Using Testosterone Supplements to boost T-levels
Given the importance of testosterone on men's health and its beneficial effect on building muscle, mood elevation, increased libido, sperm generation, and Erectile Dysfunction(ED) supplements that offer to boost T-levels are many but in terms of efficacy circumspect.
Many studies of supplement brands, touting boosting T-levels , amongst other benefits like energy boost, libido etc., have one common outcome – disappointing results, and did not pass muster.
One extensive study of 50 testosterone supplements published in The World Journal of Men's Health, 2020 Jan, PMID:31385468 reviewed supplements on many aspects like:
- Active ingredients used
- Available medical literature of the ingredients
- RDA(Recommended Daily Allowance)
- Upper limits allowed
90% claimed Boost in T levels, 50% improved libido and 48% feel stronger,
109 unique compounds found, only 24.8 of these had any medical literature data that showed proof of increased T-levels.
10% data showed decreased T level, 18.3% showed no change in T,
No data found on 61.5% of supplements on their effect on testosterone. 1
|Fenugreek extract||22 (48.9)|
|Vitamin B6||20 (44.4)|
|Eurycoma longifolia extract||12 (26.7)|
|Maca extract||10 (22.2)|
|D-Aspartic acid||09 (20.0)|
|Ashwagandha extract||08 (17.8)|
|Vitamin D||08 (17.8)|
|Black pepper fruit extract||07 (15.6)|
|Mucuna pruriens||07 (15.6)|
|Tongkat ali extract||07 (15.6)|
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Individual components for “T booster” supplements and the percentage of surveyed testosterone supplements containing those components
|Supplement||Increase T||Decrease T||No change in T||Conflicting Data|
*Both the tables are excerpts from the actual study
The study concludes that patients should be cautioned about using testosterone supplements to up T-levels.
Considering supplements are not regulated unlike medicine due diligence in terms of researching ingredients, daily values allowed, possible side effects from the supplements if they work is very important if testosterone supplements are used to boost T-levels.