A new study is shedding light on why testosterone levels have dropped so dramatically in the last 20 to 30 years.
Researchers at the University of Virginia Health System have mapped out how the body transports testosterone.
And, what they’ve discovered is that testosterone binds to a protein called serum albumin. This protein allows testosterone to be carried through the body.1
But here’s where it gets interesting…
Many of today’s most common Big Pharma drugs also bind to this protein. And when there’s a competition between the hormone and a drug… the pharmaceuticals always win… leaving no room for testosterone to attach itself.
Some of the more common drugs that bind to this protein and block testosterone include:
- Blood thinners like warfarin
- Certain antibiotics like ceftriaxone
- Heart medications including digoxin
- Anti-anxiety medications like lorazepam
- NSAIDs such as Aleve and Anaprox
- Allergy medicines like Benadryl
No wonder so many men are suffering from low testosterone today.
As a regular reader, you know I consider many of today’s Big Pharma medications toxic to your body. Don’t get me wrong. Some of their drugs are necessary, and even lifesaving.
But many of them simply treat symptoms without ever getting to the root of the problem. And they come with a long list of dangerous side effects as well…
Just look at synthetic testosterone gels, patches and injections. These man-made molecules are risky and unnatural. And they can lead to acne, breast enlargement or pain, mood swings, weight gain, joint pain, difficulty falling and staying asleep, swelling of the hands, legs, feet and ankles, problems urinating and an increased risk of prostate cancer.
Over the long term, synthetic testosterone can cause an increase in blood pressure which can increase your risk of having a heart attack or stroke.
That’s why I’ve never used any synthetic testosterone in my practice. Even naturally derived testosterone injections are usually not necessary. There are other effective options for most men.
Ramp Up Your Masculinity Naturally
Here’s what I tell my patients who want to boost T naturally:
- Limit alcohol consumption. Alcohol in moderation actually has health benefits. But excessive alcohol leads to impotence and suppressed testosterone production.
- Eat meat or fish at every meal. Lean protein increases the production of growth hormone. Growth hormone tells your body to make muscle and stimulates testosterone.
- Take this testosterone-boosting supplement. Avena Sativa is an herb that boosts “free” testosterone levels in your blood. Almost all the testosterone in your body is “bound” to proteins. Only about 2% of testosterone is “bio-available.” It’s free testosterone that will really get you humming. And Avena Sativa gives you more of it.
To Your Good Health,
Al Sears, MD, CNS
1. Czub MP, et al. “Testosterone meets albumin – the molecular mechanism of sex hormone transport by serum albumins.” Chem Sci. 2019;10(6):1607-1618.