Do they really raise your testosterone?
So the question is – can you take a testosterone booster to increase testosterone levels to help build more muscle? Unluckily, the answer is no.
In fact, some of the most popular testosterone booster supplements on the market have been shown not to boost testosterone levels in your body. There is only one supplement that is ever been shown in humans to increase testosterone production, and the one and only magic soldier is D-ASPARTIC ACID.
2 to 3 grams of D-ASPARTIC ACID can increase testosterone production by almost 40% after first two weeks. But here comes the tricky part – even due you continue to take this supplement, after 30 days your testosterone levels will be back where they were before. And you don’t build any extra muscle.
And this marketing dance is going for years. You can see the ads everywhere. Starting from Facebook, Twitter, and your lovely Instagram, up to online versions of your local newspaper. These ads and articles promise you huge increases in your testosterone levels by simply taking a miracle pill or a powder. But does people know if these supplements actually work to combat low testosterone? Or it is just a placebo effect and a huge marketing scam?
So why do people buy these supplements like crazy? And the answer is pretty simple – you think they are working. When testosterone levels go up, also your libido does. Here is the thing – libido levels can go up even your testosterone levels maintain the same.
And placebo effect makes these testosterone boosters “work” – they make you feel bad about your testosterone condition in your body. Additionally leading you to think that your testosterone levels are higher when they actually aren’t. Of course, there are some cases, when supplements will result in a 20-30% testosterone increase. But it is a matter of time when the percentage will go down.
So the question is – can I boost my testosterone or not?
Don’t get this wrong – there are working testosterone boosters on the market, but they are not very exciting. Moreover, think about this – changing your testosterone levels in your body and increasing
strength as well as muscle mass – how can product for $30 to $70 make this huge impact? It’s like buying a car – if you buy a car for a couple of thousand dollars, you cannot expect it to be fast, reliable and in a perfect condition. The same story is about testosterone boosters and other supplements.
Testosterone boosters will not change your life. At most, they will increase your testosterone levels by 20-30%. In comparison, a low dose steroid cycle will offer you a 200-300% increase. The only way how to tell if the supplement is working is by getting a blood test. And even then – these blood tests will take only your testosterone levels at that exact moment.
So the bottom line is – it is easy to promise testosterone boost while only a few people are checking their testosterone levels, in order to understand if that stuff indeed works.
A Breakdown of the most popular testosterone boosters
Let’s breakdown some of the most popular testosterone boosters out there and look at their effectiveness.
Tribulus Terrestris – first of all – this is a number 1 selling testosterone booster on the market. Also, this is a good example of a supplement that will increase your libido, but it has nothing to do with your testosterone production.
D-Aspartic Acid – this supplement can increase your testosterone up to 40% after just 12 days of using it. Unfortunately, some studies show that after a longer time, testosterone levels returns back to normal levels. A month isn’t long enough for elevated testosterone levels to have an effect on muscle growth and development.
Zinc and Magnesium – both are parts of the ZMA formula (available on the market in forms of pills and powder). These minerals are lost through sweat and during exercise. These two friends (zinc and magnesium) will not increase your testosterone levels as much as they will maintain it.
Fenugreek – well, technically on the paper – it is a testosterone booster. But even it will increase your testosterone a bit, it’s not to a level that would cause any appreciable gain in muscle. Fenugreek actually improves sexual function and well-being – which is also an important thing. And by taking this
supplement, you can expect your urine and sweat to smell like maple syrup. And if you like maple syrup – this is the right supplement for you, hah.
There is no magic pill
It sounds like a dream – you buy a pill from your local supplement store and your testosterone levels increases rapidly. But the fact is – such a magic pill doesn’t exist. Unfortunately. As you can understand from this article, there are a few supplements out there that will affect your testosterone levels, but no one will enormously raise your testosterone production.
- Lifting heavy weights;
- Getting enough sleep;
- Take care of your diet;
- Include in your diet leafy greens and animal fats;
If you got so far, you may be thinking that supplements, in general, are worthless. Well, most of them, but not all.
Marketers and supplement manufacturers earn millions of dollars each year. By using rats and other animals in their research, it is easy to make claims about magic testosterone boosters and other supplements. But these studies doesn’t prove their effectiveness on human bodies. In case you didn’t know – we are humans, not rats.
Don’t trust some guy in a commercial – do a research and understand what you are putting into your body. By figuring out your goals, you can only then identify and understand what supplements you should take to reach your goals.