While we are caught up leading busy lives, many of us tend to overlook the important role played by nutrients in the production of hormones in our bodies. Therefore, it is not unusual for men to look for ways and means of increasing their testosterone levels. Once men reach a certain age, keeping in mind the essential role played by this hormone in the human body is vital. Though it is secreted in the bodies of both men and women, it continues to be primarily a male sex hormone, which is heavily responsible for the development of reproductive tissues in men, the growth of bone mass, the development of muscles and the appearance of body hair, all of which are commonly considered to be attributes of masculinity.
Testosterone has been commonly externally introduced into male bodies through a range of medical processes for a variety of reasons such as handling issues of infertility, low levels of libido, erectile dysfunction, often for the enlargement of the penis, for stimulating the production of bone marrow, controlling anemia, increasing appetite and helping facilitate increase in height once past puberty. In the case of women who are undergoing or have recently gone through menopause, testosterone helps resolve the problem of low libido and a drop in energy levels. It has also been widely used in hormone replacement therapies in the case of transsexuals. Though unapproved of, athletes often resort to taking testosterone to increase their performance in sports.
It has been noted that the levels of testosterone often dip with the increase in age. That explains why many people experience the need to turn to supplements to pump up their levels of testosterone. A way of doing this is through the consumption of certain herbs. Not only are herbs easily accessible and less expensive to acquire, they are relatively free of side effects too. Having said that, below are 5 herbs which will help you pump up your testosterone levels in the body.
Ginseng is a perennial herb that is mostly found growing in Russia, northern part of China and Korea. It is a root that is commonly included in many Asian delicacies. It is known to help increase the levels of testosterone and libido and stimulate gonadal tissues and the central nervous system. It boosts the cAMP levels in the body which in turn increases the levels of testosterone. If one is to consume the raw herb as it is, one should stick to 1 to 2 grams on a daily basis, as advised by the NYU Langone Medical Center.
Fenugreek is often a part of cuisines in all cultures as a spice even. It has several other useful traits such as helping control the levels of sugar in the blood apart from helping boost testosterone levels. It also helps in the augmentation of growth hormones. This herb is beneficial specifically for those who want to increase the levels of testosterone for the purpose of bodybuilding as it facilitates increase in muscle mass. It can be consumed in a variety of ways, be it as seeds, as brewed tea, oil or bread.
- Tribulus Terrestris
This herb has been long used in the European culture as well as in Ayurveda for the purpose of treating a range of ailments and sexual disorders. This herb is found growing in the wild in most continents and hence is easily available for those who are looking to increase their levels of testosterone. Upon eating this herb, the pituitary gland tends to produce more of the luteinizing hormone which in turn stimulates the testicles in men to produce more testosterone. Though very few side effects are attached to the use of this herb, a study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology refutes the claims of this herb impacting testosterone production.
- Tongkat Ali (Eurycoma Longifolia)
Native to Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia, this herb is quite often an ingredient in supplements that are prescribed for boosting energy levels, stamina and endurance and resolving problems of mental fatigue. It helps balance out the levels of estrogen and the production of testosterone in the body at the same time. However, one may experience anxiety, restlessness and insomnia as side effects of the consumption of this herb and it is advised that pregnant women, women who are lactating, children and people with a weak immune system should refrain from taking this herb.
- Saw Palmetto
This plant is native to the southeastern region of United States and is famous for preventing cancer growth in the prostrate. Research shows that this herb helps restrict the conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone. It impacts the endocrine system in the human body, balances the production of estrogen and positively impacts the levels of testosterone in the body, as pointed out by the U.S National Institute of Health. Upon having discussed its use with one’s physician, it is safe to consume up to 160 mg of saw palmetto two times per day. It should not be taken when on oral contraceptives or iron supplements for the possibility of adverse impact of the herb on the body.
Irrespective of the herb one opts to take to increase testosterone levels, sufficient amount of care and medical help should be taken. If one is suffering from a slow-growing cancer already, increasing testosterone levels will only quicken the rate of the growth of the cancer. It could even be the cause of excess facial hair, deepening of the voice, increased sexual drive, aggressive and impulsive behavior, mood swings, irritability and depression, low levels of cholesterol and blood pressure, in both sexes. Keeping these side effects in mind, you must know that any attempt at increasing testosterone levels should be a carefully monitored process, which should be done with the permission of your medical care provider. Though herbs bring along far less side effects than synthetic supplements, one must always read up on the herbs and the dosage one is required to take.