3 TESTOSTERONE BOOSTING SUPPLEMENTS THAT WORK
For those of you who follow my posts regularly, the title on this one may come as a bit of a surprise.
After all, several months back I wrote a detailed article explaining why natural testosterone boosting supplements are basically a giant scam.
The reason for this is simple…
Although some of these compounds (such as tribulus, maca, fenugreek and d-aspartic acid) may deliver a very slight increase in overall testosterone levels, NONE of them will actually raise those levels high enough to have any measurable impact on your bottom line muscle gains, fat loss or training performance.
Always remember: the idea of “boosting testosterone” in itself means virtually nothing unless that increase is in a range capable of directly affecting your body composition. In most cases, this will require a boost of several hundred percent or more.
However, there IS one situation in which supplementation can positively influence testosterone levels to a degree that will directly improve your ability to build muscle and burn fat…
That one situation is when you have a specific vitamin and/or mineral deficiency that is causing your natural testosterone levels to dip below the normal range.
In this case, supplementation can help to bring your testosterone levels back into proper balance and offset any negative effects that your lowered testosterone levels were causing.
So, although it isn’t possible to significantly increase your testosterone levels to an above-normal range using natural supplements (at least not currently), it IS possible to optimize your testosterone levels IF they’re currently at a below-normal range…
3 Testosterone Boosting Supplements That Work
Here are 3 deficiencies commonly seen in hard-training lifters and in the general population overall
#1 – Magnesium
Those who work out intensely tend to have lower levels of magnesium, as this mineral is depleted from the body through sweat.
Supplementing with magnesium can help to restore balanced testosterone levels in those who have a deficiency brought on by consistent hard training.
The recommended dosage is 200-400mg of magnesium taken alongside a meal in the form of either magnesium gluconate, magnesium citrate or magnesium diglycinate.
Magnesium supplementation also has the added benefit of improving sleep quality in those with lower-than-normal levels.
Just like magnesium, zinc is also lost through sweat and those who train intensely multiple days per week are more likely to have a deficiency.
20-30mg of zinc taken with a meal once per day is a reliable dosage to bring your levels of this mineral back into balance and offset any potential testosterone decreasing effects it may be causing. (If you don’t sweat a lot then go with a lower dose of 10-15mg to be on the safe side)
#3 – Vitamin D3
I covered in length in a previous post why most people out there should be supplementing with Vitamin D3, and optimizing testosterone levels is just one of the many reasons.
Unless you live in a very warm climate and are spending multiple hours a day outside in the sun, there’s a very good chance that your Vitamin D levels are below where they should be. Not only can this negatively impact your overall health, mood and energy levels, but it can also decrease testosterone levels as well.
Consuming 2000-5000IU per day of Vitamin D3 alongside a meal is a safe, reliable dosage to get yourself back into the proper range.
Technically speaking, you would need to get blood work done in order to determine exactly how much Vitamin D you should be supplementing with daily. However, the risk of Vitamin D toxicity is very low, with the available research showing 10,000IU to be the safe upper limit.
So, if you’re working out intensely multiple days per week (and especially if you sweat a lot and/or work a strenuous job), these 3 testosterone boosting supplements are definitely worth looking into.
You can purchase all of them separately on their own, or you can simply go with a high potency multivitamin, my #1 recommendation being Orange Triad Multivitamin. (However, keep in mind that the multivitamin will only provide you with the bottom end of the recommended dosages for each compound)
While these supplements are not going to raise your testosterone levels to an above-normal level, they will help to ensure that your natural testosterone levels (and your resulting muscle gains and fat loss) are operating at their peak.
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