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The Truth About Testosterone
Testosterone – or “T,” as it’s often called – is known as the male hormone. When T kicks in at puberty, a boy’s body changes radically. He becomes more muscular… his voice drops… he becomes more aggressive… he gains body hair… his private parts grow.
In other words, the sudden rise in T leads to everything we think of as marking manhood.
That’s not news to you. You may also know that your T levels drop with age. And the chances are good you were told it’s nothing to worry about. “It’s natural,” they all say.
But for many men – about half of all men eventually – there’s something much worse going on. This drop in T can trigger some serious health effects.
You need T for more than just “putting hair on your chest.” Or a satisfying love life. You need it for healthy bones. To avoid muscle “melting” into fat. And even to maintain your independence.
Here’s what you need to know about testosterone that your doctor probably never told you.
Testosterone Is a Lifeline
If a drop in sex drive was all that happened when your T levels went down, it might not be a big deal. (Except to your frustrated partner, of course.) But it isn’t.
According to research published by the Endocrine Society, men depend on T for much more than sex. A drop in your T levels may also lead to…
- Packing on fat and losing lean muscle
- A jump in “bad” cholesterol
- A loss of strength and aerobic capacity
- Decreased bone density
- A higher risk of heart problems.1
Scientists writing in The Journals of Gerontology list other risks of declining T levels…
- “Brain fog” or mental decline
- Lower energy levels
- Becoming moody or “blue.”2
All of that on top of a loss of interest in – and capacity for – sex.
This is a serious problem. And one that every man may face. Which is why we developed Opti-Male – our “one-stop” formula for men who want to stay men.
Your Body’s Remarkable Balancing Act
Most of the T in your body is made in your testes. Tiny cells – called Leydig cells – pump out T day after day. But, as you age, you start to lose some of these cells. Which means your body makes less T as you get older.
There’s another twist here, too. Because most of the T your body makes… it can’t really use. Here’s where it gets strange.
Most of the T your body makes attaches to a protein that circulates in your blood. It’s called sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG). The bond between T and SHBG is very strong. So most tissues can’t break the bond.
Most of the rest of the T you make attaches to another protein called albumin. This bond is weaker. So tissues in your body can use much of this T.
Finally, there’s free T. This is T that circulates throughout your body… but unattached to another protein. This free T is the most bioavailable form.
But it only adds up to about 2% of your total T.
When your doctor looks at your total T levels, they include the easily available free T… the somewhat available T linked to albumin… and the T pretty much locked into SHBG.
That number really doesn’t tell you a lot. Because it includes T your body can’t use. And here’s the kicker:
While your total T only drops about 1% a year… your free T drops at twice that rate. In other words, your readily available T supply pretty much sinks like a stone.
Now, before you panic, let me tell you the really bad news. Because there’s something else going on to sabotage your male health.
But stick with me, because we specifically designed Opti-Male to address this complex assault on your manhood.
Before we’re done, you’ll have all the answers you’re ever likely to need.
The “Feminization” Problem
It’s bad enough your T levels drop as you get older. What’s worse is other factors – called feminizing factors – come into play.
- Your levels of SHBG go up as you get older. Which means this protein captures more and more free T as time goes on.
- An enzyme called aromatase converts T into a form of estrogen. As your T levels drop, you may the feel the effects of this conversion more acutely.
- Body fat appears to lower T levels. That “middle-aged spread” actually drives down your supply of available T.3
Body fat also drives your estrogen levels up. So body composition – the relative amounts of fat and lean mass in your body – is a key factor in maintaining your masculinity. Researchers have found just adding 4 kilos – 8.8 pounds – of fat lowers your T in the same amount as aging 10 years.4
Now for the good news: Studies show when you trim off that excess fat, your T levels can rebound.
And that’s not the only way to promote levels of T that can help you maintain your manhood. Which is where the Opti-Male formula comes in.
The Nutrients You Need to Promote Healthy Levels of T
Zinc is often called “the male mineral.” The levels of zinc in the male reproductive system are extremely high. But many men – especially older men – may not be getting all the zinc they need in their diet.
This can make a big difference in T levels.
Two separate studies looked at two groups of men: athletes and sedentary adults. In both, zinc made a huge difference in maintaining T levels.
In both cases, the volunteers took part in exercise. And, in both cases, exercise normally lowered T. But after taking zinc supplements, the volunteers’ T levels remained higher.
In the case of the sedentary males, doctors gave them zinc for 4 weeks. A bout of exercise had previously depressed T levels in these men. But it didn’t happen after they’d been taking the zinc supplement. Even their resting T levels were higher.5
In the 2nd study, fit male wrestlers saw their T levels drop after a bout of exercise. But after taking zinc for 4 weeks, this didn’t happen. Again, their T levels were higher, even while at rest.6
That’s why we included a full 20% of a man’s daily need for zinc in Opti-Male. And it’s in a highly bioavailable chelate form. So your body can take full advantage of zinc’s T-boosting ability.
B vitamins – especially folate – appear to have a positive impact on bedroom performance.
In 2015, doctors compared the folate levels in four groups of volunteers. The first group had no performance issues. The other groups had performance issues of varying severity.
All 4 groups were similar in age, body composition, and overall health. The biggest difference? The men without performance issues had the highest levels of folate (vitamin B9). The difference was especially large between the men without problems and those with more severe bedroom issues.7
And, yes, Opti-Male delivers not just folate, but 3 key B vitamins… plus antioxidant vitamins A and C to fight against free radical damage.
There’s even more good news. Because feminization isn’t a given. Not when you have the right allies on hand. And foremost among them is…
I3C – Nature’s Estrogen Buster
Everybody needs estrogen. But when a man has too much, he grows softer, weaker… In other words, less manly.
That’s why I3C is such good news. Indole-3-carbinol occurs naturally in cruciferous vegetables. Think broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and other “gassy” vegetables.
While, they have health benefits, broccoli and company are high in sulfur – thus their reputation for bad odors. Plus, many people don’t like the taste. Not to worry.
I3C can be taken as a supplement, avoiding the odor and flavor issues. And when it comes to helping preserve your manliness, few allies can equal I3C.
Studies show I3C helps clear excess estrogen out of your system. It’s especially good at clearing the “C-2” form of estrogen – one of the most potent forms.8
I3C has another trick up its sleeve. Remember we mentioned aromatase – the enzyme that converts T to estrogen? Well, an extract of I3C has been shown to block the action of aromatase.
Italian researchers found the I3C extract stressed the area of cells where aromatase originates, lowering the activity of this enzyme.9
Your body also breaks some I3C down into another chemical called dinolylmethane – or DIM. Like I3C, DIM is a natural estrogen buster. And we’ve included both in our unique Opti-Male formula.
Finally, there’s the elephant in the room.
Opti-Male Is Formulated to Support Optimum “Performance”
Your T levels are important for many aspects of male health. But the one that probably worries you the most is performance. So we’ve added a few extra “boosters” to help you along.
For example, we’ve included L-arginine. This amino acid is the raw material behind nitric oxide – NO in your arteries. NO makes arteries more flexible and promotes free blood flow. And, as I’m sure you know, free blood flow is key to a man’s performance.
We’ve also included maca – the ancient Inca secret to bedroom stamina. And epimedium – “horny goat weed” – a rich source of icariin.
Studies show icariin triggers the release of NOS – nitric acid synthase.10 This is the class of enzymes that tells your body to make more NO. L-arginine gives you the raw materials you need to make NO. Icariin sets the process in motion.
Plus, icariin is unique in an important way. It mimics some of the activities of T. In animal studies, icariin led to better sexual performance… and higher levels of available T.11
That’s why you’ll find all these boosters in Opti-Male.
But that’s not the whole story.
A Complete Manhood Formula
In all, Opti-Male delivers 16 key ingredients. And each is carefully selected to support your body’s natural production of T… to discourage estrogenic activity… and/or promote a healthy love life.
Opti-Male isn’t your run-of-the-mill men’s formula. It’s a men’s health formula. Uniquely balanced to support maximum pleasure and maximum manhood.
Best of all, you can try Opti-Male with absolutely no risk. Because – like all Best Life Herbals formulas - Opti-Male comes with our full-year satisfaction guarantee. WE promise you’ll love the results, or we’ll buy it back.
Yours in continued good health,
The Best Life Herbals Wellness Team
The statements contained herein have not been evaluated by the US Food and Drug Administration. They are not intended to treat, prevent, cure or diagnose any disease.
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