Testosterone boosters aim to improve testosterone levels which decrease with age. These levels can also decrease due to certain disorders. Natural testosterone boosters are ingredients that can be consumed directly or in the form of supplements. The top 5 natural testosterone boosters, based on scientific research are mentioned below.
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Cinnamon is a natural antioxidant commonly used in the cooking process. The antioxidant properties of this ingredient intrigued scientists into believing that it possibly could have a positive effect on the spermatogenesis process, testosterone synthesis, and infertility in males. In an animal study performed on male rats, regular use of 75 mg/kg of Cinnamon zeylanicum over the course of four weeks resulted in a significant improvement in testosterone levels and total antioxidant capacity in the test subjects (1). Both of these together were concluded to play an important role in the management of male infertility.
Spermatogenesis was also facilitated in the Wistar male rats as a result of cinnamon supplementation. This is both, a direct effect and the indirect effect of the cinnamon plant. It indirectly facilitates sperm synthesis by increasing the levels of testosterone, the hormone responsible for stimulation of spermatogenesis.
regular use of 75 mg/kg of Cinnamon zeylanicum over the course of four weeks resulted in a significant improvement in testosterone levels
Ashwagandha is a herbal extract that has been used in Traditional Medicine as a treatment for male infertility and low testosterone levels. The efficacy of Withania somnifera or Ashwagandha was studied in a randomized control study (2). The main benefit of the herbal extract this study focused on was muscle mass, however, secondary benefits such as testosterone serum levels were also assessed. There was a 95 percent increase in arm and chest muscle size with Ashwagandha, along with a significant increase in testosterone levels, from 18.0 ng/dl for the placebo group to 96.2 ng/dl for the intervention group.
Another meta-analysis performed of over 30 studies focusing on the effects of natural testosterone boosters found that Ashwagandha extracts resulted in a marked increase in testosterone levels, especially in males less than 40 years of age (3).
with a significant increase in testosterone levels, from 18.0 ng/dl for the placebo group to 96.2 ng/dl for the intervention group
Fenugreek extract is one of the four herbal extracts that a meta-analysis review of 32 studies in the database found to have a positive effect on serum testosterone levels (3). The studies included in the review had a low risk of bias and were well-founded indicating that the results of these studies are more than likely to be accurate and enough to support the use of these extracts as testosterone boosters.
Testosterone levels decrease with age which is why a double-blind study was performed with aging, healthy males to study the effects of Fenugreek extract on testosterone levels and the androgen deficit associated symptoms (4). Test subjects were between the ages of 43 and 70 and were given 600mg of Trigonella foenum-graecum seed extract every day for 12 weeks. There was found to be a net increase in testosterone levels and improvement in sexual function along with a marked reduction in symptoms of androgen deficit.
Ginseng is a reputable herb known for its various health benefits. It is especially used in Asian Traditional Medicine for its aphrodisiac properties and its ability to enhance sexual function. It has also been found to play a therapeutic role in the treatment of sexual dysfunction and low serum testosterone levels.
Ginseng’s active ingredient, Ginsenoside is found to increase testosterone levels significantly, hence resulting in increased libido (5). This increase in testosterone is made possible by ginsenoside’s direct effect on the anterior pituitary gland, resulting in the release of LH, which then stimulates Sertoli cells to produce and release testosterone (6).
The use of Asian ginseng extract often results in improved sex drive and increased free testosterone levels. However, these changes are determined by the duration and dosage of the extract used. In a study, it was found that only exposure to 100 mg to 150 mg of Asian ginseng extract for 28 days was not enough to improve libido hence proving that higher dosage and long-term use are required (7).
Honey is a simple, easy to obtain dietary ingredient that along with being a delicious treat is also a natural testosterone booster. Much like ginseng, honey also acts on the anterior pituitary gland to promote LH release, subsequently resulting in increased serum free testosterone levels. Moreover, it was found that honey also ensures the viability of the Leydig cells by reducing oxidative stress-induced damage to the cells (8). Overall, honey has quite many benefits for the testicular health of males.
A study performed on malnutrition rats found that honey not only increased the free testosterone levels but also increased the thickness and diameter of the seminiferous tubules, which were negatively affected by malnutrition (9). The honey used for these studies was Kalindra honey, at a 50 percent dosage.
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8. Rahma, Nefranindy et al. “Kaliandra honey improves testosterone levels, diameter and epithelial thickness of seminiferous tubule of white rat (Rattus norvegicus) due to malnutrition through stimulation of HSP70.” Open veterinary journal vol. 11,3 (2021): 401-406. doi:10.5455/OVJ.2021.v11.i3.11