I’m surprised by how many men think we don’t go through changes the way women do. Women may have hormonal changes… but so do men.
Men go through some major changes as they age. They’re harder to spot than a woman’s changes. But that’s because they happen slowly.
These changes even have a name. They’re called andropause.
By the time you’re 40, the changes have begun. Your levels of the hormones that define you as a man start to drop. And your male traits go along for the ride.
Testosterone is often called “the male hormone.” It triggers the changes you see at puberty. But as you approach middle age, your testosterone levels go down. You start to lose muscle and gain fat – especially around your mid-section.
Most men have less interest in sex as their testosterone levels drop. Many find they’re not performing as well, either.
There are other changes, too. And these can be even more alarming.
For one thing, your risk of blood sugar problems goes up, even if you’re fairly thin.1 Lower testosterone levels have also been linked to frailty. 2
As you get older, your body makes less growth hormone (HGH), too. That may not sound scary, but HGH does more than trigger teen-age growth spurts.
You need HGH to build lean muscle and generate energy. It helps keep your bones healthy, too. And your HGH levels can drop by more than 50% as you get older.3
The drop in these two hormones helps explain why it’s harder to lose weight as you get older. Why the muscles you had as a younger man are shrinking. And why you may not be quite the tiger you once were in bed.
But you can slow these changes. You may even be able to reverse them. Several supplements can help.
For example, zinc and magnesium appear to promote higher testosterone levels.
In a university study, researchers gave magnesium to a group of young men. Their testosterone levels went up. Especially in athletes.4 Magnesium plus exercise appears to be a powerful combination.
In another trial, men had higher testosterone levels after taking zinc for just 4 weeks.5
Other studies suggest that vitamins A and E and selenium promote higher testosterone levels.6
Some amino acids may help boost HGH levels. Researchers at Louisiana State University dissolved a form of L-glutamine in cola. After just 90 minutes, HGH levels went up in volunteers who drank the cola.7
In an Italian study, a combination of L-arginine and L-lysine also supported higher HGH levels.8
GABA – gamma-Aminobutyric acid – is a neurotransmitter. But research shows it may also help boost HGH levels.
A team from Shenandoah University tested GABA on a group of men aged 18 – 30. After taking GABA, their growth hormone levels went up by as much as 400%.9
If you’re having trouble losing weight… if your muscles aren’t what they used to be… if you’re concerned about your sexual performance… these supplements may help.
Best Life Herbals Wellness Team
Best Life Herbals
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