If you’re looking for a natural, easy way to help increase testosterone in a vegan diet, you should try using herbal supplements. While you can get most of your testosterone requirements from diet alone, it’s easy to miss the point of supplementation if you’re not taking a supplement. After all, aren’t supplements supposed to give you more of what you need? They do.
There are dozens of herbs on the market that are thought to help increase testosterone. Many are vegetarian (but definitely plant-derived) and some come from an exotic location, like South America or New Zealand. But the ingredients in many of these products are the same as those found in prescription drugs, which may actually be more dangerous than helpful. Here are some herbs you might want to avoid, as well as some herbs that might surprise you.
One herb that is supposed to help increase testosterone is tribulus terrestris. It’s often sold as a dietary supplement, but it’s not clear how effective this is. It’s usually sold in tea form, with the suggestion that you drink four cups every day. But this should be taken with caution: the only studies about tribulus terrestris seem to indicate that it is effective at increasing testosterone in men and women, not men and women. Some other research suggests that it has similar effects to testosterone, but is much less active.
Another herb that you might want to avoid when trying to increase testosterone in a vegan diet is epimedium. This herb is usually sold in liquid or pill form and is mostly sold to treat high blood pressure. It’s very effective at lowering blood pressure, but there’s no clear evidence that it’s good for anything else. If you need to buy supplements, look carefully at their contents: some supplements, including epimedium, contain ephedra, which is banned from many other countries because of its dangerous side effects. So make sure that the supplements you buy don’t contain this ingredient.
L-carnitine is another commonly used herb to help increase testosterone. This herb is made from fatty acids that are stored in your liver. Because the levels of fatty acids are depleted when you reduce the amount of fat you eat, this herb can help boost your body’s production of testosterone when you eat more fats. This doesn’t work well, however, if you’re vegan: it’s possible that the fatty acids will be burned instead of being used.
There are several plant extracts that have been shown to help increase testosterone in a healthy way. It’s important to note, though, that many supplements on the market simply don’t deliver the benefits they claim. Most products simply give you a small amount of a chemical (such as beta-sitosterol) and promise to help increase testosterone. When you buy these kinds of supplements, you often wind up with worse symptoms than before you started taking the supplement. Make sure you check the label of any supplement you buy and follow the directions carefully.