Ever wonder why I don't recommend, or for that matter sell, testosterone
supplements? Supplements are where the money is at, right?
The answer is simple: the science just isn't there. In fact, I'd have to go a step
farther: not only is the science not there, but these supplements can be
dangerous in some circumstances.
Below are some of the reasons that I think men should be cautious about the
testosterone supplement industry as a whole.
1. Added Steroids. Several of the supplement manufacturers have been caught
selling untested and/or unsafe steroids to the general public. I have several
examples of this including the horror story of
Tren Extreme and Liver Damage,
Loss by Cyclo Bolan
and so on.
2. Debatable Results. Many vitamin shop and health food stores carry
testosterone boosters that contain Forskolin or Tribulis. I
give these coverage on my site - just use the search at the top - as being
legitimate T boosters in some circumstances. The problem is that none of
these boost testosterone much and are of debatable value for in many or even
most cases. For example, Tribulis probably does not work as well for
the middle-aged and older. All of this is the reason that the FDA does not
regulate them: they simply don't raise T enough to make it worth their
while. NOTE: Supplement manufacturers may also add zinc, which has
debatable testosterone-raising powers. For a man with a zinc deficiency maybe.
As I cover in my link on Zinc and ZMA, there is also the danger of copper
depletion and arterial inflammation from taking too much zinc as well.
3. Side Effects. A few of these supplements are known for having a
strong enough side effect profile to bear mentioning. For example,
D-Aspartic Acid is known to increase aromatization and thus some men seem to
experience estrogen-related side effects, yet you see few supplement sites
mentioning this. See #35 in my discussion on
How to Increase Your
Testosterone Levels for more details.
Do you know the foods and drinks that increase erection-boosting
Nitric Oxide? Check out the
Peak Erectile Strength Diet where I show
you how to dramatically and naturally improve your erectile strength.
4. Proprietary Ingredients. Most of these "testosterone
supplements" do not even list the ingredients. Are you really going to
trust your long term health to a random supplement manufacturer that is hiding
their ingredients from you?? How do you know they are not hammering your copper
levels with excess zinc? adding excitotoxins? The bottom line is
that there is simply no good reason to hide the ingredients from the customer.
Quality should sell their products if they really work, right? Seriously, any
legitimate T booster will be used by every athletic campus in the country.
5. Bioidentical Testosterone. The bioidentical testosterone that you will
get in your doctors office has many advantages. First and foremost, it is
as natural of a substance as one could hope for, since it is the testosterone
that is naturally teeming through your veins and residing in your tissues. Secondly,
it has been heavily studied. Do we know everything about testosterone therapy? Of course not.
Are there no side effects to testosterone therapy? Of course not. However, we
do have extensive physician usage over the last twenty years and literally dozens of
studies looking at its effects. What herb or supplement can you say this for?
And any decent physician is going to carefully monitor your prostate, PSA, blood counts,
liver function and so on, so you are under actually modern monitoring and control.
6. Levels. Most guys who begin to experieince low testosterone
symptoms, from what I have seen in my emails, are in the 150-350 ng/dl range.
These men need a very significant boost in T and they're probably not going to
get it from any of the legal herbs (at least here in the U.S.). This leaves
these men at risk for all the nasty conditions that can results from hypogonadal
T levels, including diabetes, metabolic syndrome, erectile dysfunction and heart
In other words, let's say you're a man with testosterone of 250 and you buy a
mildly powerful testosterone booster that bumps you up 30% to 325. You are
still very low and very much at risk for significant health issues but may be
completely unaware because you think you are taking a T-boosting supplement..
So am I saying that there are no herbs or supplements that will raise
testosterone? As I mentioned above, there are definitely some testosterone
supplements that will work and I cover the interesting ones in my link on
Testosterone and Herbs.