A Safe Way To Increase Testosterone

Most of us are familiar with the functions of testosterone. Increased libido, mood regulation and feelings of well-being, increased muscle tissue, high bone density, and the prevention of unwanted body fat are just a few of testosterone's responsibilities. Not to mention peak mental acuity and the prevention of heart disease! It all starts deep inside the brain with the anterior pituitary gland, which is the trigger that releases lutenizing hormone (LH) into the blood. LH then stimulates the Leydig cells in the testicles to increase testosterone production.

As we age, our production of testosterone decreases significantly. This is when you might start to notice lean muscle being replaced with body fat, your energy levels aren't quite what they used to be, and sex is the last thing on your mind (okay…maybe the second to last). These are all signs indicating that you may be a candidate for hormone replacement therapy. Any hormone therapy, including testosterone therapy, should be administered and monitored by a physician. The best method of testosterone delivery varies from individual to individual and is dependent upon several factors. Testosterone medications can come in the form of weekly injections, pellet implants, patches and in a topical gel. An interesting new way of increasing testosterone levels has been achieved through the use of human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG). HCG does not replace your testosterone, but rather stimulates endogenous production within the testes leading to an increase in testosterone levels as long as the testicles are healthy and responsive. HCG binds to lutenizing hormone (LH) cell receptor sites with the same affinity as LH, increasing testosterone production through the Leydig cells as LH would normally do. Although HCG has been relatively unknown in the medical field (besides those who work in fertility) , there have been many studies on it's effects. It has shown to increase libido, sexual performance and even provide therapy for male infertility (JAMA.1977, mat30.237(22)). There has also been extensive research on bodybuilders who have shut down their testosterone production from the use of anabolic steroids. One such study shows that after three weeks of HCG therapy, "serum testosterone significantly increased" without increases in estradiol and progesterone. (Steriod Biochem. 1986 Jul25(1):109-12). Through this research, we can see that HCG is an effective, safe method to increase testosterone levels and can be used to aide in the problems associated with testosterone deficiencies in humans.

By Jasen Bruce

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Published in  MAX MUSCLE MAGAZINE 2004