Dr.Karol, MD

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Radical Remedies: Natural Testosterone Boosters

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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.

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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.

Author: Dr. Karol, MD

Alternative medicine expert, educator, medical health advisor and author. Recognized as a health expert who is highly knowledgeable in conventional medicine, supplementation, botanical medicine, clinical nutrition and diet and exercise programs. Karol graduated with a B.Sc. with distinction from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. Following this Karol completed a doctor of medicine degree as well as the medical post-graduation internship in Europe. Karol started his media career by hosting the radio Radical Remedies portion of The Natural Health Show. The Natural Health Show brings together a collection of health experts to discuss natural health solutions in a way that’s easy to understand. Karol also speaks on health matters and the potential of healthy ingredients on video blogs and at health tradeshows. He currently works closely with and represents some of Canada’s leading health product companies. Karol is currently the Medical Director of Vitarock.com, an online store for all things healthy. Here Karol reviews the products considered by Vitarock to ensure they meet the company’s four core pillars; to be pure, green, safe and fair. He also interacts directly with Vitarock’s online shoppers, being available by phone to provide a free medical consultation and to recommend the best possible products. He is also a senior advisor for dicentra, one of Canada’s leading regulatory and scientific consulting firms. Karol reviews science and compiles reports for Health Canada and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to help companies bring new and exciting products and ingredients to market. His overall philosophy is that as a society we should implement a more personal approach to our existing medical system showing more empathy, personal attention, as well as emotional and psychological support to individuals in need of help. He also believes in the value of integrating modern Western medical practice with natural remedies, exercise, time spent with nature, and a healthy diet rich in super foods.

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