Not long ago, we discussed some supplements that support higher levels of important hormones for men. Today, we’ll look at natural supplements that may help boost your testosterone levels, too.
In that first article, I mentioned that lower testosterone levels in men usually lead to more flab and less muscle. Well, it’s a lot less muscle.
Doctors in Belgium studied 372 men, aged 20 – 85. They found the older volunteers had 46 percent lower testosterone… and 18.9 percent less fat-free mass. That’s 34 pounds to a 180-pound man. But these men didn’t just lose weight… because they also packed on more fat.1
Those are the kinds of changes that come with declining testosterone levels.
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And why it’s good to know about herbs and other natural supplements that could help slow – or even reverse – the trend.
1. Tribulus terrestris:
A lovely yellow flower from Asia called Tribulus terrestris – or puncture vine – has shown promise in several studies.
Researchers in Singapore gave Tribulus to rats and primates. Testosterone shot up by 51 percent in the rats… and by 52 percent in the primates.2
In a human study, researchers gave a Tribulus extract to 75 men. 45 of them had erection problems.
The extract promoted higher levels of DHEA – a chemical your body uses to make testosterone. And the men with erection problems reported a 60 percent jump in successful sexual intercourse.3
2. Long Jack:
In animal studies, another Asian herb – Long Jack – helps boost testosterone levels.4 I haven’t found any human studies on Long Jack and testosterone specifically… but what I have found is still very impressive.
For example, researchers gave Long Jack to 75 men with fertility problems. They found significant improvements in the men’s sperm quality after just 3 months. And during the trial, 11 of the volunteers’ wives got pregnant.5
3. Antler velvet:
Another impressive “herb” isn’t really an herb at all. But the Chinese have used it for centuries to boost male potency.
Antler velvet is the soft “fuzz” that coats a deer’s growing antlers in the spring. The velvet contains the blood supply for the new antlers, which grow at an amazing rate. (A buck may grow a rack that spreads well over 3 feet – in one season.)
Perhaps it was this amazing growth rate – and that only male deer grow antlers – that led the Chinese to prize velvet for male problems. But in recent years, interest in antler velvet has spread around the world.
There isn’t much research published on antler velvet and testosterone. But I’ve seen reports of Russian athletes – especially weight lifters – using velvet for big boosts in muscle power.6
In one of the few studies I’ve found, Canadian researchers gave antler velvet to a group of college football players and police recruits. When they were tested, the volunteers’ testosterone levels had gone up by 500 – 600 percent.
This increase was so high, the researchers had an outside lab test the velvet for steroids. The results came back negative.(7) So the effect appears to have been from the velvet alone.
All three of these herbs are widely available.
1 Vermeulen, A., “Testosterone, body composition and aging,” J Endocrinol Invest. 1999;22(5 Suppl):110-6.
2 Gauthaman, K. and Ganesan, A.P., “The hormonal effects of Tribulus terrestris and its role in the management of male erectile dysfunction–an evaluation using primates, rabbit and rat,” Phytomedicine. Jan 2008;15(1-2):44-54.
3 Adimoelja, A. and Ganeshan P., “Protodioscin from herbal plant Tribulus terrestris L improves the male sexual functions, probably via DHEA,” Int. J. Impotence Research. 1997;9(supp 1).
4 Zanoli, P., et al, “Influence of Eurycoma longifolia on the copulatory activity of sexually sluggish and impotent male rats,” J Ethnopharmacol. Nov 12, 2009;126(2):308-13.
5 Tambi, M.I. and Imran, M.K., “Eurycoma longifolia Jack in managing idiopathic male infertility,” Asian J Androl. May 2010;12(3):376-80.
6 Duarte, A. and Abdo, J. “Velvet Deer Antler, The 2000-Year-Old Medicine,” Life Extension Magazine.
7 Church, ]., “Testosterone and velvet antler,” Canadian Elk and Deer Farmer. Winter 1999;6(1):41-42.
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