By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness
January 23, 2013
- Is sick, tired and weak in your future?
- How low-T affects your brain, bones and longevity
- Reclaim your health… and your manhood
If you’ve kept up with the past few issues, you may just now be realizing how vital testosterone is to your long term health and well-being.
Sure, it’s hugely important.
Your drive and ambition in the bedroom is a big part of what defines you as a man.
We’ve also talked about the effect declining testosterone levels have on your cardiovascular health and blood sugar. And you have to admit. Being stuck in a hospital bed after a heart attack or stroke isn’t going to do anything good for you male ego, your bedroom performance… or your quality of life.
As far as your blood sugar is concerned, getting stuck with an insulin needle before meals is another bruise to your manly image.
The truth is all of us men want the world to see us as strong, virile and potent. I don’t know a single man who wants to appear weak, sick, tired or impotent.
With that in mind, I hope you’ve already started taking steps to naturally improve your testosterone levels and defeat these very serious threats to your health. I’ve already given you several recommendations. And today you’ll get a few more.
First, I think it is very important to talk about a few other health threats associated with low testosterone. And I guarantee you this; not a single one of these health concerns is going to make you feel strong or manly.
For instance, did you know…
Low T increases your risk of Alzheimer’s disease. I love being a doctor. But there are some very hard moments I have to face. One of them is explaining a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease to a patient and their family members.
This illness is particularly disturbing. It robs people of so many important brain functions. It steals away your memory, verbal skills, physical orientation and so much more.
In recent years, we’ve discovered testosterone levels are linked to Alzheimer’s. Low-T often appear 5 to 10 years prior to diagnosis of this mind-robbing disease. It’s even been suggested amounts of free testosterone can be used as a predictor of Alzheimer’s.
It appears low testosterone levels may be one of the risks promoting the production of amyloid beta in the brain. This is the protein that causes the build-up of Alzheimer plaques, often called “amyloid plaques.”
However, men with higher free testosterone levels have been shown to have better results on visual, verbal and memory tasks.
They also have better long-term memory.
Osteoporosis and bone factures are related to testosterone levels. Here’s something I’ll bet you didn’t know. Men with lower levels of free testosterone are more likely to have osteoporosis. They also have more osteoporosis-related fractures than men with healthy levels of T.
Researchers believe part of the problem may be an over abundance of something called sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG.) As men age, SHBG levels rise and free testosterone levels fall.
This is a double-edged sword because testosterone binds with SHBG. And if what little testosterone you have gets tied up, there is less free testosterone available to perform its job.
In studies, low levels of testosterone combined with rising SHBG levels result in an increase of osteoporosis in middle-aged men. It also reduces bone mineral density and results in more instances of osteoporotic fractures.
Your manly hormone may define your mortality. Numerous studies show that men with low testosterone have shorter life spans than men with higher levels. The most striking research involves 868 male veterans over the age of 40. The average follow-up period was just over 4 years.
52.7% of the men had normal testosterone levels. 28% were equivocal (they sometimes fell in the normal range, and sometimes fell in the low range.) And the remaining 19.3% had low levels. The men with low testosterone had an 88% increased risk of death compared to men in the normal range.
It’s both alarming and unsettling to realize one little hormone could have such a huge impact on your life, health and well-being. That’s why it’s vitally important to restore your testosterone levels as soon as possible.
I’ve already given you several tips. In the first article of this series ,you learned about one of the most common causes of low testosterone product; estrogen mimics. I also told you about two supplements that help reduce estrogen dominance. Chrysin (150 mg. daily) and DIM (diindolylmethane, 100 mg daily.)
In the second part of series ,you discovered how a full night’s sleep, resistance exercise and weight loss can all improve your testosterone levels.
Today I am going to tell you about some of the best supplements in the world that can help restore natural levels of testosterone and boost your manhood.
If you look on the internet, there are a lot of supplements that say they can boost your testosterone levels. But only a handful of the ingredients used in these products have any proof behind them.
Here are a few of my favorite recommendations that provide a high-octane boost to your testosterone levels:
Tongkat ali. In a human study published in Andrologia, tongkat ali helped 55% of the patients reach normal testosterone levels. It also helped reduce complaints about male aging symptoms from 89.5% to only 28.3%.
It’s believed tongkat ali stimulates the Leydig cells in the testes to produce more testosterone than they normally would. About 96% of testosterone production occurs in the Leydig cells. But it decreases by about 44% in older men. You kick testosterone production back into gear by taking 100 mg daily.
Tribulus Terristris. What Tribulus does best is increase levels of luteinizing hormones.
These are a special class of hormones that fire up your body’s testosterone factory. Studies show Tribulus may increase testosterone by 29 to 51%. I recommend 250 mg each day.
Vitamin D. Men who have normal levels of vitamin D have much higher levels of testosterone. They also have lower levels of SHBG.
Remember! SHBG ties up your testosterone so it’s not free to do its job. So lower SHBG is a good thing. I prefer supplements that contain vitamin D3. 1,000 to 2,000 IU daily should do the trick. However, if you’ve had your levels tested and find you are deficient, you may need up to 5,000 IU a day.
DHEA is a hormone produced naturally by the adrenal glands. Your levels peak in your late teens to mid-20’s and begin their slow decline with age. The body converts DHEA into male and female sex hormones, such as estrogen and testosterone. 50 mg. a day should be sufficient.
There is no reason to wait any longer. If you’re serious about your health, your life and your manhood, you’ll want to get started with the changes I’ve outlined in this special series.
And stay tuned, as new research unfolds, I’ll be sure to update you.
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