Testosterone is the most important representative
of the male sex hormones collectively called androgens. It plays
an important role in both mens' and womens' bodies, and natural production
slows down around the age of 23. Recent scientific research suggests that testosterone plays a much larger role in various functions of the body's overall health than was previously thought. Testosterone therapy and testosterone-increasing
supplements are relatively new ways of dealing with decreasing testosterone
levels in the body.
Many adult males are affected
in numerous ways by low testosterone levels. Symptoms include low
energy levels, depression, loss of strength, low sex drive, impotence,
obesity, and brittle bones. Currently many doctors will prescribe
expensive testosterone therapy to affected men. Recently, over-the-counter
products have been hitting the shelves that claim to raise testosterone
production to a level that cures many problems associated with low
testosterone levels. Testosterone-increasing products are also heavily
used by athletes - especially bodybuilders to help them build muscle
and increase strength.
Until recently, bodybuilders only had one sure way to significantly raise testosterone levels: anabolic steroids. They flood your bloodstream with hormones or other similar compounds that dramatically raise testosterone levels, allowing the body to put on much more lean muscle mass. Fortunately for the law-abiding and health-conscious bodybuilder, prohormones have gained incredible popularity in the past few years and are a legal, safe way to gain muscle. Prohormones are similar to anabolic steroids in that they raise testosterone levels, but for a number of reasons are safer, cheaper, and just about as effective.