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Dealing With Low Testosterone

Dealing With Low Testosterone
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Dealing With Low TestosteroneAs a man, you probably know many health problems – weight, prostate trouble, poor circulation, and more – can cripple your sex life. But did you know that more than half of all men can expect an age-related drop in testosterone to have serious sexual effects?1

That sounds bad enough, but those are just the men who’ll face serious issues. For millions of others, low testosterone means “milder” problems… such as fatigue, weight gain, a lack of interest in sex, moodiness and even hot flashes.

The good news is that you can do something about it. And in this article and the next, I’ll reveal ways to deal with testosterone issues and how to get more enjoyment out of sex.

But first, let’s talk a little about the importance of testosterone.

Testosterone “Makes You a Man”

Testosterone kicks in at puberty. You develop facial hair, your voice drops, your muscles grow… and so do your sex organs. This hormone is most responsible for the traits we call “masculine.”

Testosterone levels peak when you’re about 30. Then they normally drop about 1% per year. So, by the time you’re 80, you may have only half the testosterone you did at 30.

And sometime between those two ages, you may begin to experience the effects of low testosterone.

If your doctor determines your testosterone level is too low, he’ll probably suggest replacement therapy. While this can help, you should understand the risks, too.

Fist of all, we don’t know the long-term effects yet. On the other hand, the short-term consequences are clear. Major side effects include heart and liver problems, sleep problems (you stop breathing while asleep) and an over-production of red blood cells.2

Testosterone replacement can also interfere with normal levels of fats in your blood,2 cause an enlarged prostate, cause fluid build-up in your legs and feet, enlarge your breasts and even cause acne.3

But there is help…

Turning to Natures Alternatives

If your testosterone levels are low, Mother Nature provides herbs that can help get your sex life back on track.

For centuries, traditional Chinese doctors have used the fruit of Lycium barbarum to boost virility. Now we know they were right. Lycium shows tremendous protective properties in male sexual organs.

Researchers at China’s Wuhan University fed Lycium to male rats. The rats’ achieved erections faster, mounted females more quickly and showed greater sperm quality and quantity. The Lycium also boosted the levels of sex hormones in the subjects’ testes.4

In another study, the herb Cuscuta seed stimulated the secretion of testosterone both in the test tube and in live animals. Researchers concluded that Cuscuta seed “invigorates the reproductive system.”5

Finally, there’s an amazing herb that functions like testosterone in your body. It’s called Eucommia, and it’s the first known “phytoandrogen.” That is, it’s a plant that acts like a male hormone.6 And animal studies show it boosts testosterone levels.7

All three of these herbs can be helpful if your testosterone levels are low.

However, there’s another cause of low testosterone you should know about. It’s extremely common and almost always overlooked. In the second article in this series, we’ll cover herbs that can boost your sex life by dealing with this little-known problem.
Stay healthy!

Dr. Kenneth Woliner, M.D.
Best Life Herbals

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1 Harman SM, et al. Longitudinal Effects of Aging on Serum Total and Free Testosterone Levels in Healthy Men. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism Vol. 86, No. 2 724-731.
2 Volpi R, et al. Extraprostatic complications of testosterone replacement therapy. J Endocrinol Invest. 2005;28(11 Suppl Proceedings):75-7.
3 See www.hormone.org/Other/
4 Luo Q, et al. Lycium barbarum polysaccharides: Protective effects against heat-induced damage of rat testes and H2O2-induced DNA damage in mouse testicular cells and beneficial effect on sexual behavior and reproductive function of hemicastrated rats. Life Sci. 2006 Jul 10;79(7):613-21. Epub 2006 Mar 6.
5 Qin DN, et al. Effects of flavonoids from Semen Cuscutae on the reproductive system in male rats. Asian J Androl. 2000 Jun;2(2):99-102.
6 Ong VY and Tan BK. Novel phytoandrogens and lipidic augmenters from Eucommia ulmoides. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2007 Jan 29;7:3.
7 Zhang W, et al. Effect of aqueous extract from Eucommia ulmoides on levels of testosterone in serum and penile tissues of diabetic rats. China National Knowledge Infrastructure, cnki:ISSN:1672-1993.0.2004-11-005.
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