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TESTOSTERONE
Articles by a Naturopathic Doctor ( N.D.)

Low levels of testosterone can be a factor in the development of some menopausal complaints ...

TESTOSTERONE

Testosterone controls sexual desire in both men and women

Testosterone is a hormone that is produced in the testicles, in males, the ovary in females and the adrenal gland in both sexes.  Testosterone is responsible for male characteristics, libido, regulating metabolism, blood production and the growth of all body tissues including muscles, hair, skin and bone.  In men it also regulates puberty and sperm production.  As we age the body produces less testosterone.

Researchers believe that low levels of testosterone can be a factor in the development of some menopausal complaints (low libido, poor memory), osteoporosis, low libido in men and women, impotence, infertility in men, poor memory, loss of muscle mass, anemia, obesity and fatigue.

By increasing muscle mass and energy, testosterone is also an aid to improving athletic performance.  Testosterone is available only by prescription in Canada.  It can be used orally or topically, in a cream.

To enhance the body’s production of testosterone without taking testosterone itself there are several options.  By supporting the function of the adrenals, testicles and ovaries the body can optimize its testosterone levels, relative to a person’s age.  For specific information (dosing, safety issues, etc.) on each supplement follow the link.

Essential fatty acid and protein intake is important.  Essential fatty acids are used to make steroid molecules, the precursors to hormones like testosterone.  Protein is what the body uses to build muscle and repair tissue under the direction of hormones like testosterone.

Vitamins and minerals that support sexual gland function include the vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium and zinc.  Vitamins and minerals can be taken that support the production of hormones in the adrenal gland include the B vitamins, especially B5, vitamin C and zinc.

Herbs that support testosterone production by containing molecules that look like steroids and can stimulate the body in a similar way to hormones, like testosterone, include Tribulus (puncture vine) and Damiana.

Adaptogenic herbs help the adrenal gland optimize its functioning.  The adrenal releases precursor hormones that go on to form testosterone.  Many different herbs and mushrooms are used for adrenal support including the ginsengs, astragalus, licorice, shiitake and maitake.

Testosterone– QUICK FACTS

SOURCES

·  Testes, ovaries, supplements from animal or synthetic source.

APPLICATIONS

·  Low libido, impotence, fertility, menopausal complaints, poor memory, loss of muscle mass, anemia, bone loss, increased athletic performance.

SUPPLEMENTS

·  Vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin B complex, vitamin B5, zinc, selenium, protein, essential fatty acids, damiana, tribulus, the ginsengs, astragalus, licorice, shiitake and maitake.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

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·  Products that increase testosterone are not recommended for pregnant or nursing women or men with BPH or prostate cancer.

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