As men we think of testosterone as the driving force to our “manhood”, but testosterone has many more functions.
Functions of Testosterone?
Testosterone is a sex homrone that is produced in the testicles and travels in the blood stream to various parts of the body where it controls:
- Muscle mass:Testosterone increases muscle mass and allows men to work out more explosive and efficient.
- Fat distribution: Testosterone helps inhibit fat distribution. A recent ongoing study showed that fat trapping within cells were slowed down by Testosterone.
- Bone density (thickness of your bone): One year of testosterone treatment significantly increased volumetric bone mineral density and estimated bone strength in men aged 65 years and older, according to data published in JAMA Internal Medicine.
- Hair distribution: The transformation of testosterone into Di-hydro-testosterone DHT, causes alopecia (baldness). This is why high levels of testosterone causes baldness. A drug like Proscar blocks Testosterone’s conversion to DHT which preserves hair.
- Sperm production: Testosterone is needed to help produce healthy sperm.
- Sex drive and sexual satisfaction: Testosterone is one of the factors that controls the desire for sex and the ability to maintain an erection. A man with low Testosterone may suffer from ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION. and a low sex drive.
What is considered a low Testosterone?
A low testosterone is medically termed hypogonadism. Your provider will do a few blood tests to determine what is your testosterone level.
The first test is called a total Testosterone. A Total Testosterone is a blood test that is done in the morning or a couple hours after waking up. It is the amount of Testosterone attached to protein. This Testosterone is not always available for use. A normal total Testosterone is 300-1000. A level below 300 is part one to a diagnosis of hypogonadism.
The next test will be a Free Testosterone. This lab let’s your provider know how much Testosterone is traveling inside your blood stream without proteins attached to it. It is the free or available Testosterone. A Free Testosterone level is normal if it is 100-700. A level of less than 100 is part two and the final part needed for a diagnosis of hypogonadism.
What are my options if I have hypogonadism?
There are many options regarding prescription dosing:
- Injectables: More efficient but does carry higher cardiovascular risks for those at risks.
- Transdermal (skin patch). Applied to the scrotum once a month. Safest route due to cardiovascular issues. (72$ a month)
- Transdermal solution: (applied under the arms). Risk that other people could get in contact with the drug.
- Androderm: (skin patch). Applied every 24 hours, More agitating than a regular skin patch. (89$ a month)
- Transdermal gels: Most expensive ($300 a month).
There is also gum, pellets placed under the skin, and intranasal spray.
Team with your provider and see if testosterone replacement would be correct for you.
Risks from Testosterone supplementation
- Testosterone replacement can cause acne or worsen acne.
- Testosterone can cause BENIGN PROSTATIC HYPERPLASIA (BPH) and worsen preexisting prostate cancer.
- Testosterone can enlarge breast tissue of men who supplement.
- Testosterone can decrease the amount sperm produced and cause hair loss.
- Testosterone causes an increase in red blood cell production, which causes your blood to thicken. This “thickening” of the blood could result in a blood clot, pulmonary embolism, and HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE.
What about Testosterone Boosters?
Testosterone Boosters are Supplements that contain certain herbs and vitamins that are suppose to naturally boost the body’s Testosterone.
The key to a good Supplement is the ingredients. No Supplement is going to cure and my job is not to diagnosis but I have formulated a great Supplement.
The ingredients in Man of Health’s Vitality Test Booster are:
- Magnesium: There are studies that show that Magnesium and exercise together can cause a natural increase in Testosterone production. Remember we are supplementing your natural Testosterone.
- Zinc: A study showed that men who have a zinc deficiency may have low Testosterone levels. The study found that men who received 30 milligrams of zinc per day showed increased levels of free testosterone in their bodies.
- Tribulus Terrstris: Research shows that it does not increase Testosterone, but research shows that it does increase sexual libido. Some researchers found that when men with reduced sex drives consumed 750–1,500 mg of Tribulus terrestris daily for two months, their sexual desire increased by 79%. However, other reports showed significant improvements in erections and sexual satisfaction with a dose of 1,500 mg per day. (12Trusted Source).
- Chrysin: is a flavoroid that has hype in the body building world for it’s ability to increase Testosterone but now ithe studies are continuing. chrysin occurs naturally in honey and mushrooms.
- Horny Goat: is another flavonoid that has been shown to increase Testosterone in animals. The supplement has long been used in Chinese herbal medicine as an aphrodisiac.
- Long Jack: Taking Eurycoma longifolia (Long Jack) you have to love the name has research that shows that it improves sexual desire in men. It has research that shows that it may help with erectile dysfunction.
- Saw Palmetto: Has many uses. One of the uses being studied is the effect it has on DHT. Saw palmetto may block DHT that causes hair loss. Blocking DHT can help maintain Testosterone levels in men.
- Hawthorn berry: It is a berry that is loaded with antioxidants. Hawthorn is also a key ingredient in commercial hair loss products. Hawthorn does have heart benefits.
- Cissus quadrangularis: There are studies that show that cissus quadrangularis may help strengthen bones.
Man of Health has put together the best supplements possible to help slowdown “Manopause”. As with any Supplement make sure that you consult with your provider before purchasing.