Article by: Sravan kumar Testosterone, the magical hormone for muscle growth as well as man’s vitality. Almost all men want to have higher levels of testosterone for the muscle growth and to boost the levels naturally they buy the testosterone boosting supplements which are at very high prices that are available in the market. So, do testosterone boosting supplements really work? What’s inside a testosterone boosting supplement capsule? Let’s explore them. 1. DAA The first ingredient that tops the list in testosterone boosting supplements is D-Aspartic Acid (DAA), which is an amino acid regulator of testosterone synthesis and may act as a testosterone booster. In the researches, it has shown to increase testosterone levels in infertile men and also it is used by the bodybuilder to raise the testosterone levels but the elevated levels don’t last long, they usually come down to baseline after a week in infertile men and in half a week for healthy men. Also, higher dosages negatively affected the resistance training men and made their testosterone levels come down. However, the non-resistance training men can use it for vitality purpose as it may help with fertility, improving sperm quality and count. 2. Fenugreek The second most seen ingredient in testosterone boosting supplements is fenugreek, which is an herb and commonly used for libido. There is no strong evidence available to prove that fenugreek helps in enhancing testosterone levels. 3. Ashwagandha Next comes Ashwagandha (Withaniasomiferia), which is known as the king of Ayurveda herbs. It is an “adaptogen” which helps in relieving stress and anxiety and popularly used for vitality and virility. Human studies did not show a great impact on testosterone levels due to Ashwagandha where there is a mild proof that it may increase testosterone levels by 15% which is shown in men who are new to resistance training. However, there are no strong pieces of evidence to prove Ashwagandha helps in increase of testosterone levels and at the same time, we cannot completely deny its effects on testosterone levels when it is taking in proper dosages for men whose testosterone levels are bad. 4. DIM Diindoylymethane (DIM) is a component of Indole-3-carbinol (I3C) which is basically found in cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, collard greens, and kale are also found in most of the top testosterone booster supplements. DIM can potentially help in keeping the estrogen levels in balance and control the estrogen levels in balance. However, high dosages of DIM can negatively impact on estrogen levels and can raise them. 5. ZMA Zinc, Magnesium, and Aspartate are active ingredients of most of the testosterone boosting supplements which are usually claimed to increase testosterone levels. But no clear pieces of evidence are available proving that they help in boosting the testosterone levels in healthy men. However, for the men who are deficient in zinc, it may be helpful to enhance the testosterone levels. 6. Boron Boron, the dietary mineral which is claimed to increase testosterone levels is also an active ingredient of most of the testosterone boosters. There is very less evidence available for this claim. In an available research, it has shown to decrease estrogen levels and Sex hormone binding globulin levels which may help increase free testosterone levels in men(The study have a very small sample size). 7. Safed Musli Safed Musli(Chlorophytumborivilianum), the most seen ingredient in testosterone booster especially the Indian ones. It is an Indian herb which is rarely used in Ayurveda. It basically helps in libido and sexual health and less effective than Viagra though there are no human researches available to prove its efficiency. Overall, there are no promising pieces of evidence saying SafedMusli either helps for sexual health or testosterone levels. 8. Tribulus Terrestris is an Indian Ayurveda herb helps which helps in men health for virility and vitality and is said to enhance testosterone levels. There are shreds of evidence proving its effectiveness for virility and vitality but there are no shreds of evidence showing its effect on healthy men in increasing the testosterone levels though there small shreds of evidence which showed the increase of testosterone levels in infertile men. 9. Horny Goat Weed (Epimedium), an herb which is claimed to act as testosterone booster cause of the results shown in animals. Though it has shown the impact on animals (rats) there is no evidence to prove its efficiency in human. 10. Shilajit, a mixture of minerals used in Ayurveda with the main bioactive “Fulvic acid”. It is shown to improve testosterone levels in infertile men but did not show any impact on healthy men. It is also proved to improve sperm quality. This supplement is currently in the preliminary stage of research and the pieces of evidence available for this is low. Take Away: These are the active ingredients of almost all the testosterone boosting supplements and none of the ingredients has shown any positive impact on healthy men hence proving that these are waste of money for healthy men if they want to boost their testosterone levels. However, they may help them in libido, vitality and sexual health and may work better than most of the vitality supplements available in the market whose ingredients are almost the same as testosterone boosters. As the dosages are comparatively high in testosterone boosters compared to vitality supplements.