Do testosterone boosters increase lean muscle mass?

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How does testosterone affect muscle growth?

Testosterone is one of the main regulators of your body’s ability to build lean muscle mass. But some people simply don’t have enough testosterone to produce the gains they want.

In this article we will take a look at the testosterone boosting supplements, and whether they can help you build lean muscle mass.

Tribulus terrestris

Tribulus terrestris contains steroidal saponins, alkaloids, and flavonoids. It boosts testosterone by stimulating the the anterior pituitary gland, which increases the production and secretion of the powerful anabolic luteinizing hormone.

Advice: Keep an eye out for the standardised saponin content of each product as this is the most important part of the supplement. The minimum is around 40%, but some go as high as 95%.

Bulbine natalenis

Although it has been used in African medicine for years, Bulbine natalensis is a more recent addition to the bodybuilding world. A recent study showed that this herb increased testosterone levels by 347% and reduced estrogen by 35% (in non-human subjects). This is a potent combination for developing lean muscle.

Advice: Bulbine Natalenis is an advanced supplement that’s relatively new to the market. Testosterone supplement novices should begin with mild dosages so they can judge how their body responds.

Zinc: Magnesium: Vitamin B6 (ZMA)

ZMA is a supplement with plenty of scientific backing. One study in the US found athletes who used ZMA exhibited a 30% increase in circulating testosterone levels and increased strength 2.5 times greater than the non-ZMA control group.

Advice: ZMA is a fantastic product for recovery from intense training. It should ideally be taken right before bedtime because it helps support REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. REM sleep is the deep period of sleep and optimises growth hormone production.

D-Aspartic Acid (DAA)

D-Aspartic Acid is the ‘D’ form of the amino aspartic acid. It is found naturally in the testes, pituitary gland, and hypothalamus, all of which are key players in anabolic hormone production. A recent study found that men aged 27-37 who used DAA increased their circulating luteinizing hormone by 33% and testosterone levels by 43%.

Advice: Make sure you buy 100% pure D-Aspartic Acid. Aim to use 3g per day in the morning. After using DAA supplements for 4 months, take a 4 month break before using again.

Our Take

Testosterone boosters may have been used by bodybuilders for many years, but in terms of scientific research and use by the general population they are still in their early stages. Until more solid research becomes available including a wider range of subjects and a wider range of performance variables it’s difficult to come to a full conclusion about testosterone boosters.

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