There is renewed hype about testosterone replacement therapy. At first, a lot of middle-aged men jumped on the bandwagon because testosterone replacement offered a quick fix to improve vitality, energy, stamina, strength and sexual performance.
Now, lawyers and critics are not far behind as more and more TV ads about testosterone replacement causing increased risk of strokes and heart attacks appear. Other potential side effects are increased risk or exacerbation of prostate cancer, decreased sperm count, acne and hair loss.
The story of testosterone replacement is probably just too good to be true.
Natural Testosterone Boosters
But the question remains: are there natural compounds that may increase testosterone in a safer way? Well fortunately, Mother Nature has given us some plants that do just that. The major difference in these plants in comparison to testosterone replacement is that they really do not increase the total testosterone in the body. What they do is release the testosterone that is bound to a certain protein, called sex hormone-binding globulin. When testosterone is bound to this protein, it is ineffective. Releasing it from this protein increases free testosterone that is ready to do its work. This kind of testosterone increase is much more gradual and safer in comparison to testosterone patches or gels.
So what are these plants? Some examples are Tribulus terrestris, Fenugreek extract (also known as Testofen) and epimedium extract containing a high level of the active ingredient Icariin. This last herb also enhances the effect of nitric oxide on penile tissue leading to stronger and longer lasting erections.
Finally, by increasing testosterone in a much safer and gradual way, these herbs can add to physical strength as well as increased endurance during physical exercise. This can certainly help in losing those extra pounds around the waist for a better look and a better feel.