Natural testosterone boosters seem to be playing a larger and larger part in peoples supplement stacks, diet plans and everyday life. Many people swear by their muscle building, recovery enhancing, well being boosting characteristics. But how many people actually know what the ingredients in their test boosters actually are, or more importantly what they do. They hear claims of massive gains in size, strength and the alpha male mentality and forget to actually check what it is that makes up the supplement. I am going to give you a breakdown of the most common ingredients in natural test boosters and the ones that I believe to be the most effective.
Tribulus: this herb increases testosterone via its active ingredient protodioscin. This saponin prompts the brain to release more leutenising hormone, which travels in the bloodstream to the testicles where it influences testosterone production. Tribulus is the most common test boosting ingredient and has been shown in many studies to be very effective.
ZMA: this combination of zinc and magnesium aspartate plus vitamin B increases anabolic hormone levels, including free testosterone and IGF-1, which could otherwise be suppressed by hard training athletes. ZMA also increases the quality of sleep. Increased hormones during sleep improves recovery and growth.
Methoxy isoflavone: 5-methyl-7-methoxy-isoflavone is not so much as a natural test booster but actually increases protein synthesis and increases lean mass. It also reduces body fat, maintains healthy cholesterol levels that are already within normal range, promotes endurance, increases state of vitality, and increases the body’s ability to use oxygen. This is a very effective ingredient in a test booster and stacks very well with just about any other natural test boosting ingredient.
Eurycoma longifolia (longjack): longjack has traditionally been used in Malaysia to increase sexual prowess and virility in men. Research in humans has shown it to significantly boost testosterone levels and lower cortisol levels, especially after exercise. This cortisol blocking effect is especially usefule for anyone wanting to use a test booster whilst dieting to retain muscle mass.
Testosterone boosters are also used nowadays as part of what is called PCT (post cycle therapy). PCT is needed after a course of steroids or prohormones. As prohormones become more popular more PCT is needed. PCT generally consists of natural test boosting ingredients and ingredients to lower heightened estrogen levels. This reduction of estrogen is extremely important after a cycle as too much estrogen can lead to many unwanted side effects. There are 2 commonly used and important anti-estrogens you should know about.
6-bromodione: There are two types of estrogen aromatase inhibitors and application of only one leaves the other pathway open for feminizing potential.
1) 6 alpha-Bromodione is a competitive inhibitor of aromatase enzymes. Basically this means it works by way of binding to the active binding site of the aromatase enzyme resulting in prevention of interaction with other steroids that aromatize like testosterone and the rest of our favorite male androgens. This is great for rapid binding and short term aromatase control, but unfortunately a competitive inhibitor will eventually let go of the enzyme and allow it to do feminizing things to manly hormones. So, only half of the job is done, but it has its important role as well.
2) 6 beta-Bromodione is a mechanism-based irreversible inhibitor of the aromatase enzyme. An irreversible aromatase inhibitor is also referred to as a suicide inhibitor. It’s pretty cool in that it acts similar to a competitive inhibitor in the way it binds, it is both highly selective and it will not let go until death do they part. Together the two analogs in 6-Bromodione make sure that estrogen is under control.
ATD: 1,4,6-Androstatrien-3,17-dione (ATD) is a potent irreversible aromatase inhibitor that inhibits estrogen biosynthesis by permanently binding and inactivating aromatase in adipose and peripheral tissue. It is used to control estrogen synthesis. ATD has many names in sports supplements including: 1,4,6 etiollochan-dione, 3, 17-keto-etiochol-triene, androst-1,4,6-triene-3,17-dione and many others. It can be found in products such as gaspari novadex and black china labs superdex.
So whether using these products for muscle growth, increased recovery, PCT, or that alpha male mentality, a good combination of the above will give those great natural results you seek.
Products that contain these key ingredients are PhD methoxy 7 test.