There are many benefits to increasing your testosterone levels, so much so that many men turn to extreme measures to boost it. Promises of increased muscle gain, increased strength, lowered body fat, a more chiselled jaw, and a bunch of other benefits lead many men to purchasing anabolic steroids. But these come with some pretty extreme side effects, and even legal repercussions.
For the majority of men, the risks of taking anabolic steroids far outweigh the rewards, but they still want to boost their natural testosterone levels. If this is the case then there are a lot of things that they can do to naturally increase testosterone. Increase their sleep quality and duration, lift weights regularly, eat more dietary fat, and look at some natural testosterone boosting supplements.
In this article we are going to look at four common testosterone boosting ingredients and explain why they are effective.
Do you want the strength and virility of a horse? Because that is what people have traditionally believed that Ashwagandha offers. It’s name literally translates as “Smell of horse”. There is a lot of evidence that Ashwagandha can lower anxiety, stress, and cortisol. All three of these things can negatively affect testosterone production, so by taking Ashwagandha you are essentially preventing the loss of testosterone.
But there have also been studies that have shown Ashwagandha to be effective at increasing testosterone, particularly in men suffering from low or very low levels. Mahdi et al (2009) found that Ashwagandha could increase testosterone in infertile men , another study by Wankhede et al (2015) found that Ashwagandha led to a huge increase in testosterone, and an increase in muscle mass and strength .
Boron is a mineral that can be found in fruit, vegetables, nuts, and seeds (walnuts, grapes, apples, almonds). There seems to be some evidence that it can lower estrogen and increase testosterone production . It may also lower cortisol (which can help protect testosterone levels) though this belief needs more evidence to back it up.
Eurycoma Root is very effective at lowering Cortisol, and stress which can protect testosterone production. It can also help increase testosterone by improving sleep quality. There also appears to be an increase in testosterone production when men with low testosterone levels supplement with Eurycoma root .
Shilajit is used in alternative medicine for a number of complaints, one of which is low testosterone. It is actually a collection of minerals that is found around the Himalayan mountains. A study by Biswas et al (2010) found that infertile men who took Shilajit for 90 days increased their testosterone production by 23.5% .
So there you have it, four of the best natural testosterone boosting ingredients that are on the market today. Using these in combination with a healthy lifestyle, one that involves 8 hours of good quality sleep per night, a diet that contains a large amount of fat in it, and lots of heavy lifting, will really help to boost your testosterone levels.
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 Wankhede, S., Langade, D., Joshi, K., Sinha, S., Bhattacharyya, S. 2015. Examining the effect of withania somnifera supplementation on muscle strength and recovery: a randomized controlled trial. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition 25(12): 43
 Naghii, M., Mofid, M., Asgari, A., Hedayati, M., Daneshpour, M. 2011. Comparative effects of daily and weekly boron supplementation on plasma steroid hormones and proinflammatoty cytokines. Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine & Biology 25(1): 54-8
 Tambi, M., Imran, M., Henkel, R. 2012. Standardised water-soluble extract of Eurycoma Longifolia, Tongkat ali, as testosterone booster for managing men with late-onset hypogonadism. Andrologia 44(Suppl. 1): 226-30
 Biswas, T., Pandit, S., Mondal, S., Biswas, SK., Jana, U., Ghosh, T., Tripathi, P., Debnath, P., Auddy, R., Auddy, B. 2010. Clinical evaluation of spermatogenic activity of processed Shilajit in oligospermia. Andrologia 42(1): 48-56