Gym Showdown: Testosterone Supplements vs Testosterone-Boosting Food

Discover the Best Way to Ramp Up Your Testosterone

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You should take care when using testosterone supplements.

You should take care when using testosterone supplements.

Testosterone Supplements

There are a variety of dietary supplements on the market that are purported to help increase your t-levels. Some of the most popular are D-aspartic Acid, fenugreek and damiana.

D-aspartic acid is an amino acid that is sold in supplement form and it has been scientifically proven to raise t-levels in men. It raises t-levels through the release of LH (luteinizing hormone). This hormone helps increase testosterone production. One study conducted in Italy showed that men who supplemented their diet with D-Aspartic Acid were able to raise their LH levels by 30%.

Fenugreek is a herb that helps boost t-levels. This herb contains natural plant chemicals (furostanolic saponins) that can help increase t-levels. A study was conducted with 55 participants to determine the effect of fenugreek on testosterone levels. This study lasted 8 weeks and divided the participants into 2 groups with 29 taking fenugreek and the remainder being administered a placebo. At the end of the 8-week study, the participants who took fenugreek had increased their levels of free testosterone by 100%, while the t-levels of those who took the placebo remained the same.

Damiana is a shrub that naturally grows in Mexico, Central and South America. Damiana contains two ingredients (pinocembrin and acacetin) which work to keep testosterone levels high while controlling estrogen levels.

Side Effects of Testosterone Supplements

These supplements are generally well accepted by the body, but some users have experienced side effects. These side effects include acne, headaches, and anemia. In addition to the physical side effects, testosterone boosting supplements has a negative effect on mood resulting in aggressive behavior or depression.

[bctt tweet=”‘Testosterone-boosting foods contain the same ingredients as the supplements do, but the side effects are non-existent or minimal.'”] Testosterone-rich foods are a great alternative to supplements.

Testosterone-Boosting Foods

If you are seeking to increase your t-levels naturally, you can do this through your diet. Certain foods like broccoli, oysters, garlic and some forms of saturated fat have substances that help raise your t-levels.

Broccoli is one food that can help you increase your t-levels naturally. Broccoli contains a substance called Indole-3 carbinol which gets changed to DIM when digested by the body. DIM inhibits estrogen, thereby allowing your body to increase levels of free testosterone.

Oysters are known for increasing sexual desire, but they can also help you raise your testosterone levels. Oysters are very high in the mineral zinc. Zinc has been clinically proven to raise t-levels. A group of athletes participated in a 4-week study which tested the effects of zinc on t-levels. These athletes were given a strenuous exercise test and then their t-levels were tested. At the end of the test, a significant increase in t-levels were noted in all participating athletes.

Testosterone-rich foods are a great alternative to supplements.

Testosterone-rich foods are a great alternative to supplements.

Garlic is another food that can help you increase your t-levels. Garlic is a herb that is prized for its ability to help combat the common cold and for its antibacterial properties. Another benefit of this herb is that it contains diallyl-disulfide. This substance helps the body secrete luteinizing hormone and helps raise the levels of free testosterone in the body.

Foods high in saturated fats can also help your t-levels. Foods high in cholesterol like eggs, coconuts, olive oil, and avocados are a great addition to your diet if your goal is to ramp up to your t-levels. The main reason for this is that cholesterol helps synthesize testosterone. If you want to give your body the food it needs to produce testosterone, you’ll add these foods to your diet (in moderation).

“Testosterone-boosting foods appears to win by a landslide over testosterone supplements.”

Side Effects of Testosterone-Boosting Foods

The only side effects that come with food may be an increase in intestinal gas (from broccoli) or an allergic reaction (for those allergic to oysters). There are no other side effects.

The battle between testosterone supplements and testosterone-boosting foods is over. Testosterone supplements can help raise your t-levels, but they also can have side effects. Testosterone-boosting foods contain the same ingredients as the supplements do, but the side effects are non-existent or minimal. In this edition of gym showdown, testosterone-boosting foods appears to win by a landslide over testosterone supplements.

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Joe Bensam
 

I am an experienced bodybuilder and qualified personal trainer who specializes in strength training, conditioning and building muscle. I am committed to helping others improve their health, fitness and build through good advice on workouts and nutrition.