T is most often associated with sex drive and plays a role in sperm production. It affects everything from your mood to bone and muscle mass to the way men store body fat and even red blood cell production.
It's in every man's best interest to optimize your body's ability to produce it as long as you possibly can, and the combination of a healthy diet, strength training, and proper supplementation can do just that.
Vitamin D3 (as cholecalciferol): Vitamin D is a fat-soluble nutrient and one of the 24 micronutrients critical for human survival. The sun is the major natural source of the nutrient, but vitamin D is also found naturally in fish and eggs. It is also added to dairy products.
Supplemental vitamin D is associated with a wide range of benefits, including increased cognition, immune health, bone health, and well-being.
Supplementation can also reduce the risks of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and multiple sclerosis. People deficient in vitamin D may also experience increased testosterone levels after supplementation.
Vitamin D needs to undergo two conversion steps to become active.
First, it is converted to calcidiol, or 25(OH)D, in your liver. This is the storage form of the vitamin. Second, it is converted to calcitriol, or 1,25(OH)2D, mostly in your kidneys. This is the active, steroid-hormone form of vitamin D. Calcitriol interacts with the vitamin D receptor (VDR), which is found in almost every single cell in your body.
When the active form of vitamin D binds to this receptor, it turns genes on or off, leading to changes in your cells. This is similar to how most other steroid hormones work.
Vitamin D affects various cells related to bone health. For example, it promotes the absorption of calcium and phosphorus from your gut. But scientists have recently discovered that it also plays roles in other areas of health, such as immune function and protection against cancer.
An increase in testosterone has been noted in men with 3,332 IU of Vitamin D over the course of a year.
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Byroviron (Bryonia Lacionosa): Bryonia Laciniosa is an Ayurvedic herb used traditionally as an aphrodisiac and pro-fertility compound, touted to increase masculinity and enhance youthfulness during aging.
It works by increasing Luteinizing Hormone (LH), Follicle-Stimulating Hormone (FSH) and Testosterone. The mechanism of action is hypothesized to be through hypothalamic stimulation, due to the above three hormones all increasing.
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Effect of ethanolic extract on serum hormones level (FSH, follicle-stimulating hormones; LH, luteinizing hormones). The serum testosterone, luteinizing hormone, and follicular stimulating hormone was significantly increased in all the treated groups. Int J Impot Res. 2010 May-Jun;22(3):190-5
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Safed Musli (50% saponins): Safed Musli (chlorophytum borivilianum) is a rare herb long used in traditional Indian medicine as an aphrodisiac and adaptogen (a botanical that improves the body’s ability to adapt to stress whether physical, chemical or biological.
Research shows that Safed Musli improves serum testosterone, sperm count and sperm motility. It also has been shown to relieve stress. Research also demonstrates that all parameters of sleep were improved in controlled research studies.
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Magnesium (as Magnesium Aspartate): Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in your body, and your body can’t work properly without it. About 60% of the magnesium in your body is found in bone, while the rest is in muscles, soft tissues, and fluids, including blood.
In fact, every cell in your body contains it and needs it to function. One of magnesium's main roles is acting as a cofactor or "helper molecule" in the biochemical reactions continuously performed by enzymes. In fact, it’s involved in more than 600 reactions in your body, including:
5-Alpha-Hydroxy-Laxogenin: This is a naturally occurring steroidal sapogenin taken from Smilax Sieboldii, a plant related to asparagus, and is similar in structure to ecdysterone, another widely supplemented plant-derived anabolic compound.
5-Alpha-Hydroxy-Laxogenin belongs to a family of plant-based steroids collectively known as brassinosteroids, which are present in varying quantities in the seeds, leaves, and pollen of a number of plants and foods.
Plant steroids act through a completely different pathway than human steroid hormones. They attach only to the cell surface, which sets off a signal to increase muscle building to the inside of the cell.
More specifically, they activate a protein, known as AKT1 or protein kinase B, that enhances muscle building and prevents the breakdown of muscle proteins. Additionally, natural laxogenin derivatives block the enzyme that breaks down cAMP (phosphodiesterase). This increases cAMP levels, enhancing fat breakdown and activating the fight-or-flight (sympathetic) response.
Zinc (as mono-L-methionine and aspartate): Zinc is considered an essential nutrient, meaning that your body can’t produce or store it. It is the second-most-abundant trace mineral in your body and is present in every cell so you need to get a constant supply through diet or supplementation.
Zinc is required for numerous processes in your body, including gene expression, enzymatic reactions, immune function, protein synthesis, DNA synthesis, wound healing, and growth and development. The main mechanism of action for zinc is that it enables the male body to produce testosterone.
Zinc not only impacts the level of testosterone but may cause a loss of the ability to detect subtle chemicals that induce arousal. Therefore, your levels of zinc may affect erectile dysfunction.
DHEA: DHEA is a naturally occurring hormone and either exerts benefits on its own, or can convert into testosterone depending on the body's need. DHEA supplementation is potent for reducing the 'effects of aging.
Its effects are driven by the actions of testosterone after this conversion occurs, as well as the DHEA molecule itself. DHEA decreases with age and it’s estimated up to 80% decrease throughout adulthood. Levels begin to decrease around age 30.
Research demonstrates that acute supplementation of DHEA prior to exercise is able to promote levels of free testosterone independent of changes in testosterone in middle-aged men and prevent a decline of free testosterone during exercise. Research also shows that DHEA may increase libido and sexual function.
Total testosterone response after an acute bout of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) for middle-aged and young control men during DHEA and placebo trials
Free testosterone response after an acute bout of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) for middle-aged and young control men during DHEA and placebo trials
Vitamin B6 (as pyridoxine Hcl): Vitamin B6, also known as pyridoxine, is a water-soluble vitamin that your body needs for several functions. Your body cannot produce vitamin B6, so you must obtain it from foods or supplements.
It’s significant to protein, fat and carbohydrate metabolism and the creation of red blood cells and neurotransmitters. Consuming adequate amounts of vitamin B6 is important for optimal health and may even prevent and treat chronic diseases.
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BioperineTM (Black Pepper Fruit Extract): Bioperine is the active ingredient in black pepper that contributes to that unique spice you taste. Black pepper has long been regarded as beneficial to one’s health throughout history.
Now with the help of modern science and clinical research, more Piperine benefits are being discovered. Here are just several of those science-backed health benefits of black pepper extract.
Boosts absorption of nutrients: Black pepper may increase the absorption of essential nutrients like calcium and selenium, as well some beneficial plant compounds, such as those found in green tea and turmeric.
Effect of piperine on the production of proinflammatory mediators. Higher levels of piperine significantly reduced pro-inflammatory mediators
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