Although both men and women produce the hormone, testosterone is responsible for producing male characteristics, such as a deeper voice and an increase in muscle mass. In addition, this natural hormone has a direct affect on sex drive, energy levels and concentration levels. After the age of 25, testosterone levels decrease. Thus, older men may experience a lack of focus, energy and desire to have sex.
Muscle mass is also influenced by testosterone and combined with strength training can help control weight gain and increase energy. Additionally, strong bones are important to help support the body and when testosterone levels are low the risk for osteoporosis or weak bones increase.
An increase in sexual arousal and activity can increase levels of testosterone naturally. However, lack of the two for an extended time can cause a drop in levels. For many men this becomes a challenge therefore some men turn to a natural testosterone booster. These supplements may increase sex drive in women but because of the lack of research on long term use in women, doctors are less likely to recommend them.
As the name suggests, testosterone boosters increase the hormone in the body. Men who take this type of supplement report an increase in all areas, such as having more energy, the desire to have sex and the drive to participant is more daily activities.
Less common side effects are an increase in male breast size and a decrease in the size of the testicles. More commonly reported side effects of testosterone boosters are acne and having to urinate more frequently.
Men with prostate cancer or breast cancer are not good candidates for the use of this type of supplement.
Seeing your doctor is the first step if you are experiencing lack of energy, and lack of sex drive. If you suspect that this is due to low testosterone levels, a simple blood test can help determine this and other underlying conditions.
One benefit of taking testosterone boosters is an increase in motivation to do more activities. When you incorporate strength training, muscle gain also increases. An increase in sex drive is another upside.
Side effects are minimal when taking natural supplements. However, every man and his response to taking supplements are different. You should always have a discussion with your doctor before moving forward.