Herbs for Increasing Testosterone
Here are some herbs, including tongkat ali, for increasing your testosterone naturally.
Why is there much buzz about optimal testosterone levels? This hormone is produced in both the testicles of men and the ovaries of women, and it regulates many physical and physiological functions, especially in sex drive and sperm count in men. Low testosterone can be attributed in testicular conditions or tumors in your pituitary gland, by it usually roots from poor diet and lifestyle habits.
But you don’t have to resort to medical testosterone therapy right away, because there are herbs that can help raise your levels of it naturally and bring vitality to your whole system. As in herbal supplementation for other purposes, it is best to consult your healthcare provider first, especially if you have an existing medical condition that needs special attention. Here are some examples:
- Tongkat ali – Sourced from Asian rainforests such as in Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand, the extract of this flowering plant is touted for its ability to raise your levels of free testosterone, which is more beneficial to your body than overall testosterone count. It is best used in potency of 1:200 for maximum potency of its active ingredients. Tongkat ali also has a reputation of being a traditional cure-all, addressing sex drive and simple headaches and ulcers.
- American ginseng – Known botanically as Panacis quinquefolius, American ginseng is a member of the Araliaceae family. Its root is used for counteracting the effects of stress, which could cause low testosterone count. It could also do wonders as an endurance booster. As for dosage, you can take half a teaspoon per day of dry American ginseng root for an extended time period, ranging from a month to a year if necessary.
- Fo-ti – Scientifically known as Polygonum multiflorum, this traditional Chinese medicine is promoted as a longevity herb, a tonic, and a booster of vitality and strength. It is able to boost testosterone levels and therefore help enhance sexual energy, as well as act as a relaxant to relieve stress and anxiety. Two of its compounds, lecithin and resveratrol, have also been shown to positively impact cholesterol levels, which also enhances testosterone production. You can regularly consume fo-ti for these properties: mix its powdered root with honey for a beneficial snack.
- Tribulus terrestris – Commonly known as goathead, puncture vine, and gokshura, this herb is believed to improve luteinizing hormone (LH) levels, which in turn can promote higher testosterone production. By optimizing your testosterone, tribulus terrestris accomplishes its role as an aphrodisiac, which means its users can experience adequate sexual performance. You can use this herb in combination with damiana, an herb also believed to have a mechanism of action akin to testosterone, and is also a potent aphrodisiac.
These herbs have shown to be a powerhouse in improving testosterone levels, but you need to make sure you’re getting only top quality and efficiency in order to achieve maximum results. You should be able to research or ask questions on the purity of the herbal extract. Tongkat ali, for instance, needs to be mature enough to provide the active compounds you’re looking for. The source is also important – Indonesian tongkat, ali, for instance has been shown to be highly potent and providing the best benefits.
France Aguilar is a Digital Marketing Specialist from Natural Tongkat Ali whose interests includes Men’s health, nutrition, body building and alternative medicines.