Now, if like me, the word “testosterone booster “leaves you a bit bamboozled, you shouldn’t really blame yourself. This term has been widely used in recent years, and for some people it includes anabolic steroids, natural testosterone supplements, testosterone replacement therapy and so on.
But in reality, the term “testosterone booster” should only really apply to natural testosterone supplements.
Testosterone Replacement Therapy
The chemical versions of testosterone enhancement usually fall under the category of steroids, and testosterone therapy. These methods of enhancing testosterone can often lead to potentially harmful, long-term side-effects which could include:
- testicular shrinkage
- dependency on synthetic testosterone
- oily skin
- breast enlargement (gynaecomastia)
- aggravated sleep apnea
- increased aggression/dramatic mood swings
- increased risk of heart attacks
- increased risk of strokes
- dramatic changes in cholesterol and lipid levels
- reduced sperm count
Now that’s one hell of a long list, considering that you only wanting to increase your testosterone levels.
Testosterone Boosters (The Way I See Them)
Natural testosterone supplements, or “testosterone boosters” as I like to call them, I created from mainly natural ingredients, usually herbs and minerals that are commonly found in foods in certain parts of the world, particularly India (such as fenugreek).
These testosterone boosters do not actually contain any type of synthetic testosterone, or any other kind of hormone for that matter. The ingredients that are used in the supplements are designed to encourage the body to start producing more of its own testosterone.
The most common type of the ingredients used in these “testosterone boosters” include:
- d aspartic acid
- mucuna pruriens
- vitamin D
- oyster Extract
So Can Testosterone Boosters Trigger Side-Effects?
Looking at the ingredients list above, it’s clear to see the majority, if not all of the mention ingredients are nothing out of the ordinary. Therefore, unless you have a specific seafood allergy, then maybe oyster extract should be avoided, but on the whole none of these ingredients will expose you to the risks that synthetic versions of testosterone could.
In other words, the vast majority of the testosterone boosters on the market today, provided they don’t contain anything out of the ordinary, will not really cause any major side-effects.
Anabolic Steroids are also (incorrectly) Referred to as Testosterone Boosters!
Anabolic steroids are actually testosterone, or synthetic versions of the hormone that are pumped into the body so the body can enjoy all the trimmings of having more than enough levels for it to induce muscle growth, and strength increases.
In reality, anabolic steroids and not “testosterone boosters”, they can better be described as “testosterone providers”. Therefore, the two should not be confused.
Now that we’ve identified the real “testosterone boosters”, I would say it’s pretty safe to suggest that they don’t really carry any potentially dangerous side effects as anabolic steroids and testosterone replacement therapy do.