Boost Testosterone Levels With Vitamin D3
Vitamin D is another great Testosterone boosting vitamin that must be taken advantage of to trigger further production of Testosterone in your body.
However, there are two types of Vitamin D. There’s calciferol ( vitamin D2 ) and cholecalciferol ( vitamin D3 ) – we are only interested in cholecalciferol which is D3; this is the type our skin synthesizes from the sun and becomes a hormone which results in the increases in our testosterone. D2 on the other hand less natural than D3 and has been shown to be a lot harder for the body to absorb, especially through oral consumption.
Research by the US Library of Medicine has shown that testosterone productions are increased with Vitamin D3 supplementation.
So, what do we have to do to get adequate amounts of D3?
We get most of our vitamin D from sunlight on our skin. The vitamin is made by our body under the skin, in reaction to summer sunlight. However, if you are out in the sun, take care to cover up or protect your skin with sunscreen before you turn red or get burnt. However, it must be noted that people who have darker skin – for example, those of African, African Caribbean or South Asian origin need more time in the sun than someone with lighter skin to produce the same amount of vitamin D.
Vitamin D is also found in a small number of foods. Good food sources are:
- oily fish – such as salmon, sardines and mackerel
- fortified fat spreads
- fortified breakfast cereals
- some powdered milks
- fortified cows milk – this varies from region-to-region so check
Still struggling to get the required amount of vitamin D3?
I personally find I probably do not get as much sunshine as I require due to spending most of my day indoors. Many other people are sure to find the same problem and depending where you are in the world can have an adverse effect too – some Nordic countries see very few hours of daylight during the winter months.
I also do not tend to eat much cereal, use fat spreads or eat much oily fish just because I am not too keen on them, that said, I do eat plenty of eggs.
However, a good testosterone booster should contain sufficient vitamin D3 to assist, surprisingly many do not and some, if they do contain vitamin D it is the less effective D2 which is cheaper.