Have you ever had a hard time deciding which testosterone booster to take? There are so many, and it can be confusing to tell what works and what doesn’t work.
It’s ok because I’m about to simplify this for you.
The first answer is on the label. And in this post, I’m going to give you the 7 ingredients to look for in natural testosterone boosters.
I’m also going to show you what doesn’t work so that you don’t waste your hard-earned money.
If only I had all the money I’ve spent over the years on crap test boosters that don’t work! Perhaps you feel the same.
Who Needs To Take Testosterone Boosters (Who Is This Post For)?
The short answer is not everyone. In fact, for most people, buying a natural testosterone is a waste. So who needs to take testosterone boosters?
You will benefit the most from a natural testosterone booster if…
- You’re on a consistent workout schedule
- Building lean muscle is important to you
- Having less body fat is one of your primary goals
- You need a boost in energy, mood, and mental clarity
- You’re over the age of 30
**Seriously, if you’re younger than 30, natural test boosters probably won’t do much for you. Just go buy some protein powder and creatine for muscle gains.
Ingredients To Look For In Natural Testosterone Boosters
Are you ready to learn about the 7 ingredients to look for in natural testosterone boosters?
I’m not only going to give you the ingredients but will also explain why most of these (especially the first 4) should be on the label of any test booster you plan to take.
Vitamin D is listed first because it’s the king of ingredients to look for in natural testosterone boosters. In fact, if you’re considering taking a natural test booster that doesn’t contain a form of vitamin D, put it back on the shelf.
Here are 3 ways that vitamin D supports healthy testosterone levels…
- Vitamin D promotes quality sleep, which allows your body to produce more testosterone
- Releases the Luteinizing hormone that opens up the cells that produce testosterone, as researched by the 5x5project.com.
- Lack of vitamin D has been directly associated with low testosterone levels (you can’t build lean muscle with low T levels!).
Zinc is just as important as taking vitamin D for supporting healthy testosterone levels. And the fact is that most of us are deficient in this mineral. And this is a huge part of what causes your testosterone levels to decrease.
Here are a few key points in how zinc helps improve testosterone levels and your health…
- Boosts your immune system
- Aids in digestion and breaking down food
- Plays a crucial role in protein building through enzymes
You can learn more about zinc by watching this short video by Dr. Robbins explaining in depth the benefits of taking zinc…
How does magnesium increase testosterone? It actually works well in conjunction with zinc and vitamin D. Per menprovement.com, and my personal experience, there are countless bodybuilders who swear by supplementing with magnesium to increase testosterone and performance.
Taking Magnesium can help you…
- Boost both free and total testosterone
- Promote protein synthesis (helping you pack on more muscle)
- Works best when combined with vitamin D, zinc, and vitamin B6 (which we’ll discuss more next!)
Do you remember the old school ZMA formula discovered by Victor Conte? You can read more about the formula (and Victor) on Wikipedia.com.
Vitamin B6 is part of this formula, which is still popular among bodybuilders and athletes today. Why? Because it works!
Here’s the ZMA formula:
- Vitamin B6
Vitamin B6 works by producing more androgens to increase testosterone. It also helps provide more oxygen to red blood cells and can boost your immune system.
DAA, or D-aspartic acid, is known to aid in releasing hormones that increase testosterone. DAA belongs to the family of amino acids, our building blocks or protein that build muscle.
You’ll see many modern testosterone boosters that contain DAA. And per massivejoes.com, some experience significant results in taking d-aspartic acid within the first two weeks.
From my personal experience, DAA doesn’t do a whole lot as a standalone supplement. It seems to work best as a supporting ingredient in test boosters (again, that’s just from my own experience; you may have or have had different results).
I used to think that Fenugreek was a filler ingredient (you’ll learn more about fillers below under the section ‘Which Ingredients Don’t Work For Boosting Testosterone?’).
However, as I did further research I began to realize how powerful and effective Fenugreek is. And more importantly, the role is having on naturally increasing testosterone.
The evidence of taking Fenugreek is profound in who lift weights on a regular basis (remember in the beginning that this post is for those who exercise consistently?).
Per an article on bodybuilding.com, a recent study of men experienced noticeable strength gains and leaner body composition within a few weeks of taking Fenugreek (versus those who were not taking it).
Fenugreek has some other cool benefits that I have just learned about. Rebecca Safier at blog.prepscholar.com points out that a daily dose can help regulate blood sugar and balance cholesterol. There are also several benefits to women taking Fenugreek.
You’re probably already aware of the arousing effects that eating oysters have. Not everyone likes oysters (eh, I’m one of those!). But creating a supplement (oyster extract) from oysters makes perfect sense.
Does oyster extract really increase testosterone? The reason oyster extract is one of the key ingredients to look for in natural testosterone boosters is because it’s high in zinc.
Is oyster extract necessary to increase testosterone? I would say if you’re already taking a substantial dose of zinc, you probably don’t need the additional zinc that oyster extract provides.
However, if you combine oyster extract with other ingredients that boost testosterone, you could potentially enhance your results. As mentioned earlier, testosterone boosters that have a combination of quality ingredients tend to work best as opposed to standalone supplements.
Other Effective Ingredients That May Help Boost Testosterone
- Vitamin K2
- Creatine Monohydrate
Which Ingredients Don’t Work For Boosting Testosterone?
Alright, now let’s reveal the ingredients that don’t work for boosting testosterone. I call these ‘crap ingredients‘ because they don’t do crap!
Many testosterone boosters will have a combination of ingredients that work and don’t work. Why? Because some supplement manufacturers want to trick you into thinking ‘more is better’ on the label.
These ingredients are called fillers (because they just fill up space on the label and again, there’s no purpose for them).
It doesn’t necessarily mean the test booster is completely ineffective. If it has hefty doses of the right ingredients, and maybe a few fillers, you can try it. But don’t overpay for this stuff (I’m going to give you my recommended test booster later).
Test Boosting Ingredients That Suck
Okay, that was a bit harsh. You can find some use to the below ingredients. However, these supplements have limited evidence that they actually boost testosterone (and these are often marketed as testosterone boosting ingredients).
- Yohimbe supplements have been around for a while and have been sold as a test boosting ingredient. Yohimbe is often used to increase libdio but doesn’t necessarily boost testosterone.
- Eurycoma longifolia Jack extract is another ingredient you’ll find in natural testosterone boosters. Like Yohimbe, it’s used to increase sexual desire but there’s no proof that is increases testosterone, as ncbi.nlm.nih.gov claims.
- Tribulus Terrestris…now this used to be one of my favorite supplements back in the day! I wanted it to work so bad, and many bodybuilders swore by it. And there are some benefits, but unfortunately increasing testosterone isn’t one of them.
What Is The Perfect Natural Testosterone Booster Have In It?
If you go back up to the beginning under ‘7 Ingredients To Look For In Natural Testosterone Boosters‘ take a close look at the first 4 ingredients.
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin B6
I realize those aren’t sexy-sounding ingredients with cool names you can’t pronounce. But these are the core ingredients that will help you increase your testosterone levels, naturally (notice I said ‘naturally!’).
If you’re looking at a natural test booster and it doesn’t contain those 4 ingredients, walk away. Don’t form a relationship with that testosterone booster because you’ll be disappointed!
The other 3 ingredients listed are a bonus.
- DAA (D-aspartic acid)
- Oyster extract
I recommend looking for at least 1 of the 3 of these, combined with the first 4 core ingredients. That should give you promising results.
I hope you enjoyed reading this article, and truly hope that it helps you decide on what type of natural testosterone booster to get. In fact, re-read this every time before you buy any test booster!
If you have any questions, feel free to comment below. And please share this article with others!