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Improving Testosterone in Men

Updated on March 22, 2024

Testosterone is a steroid hormone that is present in the bodies of both men and women, although men have higher concentrations of it. It is primarily responsible for the development of the male reproductive system and also plays a role in body hair growth, muscle mass, and sexual performance and health.

Men with low levels of this hormone are generally older in age since T levels drop as the years go by and these may reflect lack of sexual interest, baldness, lack of energy, breast development and other outward symptoms. Usually, a simple blood test will show this issue. Healthcare providers consider normal testosterone levels in men to be between 300 and 1,000 nanograms per deciliter (ng/dL). However, if you are under 500, most doctors will provide a prescription to bring your levels higher to 700+. This treatment is called TRT for Testosterone Replacement Therapy. Prescription drugs could be used or gels and creams to increase the levels. Injections are also available. TRT also can address male hypogonadism, a condition in which the testicles do not produce enough testosterone and low sperm count. All of these issues can be related to Erectile Dysfunction (ED). A little known symptom is that insomnia increases also as T levels drop in older men\women.

Testosterone also declines by 1% per year, 10% per decade starting at age 30 years in all men, so by age 60, 20% suffer from this and it only gets worse as time moves on. TRT has been shown to increase the prostate size by 12 percent but there is no link discovered between testosterone levels and prostate cancer development.

If treatment occurs, the impact will not be noticed immediately, but the first indications of improvement start to appear after one or two months' time and such treatment can be very costly per year. Once your T level has reached a desired reading, further treatment may or may not be necessary.

Natural Treatment

A more economical way to improve T levels is to do so using a variety of known herbs and vitamins proven to have been effective. The problem is that all of the over-the-counter methods do not agree on the herbs and in what amounts. There is no consistency. However, after looking at the most popular OTC testosterone there are several found in most products (and these have been known to increase T levels). They are in daily amounts:

  • Maca- up to 3000 mg (Herb)
  • Ashwagandha- up to 600 mg (Herb)
  • Vitamin D\D3- 15-20 mcg (600-800 IU) (Vitamin)
  • Zinc- 30 mg (Vitamin)
  • Tribulus- 1000 mg (Herb)
  • Fenugreek-600 mg (Herb)
  • Horny Goat Weed- 500 mg (Herb)
  • B12\B6- 20 mg (Vitamin)
  • Citrulline- 1000 mg (Amino)
  • Magnesium- 400 mg (Vitamin)
  • Nitric Oxide- 1000+ mg (Amino)
  • Tonghat Ali- 1600mg (Herb)
  • Boron- 3 mg (Vitamin)
  • DHEA-10 mg (Hormone)
  • Yohimbe-500 mg
  • Arginine-1400 mg (Amino)
  • Lysine-1200 mg (Amino)
  • Ornithine-1000 mg (Amino)
  • Saw Palmetto- 900 mg (Herb)

The problem is finding all of them in the same pill in similar amounts. However, increasing T levels does occur, as many tests have shown but at a slower rate than with prescription remedies. The other downside with the non-prescription method is that it does not always work as some evaluations have shown. It depends on your own individual health. It is "hit or miss".

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

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