Being a man is full of rewards. It’s also full of challenges. We believe the best investment any man can make is to invest in his own well-being. As the body ages, the nutritional and supplement needs change as well.
Warning bells should be going off for men, when feeling “worn out” becomes a normal state of being.
Tiredness and stress are often signs of prioritizing our many responsibilities above health. Men are at higher risk of developing the top 10 causes of death, which include: heart disease, diabetes, liver disease and many cancers.
Fatigue and stress can also lead to poor food choices and skipping exercise, which then leads to using caffeine and other substances as stimulants and calming aids. These can perpetuate poor health. Low levels of testosterone, obesity and many prescription medications can also negatively influence male vitality. The good news is that many of these hazards can be addressed with preventative lifestyle choices and daily habits.
Hormonal balance and free testosterone
Testosterone is a male sex hormone made in the testes and the adrenal glands. Most testosterone in your blood is bound to albumin or sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) and is unavailable to the body. Unbound testosterone is bio-available (free) testosterone. The amount of free testosterone is directly related to masculinity, male energy, strength and performance. Free testosterone can be increased by influencing production factors or by preventing free testosterone from turning into bound testosterone sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) and dihydrotestosterone (DHT). We can positively affect the production of free testosterone by increasing the sterols and by decreasing hormones circulating in the blood, that inhibit the production of free testosterone.
Andropause is the slow but steady reduction in testosterone and other hormones that occur with aging. The main symptoms are: loss of libido and potency, loss of muscle mass, depression, nervousness, insomnia, fatigue, inability to concentrate, erectile dysfunction, frequency of urination, loss of memory and sweating. Reduced amounts of free testosterone can also be a result of diet, exercise and elevated hormones including cortisol, estrogen and cholesterol. These hormones are connected via the endocrine system and when elevated, have a negative reciprocal effect on free testosterone.
Cortisol is a catabolic hormone that is elevated under stress. Elevated cortisol disrupts the testicular testosterone production process and upsets the delicate balance of luteinizing hormone (LH), follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), and prolactin. Stimulating the production of luteinizing hormone helps our body create free testosterone.
Nutrients to support the production of free testosterone include:
Zinc, Magnesium and B6
Highly absorbable forms of zinc, magnesium and vitamin B6 aid in the production of testosterone, the maintenance of lean muscle tissue, improves sleep and alleviates symptoms of stress.
Male Hormone Support Herbal Extracts
Rhodiola, Ashwaganda, Holy Basil and Siberian Ginseng are adaptogenic herbs which are clinically shown to manage cortisol levels. Resveratrol is a powerful antioxidant and along with 3,3 Dindollyl Methane (DIM) has been shown to reduce estrogen levels. This results in stimulating luteinizing hormone to produce testosterone.
Tribulus, Fenugreek and Tongkat-Ali increase luteinizing hormone by providing plant sterols. These sterols are converted through hormonal pathways to produce more total testosterone and increase levels of free testosterone.
Saw Palmetto and Stinging Nettle block the interaction between free testosterone and bound testosterone (SHBG and albumin bound testosterone). These herbs also prevent the interaction that changes testosterone to DHT. DHT is found in higher concentrations in those suffering from benign prostate hypertrophy (BPH), and in cases of male pattern baldness.