydig cells, which reside in the testicles. This amino acid is a messenger that tells your brain to convert cholesterol into testosterone. So in theory, just by drinking this acid your testosterone levels should increase. Scientists found that people who took approximately three grams of this amino acid for 12 days had an increase of testosterone by 42%. The group taking the actual pill instead of the placebo even had lingering effects after they stopped drinking the pill, where their levels were increased by 22%. But one more study found no increase in testosterone levels at all. So what’s up with the difference? This is probably thanks to the initial base levels of testosterone, and the fitness level of the person taking the amino acid. So don’t worry about the supplement not working, you just need to keep at it.
Tribulus terestris is also something you may see written on your bottle. This ingredient is definitely one of the more popular ingredients for testosterone boosting found on the market. This is actually an extract from a plant found in most of the world. This plant has something called steroidal saponins that can potentially increase testosterone levels. It works by stimulating the pituitary gland, promoting the levels of luteinizing hormones, which can increase test levels. Tribulus can also boost nitric oxide production, helping your workout regime even more.
Longjack is one more herb you may see sitting inside of your pills. It is found in Indonesia, and they think that it too increases testosterone levels. It is believed that longjack captures and binds SHBG, preventing it from using up testosterone. SHGB, also called sex hormone-binding globulin, does just what the name suggests – it takes up all that free testosterone and renders it useful. So longjack will increase the levels of free testosterone circulating in your blood by taking it away from SHBG!
EFAs or essential fatty acids are also found in many boosters and supplements. They may not be directly responsible for testosterone boosting, but they do help our body function properly, which can increase the levels all by itself. Besides providing lifters and builders with extra energy, there is evidence that shows EFAs improve the fat metabolism, create a healthy sex drive and of course help with the production of testosterone.
DHEA, or dehydroepiandrosterone, is an ingredient that has found itself as the topic of many controversies, simply because we cannot agree whether it is natural or not. This hormone is found in our bodies, and it is secreted our adrenal gland. Since it is a hormone, it will influence androgen receptors both directly and indirectly, which then convert to both testosterone and estrogen. So, DHEA is considered to be a neurosteroid. Old people do not have a lot of DHEA levels in their bodies, and the younger they are the more DHEA levels you have, so the more testosterone you will get. This is why people older than 30 should take DHEA, to always be at their peak. It is still not known whether it works or not when taken as a supplement, and many organizations ban it, so if you compete in any kind of sport you may not be able to use supplements that have DHEA.
You can even find anti-estrogens in your test boosters. Many men do not know that they too have estrogen in their bodies. When you want to build muscle mass, you shouldn’t look at just testosterone levels, but also the ratio of testosterone and estrogen. If you want to have the best gains, your goal should be to raise your testosterone as much as you can, while keeping your estrogen levels low. The problem begins when your levels rise a lot though because once they do, an enzyme called aromatase will start converting all of that extra testosterone into estrogen. This process is actually how most males actually end up with estrogen in the first place. Luckily, there are supplements out there that will suppress estrogen-creation and you can work out safely without worrying about estrogen.
DIM, or diindolylmethane, is created when we digest indole-3-carbinol. You can find DIM in many
Cabbage like vegetables, and is partly responsible for the health gains they provide us with. DIM has a magical property that speeds up the metabolism of unwelcome estrogens. This quicker process means that estrogen won’t be in your body for such a long time, and it will be excreted through urine.
Chrysin is a flavonoid that comes from the passionflower family. Apparently, it can inhibit aromatase, which of course is responsible for converting estrogen to testosterone. This is why chrysin is so popular in the bodybuilding community.
Nothing in this world is perfect, and neither are testosterone supplements. They do come with some side effects, so be prepared before you take them.
The side effects of boosters are definitely not as dramatic as they would be if you took pure testosterone. First things first, boosters could bring back all of those skin problems you had once you were a teenager and full of the hormone. So be ready to face off with your old enemy, the zits!
Testosterone may also cause an enlarged prostate. This could cause your urine stream to be reduced to a dribble, so don’t be surprised if you see this.
Some people report that their sleep is interrupted when they take the boosters. Red blood cell masses could even increase, increasing your oxygen efficiency. This is a good thing when you work out intensely, but it could slightly increase your risk of heart disease.
And the mix of those ingredients can cause headaches, the jitters, stomach aches and everything else you might expect when taking supplementation at all. But don’t be afraid of testosterone boosters. You can always take them and try them out, and see how good they work for you.