Testosterone support supplements are one of the most popular categories of supplements around. After all, who doesn’t want a boost in muscle building and sex drive? But at what age should you start taking these supplements? This week’s Q & A takes an in depth look at this subject.
1. At what age should you start taking a testosterone support supplement?
While there are a variety of testosterone support supplements, you can pretty much separate them into two major categories:
The prohibited test boosters would be any of those that are not allowed for retail sale or possession without a prescription. For example, steroids and prohormones. Natural testosterone support supplements on the other hand, make use of natural botanicals, amino acids and other legal compounds to help support and optimise testosterone levels to natural limits. Research into ingredients which can support testosterone levels have increased over the years and the list is continuing to grow. Some of the best ones include:
- D Aspartic Acid
- Longifolia (longjack)
- Vitamin D
So then the inevitable question arises, at what age should you be taking these supplements? Testosterone levels, as with many other hormones such as growth hormone tend to decline as we age. Generally, your peak testosterone levels occur sometime between 20-30 years of age. After that peak though, levels tend to drop by about 1% per year. Most of the research concerning natural test boosting ingredients have been shown that they are more effective for those people who have naturally low starting levels of testosterone. That is, the older you are, the more effective natural test boosters become.
Based on all the information though, unless you have some sort of deficiencies that result in decreased testosterone, the optimal age to start with natural test boosters is around 25-30. You can try using these supplements earlier, however, they might not be as effective and you’d probably be better off using other supplements such as creatine, BCAAs and pre workouts.
Take Away Point – Take Natural Test Boosters When You’re 25-30
Most trainers, especially guys want to boost their testosterone levels. After all, it’s the hormone that makes a man, a man. Optimal testosterone levels are going to help keep you muscular, retain less fat and have an improved libido. Generally speaking though, your 20s are when your test levels are peaking and optimal already. It’s only when testosterone levels start to decline that natural test boosters become a handy addition to your supplement stack. So if you’re under 25, save your money and just stick to the traditional supplements such as protein, creatine and BCAAs.