Do Testosterone Supplements Really Work?

There are varying reasons why men turn to testosterone boosters. This can be as a means of raising their libido levels or for when they are weight training as a means of gaining more muscle.

Many of these are marketed in different ways and can range from anti-estrogen supplements, T-Boosters to something a little more technical like Tribulus Terrestris extract.

For all the guys who wish to increase their testosterone levels, all the extra benefits which are marketed with these boosters are highly appealing and makes these supplements very marketable. The question is, do testosterone boosters really work?

Most Popular Testosterone Boosters

Here is a list of the best testosterone boosting supplements which can be included as an ingredient or as standalone items.

Tribulus Terrestris

This is the number one Testosterone Booster on the market and might help to increase the libido. However even if the name suggests it is a Testosterone booster, it has no effect on the levels of testosterone in the body.

Tribulus TerrestrisTribulus Terrestris side effects might decrease blood sugar levels so any diabetic might need to adjust their medication.

For use up to a period of 90 days should be safe with slight side effects which can include stomach cramping, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, constipation, agitation and difficulty sleeping.

Tribulus benefits have only been found in animals because there have been no tests on humans. Reports show that it might benefit in the immune system, reducing inflammation and pain relief, although all of these tests were over the short term.

D-Aspartic Acid

This was thrown into the spotlight when it was shown this T-Booster could increase testosterone by up to 42% within 2-weeks. After just 1-week men were reporting larger testicles and an increase in libido.
This might sound good but a study was conducted over a more extended period, and it was shown after 1-month the levels returned back to normal.

This is by no means enough time to gain muscle growth, and this compound is of more use to infertile men rather than any athlete.

These might not sound very natural, and if you wish to stay away from something which doesn’t seem natural. Take a look at these herbs to boost testosterone, here are some of the most common ingredients.

Magnesium and Zinc

These are recommended T-Boosters for athletes because these are minerals which are commonly lost through sweat during a workout routine.

If you take these supplements, your testosterone levels will be increased to your base level if you are deficient.

Extra Zinc and Magnesium won’t increase levels further. Zinc can be improved by adding more grains and shellfish to your diet rather than resorting to supplements.


This is technically a T-Booster because it contains 5-alpha reductase inhibitors which stop the body’s testosterone being converted into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). This will result in the following:

  • An increase in Testosterone
  • A decrease in DHT which is thought to lower a person’s libido.

This again will raise testosterone levels, but not to an extent which will help increase muscle mass.


This mineral can be found in spinach, beets, and bananas and can aid in the body’s natural testosterone synthesis.

Vitamin D

This vitamin will increase testosterone, but only if you have a deficiency, and then it will just be raised to the base levels and not higher. It also needs more research on the effects it has on the younger generation or on athletes.

Is there a magic Testosterone Pill?

As you can see from all of the above compounds, and there are more. None of them will raise Testosterone levels above the base levels, and then they will only increase them if you have a deficiency.

You can help to maintain Testosterone levels by not resorting to any herbs or other means which will leave you feeling disappointed at their long-term performance. You can just as naturally follow the following steps which are healthier alternatives:

food that maintain Testosterone levels

  • Lift heavy weights for a whole body workout.
  • Be sure to get enough sleep.
  • Don’t carry around excess body fat, this should naturally reduce if you eat healthy and workout.
  • Make sure you are following a clean eating diet to accompany your weight training. This should include plenty of leafy greens and healthy animal fats.
  • Learn stress management techniques.

If you follow this advice you can increase Testosterone levels, but only to the level where they should be. If you suffer from low libido, you would see more of a benefit than a person who is aiming to build strength.

Does testosterone make you stronger? Not really but it can provide you with a little more energy. For any person wishing to build strength there is nothing better than healthy eating and working hard to increase muscle.

About the author

Robert Hudson

I'm Robert Hudson aka Robbo, a personal trainer for over 10 years. I love helping people get into the best shape of their lives - the fastest and healthiest way possible.

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