Testosterone boosters can be beneficial for those with hypogonadism, but should be used in moderation as many side effects can result. Those who have normal testosterone levels are better off not using them at all. Most young men (15-30) already have through-the-roof testosterone levels and will not see many benefits from a booster.
As the name suggests, testosterone boosters are supplements that are taken to increase the production of testosterone in the body. The use of testosterone boosters in the US has been on the rise in the last few years especially among bodybuilders to accelerate muscle growth, and men with a condition called hypogonadism, characterized by below-normal testosterone levels.
Testosterone boosters are known to be very efficient in meeting the goals of users but like everything good, there exists the possibility of harm. Acne, especially of the back is one of the most commonly cited side effects. Studies conducted mostly in Europe have indicated a possible correlation between liver and kidney damage and prolonged testosterone booster use. It is also said that they could increase the chances of prostate cancer among men with no testosterone deficiency. Dependency could also result among users hooked to the youthful kick that they get from using these supplements. DHEA, a common testosterone booster ingredient, is known to cause hair loss, nausea, and a raise in blood pressure.
Doctors advise caution when embarking on a testosterone therapy. As is the case with most supplements, moderation is encouraged. If you experience any suspected side effect, it is prudent to stop use and contact a physician. One last thing to keep in mind is many believe that testosterone boosters are safe because the FDA has approved them. False. Products containing compounds that are converted into testosterone are not regulated by the FDA.
This article is intended for men.
Possible short-term side effects
Possible long-term side effects
- increased blood pressure
- hair loss
- prostate cancer
- acne on the back (bacne)
- heart attack
- liver damage
- kidney damage
Ingredients to be aware of
- tribulus terrestris
- treats hypogonadism
- testosterone boosting foods:
- pumpkin seeds
- ricotta cheese
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Written by Brendan Quigley | 12-28-2015
Written by Brendan Quigley
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