The supplement industry is bigger than it has ever been and for good reason: People love believing in magic pills that make them stronger, faster, and smarter. This is not to say that there aren’t supplements that can’t do these things but certainly not to the degree that most people believe they will. As famously quoted: “If it works then it is probably banned”. That saying holds weight because if it is not banned for sport, it probably doesn’t do much to affect your hormonal profile.
1.) They supplement nutritional deficiencies:
Most “Testosterone” supplements supplement the vitamins and minerals that are needed for your body to synthesize testosterone. This means if you don’t have that particular nutritional deficiency then there is a good chance it won’t do much and an even greater chance you don’t have one (A deficiency that is).
2.) They don’t contain synthetic hormones:
The most effective treatments for raising testosterone come from exogenous hormone use. None of the active ingredients in your FDA-approved supplements contain any traces of these effective and dangerous drugs. If it doesn’t mimic the hormone itself, it will not provide the benefit of the hormone.
3.) They are not secretagogues:
The second way to raise your hormone levels is endogenously (From inside the body). This works by increasing the levels of chemical messengers that lead to the production of a certain hormone naturally within the body. Most secretagogues are banned too for commercial use and are actually part of a bodybuilder’s Post Cycle Therapy to raise their natural testosterone levels again after a cycle of a Performance Enhancing Drug.
So, what can I take instead?
As a natural, the most effective supplements you can take are those that do not claim to alter your hormone levels. Such as Whey Protein, Creatine Monohydrate, Vitamin D, Vitamin K2, Magnesium, Fish oil, and Calcium. After extensive research on the topic for years, these supplements seem to be the most effective supplements that a natural (a person not taking drugs) has access to for building up both bone and muscle mass. They do not mess with your hormones which is a good thing and is the reason that they are all proven to be effective long term.
So, are all testosterone supplements useless? No, if you have some sort of nutritional deficiency then they will actually improve your testosterone levels quite dramatically. Chances are though, that you are getting enough of these vitamins and minerals from your diet already and do not need to supplement further. It would be a better use of your time and money to invest in the supplements mentioned at the end of this article.