Testosterone Boosters With Creatine
Why do some natural test boosters include creatine?
Creatine is often supplemented by itself by bodybuilders looking to increase strength and size.
It is cheap, plentiful and proven. It generally comes in powder format which is odorless and tasteless.
It can also be included as part of other supplements such as ‘all-in-one’ protein products that tend to offer protein with other ingredients such as glutamine, creatine, taurine, B vitamins etc.
This is then to offer a much more effective overall product.
So how does creatine work?
Creatine is actually found in meat and fish, it is naturally occurring by the body and is produced in the liver, kidneys and pancreas.
When it is converted to creatine phosphate it is then stored in the muscles ready to be used as energy.
As a result it is used by many competitive and amateur athletes because it is able to help improve physical performance, especially high intensity exercise such as weight lifting.
Studies on creatine have shown to increase lean muscle mass and improve strength, it is thought that the body is able to utilize energy more effectively and increase muscle production.
[Beck TW, Housh TJ, Johnson GO, Coburn JW, Malek MH, Cramer JT. Effects of a drink containing creatine, amino acids, and protein combined with ten weeks of resistance training on body composition, strength, and anaerobic performance. J Strength Cond Res. 2007;21(1):100-104.]
As a result, creatine is a bit of a controversial supplement.
It is not a banned substance by the International Olympic Committee but schools within the National Collegiate Athletic Association are not allowed to provide this to their athletes, yet the athletes themselves are not prohibited from using it.
Are there any further benefits to creatine?
Actually, there are some potential benefits that may surprise you to supplementing with creatine…
It seems to help with a number of physiological issues such as:
- Heart disease
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Does this just mean creatine is included in natural test booster supplements to mimic effects of testosterone?
Many testosterone booster supplements on the market do just this.
They load the supplement with ingredients that can mimic the effects associated with a higher level of natural testosterone but do not actually help to stimulate more testosterone production at all.
However, creatine is proven to increase natural test levels…
A study involving twenty college aged male rugby players in South Africa noted an increase in testosterone production after just several days when they supplemented with 25g of creatine daily followed up by a dose of 5g for a further 14 days.
This was due to a 56% increase of Dihydrotestosterone levels.
Why does this matter?
Well, Dihydrotestosterone is an androgen hormone that has the responsibility of producing male characteristics such as muscle growth, fat levels, deep voice and hair which is a result of testosterone.
10% of the testosterone produced by daily is actually converted to Dihydrotestosterone and is more potent that testosterone itself.
Which means that an increase of Dihydrotestosterone is down to an increase of testosterone.
[van der Merwe J, Brooks NE, Myburgh KH.Clin J Sport Med. 2009 Sep;19(5):399-404. doi: 10.1097/JSM.0b013e3181b8b52f.]
Further more, a study involving twenty men showed that those who were supplemented with creatine demonstrated a higher level of testosterone and a lower level of cortisol concentrations when compared to those who were using a placebo and also against baseline levels.
This was based on five days of supplementation incorporated with resistance exercise.
So, can creatine be supplemented with a test booster?
Yes, if your test booster does not include creatine you can increase the effects by taking it alongside or mixing it with a natural test booster.
Okay, with all of this information at hand, what is testosterone and why is it important?
Testosterone is a part of the male hormones which are known as androgens.
However, women also have a smaller amount of androgens circulating their blood stream which is produced in the ovaries and the adrenal glands.
So it’s not just a hormone for men!
Testosterone helps with the growth and repair plus the function of the reproductive organs, and testosterone is also responsible for libido and sexual pleasure.
The levels of these hormones vary throughout the day and night, and, they are released in to the blood stream in pulses.
Yet, just like men, whose T levels start to deplete around the age of 30, women’s also deplete, but much younger, around 20 years of age.
[Basson R (2008). Women’s sexuality and sexual dysfunction. In RS Gibbs et al., eds., Danforth’s Obstetrics and Gynecology, 10th ed., pp. 742–758. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.]
For men, low testosterone is can cause a number of complications and problems, including:
- low energy
- lack of libido
- low sperm count
- weak bones
- loss of muscle
- increased abdominal fat
- cardiovascular health issues
Yet, there are a few reasons why women would also want to increase their testosterone levels too.
Higher levels of testosterone can be used to treat breast cancer as well as post menopausal symptoms which can include:
- low sexual desire
- lack of energy
- hypoactive sexual disorder
However, it can also be used to combat a few of the more common issues men are wishing to tackle, like muscle strength, fat levels, mood and bone density.
It is also important to note that testosterone is produced by the female body to then create a form of estrogen, called estradiol.
[Bachmann G, Bancroft J, Braunstein G, Burger H, Davis S, Dennerstein L et al. Female androgen insufficiency: the Princeton consensus statement on definition, classification, and assessment. Fertil Steril 2002; 77: 660–665.]
Therefore, it is imperative that there is a healthy balance of natural testosterone being produced by the ovaries and adrenal glands in women and the testes in men.
How do we benefit from increased levels of natural T?
Testosterone is responsible for a number of bodily functions, if you have too little testosterone it will adversely effect these areas it has an impact on.
Just like a car starved of oxygen or fuel will not perform to its best.
If you are low on natural testosterone, here are some signs to look out for:
- – Depression
- – Tiredness
- – Lack of self-confidence
- – Difficulty concentrating
- – Sleep difficulties including insomnia and sleep apnea
- – Declining muscle mass and bone density
- – Increased body fat
- – Lower sex drive
- – Difficulty sustaining erections
- – Cardiovascular ill health
- – Apathy
As you can see, too little T can have a large impact on many areas of your life and quality of life, you can read more about quality of life and testosterone, here.
Let’s face it, even just one of the areas listed above would be bad enough, but low T levels can have such an adverse effect on people’s lives that it is considered a real problem.
If you are suffering from abnormally low levels of natural testosterone it is called hypogonadism.
However, a man will naturally experience a decline in natural test levels once he hits the age of about 30 years old.
He will then experience a steady and continued decline, this will be more in some men than others and the decline is generally so slow it is often not recognized for what it is, this is known as the andropause and commonly compared to the menopause women experience when they hit around the age of 40.
Both can be treated, but both can bring the same number of symptoms that can reduce quality of life for the sufferer.
However, what benefits can be offered by a natural test booster?
An effective natural testosterone booster has all of these required nutrients to maximize your natural production of testosterone to help overcome both andropause and hypogonadism.
In turn, not only can it help you increase muscle mass and strength in the gym but improve your overall quality of life.
The common misconception about testosterone boosters is that they are just for gym junkies who want nothing more than to get bigger and stronger. This is obvious by the way many of the product were and in many cases, still are marketed.
It is not uncommon to see bottles of pills with nothing more than aggressive sounding names or images of animals, mutants and hulk like characters plastered all over them promising explosive strength gains.
However, recently, there has been a visual trend that has moved away from the animalistic and pure gym thuggery to something that looks much more mature and almost pharmaceutical.
This, then attracts a new breed of consumer that not only wants to retain and increase a bit of muscle mass, but they also want to sleep better, reignite their libido, improve their mood, increase energy levels and generally just feel more normal.
Yet, there’s further benefits, we touched earlier on convenience…
The number of ingredients found in a natural T booster can vary, but there;s a good sure fire eight that should be included in every testosterone booster, if they are not, look elsewhere.
However, these ingredients are found in foods, or in the case of Vitamin D3 it could be sunlight.
Yet, trying to cram all of the different foods in to your diet daily which would contain the adequate amount so of each to naturally stimulate more testosterone could become laborious, tiresome and just downright difficult.
So, ensuring that you get your daily needs in just a few pills every 24 hours is going to be much easier.
What steps can I take to increase my natural level of testosterone?
It’s all about lifestyle…really!
Your lifestyle choices can be the killer or the winner when it comes down to natural testosterone production and then the accompanied benefits that are associated with it.
Many people believe that the reason they become fatter and experience ill health is down to age.
However, it tends more to be the fact as we age people become less active and we lead more sedentary lifestyles.
While playing sport every weekend in the cold and rain seemed fun when we were children, doing it when we are over thirty seems less attractive.
Therefore I lifestyle can completely change very easily, our exercise habits drop and we become fond of convenience.
With convenience comes an unhealthy lifestyle which damages hormone levels and can increase fat mass, obesity and encourage other chronic disease.
So there’s a number of things we can do before even hitting the counter with a mass of tablets and supplements.
You may think that a bit of exercise just keeps the cobwebs at bay and helps prevent a bit of heart disease.
However, it runs (literally) much deeper than that.
A healthy exercise regime gets the blood pumping and flowing. It strengthens the heart and your muscles.
With an increased blood flow comes quicker and better distribution of the nutrients your body needs to operate effectively not to mention a quicker and more effective way to transport all of the waste products away that can inhibit function and health.
Then, certain exercises are known to even stimulate more testosterone secretion, so its advisable doing these too, let’s remember, this is a free way to increase your own supply of steroid hormone.
- Overhead (military) press – standing preferable
- Bench press – all three ranges
- Bent over rows
As tempting as it is to stay up until 3 am looking at memes on your phone or watching cats try to catch fish on an iPad this is harming your natural test level.
Your body releases the most amount of growth hormone while you are asleep. So, ensuring you get a good amount of sleep each night is going to benefit not only your mental state and your physical shape but also your hormone levels.
Do enough physical exercise and you will want to do nothing more than sleep and take advantage of that increase of testosterone being released.
This is imperative.
Unhealthy, processed foods can harm hormone levels. Testosterone and estrogen are sex hormones.
If they become unbalanced it can create and stimulate a world of problems.
As a man, do you want an excess of abdominal and breast tissue fat? No.
Do you want to lose strength or muscle mass? No.
Do you want weaker bones and cardiovascular issues? No.
These are all possibilities if your testosterone succumbs to an imbalance of estrogen, so we need to ensure the balance is restored.
In which case, lets start with foods.
I order to reduce estrogen production, we could do with foods that act as a estrogen regulator.
So, cruciferous vegetables are the order of the day.
Cruciferous vegetables contain DIM, and DIM suppresses too much estrogen getting out of hand.
- DIM (Diindolylmethane) – Diindolylmethane appears to promote a healthy balance of testosterone in the body and is found in vegetables such as broccoli.
Cruciferous vegetables which contain high levels of DIM such as broccoli are eaten by many professional athletes such as rugby league players for their benefits.
Cruciferous vegetables include:
- Bok Choy
- Brussels Sprouts
Basically, get lots of leafy greens down you to ensure against an estrogen uprising.
Then you want lots of natural, clean and whole nutritious foods.
Avoid processed foods and those high in saturated fats such as Omega-6 which can trigger diabetes and depression.
Make sure you get lots of meats, nuts, avocados, fish and dairy – including eggs. Not to mention a wide variety of vegetables.
A good place to start, includes the following:
- Kidney beans
- Low fat cheese
Also be sure not to drink too much alcohol, smoke or even get on the recreation drug wagon as these can all have reverse effects.
Why is it that these foods are important??
These foods contain many of the vitamins and minerals required to promote a healthy level of natural testosterone.
You will have heard of many of these nutrients before, however, they can be difficult to get the sort of levels included in a test booster through your normal daily diet.
As such, these supplements provide a convenient, safe and convenient way of optimizing your nutritional intake for healthy bodily and hormone function.
Look for ingredients such as the following:
- Zinc – Needed for many reactions in the brain and a key component for releasing the luteinzing hormone (LH).
LH is primarily responsible for the production of testosterone and growth hormone. Zinc is found in everyone of our Top 3 T-Boosters
- Vitamin K2 – K2 has been shown to help maintain plasma and testes levels of testosterone.
- Vitamin B6 – Vitamin B6 helps testosterone levels by stimulating androgen (a steroid hormone that acts as a precursor for testosterone) receptors in your body, making your testes produce testosterone.
- Magnesium – Research into magnesium supplementation also increased testosterone production.
- D-Aspartic Acid (DAA) – D-aspartic acid is a physiological amino acid occurring principally in the pituitary gland and has a role in the regulation of the release and synthesis of LH and testosterone in humans and rats.
- Vitamin D3 – Research by the US Library of Medicine has shown that testosterone productions are increased with Vitamin D3 supplementation.
- Ginseng – Asian red ginseng has been used for centuries to strengthen the immune system, boost energy, and increase longevity.
In studies, ginseng has increased testosterone levels in lab animals.
- Oyster Powder – Again, research of this mollusc has shown that is aids your body to increase testosterone.
- Fenugreek Seed – It is claimed by researchers that fenugreek works to increase testosterone or androgen levels, which decrease as you age.
- Vitamin C – Widely hailed for its benefits. It can help protect the testes from stress and therefore preserve testosterone levels.
Being an anti-oxidant helps with blood flow too.
- Vitamin E – Vitamin E plays an important and vital role in hormone production.
Women and testosterone?
Absolutely, a healthy hormone balance is key to healthy bodily function, there are studies available that demonstrate women who are both menopausal and post menopausal have experienced an increased sex drive and increased sexual pleasure when compared to those using a placebo.
The studies regarding testosterone and women date back to the 1940’s where the link between testosterone and libido were first observed.
These studies petered off but then resurfaced in the 2000’s which stimulated more research.
In fact, 88% of physicians now recognize that there is a link between low testosterone levels in women and a low libido.
In addition, over half of these would advise that there was some form of testosterone treatment required to increase hormone levels.
A further study showed that over a quarter of (pre-menopausal) women and over half of postmenopausal women suffer from a low libido.
[West SL, D′Aloisio AA, Agans RP, Kalsbeek WD, Borisov NN, Thorp JM. Prevalence of Low Sexual Desire and Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder in a Nationally Representative Sample of US Women. Arch Intern Med. 2008;168(13):1441–9.]
Additional studies also observed an increase and positive effect on sexual desire, masturbation, increased sexual activity, increased sexual satisfaction including orgasm for those women who have received treatment to increase their testosterone levels.
[Davis SR, McCloud P, Strauss BJ, Burger H. Testosterone enhances estradiol’s effects on postmenopausal bone density and sexuality. Maturitas. 1995;21(3):227–36.]
Then there’s a link between increased testosterone and sexual fantasies and sexual thoughts which can lead to an increased sexual satisfaction.
[Fritz MA, Speroff L (2011). Postmenopausal hormone therapy. In Clinical Gynecologic Endocrinology and Infertility, 8th ed., pp. 749–857. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.]
However, we’re not quite finished with just that. There’s also positive news regarding cardiovascular health…
A study showed that increasing testosterone levels in women was able to offer cardiovascular protection.
[Lellamo F, Volterrani M, Caminiti G, Karam R, Massaro R, Fini M, et al. Testosterone therapy in women with chronic heart failure: a pilot double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2010;56(16):1310–6.]
Of all the studies, there were no adverse effects recorded nor were there any negative impact to health other than what could be considered within the normal parameters.
What options are available to increase testosterone levels?
We should clear up one popular and obvious option: anabolic steroids.
Anabolic steroids will supplement your body with synthetic testosterone which is not produced by your glands.
This can be in very high doses and cause physiological and physical problems.
Anavar is a popular steroid option because its androgenic effects are very mild, as such, many women who are looking to build muscle use this.
It is often in tablet form and can be very expensive (about $100 for a month supply). You can read about my experience with Anavar, here.
*Spoiler alert: It’s crap*
It regions where steroids are not legal to buy over the counter, you are subject to black market products that may or may not be effective.
They may or may not be safe.
They are most likely not produced in a legit pharmaceutical laboratory or manufacturing plant and probably made in China which has very low quality control in place.
Realistically, you may not know the real dose administered, therefore, to find the ‘sweet spot’ you will have to enlist some trial and error.
This does not bode well for your safety or health.
Plus, if you take oral steroids, these are processed by the liver and it may affect cholesterol levels.
[Basaria S, Dobs AS (2004). Safety and adverse effects of androgens: How to counsel patients. Mayo Clinic Proceedings, 79(Suppl): S25–S32.]
In addition, again, this is not natural testosterone that your body is producing by itself.
This is synthetic amounts of testosterone being pumped in to your body, and, in cases will stop your body from producing its own hormone by the adrenal glands and ovaries when it recognizes it doesn’t need to.
You then run the risk of not being able to produce your own natural levels when you stop using the steroid.
This is a common occurrence with men who use steroids, it is a process known as ‘shutting down’ and it is whereby the testes stop producing testosterone when the body recognizes there is a surplus amount and no further production is required.
When the person stops using steroids the body takes a long time to acknowledge the drop in supply and to start producing its own testosterone again.
Depending on the amount of time the body has received this supply of synthetic hormones, it may or not be able to restart ‘normal’ production.
Tell me more about a natural test booster…
A natural testosterone booster helps increase and restore your natural levels of T.
These supplements are very different to anabolic steroids or prohormones, you can read a bit more about my experiences, here.
Now, we could go in to significant depth about the differences between natural testosterone boosters, however, let’s keep it short and succinct so you get the basics so you know how each work differently.
A natural test booster comprises a number of vitamins and minerals that can increase your natural testosterone production, as we have discussed earlier.
For example, if you do not fuel your body with enough food to build muscle, it won’t grow adequately
If you do not provide your body with the right nutrients to produce testosterone, it won’t do a great deal of that either.
Every living tissue requires the nutrients to grow, repair and function.
Just like a regular gas engine car needs fuel, a spark and air to run the engine and turn the wheels, you’re body works on similar principles.
There are literally thousands of natural testosterone boosters available to buy.
As already mentioned we need to stay away from injecting synthetic anabolic steroids to prevent risks such as infertility and increased levels of estrogen.
So, we need a natural test booster loaded with natural and proven ingredients.
These ingredients can be found in many foods, however, getting the amounts we need every day to maintain optimal testosterone levels can be difficult.
As much as most of us would like to be a professional athlete with the opportunity to eat raw broccoli daily, it is not likely to happen with the average 9-5 job and family life.
So, supplements offer a convenient way to get all of the nutrients that we need to ensure we can maintain an optimal natural hormone level that can offer us the benefits of a higher quality of life.
However, it is important to ensure the testosterone booster you are buying contains a plethora or proven ingredients based on studies, not just folk lore or anecdotal evidence passed down gym conversations over the past 5 decades.
Not all natural testosterone boosters include anti-estrogen compounds, but rather, they prefer to maximize testosterone levels and include more T boosting ingredients to provide a sledge hammer effect at re-addressing that hormone balance.
However, some of the best testosterone boosters do include ingredients that are proven to reduce estrogen levels and increase testosterone.
What’s the science behind T boosters?
If we take the principles just mentioned and elaborate further, there are reputable studies for many ingredients from respected sources that prove natural testosterone levels can be increased when these ingredients are consumed.
These ingredients are not synthetic, either…
We are talking about vitamins such as Vitamin C or Vitamin D.
Mineral such as Magnesium or Zinc are also proven to stimulate more testosterone, and, studies show that if you are lacking these nutrients, you’re testosterone levels are likely to be low.
What an effective natural testosterone booster does is take a variety of proven ingredients, put them together generally in a pill in the amounts required for the most benefit and provide it to you in a convenient package.
Give me the low down on 5 testosterone boosters that actually work!
This is the hard part, trying to scour through all of the test boosters on the market to find the ones that work.
Okay, trialing and researching every T-booster on the market will be nigh on impossible, however, we have found five that do work and are effective at raising natural test levels.
We have picked out the best testosterone boosters on the market that can help you lead a healthier and better life.
These test boosters contain not only D-Aspartic Acid but a wealth of other proven and supporting ingredients, it may not seem difficult, but many T booster supplements manage to omit most if not all of these ingredients.
The pick of the bunch is TestoFuel.
TestoFuel includes 9 ingredients with a large dose of D-Aspartic Acid at 2,300mg daily.
Enough for your needs to benefit increased sperm mobility and testosterone increases
- 2300mg of D-Aspartic Acid
- Money Back Guarantee
- 5000IU Vitamin D3
- Zinc, Magnesium, B6 included
Next on the list is Prime Male.
Prime Male offers a combination of ingredients aimed more so at the older gentleman, it obviously contains D-Aspartic Acid but the inclusion of Boron caught our attentions along with an estrogen blocker too.
- Formulated for older men
- 1600mg D-Aspartic Acid
- Backed by ex-NFL players
- Boron to reduce inflammation
Number three comes in the shape of TestRX.
TestRX is suitable for all men and even women.
It misses out on a couple of ingredients but shares the common required nutrients and shares a money back guarantee as with the others if bought direct.
- 2300mg D-Aspartic Acid
- High dose
- Great for both sexes
We then have discovered the fourth in the list, which is Testogen.
Testogen contains a number of great, proven ingredients that will safely and effectively increase your testosterone levels regardless if you are a man or woman.
This provides a decent daily dose, too.
- D-Aspartic Acid
- B Vitamins
- Vitamin D3
- Good dose
Look to BUY direct from their website in confidence and see why we have rated it highly.
Stand to attention for our final and fifth natural test booster that works, Marine Muscle.
There is no messing around with this combination of proven and tested ingredients.
Look past the aggressive imagery and you will see it includes many similar ingredients that are available in the other T-boosters listed above.
- Vitamin B6
- D-Aspartic Acid
- Vitamin D3
There’s also a money back guarantee to BUY direct and avoid counterfeits.