A very common concern amongst male bodybuilders is, do I need to see a doctor? I think my testosterone is too low. People are overly concerned with their testosterone levels and through this has sprung a market for testosterone boosters.
Testosterone does play a huge role in increasing muscle size and strength and put simply the more testosterone you have the faster you will be able to change your physique and put on quality muscle whilst burning fat. This is why many competitive bodybuilders inject testosterone to speed up their progress.
Whilst a testosterone booster may increase testosterone levels in certain individuals it will in no way be able to boost it enough to make an impact on your muscle gains. The only way to be able to boost your testosterone enough for it to have an impact is to actually take anabolic steroids.
As of today there are no testosterone boosters in the market place which will have the effect you are looking for. The largest increase we have seen is via d-aspartic acid that has shown increases in testosterone of about 30% however this is not even close to being large enough to have the desired effect.
So if they have no benefit to building muscle are there any benefits to natural testosterone boosters? As a way to enhance libido for men in the older age range or as a mild mood or energy enhancer then perhaps.
When we talking about boosting your testosterone we shouldn’t really be thinking about increasing it to an above normal level but rather just making sure that we are reaching our natural potential. Such as if our daily habits are causing us to have lower levels of testosterone then normal then we can go around correcting these habits. If, on the other hand, you have already reached your natural capacity then there is nothing else you can do to go beyond your natural baseline.
In order to ensure your testosterone levels are optimised you should make sure have enough dietary fat. Dietary fat is essential in the production of hormones and is why competitive body builders when cutting into the low body fat percentages often suffer from a decrease in libido.
Make sure you are getting enough sleep. If you are not getting enough sleep over a long period of time then this can negatively impact on your energy, appetite and your testosterone production. So make sure you are getting 8 hours of sleep every night.
Thirdly, is exercise. If you are reading this then you probably don’t have this problem but by engaging in regular physical exercise you will peak your testosterone levels over the long haul.
Certain vitamin and mineral deficiencies such as zinc, vitamin D and b6 and magnesium can cause your testosterone levels to fall. Ensure that you are eating a healthy balanced diet filled with micronutrients and you should be fine. If you are already getting enough of these vitamins and minerals then supplementing further with them will not lead to an increase in testosterone.
In conclusion you don’t need to waste your money on testosterone boosters, they are likely not have any effect and if they are, the effect is not large enough to see any difference in your results.