GENERALLY speaking students age from 18 to 25 years old, and at this age do you really need testosterone boosters?
There’s a common misconception that testosterone boosters are only for older men with lacking libido and a stagnant sex life.
However, this isn’t necessarily the case. Boosting your testosterone can have many positive effects if you’re trying to gain muscle or lose weight.
While studies show that after you reach 30 your testosterone levels slowly decline, that’s not to say you’re already producing enough.
There are two main hormones which vary with gender, testosterone and estrogen. Testosterone in its simplest form, is what makes men men; whereas Estrogen is the opposite, it’s what makes women women. Testosterone is responsible for the growth of the penis and testicles, whereas estrogen controls the growth of breasts and the female reproductive system.
If a male has high levels of Estrogen then he can develop the dreaded man boobs, known as gynaecomastia.
Whereas, if a woman has high levels of testosterone their voice can deepen and they can begin to grow facial hair. Alongside that they’ll also gain more muscle mass than an average woman can.
So, what are the benefits of making your manly self, more manly?
- Growth of the penis, scrotum and testes during puberty
- Enlargement of the larynx (voice box) that results in a deepening of the voice
- Formation of functional sperm
- Stimulation of hair growth – especially in the pubic area, chest, face, and, sometimes, the back
- Increases in skin thickness and darkness
- Increases in libido (sex drive)
- Increases in basal (resting) metabolic rate
- Increases in red blood cell number and total blood volume
- Promotion of sodium and water retention in the kidneys
- Increases in muscle protein synthesis resulting in increased muscle mass
- Reductions in muscle glycogen breakdown during exercise
- Increased calcium retention in bone
- Decreased growth of hair on top of the head
- Increased activity of the sebaceous (sweat) glands, sometimes resulting in acne
- Promote a narrowing and strengthening of the pelvis
Testosterone, by many, is considered paramount in male health as the production of it has so many effects. For example, if you are stressed your body produces Cortisol instead of Testosterone which can lead to a lower sex drive. So the next time you get stressed about a uni project, just think about the effect that it could have on your next date.
So, with this knowledge you’re probably already thinking that some T Boosters are a no brainer? Before you consider diving in you should also know that there are many ways to naturally increase your testosterone levels.
- Throw out everything you thought you knew about building muscle, and eat more fat. That’s right, an increase in saturated fats also increases testosterone levels. However, that doesn’t mean head straight down to McDonald’s; instead you should think about consuming some nice saturated fats, like the ones found in nuts, red meat, cheese and egg yolk.
- Do those big free weight exercises and stop using machines. Multi-joint free weight exercises, like deadlifts, squats and bench presses have also been proven to stimulate testosterone growth, so ditch the leg press and get in the squat rack! no curling please.
- Sleep, do what us students do best and get plenty of rest. Otherwise, you’ll reduce your levels of testosterone significantly.
However, if you’ve done your research and you’ve decided that testosterone boosters are the one for you, here’s a list of potential products.