Are Testosterone Boosters Safe?

Posted on March 25th, 2014 at 1:24 am by

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Working out and looking fit has been an incredibly popular topic of discussion for many years.  With all of the new advances in technology that are constantly being made by researchers all over the world, more individuals are beginning to research testosterone boosters and question whether they are safe or not.  Determining whether testosterone boosters are safe is generally clouded by many personal opinions and various research findings.  Although there may be dozens of testosterone booster reviews on the internet, you will want to make sure that you pay attention to the science rather than the personal opinions of others.

General Points about Testosterone Boosters

The majority of research that has been conducted to determine whether testosterone boosters are safe has been completed in Europe with minimal studies being completed in the United States.  With that being said, there are many different rumours circling around the internet that do not have any medical backing to them, such as testosterone boosters causing kidney cancer.  One general point that has medical backing is that it is best for you to consult your physician prior to beginning to take testosterone boosters or if you are looking to stop taking testosterone boosters.

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As with all vitamins and minerals that are available on the market, there is the option between natural and unnatural testosterone boosters.  Natural testosterone boosters can generally be purchased from health food stores whereas the unnatural boosters can be purchased in giant tubs from big box stores and are generally less expensive.

With testosterone boosters, the quality of the supplement is what makes the largest difference in results and with health concerns.  Unnatural testosterone boosters are generally packed with “filler” materials.  These fillers can include:

  • Synthetic Vitamins
  • Cheap Herbs
  • Coloring Agents
  • Synthetic Sweeteners

In order to provide customers with the best short-term effects, unnatural supplements have increased doses of the above fillers in order to make bulking up happen immediately.  The main concern is that over time, your body will begin to create a resistance to the ingredients, thus forcing the supplements to stop working and become useless.

Natural testosterone boosters provide you with the opportunity to ingest supplements that will be good and wholesome for your body, not only for the sole purpose of gaining muscle.  With natural supplements you will be eliminating any fillers from your supplement regime and be assured that you will be getting your money’s worth.  Although natural testosterone boosters are generally more expensive, they are the better purchase to make.

Side Effects of Testosterone Boosters

When you begin taking supplements to help increase your levels of testosterone, whether to build muscle or to regulate other areas of your life such as your sex drive, it is important to consider the side effects that may be experienced.  Via customer complaints and medical research, unnatural testosterone boosters have shown far more side effects than natural boosters.  Some of the most common noted side effects include:

  • Acne and oily skin
  • Fluid retention
  • Limited amount of urination
  • Breast enlargement
  • Increased chance of developing sleep apnea
  • Reduction of the size of testes
  • Aggressive behaviours
  • Mood swings
  • Elevated PSA levels
  • Infertility
  • Elevated red blood cell count

Final Thoughts

Testosterone boosters have many uses and have become increasingly popular with men.  With both natural and unnatural boosters available on the market, you will want to ensure that you are buying the most natural supplements that will be of the greatest quality.  The more natural the supplement, the safer it will be. 

About the Author

Pete Kontakos is a certified wrestling coach through USA Wrestling who enjoys writing about health, fitness and sports.  Pete is also experienced with retail and food service management issues by virtue of more than 20 years experience in these fields.

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