Natural hormone boosting supplements, along with diet and exercise, can help you optimize hormones and achieve your fitness goals. These supplements are especially helpful for men over 50 who want to get in shape or stay fit.
However, there are actually four classes of supplements that you should consider taking – natural hormone boosting supplements, prostate protectors, antioxidants, and supplements for vascular health & blood sugar balancing.
Natural Hormone Boosting Supplements
Here are supplements to increase hGH (Growth Hormone) and IGF-1 levels naturally and safely and how to boost testosterone levels naturally. These hormone boosters may not have the same impact on each man and you should experiment to see what works for you. See Benefits of Organic Protein Powder for hormone boosting with whey supplements.
Supplements for Muscle Growth & Growth Hormone Release
Check out Growth Hormone Boosting Supplements for more details.
Natural Hormone Boosting Supplements – Testosterone
Zinc – Zinc plays a major role in men’s health. It affects the prostate and affects testosterone production. Take 30 – 50mg per day. Do not take more than 80mg per day.
Stinging Nettle Root has numerous benefits. Nettle root can increase free testosterone and free DHT levels, making both readily available for use. It also helps block the conversion of testosterone into estrogen. Finally, nettle root can help with prostate issues. Make sure you take the root extract form of nettle not nettle leaf. Take 250mg per day of nettle root
Muira Puama – a South American plant known to boost energy, libido, and strength.
Tribulus Terrestris – a natural testosterone booster used for centuries to treat impotence and infertility. Tribulus may also improve cardiovascular health.
Fenugreek – Bodybuilders use fenugreek for testosterone boosting, though no studies show it has any effect.
Tongkat Ali – a well known testosterone booster, the root extract of the asian tongkat bush can increase libido and increase lean muscle mass while reducing body fat.
For more information, see Do Testosterone Supplements Really Work?
Testosterone Training & Muscle Building Supplements
Zinc – 50 – 80mg daily.
Stinging Nettle Root – 250mg daily
Muira Puama – 300mg daily
Tribulus Terrestris – 500mg – 750mg daily
Fenugreek – 1,200mg daily
Besides natural hormone boosting supplements, men over 50 should also focus on prostate protection. Sadly, by age 80, most men will suffer from symptoms benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate) – incontinence, disrupted sleep, impotence, and even death.
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) or enlarged prostate is the number one medical diagnosis for men over 55 in America. But you can take steps to keep your prostate gland functioning normally. Here are recommended prostate nutrients to head off prostate problems or reduce symptoms.
* Bee Pollen – 1000mg, 2 times per day
* Boron – 3 to 6mg, once per day
* Stinging Nettle Root – 300mg, once a day. Make sure this is nettle root not the leaf
* Pumpkin Seed Extract – 200mg, 2 times per day
* Pygeum Africanum – 25mg, once per day
See – Top 3 Prostate Remedies
Do Antioxidants Have Any Effect?
Perhaps the most powerful effect you can have on your health is to reduce oxidation and inflammation. Research shows that inflammation effects coronary artery disease. It may be the driving force in atherosclerosis. In fact, the CANTOS trial results which were recently presented at the European Society of Cardiology in Barcelona, points to new avenues for cardiovascular disease prevention. In other words, reducing inflammation can reduce cardiac events.
Antioxidant supplements such as ubiquinol (CoQ10) and curcumin are excellent choices. If your doctor approves and you are not taking blood thinners, low-dose aspirin (baby aspirin) daily is a simple anti-inflammation solution. However, if I were to take only one supplement, it would be Omega-3 fatty acids.
Americans have an unhealthy ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 intake at 20:1. The ideal ratio is 1:1. The Japanese probably have the closest to ideal at 4:1 ratio. Rather than trying to reduce Omega-6 consumption, it’s easier to boost Omega-3 consumption with supplements. I consume 3 grams per day of ultra pure Omega-3s as the cornerstone of my supplement plan. I recommend Get Serious as a great resource based on research and the experience of the author, Dr. Brett Osborn, a practicing neurosurgeon. You can see the results he achieves by following his supplement plan.
In addition to natural hormone boosting supplements, there are supplements you can take to naturally help with your heart and blood vessels. Nitric oxide (NO) is a naturally occurring substance in your cells that signals your body to relax your blood vessels, regulate body temperature and hormone release, and provide powerful blood flow.
Researchers call NO the “miracle molecule”, and it may just be your body’s best defense against heart disease and high blood pressure. See NO More Heart Disease for an eye opening resource.
How To Increase Nitric Oxide
This one really works well. You naturally trigger the release of nitric oxide with 2 amino acids – L-arginine and citrulline.
Here’s How To Boost Nitric Oxide
Blood Sugar Balancing
With type 2 diabetes, you either have too little insulin or your cells have grown resistant to insulin. In that case, your body can no longer control blood sugar levels nor convert food to energy.
Diets with reduced “feeding times” (intermittent fasting) can help avoid spikes in blood sugar level and subsequently, insulin spikes. Keeping insulin low or limiting how often insulin spikes, has a great impact on hormone production.
Research has shown that treating type 2 diabetes should focus on both blood sugar levels and mitochondrial health. You support mitochondrial health by stimulating the activity of AMPK in your cells. AMPK is an enzyme that helps your cells take up glucose, converting it to energy rather than causing your blood sugar levels to rise . . . or causing more body fat storage.
You can stimulate AMPK to improve insulin sensitivity and to lower blood sugar levels with both “intense exercise training” and the supplements PQQ and Ubiquinol.
Cycling Hormone Boosters
When you stimulate hormone production whether through natural releasers or with hormone injections, you interrupt a complex feedback mechanism. Your body responds to an externally induced change in hormone levels (like testosterone replacement therapy) by trying to return to its previous state.
Cycling supplements such as natural hGH releasers or testosterone boosters is critical for maintaining the natural feedback mechanisms of hormone production and regulation.
You avoid altering natural hormone levels by “coaxing” your body to change to new levels. After each change, you let your body adjust to a new “normal” level.
How To Cycle Natural Hormone Boosting Supplements
Here’s some guidance on how to cycle growth hormone boosting supplements.
1 – On 5 / Off 2: take hGH releasing supplements each day for 5 days then stop for 2. Stay on this plan for 3 months, then stop taking the supplements completely for 2-4 weeks. After that you can start the cycle again.
2 – On 21 / Off 7: take hGH releasers each day for 21 days, then stop for 7 days. Repeat this cycle for 3 months, then take 1 month off.
3 – Exercise Cycle: correspond your supplement cycle to your exercise cycle. In other words, if you’re following a 12-week workout routine, take no supplements during weeks 1 & 2. The 3rd week, start with a small dose. Slowly increase your supplement dose through the 4th and 5th weeks, then take the full dose the 6th through the 12th weeks. After 12 weeks stop all supplements for 2 weeks.
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