Testosterone is important for building muscle and fuelling your sex drive.
But receptors for the hormone exist throughout your body, from your brain to your bones to your blood vessels.
So, if your testosterone level is low, the health consequences could extend far beyond the gym and the bedroom, says University of Washington endocrinologist Bradley Anawalt, M.D., a spokesperson for the Endocrine Society.
The eight symptoms that follow aren’t proof of low testosterone on their own. You’ll need two blood tests showing low levels—usually around 300 nanograms per declileter (ng/dL) or lower, depending on the lab—before your doctor makes an official low testosterone diagnosis, Dr. Anawalt says.
The good news is, if low testosterone is truly to blame, many of the health side effects of low testosterone can be reversed, or at least improved.
Testosterone is a male hormone that can be found in both men and women. But it is more of the male characteristics. Usually, at age 30, blood levels of testosterone start to decline slowly. If testosterone declines in a man’s body, his muscles, energy, and libido begin to decrease. Men who smoke and drink alcohol excessively lose testosterone faster than those who don’t.
Male hormones or testosterone stimulate metabolism, promote fat burning, increase red blood cells and muscle growth.
Tongkat Ali is known to boost performance, stamina, and muscle mass in bodybuilding. In a clinical study conducted with a group of men, half the male was given Tongkat Ali to consume while the other half were not. During a few weeks of the physical training program, the men who consume the herbs experienced greater muscle mass gain, stamina, and strength. There were also a growing number of Asian athletes and bodybuilders whom are using Tongkat Ali as an androgen booster to improve muscle size and enhance their sports performance.
Hence, Tongkat Ali is beneficial to men age over 50 especially in supporting a healthy testosterone level.