Testosterone is the most vital male sex hormone. It helps the body produce male characteristics and maintain adult male health. Low Levels of Testosterone affect a man’s sex drive, physical abilities, attitude, and mood. Unfortunately, about five million American men have low testosterone and are not seeking treatment. With so many excellent hormone boosting options available, living with Low T is no longer necessary.
Testosterone enhancing products including some natural supplements and herbs when used with testosterone replacement can help boost a man’s low testosterone levels back to normal range.
Natural Herbs That Increase Testosterone Levels in Men
Herbs are natural ways to boost testosterone levels. Ginseng, yohimbe, saw palmetto, nettles, maca root, catauba, Tribulus terrestris, and pycnogenol are a few of the many herbal formulas used to boost testosterone, increase energy, stamina and endurance, boost a man’s sexual desire, and help temporarily increase levels of testosterone.
Many natural testosterone boosters are applauded by athletes, weightlifters and bodybuilders for their ability to help build muscle, trim their waist, provide definition and burn excess fat. If you are getting on a testosterone program, then talk to your hormone doctor before beginning Low T treatment if you are taking testosterone supplements as part of your health care regimen so your doctor can properly incorporate them as part of your HRT program.
Testosterone Booster Ginseng
Ginseng has been a component of Chinese medicine for thousands of years. Today, a host of healers in every culture use ginseng for various medicinal purposes. Commonly used to treat sexual problems, ginseng is known for its ability to boost energy, reduce stress, and increase stamina. Several types of ginseng exist, all of which are widely used. American ginseng is grown in the mountain regions of the United States and cultivated on ginseng farms. Asian ginseng roots are dried and used in capsules, tablets teas, and extracts. External preparations may also be used for topical treatments. The active chemical compounds present in the root are useful for boosting testosterone, endurance, and treating conditions like erectile dysfunction and hepatitis C.
Testosterone Booster Yohimbe
Yohimbe is an herb derived from the bark of the yohimbe tree, native to western Africa. Used for sexual dysfunction, as an aphrodisiac and to increase testosterone, build muscle, ease anxiety and aid weight loss, the herb is available in tablets, pills, and teas. Applied topically, yohimbe is an anesthetic. When smoked, yohimbe produces hallucinogenic effects. Anxiety, high blood pressure, headache, insomnia, and other complications may result from its use.
Testosterone Booster Tribulus Terrestris
Tribulus terrestris is an age-old remedy used in Ayurvedic medicine as an aphrodisiac and health tonic. Tribulus increases testosterone levels by boosting the level of Luteinizing Hormones (LH), which stimulate testosterone production. European folk healers found the herb helpful for treating headaches, nervous disorders, constipation, and sexual difficulties. In other cultures, the plant was used to reduce blood pressure and cholesterol levels and treat liver and cardiovascular conditions. Today, the plant is popular among athletes and bodybuilders for its ability to boost testosterone levels and build muscle. Also called caltrop, puncture vine, yellow vine, and goat head, the plant grows in peculiar places like roadsides and uninhabited places. Its multiple stems produce prickly green crowns. The plant can be found in southern Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia, and the United States.
Testosterone Boosters: Stinging Nettles, Catauba, Ginger, Carao, Epimedium or horny goat, Cayenne Fruit & Maca Root
A highly concentrated extract from the nettle root provides a unique mechanism for boosting levels of free testosterone. European research has identified constituents of the stinging nettle root that bind to SHBG in place of testosterone reducing SHBG’s binding of free testosterone.
Catauba from the Brazilian rainforest is also a natural testosterone booster.
Maca Root contains a chemical called p-methoxybenzyl isothiocyanate, which has testosterone boosting properties.
Ginger increases the level of testosterone and helps increase blood flow to all body parts, including the genitals.
Epimedium or horny goat weed is used for treating fatigue and for boosting testosterone.
Carao, a fruit from Costa Rica, a natural remedy for anemia, also helps increase testosterone levels.
Cayenne Fruit helps burn fat and boost testosterone while stimulating blood flow by strengthening the heart, capillaries, and nerves.
Testosterone Booster L-Arginine Amino Acid
L-Arginine helps to increase testosterone and enhance nitric oxide synthesis fostering muscle growth and increasing blood flow to the erectile tissue in the penis by making blood vessels dilate or expand resulting in harder erections.
Zinc and Selenium help boost Testosterone
Zinc helps the male body maintain normal estrogen levels so the system can focus on the better use of testosterone. A good daily zinc supplementation entails 15mg to 25mg per day. Selenium is a complementary testosterone boosting supplement.
Reducing SHBG to help Boost Testosterone
Many herbs boost testosterone, some stimulate the genitals through increased blood flow to the penis. Others reduce SHBG, which binds up free testosterone or bioavailable testosterone in a man’s body. Some of the advantages of increasing free testosterone by lowering SHBG is that it will not cause any of the possible negative side effects of increasing total testosterone alone. A man will still have the same amount of total testosterone, only more of it will be available to his body.
Herbs and supplements that actively reduce Sex Hormone Binding Globulin can help improve mood, increase libido, reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, and help tone muscle.
One herb is Avena Sativa (Oat Straw Extract), which contains Avenacosides. Another is Urtica Dioica or Stinging Nettles, which has been shown to reduce both SHBG and the female hormone prolactin. The herb Ptychopetalum is native to the Amazon rainforest. The indigenous name for the genus is Muira Puama, which means “potency wood”. In a 1990 study conducted by Jacques Waynsberg at the Institute of Sexology in Paris, 62 percent of men who took Muira Puama extract noted an increase in sex drive and 51 percent of participants reported an increased ability to have an erection.
Some herbs reduce prolactin and estrogen – both female hormones. The Mucuna Puriens herb, also known as velvet bean or cowitch increases L-dopa to the brain, which converts to dopamine and decreases the female hormone prolactin, which can increase due to a decrease in testosterone levels. Studies have shown that Mucuna Puriens leads to an increase in Luteinizing Hormone (LH), testosterone, and a decrease in prolactin. For men, estrogen plays an important role in sperm production and bone maintenance, plus supports fatty tissues and brain function. However, the amount of estrogen needed by men to support these important bodily functions is very small and men can build up excess estrogen in their systems for a few reasons. One is the enzyme aromatase found in tissues throughout the body will turn testosterone into estrogen. The aromatase enzyme is found in body fat and men with more fat will produce more aromatase enzyme and have higher estrogen levels. Men with higher estrogen levels will have lower testosterone levels. Therefore, reducing the amount of body fat and estrogen is important to maintaining higher testosterone levels.
Freeing up bound testosterone by reducing SHBG is very good as part of a holistic approach to help boost testosterone and can be used along with Testosterone Replacement Therapy program if your doctor recommends this as part of the program.
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