A new study by a researcher from the University of Southern California suggests that supplements used to stimulate testosterone, also known as “T-Booster,” could be much less effective than you might think.
According to Mary K. Samplaski, the researcher who led the study, many of the supplements of this type on the market today are simple vitamin and mineral supplements “but they do nothing to improve testosterone.” In this regard, he also mentions how people can be sensitive to the marketing activities implemented by the sellers of this type of supplement, which makes it difficult to distinguish false accounts from the real.
Testosterone is a sex hormone present in males thanks to which men develop those characteristics that are more “masculine” than females, such as more prominent muscles, a deeper tone of voice, a hairy chest, and so on. However, after the age of 30, the natural production of the testosterone body begins to decrease and this can lead, among other things, to erectile dysfunction.
The integration of testosterone with such products is therefore akin to going back a little back in time. However, Samplaski and colleagues analyzed the active ingredients in relation to the claims contained in the advertisements for 150 testosterone supplements of the “T-Booster” type. Among the most common components found in these supplements were zinc, fenugreek extract and vitamin B6.
Comparing the quantities of all 109 components found in the supplements and comparing them with the quantities suggested by the US Food and Drug Administration as well as with the levels considered to be tolerable established by the National Academy of Science, the researchers noticed that 90% of them were advertised as a supplement that could increase testosterone or that could “increase sexual desire or libido” but less than 25% of them provided data to support these claims.
Furthermore, many of them contained levels of mineral vitamins that were higher than tolerable limits.
The researcher’s advice, in relation to low testosterone levels, is to talk to a doctor or nutritionist before resorting to these supplements.