When it comes to boosting testosterone levels in men, there are a variety of testosterone boosters out there, but many men are reluctant to use the products because of their high cost and lack of effectiveness.
A new research paper by the University of Texas at Austin School of Medicine and UT Southwestern Medical Center has found that testosterone boosters could be a great alternative to conventional drugs, especially if they are taken before the onset of puberty.
“Our study demonstrates that there is a clear benefit to taking testosterone boosters in conjunction with anabolic steroids, particularly in young men,” said Dr. David Faraone, lead author of the paper and an assistant professor in the UT School of Medical Science.
“Many young men are currently using testosterone boosters to increase their testosterone levels.
These boosters help them achieve a higher level of testosterone and thus maintain a healthy androgenic profile, which is associated with higher testosterone levels.”
The researchers analyzed data from 2,600 men who had been taking testosterone for at least 12 months and also participated in a health study that measured testosterone levels over time.
The participants were divided into two groups: those taking testosterone booster supplements daily and those taking a placebo.
The study was published in the journal Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.
In the testosterone booster supplement group, there were significant improvements in physical performance, energy, testosterone levels and body composition, as well as a decrease in the risk of developing cancer.
The testosterone booster group also showed an increase in testosterone levels from age 20 to 35 years old, and the researchers said this may explain the beneficial effect of testosterone booster on testosterone levels among young men.
“There are a lot of studies that show that men with high testosterone levels may have an increased risk of prostate cancer and cardiovascular disease, but we were interested in how this was related to the testosterone levels,” said Faraon.
“In our study, we found that the testosterone boosters seemed to have the opposite effect, decreasing testosterone levels even after men reached their 30s and 40s.”
Faraon and his colleagues noted that there was no difference in testosterone and body weight between the two groups.
This could have to do with differences in the types of testosterone used in the boosters and the types and amounts of testosterone they are given.
“In addition to improving physical performance and improving testosterone levels with testosterone boosters, we were able to show that the supplements also significantly increased circulating levels of free testosterone,” said co-author Dr. Rachael Bock, a professor in UT’s Department of Family Medicine and the lead author.
“If you take these supplements, you will get some of the benefits of testosterone, including improved sexual performance, a greater number of sex hormones, as a result of a higher testosterone level,” she said.
“So, the most important thing to take into account is to take these testosterone boosters at the right time, so that you can maintain the optimal hormonal profile for you.”
While testosterone boosters are known to increase testosterone levels on their own, Faraoni said that they could also increase testosterone and testosterone-related other hormones like sex hormones in the body.
“For example, testosterone might increase testosterone in the adrenal glands,” he said.
“And testosterone may be a good indicator of a healthy immune system.
So, if we can make those hormones work better in the bodies of young men, we can actually improve the overall health of the whole population.””
This study is the first to show how testosterone boosters may benefit men in the post-pubertal period,” Faraons co-authors said in a statement.
“We are hopeful that our findings will be useful in clinical trials, as it is likely that some men will take these products and will show improvements in sexual function and health in the future.
In addition, the findings are important in the context of the recent epidemic of male infertility, which may be an indication that the optimal hormone profile is important for men with infertility.”
The UT researchers said they also plan to test the effectiveness of these testosterone supplements in young women.
“I think it’s a good start,” said the study’s first author, Dr. Michelle A. Leventhal, a UT associate professor of medicine and director of the UT Leventhin Health Research Institute.
“The data in this study supports the use of testosterone supplementation in young females, as the findings suggest that testosterone can have an impact on sexual performance and the health of women.”
The study was supported by the National Institutes of Health.