So, you went to the gym and some guy asked you if you want to improve your performance and muscle-building prowess, especially if you are looking to crush your PRs. Well, this guy wants to promote his friend’s testosterone boosters and he asks if you want to buy them.
If you are skeptical about such products, then you are not alone. This is actually quite a common question that a lot of men ask: Do libido boosters for men really work?
To answer that, we will look at a certain study.
Some researchers from the Shanghai University of Sport took a total of 15 boxers and they were divided into two groups. They were basically given 3 weeks of high-intensity training and another 3 weeks of high-volume training. Before the groups transitioned to another program, they were given a full month for their bodies to stabilize.
That being said, the first group was given testosterone boosters that contain Tribulus Terrestris– an herb that is believed to ramp up testosterone production in the body. The other group didn’t receive any treatment of any kind.
After the entire experiment was finished, it turns out that the group that was given T boosters actually fared better than the other group. Their muscle damage was minimal and their anaerobic performance surely improved quite drastically when compared to the non-T booster group.
To fully understand how testosterone boosters work, it is important that I give you a refresher about the hormone in question.
Testosterone is abundant in men (that is also present in females, albeit in much smaller quantities). This hormone is responsible for a lot of things, including better muscle growth, muscle repair, strong bones, improved libido, among many other things.
Generally speaking, testosterone does a lot of things for the body and lower levels of it could lead to a whole host of problems. For instance, it has been found out that low testosterone levels in men may actually result in Osteoporosis, especially later in life.
In another study that was published by the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, low testosterone levels have been linked to the increased mortality rates in men.
Why Do Testosterone Levels Fall as We Age?
The decrease in testosterone, especially in men, is natural as we age. It is as natural as gray hair. Men, according to the NHS, actually lose 2% of their total testosterone every year starting at the age of 30 and that is just the normal process.
Although the decline in T levels is normal and some men do not see adverse effects until in their late 40s, there are some that are actually hit far more than others.
For instance, there are some men that may report that they have lower sex drives compared to others, but the reality is that lower libido may have been caused by other factors, namely stress, anxiety, or depression.
How Do Testosterone Boosters Work?
As the name implies, Testosterone boosters actually help improve the production of the said hormone in your body. Tribulus Terrestris happens to be the most common ingredient in such supplements, but it could also be other things as well.
Testosterone boosters do work, especially if you are going to use DHEA which is a precursor steroid hormone that is only given as a prescription drug.
If you are going to use T boosters, it is important that you confer with your doctor first before taking them.