Several stores and companies shower us with different vitamins to boost testosterone and supplements that are geared toward boosting our metabolism, losing weight, and giving us energy to help us accomplish our daily tasks to our fullest potential. But what many people don’t fully understand – or often avoid altogether – is how our hormones change as we age and what this change does to our bodies.
Testosterone, for instance, is the male hormone secreted at the moment of fetal production, but declines in its amount after the age of 30. This decline, general around 1% each year after 30 years, can contribute to several factors such as fatigue, muscle loss, fat storage and a lower sex drive.
This leads many men to seek treatment and learn more about what they can do to optimize their testosterone levels as they age.
Sure, taking a multivitamin is easy and there are plenty to choose from, but what exactly does each vitamin contribute to? Better yet, what vitamins play a role in the functionality and distribution of testosterone as we age?
Below is a list of several vitamins (and even herbs) and their relationship to testosterone, giving you a better understanding of what you can do to boost your testosterone and vamp up your life.
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It’s As Easy as A, B, C – and D and E to Find Vitamins to Boost Testosterone
According to an article on (1), vitamins A-E are key contributors to boosting testosterone levels.
Vitamin A is found in several places in our bodies, but low vitamin A levels in the testes has shown a quicker drop in testosterone and even a rise in estrogen levels.
Vitamin B Complex in its absence has also shown an increase in estrogen and even prolactin levels. Therefore, it plays a key role in helping to increase testosterone when needed.
Vitamin C is known for its protection of the testosterone molecules thanks to its use as an antioxidant. It can even protect against rising cortisol levels due to stress.
Vitamin D can be given in a 3332 IU dose that can increase testosterone levels by up to 25 percent. This is a huge boost that will contribute to several other boosts such as bone strength and energy. The study, found on (3) showed that the men in the study not only increased their levels of testosterone, but also lost excess weight, which was what the study was aimed at in the first place. This significance in statistics showed the link between Vitamin D and testosterone levels in the blood, and also in receptors found in the testes.
Vitamin E works similarly as it boosts serum testosterone levels, and just like the vitamins above, a deficiency in vitamin E is also a dip in testosterone levels.
A little magnesium can go a long way
Studies have shown (1) not only a connection between the intake of magnesium and an increase in testosterone, but also that it has a positive relationship with testosterone in the first place. Just 10 mg of magnesium can boost testosterone levels by 24 percent. While many people are more familiar with vitamins A-E, magnesium is available in supplements and food such as fish, dark leafy greens, seeds and nuts, and even dark chocolate.
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Zinc isn’t just for the immune system
Both vitamin C and zinc have been linked to helping a person battle cold and flu season. But (1) zinc has also been shown to be one of the leading nutrients for testosterone production and the endocrine system in general. A deficiency in zinc can mean a deficiency in many things, including a low testosterone.
Calcium doesn’t just build strong bones
Interestingly, (1) studies done on calcium clear back in 1976 showed that calcium can stimulate the synthesis of testosterone, and it also has a positive relationship between the body’s hormones and cells. Now, nearly 40 years later, studies show that while calcium doesn’t necessarily boost testosterone levels while the body is in a resting state, it does increase these levels after working out.
Selenium as a hormone booster
Similar to magnesium, selenium is found in many foods like fish, oysters and seeds, and is even found in pork, lean beef and whole wheat bread. Selenium (1) has a glutathione-stimulating component that has a connection with the increase of testosterone production and sperm parameter enhancement.
A unique approach to boost testosterone levels through herbs
If you’re looking for an alternative to taking vitamins or other treatment therapies, an article (2) offers a list of ways to boost testosterone levels through different herbs.
An herb called Malaysian Ginseng (Eurycoma longifolia) is a plant native to Southeast Asia as it is extracted from tall shrub trees in the region and has been used as an aphrodisiac long before our developed world. For low testosterone levels, this plant can naturally increase the androgen hormones, and is praised for its anti-diabetic, anti-microbial, anti-fever and ant malarial components.
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Another herb called Puncture vine (Tribulus terrestris) can be found in America, and it has also been used to naturally increase testosterone through grinding its fruits and leaves into teas or other supplements. A safe dose of this plant falls between (2) 85 to 250 mg three times a day.
If you’re considering the use of herbal supplements, the main precaution is to consult with your doctor about the levels your body may need or benefit from to boost testosterone levels. It is also important to do research and ask your doctor about the different products available, as many of them do not need to be approved by the FDA, creating room for danger and/or ineffectiveness.
For many people, the idea of treatment therapy for testosterone is a scary endeavor. Luckily, we have hundreds of vitamins, herbs and supplements that can increase testosterone levels in a natural, affordable and easy way. The first step to taking a multivitamin or eating a balanced diet is to understand the roles and processes of them and their effects on one’s hormone levels.
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