You should be at least 25 years old before you consider taking a testosterone booster. And here’s why…
When you’re in your teens to early 20’s, your body is (or should be) producing plenty of its own testosterone. You don’t want to screw that up!
Here’s what will most likely happen if you’re under 25:
- If you take a synthetic version of testosterone (which I highly discourage no matter how old you are), you run the risk of killing your natural testosterone production. Not good.
- If you’re taking a natural testosterone booster before the age of 25, you’re just wasting your money. At best, you may experience a short-lived placebo effect.
If you’re under 25 and want to build muscle, here’s what to do instead…
- Lift heavy
- Eat plenty of protein with healthy carbs and fats
- Take creatine monohydrate
If you’re over 25, let’s talk more about taking something to boost test.
Do You Really Need a Testosterone Booster?
First, let’s address the most important question.
Do you really need to take something to boost your testosterone?
Just because you’re over 25, or 30, or even 40, doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to take any special supplements. It doesn’t automatically mean your test levels are low.
Look, supplement companies will try to sell their products to anyone. But my job on this site is to make sure you don’t waste your money, and that you take something that’s actually going to produce noticeable results.
So before going forward, here are some basic questions to ask yourself, and I’m asking this from the perspective of assuming you’re already on some kind of workout plan:
- Are you losing muscle mass (and possibly gaining weight around your stomach and under your chest)?
- Have you noticed a decrease in strength, like you can’t lift as much as you could a few (or more) years ago?
- Do you lack the energy you used to have and feeling tired or sluggish most of the time?
- How’s that sex drive? Not in the mood as much?
Those are just some basic questions to assess. And be honest with yourself (remember, we must admit we have a problem in order to get better, which in this case is to build more muscle).
If you answer ‘yes’ to any of these questions, then keep reading.
If you answer no and you’re ok in those areas, well, keeping reading anyway…you may find this to be useful someday sooner than you think!
**You can also read more about the symptoms of low T on my post 5 Symptoms of Low T and How to Reverse those Effects.
What Are Normal Testosterone Levels?
The above symptoms are good indicators that you may have low testosterone. But it’s not a bad idea to go to your doctor and get blood tests done (specifically for this purpose).
Per medicalnewstoday.com, normal testosterone levels for adult men range from 250-950 ng/dL.
I cannot give you medical advice as I’m not a doctor or specialist. But I personally opt to be at the higher end of that range, and perhaps even a little above that.
Again, I’m not recommending this for anyone; that’s just me, and I have to accept any risks that come with higher testosterone levels. Okay, the disclaimer is out of the way…lol!
The truth is you’re going to probably feel some of the symptoms of low T if you’re at the lower end of that range. It just makes sense. And if you’re not doing anything to boost testosterone (naturally), then you can expect that number to fall a little each year.
Your goal should be to at least keep your hormone levels elevated to the point where you do not have any of the symptoms of low T we discussed. In fact, you should feel the opposite (energy, lean muscle gains, libido boost).
Is Having High Testosterone Levels Bad?
Make no mistake, there can be side effects that can impact your health if you have abnormally high testosterone levels. Some people choose to accept the risks.
Interestingly enough, t-nation.com references a study that was done on 24 professional bodybuilders, and the average testosterone for these pro bodybuilders was 3,500 ng/dL. Of course, that’s a lot more than the average you read about above. The caveat is that most bodybuilders at that level are under their doctor’s care with frequent check-ups.
From my personal experience, many recreational (non-professional) bodybuilders and weight trainers maintain test levels anywhere between the high end of the average male (950 ng/dL) and the low-end average of what professional bodybuilders have.
Some natural testosterone boosters will help keep you at the high-end of the average, or maybe slightly more (750 – 1,100 ng/dL). Now keep in mind that this isn’t just from the supplement; this is also taking into consideration that you’re doing everything else right (nutrition, lifting weights).
So to answer the question is high testosterone levels bad, you really have to consider other factors. With extreme levels, there are potential side effects. If you’re in that boat, you need to see your doctor more frequently to make sure these high levels aren’t impacting your health.
For levels slightly above the average male (or on the high end of that), you’re less likely to experience negative side effects. It’s still wise and advisable to see your doctor when taking a testosterone booster, even if it’s a natural test booster.
Best Ages to Take a Natural Test Booster
Now let’s get into the best age to start boosting your testosterone with supplements. You’re probably aware that your hormone levels start to take a dive around 30.
- But what if you’re a healthy 30-year old? Do you really need to take anything?
- What if you’re 40?
- What if you’re 50?
- Are there different testosterone boosters that cater to certain ages?
Yes, and no (don’t you hate those types of answers?).
The reason it’s not as simple as ‘yes or no’ is because you have different needs as far as nutrients are concerned at different ages.
So I’m going to give you some age scenarios with the ingredients that will work best for boosting testosterone and helping you build muscle for specific age ranges.
At 30, you’re still considered young and you more than likely have normal testosterone levels. So I’m going to give you just a couple of ingredients that are geared more towards muscle gains.
- DAA (D-aspartic acid)
- Creatine Monohydrate
You’ll find DAA in many natural test boosters, or you can take it on its own. Creatine monohydrate has an indirect impact on your hormone levels. It helps you get strong and build more muscle, which in turn will naturally boost testosterone.
If you’re between 40 and 50, there are some ingredients that are going to really help you maintain healthy testosterone levels, and also maintain and even build new muscle.
- Oyster Extract
This is also the age where you may feel your sex drive starts to decline. So these ingredients will also help boost libido. They will also help you with mental clarity and sharpness (something else that can start to go at this age).
If you’re 50 or older, there are 4 crucial ingredients you’ll need in your testosterone booster. They are…
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin D
You can combine these ingredients with the others we talked about for 30 and 40-year-olds. But at a minimum, you should make sure you’re taking these 4 vitamins and minerals each day.
Are Test Boosters Necessary?
You can definitely support healthy testosterone levels naturally, without any supplements by doing the following:
- Lifting weights 3-4 times a week
- Eating enough healthy fats in your diet
- Eating vegetables (high in vitamins and minerals)
- Getting enough protein to support muscle growth
- Doing low impact, moderate cardio sessions (like walking) 3-4 times a week to keep the fat off
- Staying away from testosterone killing foods (sugar, processed foods)
In fact, you should be following these rules whether you’re taking a test booster or not.
Taking a natural testosterone booster will be like having insurance. You’ll know you’re getting adequate amounts of these vitamins and minerals each day to maintain or boost testosterone. And you’ll more than likely see faster muscle gains and overall results with a high-quality test booster.
**Read about my recommended natural test booster here: Top Testosterone Booster