Test Boost has been carefully formulated with the optimal blend of natural, high-quality ingredients including Tribulus Terrestris, Magnesium, and Epimedium Grandiflorum. Tribulus Terrestris, combined with the anti-inflammatory effects of Magnesium and the pro-androgynous effects of Epimedium Grandiflorum, optimizes muscle building, energy levels, and sex drive.
Testosterone is a sex hormone that plays important roles in the body. In men, it’s thought to regulate sex drive (libido), bone mass, fat distribution, muscle mass, strength, and the production of red blood cells and sperm. Testosterone deficiency causes erectile dysfunction, hot flashes, reduced muscle mass, lowered sex drive, and difficulty concentrating. Anabolic hormones, whose levels decrease with age, play an important role in maintaining the optimal body energy delivery. In older persons, the occurrence of a single mild hormonal derangement is rarely observed. More frequently there is a simultaneous anabolic hormonal deficiency [Testosterone (T), Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), estradiol (E2), growth hormone-Insulin-like Growth Factor-1 (GH-IGF-1), and vitamin D] which is part of “multiple hormonal dysregulation.” The simultaneous presence of low levels of Testosterone, together with DHEAS and IGF-1, has a strong negative effect on all-cause mortality in older men. Low testosterone concentration is a strong predictor of frailty, disability, and cardiovascular events that negatively influence lean muscle mass.
Magnesium is a cofactor in over 300 enzymatic reactions and biological processes in the body. Testosterone travels throughout the body attached to a hormone called SHBG (sex hormone binding globulin). Magnesium acts to make testosterone readily released from SHBG, making testosterone more available to tissues for muscle growth and its various other functions. Magnesium supplementation significantly enhances steroidogenic enzymes, namely, delta(5)3beta-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase and 17beta-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase, activities at moderate and high dose of magnesium that results in increased serum testosterone levels. This effect is markedly accentuated with prolonged supplementation with this vital nutrient.
Experimental data show that supplementation with magnesium and zinc together significantly increase testosterone levels in men of all ages. This relationship between Mg and testosterone is independent of BMI and levels of other hormones in the body. The male gonads require magnesium to function optimally.
In addition to upregulating testosterone, magnesium supplementation has many beneficial effects. It has been shown to decrease muscle oxygen requirements during exercise and increase endurance. Interestingly, magnesium levels decrease with intense and/or long-term exercise, which leads to latent fatigue and decreased endurance – surprisingly similar to how zinc behaves in such conditions. These data further support that magnesium supplementation should be considered in all men for optimal health and performance.
Zinc is an essential micronutrient and the second most abundant trace mineral in the body. This mineral is not able to be made inside the human body, making exogenous supplementation mandatory. Zinc is required for testosterone production and delivery, the immune system, cell division, and harvesting energy from food sources. Zinc deficiency is associated with hypogonadism – a condition where the testes do not function properly and fail to produce testosterone, sperm or both. Zinc deficiency slows spermatogenesis, the formation of new sperm, and can cause structural sperm abnormalities.
T. terrestris fruit and roots are used medicinally in both traditional Chinese medicine and Indian Ayurveda medicine practices. Few studies exist on the effect of T. terrestris on testosterone levels in humans, but in animal models, significant increases in serum testosterone were observed with daily T. terrestris consumption. T. terrestris has the added bonus of increasing libido, arousal and sexual satisfaction both in men and women. In other studies, T. terrestris has been shown to decrease systemic inflammation and be protective against depression.
Testosterone circulates in the body and some gets converted to estradiol, a hormone cousin of estrogen. Chrysin has been shown in many studies to inhibit the rate-limiting step of the conversion of testosterone to estradiol, leading to an increase in testosterone. This flavonoid allows your body to use all the testosterone it makes instead of some being shunted to different functions. Chrysin also acts to buffer the free radicals in your body and decrease inflammation.
Horny Goat Weed (Epimedium grandiflorum)
Horny Goat Weed has been used for ages in eastern medicine to effectively treat erectile dysfunction and combat premature ejaculation. The active compound of horny goat weed is icariin. Icariin and its derivatives have been shown to increase nitric oxide synthesis in the penis (the compound responsible for harder erections), inhibit PDE-5 in cavernosal (penile) smooth muscle (the mechanism of Viagra), increases muscle cell growth, and mimics endogenous androgens (like testosterone). This compound can make you more manly and have stronger, longer lasting erections. While this plant has not been shown to directly increase testosterone levels, it certainly boosts the effects of the voracious hormone.
- NIH.gov - Understanding How Testosterone Affects Men (Dr. Harrison Wein)
- The Interplay between Magnesium and Testosterone in Modulating Physical Function in Men (Geriatric Rehabilitation Department, University-Hospital of Parma)
- Effects of Magnesium Supplementation on Testosterone Levels of Athletes and Sedentary Subjects at Rest and After Exhaustion (Center for Medical Research, Selcuk University)
- Effect of Testosterone and a Nutritional Supplement, Alone and in Combination, on Hospital Admissions in Undernourished Older Men and Women (Department of Medicine, University of Adelaide)
- The Effect of Testosterone and a Nutritional Supplement on Hospital Admissions in Under-Nourished, Older People (Department of Medicine, University of Adelaide)
- Zinc Status and Serum Testosterone Levels of Healthy Adults (Department of Internal Medicine, Wayne State University School of Medicine)
- Tribulus Terrestris for Treatment of Sexual Dysfunction in Women: Randomized Double-Blind Placebo - Controlled Study (Tehran University School of Medicine)
- Clinical Trial of a Tribestan Preparation in Infertile Men (Sofia University)
- Tribulus Terrestris Versus Placebo in the Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction: A Prospective, Randomized, Double Blind Study (Department of Urology,
University of Campinas School of Medicine)
- Inhibitory Effect of Chrysin on Estrogen Biosynthesis by Suppression of Enzyme Aromatase (CYP19): A Systematic Review (Department of Cellular and Molecular Nutrition, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences)
- Herbals and Aphrodisiacs Used for Managing ED (Andrology, Urology and Continence Center, Gleneagles Hospital, Singapore)
- Sexual Enhancement Products for Sale Online: Raising Awareness of the Psychoactive Effects of Yohimbine, Maca, Horny Goat Weed, and Ginkgo biloba (School of Medical Sciences, University of Hertfordshire)
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