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Low-T Drug Ban? 5 Natural Testosterone Boosters

By    |   Tuesday, 23 September 2014 05:54 PM


 
Testosterone prescriptions for men have soared in the past few years, rising from 1.3 million men receiving prescriptions in 2010 to 2.3 million in 2013. But if you're suffering from age-related low testosterone — Low T — and have been taking testosterone drugs, your doctor may soon be reluctant to prescribe your usual medications.

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In the wake of studies that linked testosterone replacement therapies to cardiovascular risks, an FDA panel has recommended that the drugs be restricted to men who suffer from Low T due to medically related issues such as a tumor or a genetic disorder. The end result could be that millions of aging Americans will have limited access to testosterone drugs.
 
What then? The good news is that you can boost your testosterone levels naturally using specific vitamins, minerals, and herbs, such as the five listed below.
 
Fenugreek. A study published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition found that men who took fenugreek, a popular ingredient in Indian cuisine, for eight weeks increased their testosterone levels. Another study, this one published in the Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, found that 500 milligrams daily of fenugreek for eight weeks increased levels of both total testosterone and bioavailable testosterone. Still another study, published in Phytotherapy Research, found that men who took a supplement containing fenugreek extract for six weeks increased their libido levels, and the researchers concluded that it helped maintain testosterone levels.
 
 Horny goat weed. Used for centuries in China as an aphrodisiac, horny goat weed has an ingredient called icariin, which several studies have found increases testosterone levels. Like erectile dysfunction drugs, icariin inhibits the PDE-5 enzyme, which increases testosterone levels, allowing the smooth muscles of the penis to relax and boosting blood flow in the pelvic area by increasing the production of nitric oxide. Some experts suggest using a horny goat weed extract with 10 percent icariin.
 
Vitamin D. Vitamin D is actually a hormone, and according to a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, about 75 percent of Americans are deficient. A three-year study of older men published in Hormone and Metabolic Research found that men who had higher levels of vitamin D also had higher levels of free testosterone. Another study found that men with low testosterone who were given a vitamin D supplement (3,332 IUs) every day for a year experienced a 20 percent rise in free testosterone. Scientists believe that vitamin D keeps the body from changing testosterone into estrogen while, at the same time, making the receptors on adrenal glands (which release testosterone) more sensitive.
 
Zinc. Several studies have linked a deficiency in zinc, which is essential for your immune system to function properly, with low testosterone. Experts estimate that up to 45 percent of older adults lack an adequate intake of zinc, and one study found that even short-term zinc deficiency can lower testosterone levels. Another study found that men who took 30 milligrams of zinc daily increased their levels of free testosterone.

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Bulbine natalensis. This South American herb has shown amazing results in animal studies. A study at South Africa's University of Ford Hare found that bulbine natalensis increased testosterone by 347 percent in rats when compared to a placebo, while reducing their estrogen levels by more than 30 percent. A control group given sildenafil, the active ingredient in Viagra, showed no increases in testosterone levels.

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Testosterone prescriptions for men have soared in the past few years, rising from 1.3 million men receiving prescriptions in 2010 to 2.3 million in 2013. But if you're suffering from age-related low testosterone - Low T - and have been taking testosterone drugs, your doctor...
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