Testosterone is an androgenic hormone present in the testes of men, which helps in the development of male sex characteristics. This hormone is present in large quantities from the time a boy enters puberty. Many do not know that testosterone is also present, in very small quantities, in the ovaries of a woman. Testosterone is also found in the adrenal glands of both men and women.
Testosterone has many functions to play in both male and female bodies, like strengthening of bones and muscles. In males, the high level of testosterone is responsible for change in voice, body, hair growth, the emergence of physical aggression, high energy levels, and sometimes short temperament. In females, testosterone is required for the proper functioning of the menstrual cycle. However, with age, the level of testosterone in the body decreases and this causes a condition called testosterone deficiency. When this happens, a person may experience fatigue, loss of body hair, loss of muscle mass and weight gain, mood swings, erectile dysfunction, low sex drive, or even impotence. To increase the level of testosterone in the body, a person may have to take testosterone supplements.
People who are found with low testosterone are given hormone replacement therapy, testosterone boosters, steroids, or creams. However, these artificial supplements are not always safe and can have many side effects. For this reason, a better alternative would be to take supplements. These supplements usually do not have any side effects and can be taken without the fear of them being harmful to the body.
Natural Testosterone Boosting Supplements
There are many therapies that help deal with testosterone deficiency but the most natural way of achieving high testosterone in the body is by maintaining a healthy and nutritious diet. Fruits and vegetables are essential foodstuffs that should be a part and parcel of the everyday diet of a person. One should also consume eggs, chicken and lean meat to improve testosterone levels in the body. Along with strawberries, cinnamon and dates, the intake of oysters, cabbage and garlic is beneficial for increasing testosterone level in a person's body. Apart from following a healthy diet, it is also necessary to work out regularly to keep the testosterone pumping.
Sometimes, testosterone in men starts converting into estrogen. Taking natural supplements like herbal medicines can help prevent this. Herbal medicines or supplements are a safer way of treating low testosterone levels. Given below are some important ingredients of the supplements that you should look for when buying one.
Note: Not all the benefits of each of these supplements have been backed by thorough scientific research. These are the benefits that are propounded by the manufacturers of supplements that contain the following ingredients.
|Chrysin||Herbal supplements containing chrysin are important for improving testosterone levels. Intake of chrysin helps in preventing testosterone from turning into estrogen. Piperine or pepper extract taken along with chrysin can prove to be more effective.|
|Tribulus Terrestris||Another common herb that is used to treat testosterone deficiency naturally is tribulus terrestris, also known as puncture vine. It is said to bring about changes in the reproductive system of men by increasing testosterone and sperm production.|
|Maca||Maca is a herb or root that is commonly seen in Peru. The intake of maca is said to be useful for increasing libido or sexual desire in men. To get the desired effects, maca has to be consumed in large quantities. However, not much has been said about the side effects of consuming large quantities of maca. It is therefore better to consult a qualified herbalist before consuming this herb in large amounts.|
|ZMA - Zinc Monomethionine Aspartate||ZMA is a completely natural supplement combined with Magnesium Aspartate and Vitamin B6 and is popularly taken by bodybuilders to enhance their build and strength. While studies have shown that some men have not fully attained this benefit, they have been able to alleviate the other symptoms of low testosterone and have felt better.|
Consumption of omega-3 fatty acids and amino acids also prove beneficial to enhance testosterone levels. Other herbal supplements containing damiana, epimedium, and L-Arginine have also been found beneficial.
The reason why supplements are encouraged is because they target the root cause of low testosterone levels in the body, which drugs are not likely to do. However, one must remember that herbal supplements may not suit certain people and so one must consult a physician before taking any of them. It is a proven fact though, that natural supplements are anytime better than artificial ones for the treatment of decreased testosterone levels.
Disclaimer: This Buzzle article is for informative purposes only and does not, in any way, intend to replace the advice of a medical expert. The dosage of each supplement varies and should be taken only after consultation with a doctor or a qualified herbalist.