Another problem exists with high estrogen levels in a man. Your brain is geared to think that more than enough testosterone is being produced in your body, and this biofeedback reduces your natural production of testosterone, and your available Free Testosterone drops.
What happens is that the estrogen dams up the testosterone receptors in the brain (hypothalamus) so that it stops sending hormone messages to the anterior pituitary gland to tell the testes to produce testosterone.
Still another problem caused from excess estrogen produced in the male is that estrogen also causes stimulation of sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) which is produced in the liver. SHBG binds testosterone, lowering your levels of Free Testosterone even more. It is the Free Testosterone you want, that does the job of testosterone in the male body.
The problem that we want to be careful with in the aging male is to protect the prostate gland from the natural testosterone going to form excess dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in the testes, which can lead to Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), an increased protein synthesis that generates prostate thickening, and/or cancerous conditions set up. Mira Forte contains the methanolic extract of the herb Nettle Root, which will help protect the prostate gland for you.
It appears to this writer that many hardcore body builders who take anabolic steroids, synthetic or natural, know about aromatization somewhat, but they know little or nothing about protecting their prostate glands from cancer, which is definitely on the rise. That group of men will no doubt contribute to BPH or prostate cancer statistics as they age, and their body building and weight lifting days are over, if not sooner.
There are a number of things you want to be apprised of when taking testosterone and we have made it as simple as it gets, that very few in the body building world, or men wanting more muscle and bone mass and a return of their sex lives (which on the average appears to be over by age 68) pay attention to. It is no disgrace to desire to have a connubial relationship with your spouse. Hebrews 13:4 says the marriage bed is undefiled, and you have a right to this.
But testosterone confers many other benefits to older men besides a more fulfilling sex life. According to Abraham Morgentaler, M.D., of the medical clinic, Men's Health Boston, "It's not only about sex, but about get-up-and-go and muscle strength. This is what makes us feel good."
Men do not need to accept being told, "It's your age," when their work outs are harder with fewer gains and a lot more pain, and their sex lives are dwindling. Men sit down and do nothing, go down even faster upon hearing, "It's your age."
Testosterone replacement therapy is an emerging treatment you will be hearing more and more about, and I wholeheartedly approve of it. But you need to know how to protect the prostate gland, and no one appears to be talking much about this.
Those are the two main pathways that can cause prostate trouble: Primary and Alternative. In the primary pathway, known as the androgenic pathway, testosterone goes to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which can cause prostate trouble.
It is interesting to note that increased binding of testosterone with SHBG in the liver occurs when sedatives, alcohol, tranquilizers, and anti-hypertensive (high blood pressure) drugs are present.
In addition to the primary pathway, we have an alternative pathway in which estrogen mimics androgens. It happens this way. Estrogen, produced by aromatization as well as the estrogen naturally produced in a man's body, binds with the SHBG in the prostate gland which spells prostate trouble, by binding to Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG) where it is bound to the cell membrane of the prostate, then the estrogen is "capable of activating pathways normally considered androgen-responsive."
This was a shock to the medical community and the researchers who discovered it, because if a man's testosterone is falling as he ages, why is it he starts having prostate trouble and cancer when his testosterone is very low? It's a paradox, and it was surprising to all who researched it.
Therefore, in this case, take Nettle Root extract (methanolic) which handles the estrogen side of BPH by:
In addition to these supplements, we would suggest to take DHEA with Chrysin and Bioperine, provided all your enzymes are working correctly to change DHEA into testosterone, but that's where we want to stop the conversion and not go any further by having testosterone converted into estrogen, or at least, the lion's share.
Two other natural compounds you can use that contain homeopathic (very small) amounts of natural testosterone and Human Growth Hormone are creams manufactured by Fountain of Youth Technologies. One is called Doctor's Testosterone Gel, and the other is Doctor's Human Growth Hormone Gel. Rub these creams on your body several times a day, especially right before working out and at night before bed. Also, rub these on any painful joint areas.
Another excellent gel is TestroGel, manufactured by Klein- Becker. Use small amounts of this gel several times a day, especially before workouts.
We suggest you use all three of these gels, but not without the compounds mentioned above to protect your prostate and stop aromatization.
We also recommend that you get a complete blood chemistry yearly, with a PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) included, and that you have a digital rectal exam of your prostate. As stated earlier, get a Free Testosterone blood test, as well as an Estradiol blood test.
Start with the blood tests first, to have a baseline to go from, and the rectal exam. If your PSA is in the high normal range, run it again in 6 months.
Another supplement we suggest is Natural Prostate Formula, manufactured for/ by Life Extension, 3 per day.
However, if you have ever had prostate cancer or any other cancer, we suggest you do not undertake this program at all, unless you have a good alternative physician who knows what he's doing. Testosterone promotes sexual desire and facilitates performance, sensation and the ultimate degree of fulfillment. Men with low testosterone routinely suffer from low sex drive and impotence.
If you do the above, then build your muscles tight, strong, and big, including bone mass. Eat well and get plenty of rest. Take supplements. We would also suggest N-Acetyl Cysteine, Silibinin, and Super Alpha Lipoic Acid, as well as a good vitamin tablet and a good mineral tablet without iron.
Also, if you follow this routine, be sure and take a moderate dose of Niacin (500 mg per day) to raise your HDL (good) cholesterol, as testosterone will tend to lower it. You should also take antioxidants to protect the liver from free radicals formed when Niacin is metabolized. We suggest Gamma E and Vitamin C in addition to the Silibinin and Super Alpha Lipoic Acid, all by Life Extension.
People who take testosterone have found they feel better, have a general sense of well-being, and have less episodes of depression if they are prone to such dysfunction.
Remember, it's not just about sex anymore, but about get up and go, increased muscle strength and bone mass, and decreased depression. Testosterone is being recognized and used by more doctors as a youth-promoting, anti-aging hormone. Testosterone therapy, with replacement of other hormones, has been shown to lower cholesterol.
Another supplement you should consider is L-arginine, an amino acid. According to research, 6 to 12 grams per day increases circulation to the penile vascular bed in men, bringing about erection, and in women, through a similar mechanism, L- arginine increases sexual sensitivity in the gynecological area.
L-arginine does this by increasing nitric oxide production, which relaxes blood vessels and improves circulation in the pelvic area and other areas of the body, which increases genital sensitivity that is involved in sexual arousal and enhancement.
Incidentally, L-arginine would be excellent for people with high blood pressure. Try 6 to 12 grams per day to see if this lowers the blood pressure naturally, without prescription drugs and side effects, not to mention the higher cost. L-arginine would also allow more nutrients to reach the cells, due to the relaxed blood vessels allowing nutrients to get to the sexual tissues and other tissues throughout the body.
L-arginine also, by being converted by the macrophages into nitric oxide, serves as an intracellular messenger that stimulates the cells' phagocytic activity. L-arginine is the substrate that normal macrophages use to engulf foreign materials and destroy them.
L-arginine also can stimulate peristaltic contractions of the smooth muscles of the intestines, and it increases blood flow to the heart. High doses of L-arginine can cause loose stool.
This information is generally not known. L-arginine, which yields nitric oxide, is used in our non-specific cellular defense system against foreign invaders, and to increase sexual sensitivity in women in the vaginal area, and erection (sexual sensitivity) in men. This should be combined with testosterone to activate the sex drive in both men and women.
Testosterone in both men and women binds to cell-receptor sites in the brain to bring about a series of biochemical events that cascade into performance, sensation and an interpretation of fulfillment.
Incidentally, recent studies in healthy men have shown that insulin sensitivity is improved using testosterone. This suggests an aid in preventing Type II diabetes. As stated earlier, testosterone helps guard against depression. Low testosterone is a major cause of brittle bones in older men, and we might add, women too.
Testosterone helps prevent osteoclasts (cells responsible for bone breakdown) from outrunning osteoblasts (bone building cells).
Low testosterone is one of the factors contributing to abdominal obesity. Abdominal fat causes more aromatase, which lowers even more testosterone and brings about more abdominal obesity.
One study found that obese men not only had very low testosterone levels, but also their estradiol levels were higher than the levels of women after menopause. Men with low levels of testosterone are more apt to experience depression than men who had normal levels. Men who receive testosterone injections for their mood swings had less mood variability and their attitudes improved significantly.
A typical question that is often asked in regard to all the above by women interested in taking testosterone is, "Will I develop a moustache?" Surprisingly, a large number of physicians, especially women, believe it is unavoidable.
Generally, the moustache comes from the masculinizing effects generated by an androgen-producing tumor, producing continual excess amounts of masculinizing androgens; or, the synthetic testosterone taken by female body builders, because its half life in the body is prolonged far more than that of natural testosterone. And they take it in excess doses.
The natural testosterone contained in Doctor's Testosterone Gel is similar to that produced by the human body, which has a short half life (minutes) compared to the synthetic form (hours), so a woman should have no problem with masculinizing effects such as enlarged clitoris and excess body hair. The main things a woman should get is not hirsutism, but increased muscle and bone mass, better healing of tissues because of increased protein synthesis of tissues as needed, and a general sense of well-being.
This increased bone mass even extends to the bone of the jaw, where many older adults have lost bone mass in the jaw and tooth sockets.
Post-menopausal women can follow the above recommendations as men do, but pre-menopausal women want to maintain their levels of estrogen, but they need some testosterone. Pre-menopausal women should follow a 3-days-on, 4-days-off program, or some intermittent variable, and monitor their menses, as well as having the Free Testosterone, CBC and Estradiol Tests run. Post-menopausal and peri-menopausal women should use Natural Progesterone cream daily
Other benefits of testosterone therapy are better sleep patterns and a more cheerful outlook.
One thing you want to be aware of is that when you follow a low fat diet, especially one that is high in starches, you are in reality following a high saturated fat diet. Your body takes those excess starches and converts them into body fat (triglycerides), a saturated fat, for storage and use, and in membranes of tissues.
You will feel much better and be able to train better if you begin eating whole eggs rather than egg whites, and some chicken with skin left on it (not fried). Egg yolks contain the fats you need, as well as true Vitamin A. Chicken fat contains palmitoleic acid, a fatty acid which is a natural antibiotic.
People who get saturated fats in their diet, and eat a diet with around 35% to 40% of their calories as fat, tend to eat less because they are not hungry all the time. The so-called new pyramid diet, prompting Americans to eat more starches and less proteins and fats has been accused of being a major contributor to the current epidemic of diabetes and obesity.
Also eat some red meat with a little of its fat, as the protein is a source of many important nutrients, such as L-carnitine, not found elsewhere in the diet. Also eat as snacks: walnuts, almonds and pecans, soaked in brine overnight, drained and lightly toasted at 325 degrees F for 15 to 20 minutes in the oven. They go really well with fruit wedges and slices of hard cheese.
Add these things to the diet you are already following and try to avoid processed foods in general. In this way, you will avoid many chemicals, such as trans fats and polyunsaturated fatty acids, which are typically found in processed foods. For your fats, you should eat coconut oil and real butter, with some olive oil. A very good, healthy fat is also found in avocados. Get "so-called" essential oils in grains, cereals, and nuts.
We further suggest you eat less starches and more grown above-the-ground vegetables, such as leafy green vegetables, and less peas, corn and potatoes.
You will find that you feel better and have more energy for your work outs.