Testosterone: It’s what physically makes us feel like men.
That means having healthy testosterone levels is paramount for men. It regulates your bone mass, fat distribution, sex drive (libido), muscle mass and strength. Not to mention the production of red blood cells and sperm.
Having an optimal testosterone level produces three key benefits. It can give you a sense of well-being, an alpha feeling and even an overall better quality of life.
However, as you age, your testosterone levels begin to drop — even as early as your late-30s!
Many external factors that we face in modern society can rapidly increase the rate at which your testosterone levels drop. Things like stress, lack of sleep, poor diet and not enough exercise.
If you can optimize these four factors, you can make progress in restoring your testosterone levels.
Getting a blood test is the only way to know the state of your testosterone. I can only recommend you see your doctor about your individual situation.
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If you are already actively taking steps to manage your stress, get enough sleep, eat well and move more, you should be able to benefit even more from the three additional solutions we’ll talk about today.
Today I want to share with you my ultimate testosterone-boosting “stack.” These are plants and supplements that can naturally boost your testosterone.
I think it’s important to note here that these aren’t steroids or anything close to them. Steroids are exogenous hormones. Meaning, they’re literally hormones you inject into your body, to put you massively over a threshold you could never naturally produce.
Remember, the focus of our Saturday columns is to look at ways to boost your health naturally. That could mean using exercise, stress-reduction techniques, and/or herbs and plant-based supplements.
Not only can you get some great results, but you can also stack (or combine) one or more solutions for added effect.
So let’s get to the first ingredient in our testosterone-boosting stack.
If this plant looks familiar, it’s because I wrote about Ashwagandha a few months ago.
Ashwagandha is one of the most-effective stress-reducers in the world. It’s also a potent testosterone-booster.
Research shows that Ashwagandha Root can boost total testosterone and these two important hormones that are key to its production:
Luteinizing hormone (LH)
Follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH)
Ashwagandha also has impressive benefits for athletic performance. This can include increases in strength and endurance, as well as reductions in exercise-induced muscle soreness.
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An eight-week, randomized, prospective, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical study supports this.
The study targeted healthy young men who engaged in resistance training. Researchers sought to examine the possible effects of ashwagandha root extract supplements (600mg daily) on muscle mass and strength.
Compared to the placebo subjects, the group treated with ashwagandha had bigger increases in muscle strength on the bench-press exercise.
Also compared to the placebo subjects, the subjects receiving ashwagandha also had significantly greater:
Reduction of exercise-induced muscle damage
Increase in testosterone level (Placebo: 18.0 ng/dL vs. Ashwagandha: 96.2 ng/dL)
Decrease in body fat percentage (Placebo: 1.5% vs. Ashwagandha: 3.5%)
Ashwagandha also helps reduce elevated cortisol levels, which is a stress hormone that can wreak havoc on your body.
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Cortisol is needed in the body. But too much of it can result in weight gain, compromised immune function and higher risk for chronic disease.
Studies show ashwagandha can reduce cortisol levels in the body up to 26%. It can also prompt a decline in fasting blood sugar levels, and improve lipid profiles.
Eurycoma longifolia is a medicinal plant found in Southeast Asia. It is commonly called Tongkat Ali.
Eurycoma longifolia roots have been used for centuries as an aphrodisiac, and for loss of sexual desire and function.
These roots have also been used to treat a range of ailments like post-partum depression, malaria, high blood pressure and fatigue.
LJ100® is a patented Eurycoma Longifolia extract. It was created by researchers at MIT and the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Clinical trials have shown LJ100’s ability to increase testosterone and progesterone (another reproductive hormone) significantly — by 180% and 190%, respectively.
Stinging Nettle Leaf
Stinging nettles helps keep molecules of your testosterone free from a protein known as steroid hormone binding globulin (SHBG).
SHBG can prevent your testosterone from binding with its receptors in the muscle cells.
Free testosterone, as opposed to bound testosterone, is active, useable testosterone. This is what provides the benefits typically associated with elevated testosterone levels such increased libido, strength, and muscle mass.
When testosterone binds to sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG), it changes from free to bound — and becomes useless.
Stinging Nettle helps to “free” your free testosterone levels by binding to sex hormone-binding globulin in place of testosterone. So, more testosterone is free to be used by your body.
That’s all for today, but I have more ideas for you on this topic. Keep an eye out for part two of our ultimate testosterone-boosting stack for men. I plan to send it your way in the next week or so.
Not only will I share even MORE options to help optimize your testosterone levels, but I’ll also uncover the key component that you simply can’t forget to include in this powerful stack.
Happy and Healthy Investing,