» Testosterone Support
Testosterone is a steroid hormone from the androgen group. In mammals, testosterone is primarily secreted in the testes of males and the ovaries of females. In men and women testosterone plays a key role in the development of increased muscle mass. In addition, testosterone is essential for health and well-being.
On average, an adult human male body produces about ten times more testosterone than an adult human female body, but females are, from a behavioral perspective (rather than from an anatomical or biological perspective), more sensitive to the hormone.
After testosterone is secreted into the bloodstream, 96-98 percent is bound to proteins called albumin and globulin. This Sex Hormone Binding globulin (SHBG) is testosterone that can’t be used to build muscle tissue. The two to four percent not bound to plasma proteins is known as "free testosterone" and is thought to represent the biologically active fraction of the hormone; in other words, the amount that is capable of interacting with cells to cause physiological changes.
Some of the benefits of producing more Testosterone;
· Enlargement of the larynx (voice box) that results in a deepening of the voice
· Formation of functional sperm
· Increases in skin thickness and darkness
· Increases in libido (sex drive)
· Increases in basal (resting) metabolic rate
· Increases in red blood cell number and total blood volume
· Promotion of sodium and water retention in the kidneys
· Increases in muscle protein synthesis resulting in increased muscle mass
· Reductions in muscle glycogen breakdown during exercise
· Increased calcium retention in bone
Regulation of testosterone levels is governed by two factors: the total amount of testosterone in the blood, and the binding capacity of the plasma proteins. Obviously, as binding capacity goes up blood levels of free testosterone go down. Not surprisingly, certain drugs (anabolic-androgenic steroids, insulin, etc.) and perhaps nutritional supplements (like avena sativa, urtica dioica, etc.) can reduce the binding capacity of the blood and result in higher free-testosterone levels.
In conclusion if you can both increase the production of Testosterone and free up the bound testosterone you produce (and stop the conversion to DHT and Estrogen by increasing your body’s ability to block 5 alpha reductase – let’s leave that for another day) then you will certainly increase your bodies capacity to increase lean muscle mass