Are Testosterone Boosters Safe To Take?
Testosterone Boosters are a popular form of muscle boosting supplementation, many keen bodybuilders take them to help boost their muscularity, strength and energy.
They are also used by older men (40+) to help them regain some of their lost energy, muscle tone and libido after their testosterone production reduces with age.
The question many people ask however, is are natural testosterone boosters really safe?
This article looks into the safety of these natural supplements, why they are far better than drug based treatments and a million times better that anabolic steroids.
Table Of Contents
- 1 Are Testosterone Boosters Safe To Take?
- 1.1 What Are Natural Testosterone Boosters
- 1.2 Why Take A Natural Testosterone Booster?
- 1.3 Low Testosterone
- 1.4 Are Testosterone Boosters Safe?
- 1.5 Are Testosterone Boosters Legal?
- 1.6 Can They Be Used In Competitions
- 1.7 Do Natural Testosterone Boosters Cause Any Side Effects
- 1.8 Ingredients To Look Out For
What Are Natural Testosterone Boosters
Natural Testosterone boosters (AKA test boosters or T-boosters) are dietary supplements that are formulated with natural herb and plant extracts, vitamins and natural minerals. They do not contain actual testosterone in any form and do not contain any prescription drugs.
The compounds used in their formulas, work to provide and nurture the right hormonal environment to stimulate your body into producing more testosterone from the testes.
They help to stimulate a chain of hormonal events that results in more testosterone being released into your blood stream. This process includes:
- Releasing Luteinizing Hormone (LH) from the pituitary gland. this is direct precursor to testosterone and is the compound that triggers the testes into producing more of the hormone.
- Reduces the effects of SHBG ( Sex hormone binding globulin) that can trap and bind testosterone in the blood rendering it inert and ineffective
- Lowers the amount of testosterone that gets converted into unwanted estrogen by the aromatase enzyme.
In other words, these supplements encourage and influence your body into producing more of its natural hormone, rather than forcibly adding man made or synthetic hormone directly into your body via injection or other methods.
“The best natural T-boosters contain good levels of Vitamin D3, D-Aspartic acid and Zinc”
Why Take A Natural Testosterone Booster?
Testosterone is a naturally occurring sex hormone that has both androgenic and anabolic properties.
During puberty and our 20’s it is responsible for the development and growth of our most male characteristics. Our muscles, strength, body hair, deeper voices and of course sexual development and our libido.
It also regulates our fertility, sperm quality, erection strength as well as our moods, sleep quality and also the distribution of body fat.
In other words, Testosterone is what makes us MEN.
As we start to get that little bit older, and by that comment I mean as we get into our 30’s, its quite usual for our natural testosterone production to start to decline.
Experts tell us the this reduction is around 1-2% per year.
By the time many of us reach our mid forties, up to 40% of us have lower than normal testosterone in our blood. Measured by a blood test, low T is normally diagnosed when levels in the blood drop below 300ng.dl.
The symptoms of low T can include:
- Reduced muscle tone and strength
- Increased belly fat and the development of man boobs
- Loss of sexual appetite and performance
- It also can place the sufferer at increase risk of certain metabolic and vascular diseases.
Are Testosterone Boosters Safe?
The answer to that question is a resounding YES!!
Unlike drugs and anabolic steroids, natural T – boosters do not contain any man made or synthetic testosterone.
Products using actual or synthetic testosterone (like anabolic steroids) are known to cause some terrible side effects, some that can be potentially fatal.
Natural Testosterone boosters gently point and encourage the body in the right direction so it starts to increase production of its own natural hormone.
As the testosterone is genetically matched with the body there are no adverse reactions, and the body responds positively to the increased hormone levels.
A good quality T-booster is clinically balanced and dosed, they use the optimum amounts of proven natural ingredients to maximise the effects and benefits without causing any of the health issues caused by drug based methods and steroids.
Are Testosterone Boosters Legal?
Absolutely, they only contain natural extracts that help boost testosterone, they DO NOT contain any prohormones or steroids.
Can They Be Used In Competitions
They are completely drug free and do not contain any controlled substance that is banned by the IOC or WADA (world anti doping agency).
Do Natural Testosterone Boosters Cause Any Side Effects
These are natural compounds and should not cause any side effects, that said, you must stick to the recommended dose, as if you take too much then you might experience including:
- Stomach Issues
If you did take too much and experience any of these. Simply stop taking for at least 24 hours to let your body settle down and then re-start – ensuring that you stick to the guidelines set out by the manufacturer.
The clinically developed doses in most T-boosting products are set to ensure that you take enough – but not too much.
Take any mineral, lets say Salt (sodium) as an example.
We all need a certain amount of it. It has a beneficial effect on our nerve functions, and muscle contractions to name two of its benefits.
But if you take too much you run the risk of increasing your blood pressure and possibly feeling sick.
“Its about taking the recommended dose to get the true benefits, do that and you will only experience great results.”
Ingredients To Look Out For
Testosterone boosters can be found with hundreds of different ingredients. The sad facts are that there are only a small number of natural compounds that really deliver effective results.
As a minimum requirement, look for a product that contains most of the following:
- D-Aspartic Acid
- Vitamin D3
- Vitamin B6
- Red Ginseng
MEET THE AUTHOR: My name is Paul Gardner – I am the editor, main researcher and writer for testojunction.com.
I am 59 years old and currently live in the outskirts of London.
Sport and fitness has been a massive part of my life, as a younger man I used to swim competitively. Representing the county at events both home and abroad.
I have also been an avid squash and tennis player too, and have been a keen gym goer all through my life.
I have a CPD accreditation in Sports Nutrition, and have studied and have been writing about nutrition, hormones, natural ingredients and sports supplements for over 12 years and have had articles published in many popular publications.
One area that I have a particular interest in is how hormones play a massive part in our development, fitness, muscularity, strength and of course our sexual development.