Have You Seen My Recommended Testosterone Boosting Supplements?
If you have you’ll know that I don’t hold most specific testosterone boosting supps in high regards (think supplements named things like “Testo storm”, “T Fuel” etc.). If you haven’t, I suggest you check out my article on Testosterone Boosting Supplements – Do They Work
When you check out that article, you’ll see that I recommend to focus on supplementing areas of your nutrition where you potentially lack. Specifically the vitamins and minerals that help increase testosterone production.
The main ones I advise to focus on as actual testosterone boosting supplements are below:
- Vitamin D3 & K2
- Omega 3
- Vitamin C
- D-Aspartic Acid
- B Vitamins
In previous articles in this Recommended Testosterone Boosting Supplements series I’ve covered a number of the supplements already (Zinc, Magnesium, Boron, Vitamin D3 & K2, Omega 3 & Vitamin B3) why they assist with increased testosterone production and a couple of brands of these supplements that I can recommend.
In this article, we are going to cover Selenium, Vitamin C & Ashwagandha.
While you only need a very small amount, selenium plays a vital part in the bodies’ metabolic process. It is utilized in multiple bodily functions & practically every cell in the body has it, particularly in your liver, muscles, kidneys & thyroid. Selenium also aids with restricting the actions of free radicals, which are often harmful for your body.
Multiple studies conducted have demonstrated that selenium can increase testosterone levels in men over the age of 30 (usually when T levels start to naturally drop), when people have low T levels and in particular when the have a diet deficient in selenium. On top of being a testosterone boosting supplement, selenium aids with the following as well:
- Improving blood pressure
- Improving the quality of sperm
- Helping to combat prostate cancer
Consensus is that the recommended daily intake for selenium is between 75 & 350 mcg per day (I personally take approximately 300 mcg per day) and selenium is safe until you start to exceed 400 mcg, doses in excess of this, you can start to see side effects like irritability, hair loss, nausea, fatigue, nail inflammation, and vomiting and then over use can lead to even more extreme side effects including:
- Blood clots
- Liver problems
- Muscle tenderness
- Brazil nuts
- Sunflower seeds
- Brown rice
I recommend having supplements if your diet is low in the above. I’m going to be releasing an article shortly, giving an overview of what I believe to be the top selenium supplements on the market. Please make sure you look out for that (I will update this article with a these on link to the new one). For the time being you can see the selenium supplements that I’ve been using most recently, you are able to purchase them on Amazon, so it is easy to get items delivered and your order is protected etc. check out these supplements below.
Vitamin C is one of the most powerful antioxidants out there, it brings multiple health benefits including:
- Reducing high blood pressure
- Improving iron absorption
- Boosting immunity
- Improving mood
- Improved sexual performance
- Improved sperm quality
Then the reason it is on this list, it can help increase testosterone production. This is due to its ability to influence & reduce cortisol levels in the body. Cortisol which is known as the stress hormone suppresses the production of testosterone when it is released. This means that any increase in cortisol levels leads to a drop in testosterone levels. By reducing the levels of cortisol in the body, Vitamin C is allows testosterone production to occur.
The daily recommended intake of Vitamin C is around 90 mg and while I would expect most people to get enough in their diet, the fact is that fruit and veg aren’t as nutritionally dense as they once were and the average western diet isn’t what it once was. Therefor I advise people keep vitamin C supplements for days when their veg and fruit intake is low and if your diet is low in fruit and veg as a whole!
I’m going to be publishing an article soon, reviewing my top vitamin C supplement brands. So keep an eye out for this (I will update this article with a these on link to the new one). For now check out the Vitamin supplements that I’ve used recently. Both can be bought on Amazon, so easy to get delivered, your order is protected etc. check out them out below.
Ashwagandha is a herb with multiple medicinal appliances. It has been classified as an “adaptogen,” this means it can help the body to manage stress, levels. The same as with vitamin C with lowered stress comes less cortisol release and when there is less cortisol released in your body your testosterone production is higher.
It also has the following additional health benefits:
- Lowers blood sugars
- Has anti cancer properties
- Increases male fertility
- Potentially improve memory & brain function
- Potentially reduce inflammation
So on top of being a testosterone boosting supplement, you can see it comes with a number of health benefits. Unlike the majority of the other supplements I recommend this isn’t something you can get in your normal diet, you either need the herbs or supplements and I personally prefer to opt for supplements.
In terms of dosage, different minimum amounts of Ashwagandha brings different health benefits (lowered blood sugar for example requires a lowered amount than some others). To gain the majority of the health benefits, you are looking at a daily dosage between 500 mg and 1000 mg
The same as with the other supplements in this article, I’m going to be publishing an article specifically reviewing the top Ashwagandha brands, so look out for that (I will update this article with a these on link to the new one). For the short term you can check out the brand I’ve been using most recently. They are available on Amazon, so the same as the others easy to get delivered, have a look below:
Final Thoughts & Future Articles
I hope you have found part three of this series on my recommended testosterone boosting supplements useful. If you haven’t seen the other parts of this series, you can check them out here: My Recommended Testosterone Boosting Supplements – Keep an eye open for the future parts of this series and remember I’ll be publishing articles reviewing the best brand for each of the supplements listed in this article. If you have any queries in regard to this article, the supplements I’ve mentioned or in regard to T production as a whole, drop me a comment below and I’ll get back to you.