Having examined the very long list of ingredients that can be found in testosterone boosters there is an ingredient that’s cropped up a few times – Beta-Sitosterol, this is a plant extract that has its origins in the natural world, but will it help in raising your testosterone levels? Let’s have a deep dive and see what we can find with our research and if there is any conclusive evidence to suggest that this will raise your testosterone levels.
- 1 What is Beta-Sitosterol?
- 2 Where Is Beta-Sitosterol Most Useful?
- 3 What Are The Side Effects of Using Beta-Sitosterol?
- 4 What Is The Dosage You Should Take When Supplementing Beta-Sitosterol?
- 5 Overall Assessment For Beta-Sitosterol in Testosterone Boosters
What is Beta-Sitosterol?
Beta-Sitosterol naturally occurs in the plant kingdom and you can find it in vegetable oils, avocados and nuts. There is evidence to suggest that it has useful properties within the field of medicine, so it’s not surprising that it can be incorporated into medicines to help those that are ill.
Here is the chemical formula for Beta-Sitosterol which is actually the inside of the plant something we cannot photograph!
Where Is Beta-Sitosterol Most Useful?
There have been a number of scientific clinical pharmaceutical studies, whereby Beta-Sitosterol has been combined with other drugs to help people who suffer from any of the following diseases:
- High cholesterol: users of Beta-Sitosterol have shown to reduce their levels of cholesterol and therefore it is highly likely that you will find Beta-Sitosterol among the ingredients of drugs that are given to patients with high cholesterol. There is evidence to suggest that Beta-Sitosterol significantly diminishes bad cholesterol (LDL) levels in the body, but it does not aid in increasing the levels of good cholesterol (HDL).
- Enlarged Prostate: Doctors advise men who may be suffering from an enlarged prostate or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) to incorporate Beta-Sitosterol into their daily diets as it aids in controlling the symptoms of BPH. Studies have shown that Beta-Sitosterol alleviates the typical discomfort that men suffer from having enlarged prostate glands, in particular, urination flow and enable them to continue normal urination control.
- Beta-Sitosterol and DHT: Dihydrotestosterone has been shown to initiate the enlargement of men’s prostate, however, Beta-Sitosterol supplementation causes the enzyme 5-alpha reductase to be inhibited and therefore blocking the change of testosterone into DHT. High levels of DHT in the body can lead to hair loss, but by using Beta-Sitosterol it is preventable.
Beta-Sitosterol blocks DHT, it, therefore helps in allowing high levels of testosterone to remain in the body, reducing the effect of age on the loss of muscle mass in the body.
What Are The Side Effects of Using Beta-Sitosterol?
Beta-sitosterol is a naturally occurring herbal ingredient and is entirely safe to consume orally. There have been reported side effects that are minor, such as, minor indigestion, diarrhoea, nausea, constipation and gas.
When consuming herbal ingredients that can increase your level of testosterone it is not advisable to consume supplements when you are breastfeeding or pregnant.
There is a word of caution for those considering to consume Beta-Sitosterol, and that is if they suffer from a rare inherited fat storage disease called Sitosterolemia. There have been recorded instances of people who suffer from this genetic condition and when combined with Beta-Sitosterol that they might suffer from early heart disease.
What Is The Dosage You Should Take When Supplementing Beta-Sitosterol?
The main function of using the supplement Beta-Sitosterol is to reduce the levels of bad cholesterol and given that there are limited side effects it is safe to consume at a fairly high level, say 800mg to 6 grams a day for those who suffer from high levels of cholesterol and this would be consumed in conjunction with a low-fat diet.
For men who are suffering from an enlarged prostate, the dosages should be lower, say, for instance, 60 to 130 mg of beta-sitosterol divided up into say, two to three doses daily.
Overall Assessment For Beta-Sitosterol in Testosterone Boosters
Clinical studies have certainly shown that beta-sitosterol is ideal for men who suffer from an enlarged prostate, or those who have higher levels of bad cholesterol. There are relatively small levels of conclusive evidence to suggest that Beta-Sitosterol will increase the testosterone level of the general male population. It is therefore not a ‘MUST HAVE’ ingredient in any testosterone booster and doesn’t join our main list of ingredients that we recommend that you should have in your testosterone booster.
Although Beta-Sitosterol has been shown to help stop the reduction of natural testosterone in the body, there is minor evidence to include this ingredient as a primary testosterone boosting ingredient.
For those that have taken Beta-Sitosterol in the past, please leave a comment below on what you used it for and the benefits you experienced in taking this supplement.
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