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Remember when you were 18? Your body naturally produces large amounts of testosterone, giving you energy, stamina and an increased libido.
As you age these levels slowly begin to decline. At about 25 years of age your body slows down its production of testosterone and from as young as 30 men’s testosterone levels drop by about 2% each year.
Low levels of testosterone in men has been linked to symptoms such as lethargy, low energy, irritability, low libido, erectile dysfunction, decreased bone density and mood changes.
Testosterone is the hormone that is necessary for male development and is responsible for generating bone and muscle density.
It plays a key role in maintaining important bodily functions such as sperm production, red blood cell production and fat distribution.
Why is testosterone important for bodybuilding?
It is crucial to the development of muscle tissue, and therefore a healthy testosterone level is essential for bodybuilders or anyone wanting to increase their muscle mass.
Improved gym performance is one of the first things you will notice when using a testosterone booster.
Someone with higher levels of testosterone will have an increased ability to synthesize protein and therefore enabling muscle cells to utilize protein in order to repair and rebuild.
Most testosterone boosters contain natural and clinically proven ingredients that increased testosterone levels, in a natural safe way, without causing hormonal imbalances or compromising your health.
Benefits of testosterone boosters?
They promote stronger muscles and increased muscle mass, decreased abdominal fat, elevated moods, increased hair growth as well as boosting your libido.
Having an increased testosterone level also improves your testosterone to cortisol level ratio.
When functioning at normal levels, cortisol is a hormone release during a ‘fight or flight’ reaction prompted by a stressful situation. But high doses of cortisol actually erode muscle whereas testosterone promotes muscle development.
Testosterone in women
Even though testosterone is a hormone that is often associated with men and being ‘manly’, women have just as much to gain from a testosterone booster.
Testosterone is a hormone found in both men and women, in varying degrees.
Aside from all the previously mentioned benefits, including muscle regeneration, increased energy levels and increased libido, many women have often found that taking testosterone boosters have aided them in regulating their menstruation, reducing the menstruation period, reducing cramping and bloating and reducing acne.
Common ingredients used in testosterone boosters
Some of the more popular compounds used in testosterone boosters include:
- Tribulus Terrestris, is a vine growing in warmer climates. When taken as a supplement it is said to increase natural testosterone levels.
- DHEA, or dehydroepiandrosterone, is an endogenous steroid hormone that is produced in the adrenal glands, the gonads and the brain which is said to increase free testosterone levels.
- ZMA, or Zinc monomethionine and aspartate and Magnesium Aspartate, is a supplement for athletes and bodybuilders that is said to increase testosterone levels.
- Eurycoma longifolia, has been shown to reverse the inhibitory effects of estrogen on on testosterone production.
- Chrysin, is said to increase or stimulate the production of testosterone.
Finding a testosterone booster that works for you is important. What is right for your friend, or workout partner, might not be right for you.
What you want and need will depend on things such as body type, gender, age and you goals.
So don't just buy the first one you can get your hands on, or the one your workout buddy is using.
Shop around, talk to an expert in a supplement store or your doctor and make sure you’re buying one that is most suitable for you.