Low testosterone can be a problem for men and women. Often the latter is not so well known, and a lack of it here can cause a woman to struggle to conceive. Both of the sexes are at an increased risk of heart problems, osteoporosis, dementia, and a condition called andropause if they do not resolve their low testosterone levels.
What is Testosterone & Why is it Important?
Testosterone is a type of steroid hormone that is made in the ovaries, the testes and the adrenal glands and is secreted and needed throughout our whole life.
Steroid hormones are derived from the parent compound cholesterol, and there are many different steroid hormones which produce an array of effects on the body.
Studies have been inconclusive about synthetic testosterone replacement giving any benefits, so it is vital that anyone suffering from low testosterone, both male and female, get tested to firstly define this problem and then try natural ways of getting the body to boost its own testosterone levels naturally.
For a natural boost to your testosterone levels, try the following herbs:
1. Horny Goat Weed
Horny goat weed is a Chinese herb that is often given out to increase testosterone levels in both men and women. The main constituent that is meant to boost the testosterone is called icariin.
Studies show for now that instead of actually boosting testosterone levels, it may actually mimic the effects of testosterone in the body as one particular study showed.
Horny goat weed on its own is most commonly prescribed for low libido, which can be caused by low testosterone.
According to anecdotal evidence and natural therapists who have given this out to patients, horny goat weed has been shown to help improve memory, combat frequent urination, help numbness and tingling in the limbs and regulate menstruation as well as boost low testosterone levels. Taking 3 to 9 grams in a tea is the usual amount suggested.
2. Tribulus Terrestris
Trib has been used for centuries in traditional medicine in both China and India. Recent studies have shown this herb to boost testosterone in animal studies according to a study published in the journal Phytomedicine in 2008.
Another side effect is it can increase sexual desire, which is often lacking in people with low testosterone levels. Some sources say it can also help with erectile dysfunction and help with sports performance.
This herb is often popular with body builders and those that take part in intense workouts as according to some sources, it can help to improve recovery time, boost protein synthesis, increase energy, improve nitrogen balance and increase workout intensity.
The part of the trib herb that is considered to be the factor responsible for the biological activity is the steroidal saponins contained in this plant, which is where the testosterone producing aspects are meant to come from.
3. Bulbine Natalensis
A herb originally found in South Africa, that has shown many times to in animal studies, increase the levels of testosterone by as much as a whopping 347%. One such animal study was carried out by the University of Ford Hare in South Africa noting that bulbine natalensis was able to increase testosterone levels.
A human study carried out research on bulbine natalenisis extract, found that the participants that received doses of bulbine natalensis extract of between 25 and 50 mg/kg of body weight had were able to demonstrate that a testosterone boosting effect had been achieved.
Testosterone is vital for both men and women, and it should not be overlooked if you are suffering from a health problem that may have its root cause in a lack of testosterone.
Also, when one hormone is out of balance this can set off other hormonal imbalances so it would be wise to get a full hormone check done just to ensure you know what is causing your specific health problem and can then go forward and treat it accordingly.
Also, what suits one person may not suit another, so always check with your doctor first before trying out any of the above herbs in case they have contra-indications when taken with other medication you may be on already.