How does testosterone work?
When most people hear the word testosterone, they think of “typical” male attributes. Potency, strength, stamina, beard growth and in fact these characteristics, as well as sperm production are significantly influenced by testosterone. But women also need testosterone. Similar to men, it increases muscle growth and improves muscle recovery and general performance. Blood formation and libido are stimulated. During the time of ovulation, the female body actually produces more testosterone and desire increases.
Testosterone is an androgen (sex hormone) found in both men and women, but differs in number and amount between the sexes. Testosterone is produced primarily in the gonads (testes) in men and in the ovaries and adrenal cortex in women.
The continuous decrease in testosterone levels associated with the aging process in men is nowadays beyond question, and testosterone deficiency is the most common hormone balance disorder in men. Testosterone acts practically in all organs of the body and affects not only the libido and potency of men. It stimulates the build-up of muscles and bone density in a gender-unspecific manner and influences fat and sugar metabolism. It even affects the psyche and a deficiency can lead to low mood and even depression.
In the blood, testosterone is 98% bound to proteins such as albumin or the sex hormone producing globulin (SHBG). However, according to current doctrine, testosterone can only perform its function in its free (bioavailable) form.
From the age of 25, testosterone falls by about 1% per year. The consequences are declining potency, libido, lack of energy and fatigue, sleep disturbances and dwindling muscle and manhood. With high interindividual dispersion, the average decrease in blood levels of testosterone causes testosterone deficiency to occur in about 20 to 30% of men after the age of 50.
How can I increase my testosterone naturally?
In order to determine a testosterone deficiency, 3 blood samples are required, the mean value of which yields the average testosterone level, as this depends on the time of day. Important when determining testosterone: you must always specifically request the measurement of total testosterone and free testosterone, otherwise only the total value is measured, which has little significance.
Nevertheless, you should becareful with testosterone preparations and always talk to your doctor first. This is because if artificial testosterone is added to the body, this signals to the adrenal gland and pituitary gland that there is sufficient testosterone and that production can be stopped. In addition, artificially supplied testosterone promotes increased conversion to estradiol (an estrogen) in the male body. This process leads to gynecomastia (“man boobs”).
Specially prepared seeds from fenugreek can naturally increase testosterone levels. High-dose extracts of fenugreek seed can even double the amount of bioavailable testosterone. this can give a 60-year-old the testosterone level of a 40-year-old.
The increased testosterone production of the body has been proven in many scientific studies. The phytohormones contained in fenugreek, especially the saponins, play an essential role here. Saponins must be thermally treated with high temperatures, otherwise they cannot be used by the body. Through this process of activation, the seed can develop its optimal effect.
Andropeak® offers a particularly high concentration of the all-important fenugreek seed. With these high-dose extracts of fenugreek seeds in combination with iron, selenium, zinc and vitamin B6, it makes a significant contribution to increasing testosterone and thus improving muscle strength and also manhood.
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- Siegenthaler, W., Blum, H.E. (2006) Klinische Pathophysiologie. Georg Thieme Verlag, 9th edition.