Happy and healthy is a reflection on or hormone levels more than it is revealing that we somehow have a magical life of no problems. Indeed life is full of problems and challenges and it is normal. But when we have the right hormonal soup in our system, it is this that keeps us on an even keel and we can cope with the challenges. Back in the days of the new frontier, between murdering the Indians and cutting down trees and clearing the land, some days would be easy and others very hard and so our body and brain always kept a higher level of testosterone in our system to cope with the sudden challenges we could be faced with. Because the men of those days were always dealing with sudden increases of heavy demands, their brains always maintained high reserves of testosterone to be ready and able to deal with them.
Today a hard day means you made a mistake with the office politics or accidentally deleted an email you shouldn’t have. In the modern world means standing in a long line at the supermarket checkout counter – and has nothing to do with hunting a wild animal for many hours to get something to eat. And the modern existence is not so bad, but smarter and wiser people always do certain things to increase their preparedness for the unexpected. Any person who when they wake up in the morning begins their day with a sudden burst of heavy exercise that creates the burning sensation in their muscles will find they have a sudden release of testosterone in their system not only for the current day that they face but also for when they wake up the next day.
A wise person prepares for the unexpected, and any man who wants to win the coming challenges of any day will definitely start his new days with a burst of push-ups and sit-ups to get his testosterone level heading the right way.
The pharmaceutical companies would have you believe that a cure for Erectile Dysfunction is recent with the discovery of Sidenafil (Viagra). However there have been effective natural cures for Erectile Dysfunction for thousands of years. In more recent years with the introduction of modern extraction techniques used when manufacturing today’s capsules and tablets the active ingredients are able to be taken up by the body more easily, making them even more effective.
The flip side of that is the side effects have become more pronounced.
There is some confusion when discussing natural cures for Erectile Dysfunction because there are two sets of herbs/plants.
One set increases hormone levels but do nothing to dilate blood vessels (Open up blood vessels – so curing Erectile Dysfunction ).
This is a nightmare for someone suffering with Erectile Dysfunction because it increases desire but does nothing to enable strong erections.
Here are the most effective plants in the two groups…
1. Plants That Increase Hormone Production
A plant found in the colder areas of North America and Asia. Only the root is used for medicinal purposes.
Very well known aphrodisiac that increases desire and energy levels.
A Himalayan flowering plant.
A legendary aphrodisiac in Asia.
An Asian parasitic plant that looks like a cross between a pine cone and a pineapple.
A well established sex tonic. It activates sex hormones in both sexes.
A Tibetan plant who’s name derives from the Greek Rhodon which means rose because of the rose like smell of the roots.
Only recently available outside Asia. Has been used as a sex tonic for thousands of years.
A flowering plant well known in Malaysia and Indonesia Increases testosterone levels. Used by body builders.
2. Natural Cures For Erectile Dysfunction
The following plants dilate blood vessels but usually only work completely successfully as a combination – not on their own.
Horny Goat Weed
Probably the best known natural cure for Erectile Dysfunction. Also known as Epimedii. It’s common name was as a result of goat herders noticing that goats eating the plant were stimulated into excessive copulation. Open’s up the blood vessels. It also stimulates the sensory nerves particularly in the genital region in both sexes. Can be successful with some people on it’s own.
Featured on the BBC’s Wild China. Known as the king of invigorants. Open’s up the blood vessels particularly to the groin. Huge black market trade for it in China. Its a fungus found at 4000 feet on the Tibetan plateau.
When bought in capsule form results can vary wildly because of different processing techniques.
This is Asian herb and is the dried rhizome of Curculigo orchioides.
Open’s up the blood vessels. Long history of treatment for Erectile Dysfunction.
An amino acid used to make nitric oxide in the body which dilates the blood vessels.
Can be effective in some people and is available in capsule form, however it has to be taken all day – around 8 capsules a day and is very slow to start to work – up to a week.
A tree found in Japan and China.
Can help as a natural cure for Erectile Dysfunction because it helps blood flow by thinning the blood.
However it is associated with a variety of side effects including heartburn, breathing problems and seizures.
This is the bark of the Yohimbe tree in Africa.
Again can be useful in some people in terms of an a natural cure for Erectile Dysfunction but unfortunately is associated with serious side effects including anxiety, fast and irregular heartbeats, and stomach cramps.
Many men, myself included, are looking for a safe and effective way to boost their natural testosterone. Increased testosterone levels have many benefits, especially for men who are over 35. It will make you not only look better, but feel better as well.
So, what are the safe, legal and effective ways that we men have to boost our natural testosterone levels?
I want to take a look now at 8 popular testosterone enhancing sports supplements. You may or may not have heard about all 8, but do you know if they actually work? This article will answer that question for you.
Here are the 8 testosterone boosters we will be looking at:
2. Tribulus Terrestris
4. Activate by Designer Supplements
6. Avena Sativa
7. Tongkat Ali
ZMA – ZMA is a designed mineral formula comprised of zinc monomethionine aspartate, magnesium aspartate and vitamin B-6. They are combined in specific ratios to supposedly maximize the effectiveness of ZMA. A 1999 study showed increases of up to 30% in free and total testosterone during an 8 week study of NCAA football players. However, this study was conducted by one of the owners of the company that holds the patent on ZMA. Not completely unbiased.
ZMA may have helped testosterone levels because the mineral zinc and magnesium play important roles in the production of anabolic hormones, especially testosterone. The study participants were shown to have borderline deficient levels of both minerals at the beginning of the study, so raising their levels to normal could have accounted for the rise in testosterone.
I wouldn’t rule out ZMA completely, most people in the U.S. are deficient in both zinc and magnesium. If you are slghtly deficient in zinc and/or magnesium ZMA could increase your testosterone production by bringing your levels back to normal. 8 out of 10 stars!
Tribulus Terrestris – This is a weed that grows in temperature and tropical climates and has been used for centuries to increase libido in males. Does it also increase testosterone levels as many supplement companies would have you believe? That depends on who is taking it.
Tribulus terrestris HAS been shown to increase testosterone levels by as much as 30%, but only in individuals who have low testosterone levels to begin with. It will raise your levels to normal, but it will not raise them if you already have normal testosterone levels.
So, tribulus terrestris is partially useful as a testosterone booster. If you are overtrained, if you are on a low calorie ‘cutting’ diet or if you are recovering from steroid or prohormone use (as part of PCT) tribulus terrestris can be useful n raising your testosterone levels. Don’t expect that it will give you super high test levels or significantly increased libido. 6 out of 10 stars!
Fenugreek – Fenugreek is an herb found primarily in Indian food. It has historically been used by nursing mothers to increase milk production. Studies on fenugreek are scant, but it has been shown to decrease blood sugar levels of type II diabetics.
Fenugreek has become popular recently as a testosterone booster in bodybuilding supplements. There is no proof at all that this is true. Because of it’s effect on blood sugar levels it could be useful as a cutting supplement used to lower blood sugar and insulin spikes. 2 out of 10 stars!
Activate – Activate is a fairly new product from Designer Supplements that claims to increase free testosterone levels in the body. The active ingredient has been trademarked under the name Divanil and is an extract of the stinging nettle plant.
Your body has both free testosterone and bound testosterone. Only the free testosterone is of use to you in building muscle. So, you may have high testosterone levels, but if all of it is bound it is useless to you for muscle building.
Your body controls the amount of free testosterone through a protein called Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG). The SHBG binds to your free testosterone making it unavailable for muscle building. Activate works by inhibiting (decreasing) the SHBG in your body. This means more of your testosterone is free to help with your muscle building.
There are no studies confirming the rise in free testosterone levels, but there are studies showing that lignans from stinging nettle extract inhibit SHBG and user feedback is almost unanimously positive. I myself have used Activate several times and find that it increases focus in the gym, hardens my muscles and also increased libido. 10 out of 10 stars!
6-OXO – This is a product developed and trademarked by Ergopharm. The active ingredient is 4-etioallocholen-3,6, 17-trione. There have been several studies to date that validate 6-OXO as a testosterone booster. These studies while small have shown average free testosterone increases of 126%. Longer term studies are still underway, but initial reports are positive. 9 out of 10 stars!
Avena Sativa – Please don’t believe the hype behind avena sativa. Avena sativa is the scientific name for wild oats. While I enjoy oatmeal as a good source of carbohydrates it is not a testosterone booster? No way! There are no studies or historical evidence that avena sativa does anything to increase testosterone levels. 0 out of 10 stars!
Tongkat Ali – Tongkat ali is an extract from the root of the Eurycoma shrub found mainly in Malaysia and Indonesia. It is also called Longjack and Eurycoma Longfolia.
It has been used for centuries in southeast Asia to boost libido and as an aphrodesiac. Studies confirm that it works very well, increasing both sexual function and endurance as well as libido.
Researchers are unsure how Tongkat ali works, but they believe that it both increases testosterone production and increases free testosterone. Like a 1-2 punch. Common effects from Tongkat ali are increased well being, better body composition, increased libido and increased focus and aggression.
Tongkat ali does take some time to start working so it may take up to 2 weeks before you start to see its effects. You also need to make sure you are getting an extract of the root powder and not just root powder. The extract is more expensive, but necessary. 8 out of 10 stars!
Yohimbe – Yohimbe has been used as a testosterone booster as well as a fat loss aid. While it does aid in fat loss through several mechanisms, there is no proof that it boosts testosterone levels.
It is likely that people believe it increases testosterone because it does increase libido, however the libido increase is not due to a testosterone increase. Yohimbe works partially as a vasodialator which means it opens up blood vessels, especially those in the lower extremeties such as the genetalia.
Yohimbe has also been shown to have several negative and possibly dangerous side effects and many physicians advise their patients not to take yohimbe because of these side effects. 3 out of 10 stars!
Tongkat Ali is a small tree that grows mostly in South East Asia and it has some wonderful healing powers that we men should all take advantage – mostly being the power of its roots to boost testosterone production. To be clear about this, the tree roots of Tongkat Ali don’t contain testosterone; rather the compounds in the extract of this tree’s roots stimulate the body’s own production of this essential hormone. We need higher levels of testosterone than our current lives find us with, and this extract from Tongkat Ali tree roots does a great job of boosting our levels.
Like all testosterone boosting supplements, it is essential that we cycle them – meaning that we must rotate the use of Tongkat Ali extract with other testosterone boosting supplements so that our body never gets used to any particular supplement. Building up a tolerance to any type of boosting supplement is counter-productive, though not harmful as such because none of them are toxic in any way.
The Malaysian government has done a wonderful job of researching the testosterone boosting powers of Tongkat Ali extract, and they have gone the extra distance with the best practice techniques for washing, drying and extracting the vital compounds from the tree roots and it has done so because of the export potential of the tree product which is mostly only found in Malaysia and Indonesia.
Of course there is more to getting the most out of your increased testosterone level besides taking and rotating your diet supplements, including a diet that contains the cholesterol needed to produce the hormones and also some short bursts of intense weights training to trigger the release of the increased testosterone from the proteins that are bound to it and to set the testosterone free so that the body can put it to work.
To build muscle mass there is a lot more going on and needed than simply going to the gym and pumping iron. Over the years I always adopted a different approach than that of my son. That is, I preferred lighter weights with high numbers of repetitions whereas my son took the more traditional approach of lower repetitions and much heavier weight and it wasn’t until recent years that I found out why he is right and I was wrong. It all comes down to diet and doing what is necessary to trigger the brain into building more muscle mass by producing increased testosterone.
Testosterone is needed to build muscle and the level of testosterone we have in our body is decided by our brain. Essentially the brain seeks to maintain that level of testosterone needed by us to sustain the lifestyle we are living and so if we do very little muscle-work, then we will have a much lower level of testosterone than if we regularly undertook heavy lifting. Cholesterol is made by the testicles breaking down cholesterol through various stages, and so having sufficient cholesterol in our diet is important. Further, it is strongly recommended that people take a diet supplement like Tongkat Ali tree root extract so the body also has the necessary compounds to most efficiently break down the cholesterol into testosterone.
Then it all comes down to getting the brain to cause the series of events needed that ultimately lead to increased muscle mass, and the only way to do this is to make your muscles burn with a few minutes of heavy weights training. When the brain detects the muscles burning from stress that is not usually part of a normal day, it firstly sets some testosterone free from storage in the blood for immediate use and that night when asleep, the brain not only causes the used up testosterone to be replaced, it produces and increased amount to cover a situation of the stress being repeated.
Andropause is a condition that affects aging men. It is a collection of symptoms, including reduced libido, low energy, increased body fat and loss of concentration. The main cause of these symptoms is the declining level of testosterone as well as other hormones in a man’s body.
Testosterone replacement treatment is one of the recommended treatment for men who are suffering from andropause or “male menopause” in layman’s term. However, there are several reports from different men who have undergone this treatment and say that they experience a list of side effects. This has urged them to try an alternative solution like Tongkat Ali root extract that can be found in some male fertility supplement.
So, what is Tongkat Ali and what are the benefits that men suffering from male menopause can expect from taking these kinds of supplement?
Tongkat Ali, also known locally as Pasak Bumi and Tung Saw is an herb that grows predominantly in South East Asian countries. Its scientific name Eurycoma longifolia jack. It has been used for years in traditional medicine to help increase libido for males as well as treat symptoms associated with andropause. Almost all parts of the plant have been used in traditional medicine and this includes the berries, bark, and leaves.
However, what attracts great interest for men suffering from andropause is the plant’s root extract. After extensive research and tests conducted on animals, the root extract of this plant was found to increase libido, improve semen quality, and enhance muscle tissue growth and improvement of bone mass. All these benefits are attributed to the plant’s ability to increase testosterone level.
Additionally, it has also been discovered that supplements containing Tongkat Ali also help boost male fertility. Improvements on sperm and semen quality in terms of volume, motility and concentration has been observed.
So if you happen to be experiencing andropause or male menopause symptoms and are looking for natural ways to deal with your condition, you may want to consider making a switch to supplements that contain Tongkat Ali. However, you should only buy your supplements from reputable sellers. This is due to the fact that there are dubious products in the market that can put your health at risk.
Lastly, you may also want to consider purchasing one with higher potency such as supplements that has 200:1 ratio. This will allow you to fully enjoy the benefits of the supplement’s active ingredients even when taking fewer pills.
Erectile Dysfunction or ED (also known as Impotence) is basically seen as a man’s inability to develop or maintain an erection (of his penis) long enough for sexual relations.
However it can be a warning sign of other illnesses that can be killers. Let’s look at ED How to cure it and how serious it can be to your general health.
The Causes of ED
There are many causes, some are psychological and some are physiological.
The psychological ones may be treated in a number of ways, but the physiological ones are indicative of some other body malfunction or condition which may be serious in nature, and need medical attention.
The physiological causes may be understood if there are no normal erections during sleep. A man usually has about 6 erections per sleep session, and one in the early morning when testosterone levels are at their highest.
However, if these erections are not present, it can indicate some cardiovascular problem, diabetes, or hypogonadism.
Hypogonadism is unacceptably low levels of testosterone in the man’s system this will affect the testicles and naturally reduce or eliminate an erection.
Tests to Determine Ed
If you suspect you have ED, go to a doctor, he will begin with testing your blood for diabetes, hypogonadism and prolactinoma.
The doctor will also test you for cardiovascular problems, like peripheral vascular disease or coronary artery disease. He will see if you lifestyle is correct, your weight, and verify your general state of health.
The best way to determine if your ED is psychological or physiological is to determine if you never get an erection or you do (however rare). If you get an erection at all, the causes will be found being psychological in nature.
If not, you have some other causes preventing erection and this will need immediate medical attention.
Current Treatment of ED
Current treatment of ED can usually start with testosterone if the doctor understands there is some hormone deficiency. If there was some disease, such as diabetes, there may have been damage to the penis blood vessels. Treatment of the diabetes is essential in any event, and some of the medications below are effective for intercourse, but not a cure.
ED is now treated by drugs taken orally (such as Vigara, Cialis and Leventra), injected, or even as penile suppositories. All of above will increase the efficiency of Nitrous Oxide (NO).
NO dilates the blood vessels of corpora cavernosa within the penis, and allows for engorgement, and subsequent erection. Other treatments include the injections apomorphine into the erectile tissue of the penile shaft. There is now oral apomorphine as well.
You can also take a number of herbs that can help increase NO and circulation to allow more blood to flow into the penis and create an erection
Natural herbs to cure ED
The best three are:
Ginseng and Ginkgo Balboa. These have been used for thousands of years by the Chinese to improve libido and are excellent all round body tonics.
And finally L Argennine – Known as natures Viagra take 2,000 mgs per day. In tests it has been proved that 80% of men who did this saw an increase in sex drive and achieve better erections.
Finally, there are treatments that require surgery, such as penile implants (both permanent and inflatable). There are special vacuum pumps that can be used, that will (with the aid of an elastic band) retain a semi-erection for about 30 minutes.
It is highly recommended that if you think you have ED, see your doctor at once, as it really may be the symptom of something else.
Get help and get sorted your life may depend on it.
Older men with erectile dysfunction may find that medicines like Viagra, Cialis or Levitra do not altogether fix their problem, that they give poor or unsatisfactory results. This may be particularly so if they suffer from Type 2 diabetes or generalised arteriosclerosis or hardening of their arteries. If you fall into this category then please do not despair. There are now ways around this problem. But, you may need to work on your doctor first.
Evidence abounds that the addition of Testosterone Replacement Therapy or TRT can make a tremendous difference to the treatment of erectile dysfunction in older men. For example, in 2005 Dr. Ridwan Shabsigh from Columbia University Hospital studied 75 men with ED. Half of these were given Viagra 100 mg plus a placebo gel for one month. The other half were given Viagra 100mg plus a 5-gram testosterone gel daily. There was a significant improvement in the quality of erections achieved among the later group.
Something else should be noted here. Many doctors are still hung up on the very dubious value of doing blood tests on men before starting them on TRT. They like to check on blood testosterone levels plus a whole battery of other exotic hormones. However, the problem is that these tests do not actually tell the doctor anything useful about their patient’s need or otherwise for additional testosterone. They are very expensive and notoriously unreliable.
Recent research has shown that a better approach to deciding if an older man might benefit from TRT is the so-called ’empirical’ approach. This could equally be called the ‘commonsense’ approach. Let us say an older man is mildly depressed. He also suffers from erectile dysfunction that does not respond adequately to Viagra 100mg. His PSA (prostate specific antigen) is normal. Now what are our options?
The empirical approach. We start this man on a testosterone gel and ask him to apply this to his skin every day for a month. Then after the month is up, we apply a standard questionnaire called the ADAM test. Does he feel lees depressed and has his ability to achieve erections improved? If the answer to both of these questions is negative then maybe there is not much point in his continuing with TRT. If however, as is the more likely scenario, he is less depressed and the quality of his erections has improved them the probability that TRT is helping him is very high. Not exactly rocket science now is it?
Summery: Viagra, Cialis or Levitra alone often fail to solve older men’s erectile dysfunction. With the simple and safe adjunct treatment of additional testosterone therapy, this can greatly enhance the efficacy of these drugs in helping to overcome this problem. Provided your PSA blood test is normal this approach to curing your ED is always worth considering.
Erectile dysfunction or impotence means lack of libido. It’s the inability to attain and keep up an erection to obtain a penetrative sexual act. Erection is the rigidness of the penis when it is aroused. The penis achieves hardening by filling up its spongy tissues with blood. Achieving erection is necessary to make the penetration in sexual intercourse.
Various medications for erectile dysfunction and drugs were made available in the markets and generally they are prescribed by health professionals. Though medications have the same components, patients should be aware that what causes erectile problem in one man may not have an effect on another.
Medication for erectile dysfunction prescribed by a doctor is typical, whichever is applicable, it could be oral or injected directly into the penis. The most common medications of erectile dysfunction that can be used are:
-Common Oral medications for erectile dysfunction:
These medications for erectile dysfunction resembles each other in terms of its effects, work in much the same way, but they also share some differences. They only differ in dosage, side effects and terms of effectiveness.
Viagra is the most popular medicine for the treatment of erectile dysfunction. Medications like Viagra have helped thousands of patients worldwide, but unfortunately, it have unpleasant side effects such as dizziness and nausea, it also found to be irreconcilable with some medications. It cannot be use by men who take nitroglycerin or nitrate drugs, doing so can fatally lower blood pressure. Viagra is advised to be taken an hour before sex for satisfactory result.
This medication for erectile dysfunction procedure involves injecting of drugs at the side of the side of the penis before sex is to take place. The drug injected has long term positive effects.
There are kinds of food that are associated with sexual appetite.
o Hot and spicy foods are said to fire up the libido and set out a passionate atmosphere.
o Ginger a spicy treat.
o Asparagus and quail eggs.
o Chocolate have aphrodisiac qualities
o Improve sex drive by eating lots of fish and fresh vegetables.
These are inserted into the urethra to induce erections.
-Medically administered testosterone
Non-medical medication methods to treat impotency include herbal supplements, penis pump and therapy.
Therapy should be done with a registered sex therapist or mental health professional. The downside with therapy is its long process before you can achieve a positive outcome. Another thing is, talking with professionals regarding your sexual life could be embarrassing. Moreover, this is effective especially if the cause of erectile dysfunction is more on the psychological aspect.
Penis pumps are performed by putting in the male organ into a tube and uses the pump until full rigidness of the the penis is achieved and then a ring is rolled on top of penis’ base to keep the erection hard. It is efficient, but this method requires the pump to be use every time before engaging in sexual intercourse. The disadvantage, it hasn’t really dealt with the problem head on, but it only gives temporary relief.
Lastly, the complexity may be either lifelong or not permanent. Either way, it’s a discomforting predicament that can be easily shunned in the future. There are lots of different methods to treat erectile dysfunction, both medical and non-medical. It’s imperative to take note that any kind of treatment should be paired off with healthy lifestyle. And, it is important to discuss with your doctor before undergoing any kind of medication.
Have you seen those commercials that show middle-aged, graying men with a newly discovered twinkle in their libido-driven eyes? Sly smiles from coy women, motorcycles, guitars, pick-up trucks and hot tubs remind men of recaptured memories.
With Viagra sponsoring stock cars, as well as politicians confessing to “erectile dysfunction” on national television, America has embraced drugs like Viagra and Cialis that keep the romance alive. But what are these intimacy drugs doing to your health – and could the benefits of Royal Jelly be a much safer, healthier alternative to Viagra?
The Downside to the Miracle Drugs of Viagra
There’s an interesting irony to all of those advertisements inviting you to relive the exhilaration of the free love days of your youth. You must be healthy enough to have sex before you buy the product that makes it easier for you to enjoy sex. There is indeed an inherent risk in using man-made chemicals – regardless of the end purpose. Ironically, Baby Boomers take as much blood pressure medicine as prescriptions for erectile dysfunction.
Nature’s Prescription for Erectile Dysfunction
Thankfully, nature already had an erectile dysfunction cure long ago – in the form of Royal Jelly.
Royal Jelly has long been credited with improving sexual function. Scientists at the New York Medical College found that Royal Jelly contains a complex compound which stimulates the sex glands of women and men by acting like a natural hormone. And underscoring that report are discoveries by French biochemists, who determined that Royal Jelly super-charges the treatment of sterility and sex organ insufficiency.
One of the reasons that researchers are so enthusiastic about studying Royal Jelly for treating reproductive organs is the volumes of scientific evidence that confirms what it does for the queen bee. Because she is fed Royal Jelly exclusively from birth, she enjoys a life span about 30 times longer than the most senior worker bees. And during that life, she lays millions of eggs, as many as 2,000 a day!
Royal Jelly is considered one of the densest, most potent sources of naturally occurring vitamins and minerals in all of nature. It is particularly rich in all the B vitamins, especially pantothenic acid, which promotes fertility and healthy reproduction. Research results showed it was important in rejuvenating sex glands, increased sperm count and sexual function in both men and women.
Good for Intimacy – and Your Heart!
Here is where the benefits of Royal Jelly truly outweigh that of Viagra or Cialis: Royal Jelly is good for your heart! Royal Jelly’s “disclaimer” is that this potent natural cure can prompt your entire circulatory system to work better, including the most important muscle of your body: the heart.
Research has demonstrated the benefits of Royal Jelly in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases, high blood pressure, arteriosclerosis, arrhythmia and heart disease. Royal Jelly boosts adrenal function, and the adrenal glands are what control heart rate. These studies show that regular use will return high blood pressure to normal. Scientists have also learned that the benefits reverse hardening of the arteries, and in fact, can produce a 10% to 15% reduction in cholesterol.