This post on Tongkat Ali (TA) is presented in the furtherance of man’s never ending quest of finding a natural, legal, safe and efficacious supplement that boosts testosterone levels. Research into this small evergreen from Southeast Asia took this blogger on a wild journey of Malaysian government supported promotion and co-patents with MIT, pyramid schemes, a potpourri of potential testosterone (T) influencing compounds including “eurypeptides” and the invention of an electronic tongue, to name a few. So buckle up, and if you decide to take this supplement, suggestions are given towards sources, dosing and cautions. As an added bonus, a quick and dirty method of testing extracts for authenticity is revealed.
A prior post on the product Alphastat generated quite a bit of traffic and comments. It has also generated a considerable bit of internal rumination on my part as to the role of one of its ingredients, astaxanthin, in influencing testosterone levels. Is astaxanthin’s role in Alphastat as an aromatase inhibitor, an agent that prevents conversion of testosterone to estrogen, or mere filler to justify charging premium prices? What is the research behind this and is it valid? Finally are there other natural compounds that are more effective and substantiated aromatase inhibitors on the market?
This post is something near and dear to my heart, beer. We’ve all heard about the fantastic antioxidants in red wine; namely resveratrol. However, beer has the potential to equal or exceed red wine in antioxidant potential. We’re not talking about your mass produced “Lite” beers. No, we’re talking extremely hoppy and dark beers with robust and bitter tastes. I would tell you to stop reading now if, unlike me, you make a sour face at seeing, smelling and tasting such things as stouts, porters, strong IPA’s, cloudy unfiltered brews and their ilk. However, like red wine there may be an alternative in supplement form.
I was in my favorite supplement retail store awhile back and was witness to an appalling scene. Apparently, a certain celebrity TV doctor was making outrageous fat burning and weight loss claims for raspberry ketone on his show. I found myself caught in the middle of a near panic run at the shelves by a hoard of wild-eyed desperate consumers looking for a quick weight loss fix in a pill. The shelves had long ago been denuded of the fantastical ketone and the store clerks had gone into defense mode. This post will try to provide a more sober evaluation of raspberry ketone and weight loss.
Astaxanthin has become an immensely popular supplement in recent years with a variety of products appearing on the market. I’ve previously addressed the general potential health benefits of astaxanthin and some generalities about doses.
Recently, “Hi-Potency” astaxanthin products have appeared on the market. The consumer may be confused as to whether the higher potency products are right for them.
The root of the licorice plant has been used for thousands of years as a medicinal cure for a variety of ailments. Modern science has revealed that licorice root, indeed, contains some potent compounds that affect the biological systems in both lab animals and man in both beneficial and not so beneficial ways. I started the research for this post thinking it would be a straightforward review of DGL and its ability to positively affect gastric and duodenal ulcers.