What are natural testosterone boosters and its basic composition? Testosterone boosters are substances designed to increase the ability of our body to produce more testosterone than what is currently produced. Although it can never become a replacement it only helps in enhancing the present level to reap various benefits. It contains a number of nutrients including vitamins, minerals, amino acids and enzymes. Other than these, it includes various herbal extracts which have been used since many generations to increase testosterone levels. It is important to have knowledge of the basic ingredients used in the boosters to have an idea of its effectiveness or otherwise. It is safe to use natural Testosterone boosters.
The top four ingredients used almost in all natural ingredients are:
- D-aspartic acid (D-AA) – A naturally occurring amino acid found in leydig cells of testes. It acts as a messenger between the brain and leydig cells to convert cholesterol into testosterone.
- Tribulus Terrestris (TT) – A thorny plant, which helps to elevate luteinizing hormone and which in turn, stimulates the testes to produce testosterone. Hence helps in increasing muscle mass and libido.
- Fenugreek- it is known to increase lean body mass and strength.
- ZMA – it is not a single ingredient but, a combination of zinc monomethione, aspartate, magnesium aspartate and vitamin b6.It is mostly used as a recovery aid to help the body achieve deeper levels of REM sleep. It increases the muscle strength and enhances hormonal profile. (Most athletes suffer from impairment in hormonal profile due to depletion of zinc and manganese during workouts).
It is safe to use natural Testosterone boosters. Besides the natural boosters can have other vitamin supplements of D, C and E in addition to various other ingredients.
Side effects of natural testosterone boosters:
Natural testosterone boosters do not cause serious side effects and are quite manageable. The side effects if any can be:
Slight testicular pain: caused due to the increased productivity of testosterone by the testicular glands. Ejaculation releases the pressure and reduces the pain caused by additional semen.
Increased acne: It sometimes can cause skin reactions like acne especially in the back.
Renal problems: It can cause infrequent urination and prolonged usage can lead to kidney problems.
Cardiac problems: Prolonged usage can lead to elevated red blood cells which could lead to cardiac dysfunction.
Emotional and cognitive disorders: Too much testosterone can lead to aggressive behavior and short temperedness. The person may also suffer from mood swings, depression and anxiety.
Other physiological effects: It can lead to sleep apnea, increased sweating, enlarged breasts, elevated PSA levels (an indicative of prostate cancer).Although testosterone is highly effective in muscle building it does not help in ligament and tendon growth. So a balance needs to be maintained by avoiding too rapid muscle growth.
The level and effectiveness of these side effects varies with each individual .It is very difficult to narrow down the side effects and link them directly to these boosters as proper research is not available. So one has to be careful and consult a doctor if they experience any of them.
Easy administration: Most natural boosters come in edible form and are less painful and easy to take.