By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness
May 7, 2018
- Low T: More than a problem in the bedroom
- The problem with testosterone replacement therapy
- 4 herbs to boost testosterone levels
If you suffer from low testosterone, it could be affecting much more than your performance in the bedroom. Low T is associated with energy loss, decreased muscle mass, mood swings and all sorts of other things that can make any man feel miserable.
To make matters even worse, testosterone deficiency may also contribute to the development of many chronic medical conditions – sometimes multiple chronic health conditions – in men 20 years of age and older. This is especially true if you’re between 20 and 40 years of age, or over 60.
In particular, your blood pressure, triglycerides and risk of cardiovascular disease all go up with low T. Your chances of arthritis, diabetes, stroke and depression also rise. And the probability that you will experience two or more of these health problems at the same time goes up considerably.
Considering that about one out of ever four men over 30 is estimated to have low testosterone levels, this is extremely alarming news.
But prior to taking any drastic measures – such as opting for testosterone replacement therapy – let me fill you in on a few things you should know about first.
The Problem with Testosterone Replacement Therapy
The idea behind testosterone replacement therapy, or TRT, seems simple enough. At first glance it sounds like you’ll simple be replenishing your natural stores of T via a patch, injection or cream.
Well it’s not really that simple. Most testosterone replacement therapies use “fake” testosterone. They’re not real hormones. Rather, they’re manmade synthetics… nothing like the natural testosterone flowing through your body.
Plus, they come with a horrible side effect. These therapies appear to increase your chances of developing a blood clot by about 63%. These clots can cause a heart attack, stroke, organ damage and even death.
As a result, I don’t recommend standard TRT to may patients. Instead, I advise them to seek natural alternatives before even considering dangerous testosterone therapy.
4 Herbs to Boost Your T
One of the reasons your testosterone levels may be falling is an increased exposure to feminizing chemicals that mimic estrogen. These are called xenoestrogens. And they might just be hijacking your testosterone.
You see, these estrogen mimics are constantly working against you. They build up in your body where they block the normal production and activity of testosterone.
At the same time, they increase estrogen levels – working hard to feminize you in any way they can.
Chrysin is a supplement that works to prevent the conversion of testosterone to estrogen. As a result of this blocking action, testosterone levels are raised. And when combined with an extract of black pepper called bioperine, chrysin may help reduce estrogen levels and increase free testosterone levels in as little as one month. For men I recommend 150 mg. of chrysin with 5 mg, of bioperene daily.
Zinc is important to a man’s health. It helps reduce levels of aromatase, an enzyme that transforms testosterone into estrogen. Supplementing with 30 mg of zinc daily (balanced with 2 mg. copper) could double your T levels in six months or less.
In addition to reducing estrogen levels to free up more testosterone, there are also a few herbs that can help your body make more of it.
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. Tribulus can increase testosterone by anywhere from 29% to 51%. I recommend 250 mg each day.
Tongkat ali (eurycoma longifolia) inhibits sexual hormone binding globulin (SHBG). Testosterone binds with this hormone, which means there is less free testosterone raging through your body. When you have less SHBG you have more testosterone available to do its job. Additionally, tongkat appears to stimulate the Leydig cells to produce more testosterone than they normally would. Take 100 mg daily.
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