Testosterone boosters: Just exactly what are they? We know that taking steroids can possibly lead to health problems, and the fact that they are illegal makes them a danger to own. We also know that steroids have inconsistencies in quality since their illegality means that most steroids are produced in people’s basements.
So is there a good alternative to steroids? That’s where testosterone boosters come in. The whole goal of steroids is to increase your natural testosterone levels to help cut fat and develop muscle. Well, a testosterone booster does just that, but in less significant and less harmful methods. They generally use natural ingredients as well. The biggest benefits to using testosterone boosters are the consistency in quality you will get from bottle to bottle since they are legally produced.
Most people believe that they don’t need testosterone boosters. Have you ever walked into a building that have signs saying that it may cause cancer? Probably. In fact, male testosterone levels have been at an all time lows in the last 50 years, as we become exposed to millions of estrogen inducing chemicals from foods to buildings.
Then the question becomes which one actually works? So many companies advertise these testosterone boosters as the quick and easy fix. The problem is with so many ingredients in each of them, we have to break down what are actually in these boosters to see if there is scientific backing to their claims. So here are the top 8 most common ingredients that testosterone boosters have. Let’s see if they actually work!
The first thing is to have a complete understanding of testosterone. There are two types, Free testosterone and total testosterone. The one that gives us the anabolic effects we look for is based on free testosterone.
So anything that raises free testosterone is a plus. Anything that produces more luteinizing hormone is also a plus since this is what directly affects free test levels.
8 Common Testosterone Booster Ingredients
1. D Aspartic Acid (good)
D-AA for short, D aspartic-acid is a type of amino acid. Amino acids are the building blocks that make up protein. There are 22 amino acids currently known, and D-AA is a type of the aspartate amino acid. D-AA is actually found mostly in the testes of men. It works by controlling all the factors in releasing LH (Luteinizing Hormone). Since an increase in LH leads to a direct increase in testosterone, we can confirm that any good testosterone booster should have D-AA.
Here’s a study that shows how D-AA worked in the short term length for Male humans.
2. Anacylus Pyrethrum (neutral)
A relatively unknown ingredient in testosterone boosters, it does have potential to be a good testosterone booster. Many people in southeastern asian countries have been using it for centuries to increase sex drive, as well as a food spice. Although much isn’t known about it, the use by the asian culture for centuries indicated that it’s something that can’t hurt you in any significant way. Consider it a bonus it you find it in your favorite testosterone booster.
There was one study done that showed an increase in sperm count and testosterone levels HERE
3. Boron (good)
Boron is actually a rare earth metal that is quite uncommon to find and is sparsely located in our world. Although it isn’t considered an essential mineral, humans have been getting less of this nutrient over time. As farmers farm on the same land, it decreases the amount of boron left for us primary consumers. The study shows that it is something that we can benefit from supplementing. In fact, testosterone levels rose considerably after consumption. If you see boron in your testosterone booster, you can tell they’re on to something good! There is one caveat since it’s such a trace mineral in our bodies. DO NOT over consume this ingredient!
Here is a study showing it’s promising results
4. Cordyceps (good to have as a secondary ingredient)
These are actually a sac fungus that can be found high in the Himalayas. These mushrooms can actually grow on the backs of caterpillars! As gross as that sounds, ancient traditional medicine have been using this for years to increase longevity, more endurance, and its anti cancer properties. Although there has been significant evidence that Cordyceps improve the testosterone levels of a man, they have been shown to increase endurance levels as well as stamina! This could in turn lead to better gains, so this is another one of those “it can’t hurt to have it situations”.
5. Holy Basil (Not very useful)
Holy basil is different from the normal basil that you can find in your kitchen. Unless your Thai. Used in traditional Thai cuisine, it is considered a great herb to increase mood and health in Thailand. There are many uses for Holy basil, but i don’t think it belongs in a testosterone booster. It may boost testosterone levels by the amount of zinc in it, but if you’re low on zinc, buying a zinc supplement will be just as effective and much cheaper.
6. Horny Goat Weed (Bad)
You’ve probably seen this at your local sketchy liquor store selling these pills for “improved sex”. That’s probably where they should stay. They have been shown to help with erectile dysfunction. And thats about it. Even then it’s just based off the chemical Icariin. The biggest problem is that this has actually never been studied on humans. The closest was rats, where it was shown to work. But rats aren’t that similar to the human body, and anything that uses this as the main ingredient you should stay away from. Unless you have erectile dysfunction, but the purpose of this article is finding effective testosterone boosters.
Click here for the study on the rats
7. Maca (Terrible and useless)
Here goes the supplement industry again. If you see this product in your testosterone booster, back out and get a refund. There actually have been studies done on this one, and it has not had any effect whatsoever in raising testosterone levels in males. In fact the only reported beneficial aspect of Maca is the libido enhancer. Maca is also nutrient dense and is great for your body, but it just doesn’t have any effect on testosterone. Stick to broccoli.
Study is here on Maca not raising testosterone. You can find plenty more online confirming this.
8. Longjack (Those with low testosterone will see GREAT benefits)
This is a very well known ingredient in many testosterone boosters. The problem is that there hasn’t been a study on long term on a healthy male adult population. All the studies so far have been done on adults with low testosterone. In this case, adult males with low testosterone had amazing results, so there is definitely potential. The fact remains whether it is useful for healthy adults.
Study done on those with low testosterone.
Hopefully this helps you on your quest to getting stronger! Remember that not everything you see advertised works as is. There are a lot of biased studies that are payed for from the very same companies who need these studies to sell their goods. Try to sort through the bullshit using the above to make sure that there is proof your testosterone booster works! If you need any other ingredients researched, leave a comment below!