May 8th, 2017
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is recommended when the natural testosterone levels decline as the body fails to produce sufficient hormone. The therapy involves administration of testosterone by means of injection, pallets, creams or gels.
HRT is an effective therapy that gives fruitful results by elevating the serum levels of testosterone. However, HRT has a negative impact on natural production of testosterone within the body.
The testosterone production is dependent on its availability in the serum. When HRT elevates the serum levels of testosterone, as a response the brain stops the release of luteinizing hormone (LH), due to which the production of natural testosterone gets suppressed. This is the major drawback associated with HRT as it lowers the natural testosterone production. And that’s only the beginning, with time this effect becomes even stronger. Once the HRT is stopped, the testosterone levels undergo an evident decline. So HRT becomes a mandatory thing in order to maintain the testosterone levels.
Another drawback of HRT is, it suppresses LH for a prolonged time which causes damage to the leydig cells of the testis.
So opting HRT is all about taking a lot of risk when it’s certainly not the last option. There are many approaches to naturally boost the testosterone levels without putting the body’s natural ability of producing testosterone at risk.
Given below are some other considerable options that may assist in elevating the testosterone levels:
Researchers have found out that near infrared red light can be beneficial at particular wavelengths for patients of hypothyroidism. A study showed that when directed towards the thyroid gland, the red light normalized the levels of thyroid hormone.
In 2013, a study was conducted in Brazil on 43 subjects who were clinically diagnosed with hypothyroidism. To check the effect of red light, the patients were given red light therapy with the wavelength of 830nm, twice a week. After completion of 10 sessions, the subjects were asked to quit taking their thyroid medicine. For a period of 9 months, the subjects were monitored thoroughly to check whether they could do on their own, without continuing thyroid medicine (thyroxine).
The results were very intriguing as 48% of the subjects didn’t need to continue their medicine ever again. The light therapy not only successfully elevated the thyroid volume but it also enhanced the gland’s activity.
Many other Russian and Ukrainian studies found similar results. So the question is how does red light therapy do what it is supposed to do?
So if red light therapy can normalize thyroid hormone levels, does this mean it can do the same for reduced testosterone levels?
Theoretically, if red light is directed to the testis it can relatively enhance the production of energy in leydig cells and also increase the testicular activity. The research is currently under way and are already giving promising results.
Unfortunately no natural supplement can compete with the results of HRT. But there are some natural compounds, which when used at a right dose, can significantly boost the testosterone levels. Micronutrient supplements are at the top of the list. These supplements provide enough vitamins and minerals to fight off the deficiencies responsible for reduced testosterone levels.
Following micronutrients can be used for this purpose:
Other than micronutrients, following supplements can also be used as they elevate testosterone levels by 10-50%:
Supplements in combination with healthy testosterone boosting approaches, can make quite a difference.
Modern day diet is becoming poorer than ever with respect to nutrition. Eating healthy is the key to balanced hormones.
Given below are the proper eating guidelines to elevate the testosterone levels: