Updated: Jan 30, 2022
Turkesterone works! No, it’s not a typo, I did not misspell testosterone. The supplement that is gaining in popularity is called Turkesterone. I was turned on to it by a curious client asking about it after she saw information on it about it. Wanting to know the answer I decided to research exactly what it is, how long it has been used and where it comes from.
Before we dive in to Turkesterone we need to ask the question, do I suffer from low testosterone? Chances are you have no idea unless you have done blood work to find out, but here are some interesting points to chew on. Studies have shown that the modern-day men have 50% less testosterone than a man had 50 years ago. Chemicals like phthalates, which are found in plastics, do damage to testosterone and have entered our food / water sources from all over. For example, drinking a plastic water bottle that has been heated up (sits in the car) is one common way that phthalates can enter your body. Phthalates transfer in to the water and then you drink the water! One of the most detrimental exposures to phthalates are while babies are in the womb, particularly in the first trimester, and the mother ingests phthalates.
Low testosterone is a problem in our modern-day society. It is more important than ever to recognize that only through diet and lifestyle can a man start reversing the problem. Here are some things to note down regarding low testosterone:
Testosterone levels in men range from 300 to 1000 ng/dl of blood. Any man below 500 can be considered low since side effects from low testosterone can begin then.
Obesity will cause men to have significantly less testosterone then a healthy and fit man. As your body fat goes up testosterone binds to the sex hormone-binding globulin, which results in unstable testosterone
Higher blood pressure and elevated insulin decreases testosterone.
High sugar foods and meals, including artificial foods, will lead to lower testosterone
Those are a few of the more important things that you should think about when seriously considering elevating your testosterone levels. Start with diet and lifestyle before you begin supplementation.
Adjusting diet and lifestyle took me to a point, so can Turkesterone get me further? The primary claim is that Turkesterone has the benefits of illegal steroids without the negative side effects. It doesn’t have the side effects associated with synthetic steroids because Turkesterone is sourced from an actual plant, a plant called Ajuga Turkestancia (AT). AT is a part of the mint family. This plant is where all the magic comes from.
The “magic” comes in a variety of different hormonal bodily responses.
Turkesterone doesn’t bind to androgen receptors like synthetic steroids do. Androgen receptors are activated by binding to androgen hormones (testosterone is one) and then transplanting them. So not causing binding is a good thing.
It increases Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) production, which is required for any muscular contraction. The harder your muscles work the more ATP is used up and that means more ATP is cleared out (needs to be replenished). By increasing ATP production your body could have the ability to contract longer and harder.
Nitrogen Retention is increased, which is essential to recovering from workouts and building muscle. Nitrogen is found in protein, not carbs and fats. Nitrogen being excreted at a high rate would mean that you are at a negative balance, which is more catabolic and not anabolic. Basically, increased nitrogen retention in the body leads to higher protein (Amino Acid) levels thus creating a state within the body that builds muscle.
Leucine, an essential amino acid, is necessary to aid in nitrogen retention thus putting your body in a recovered state and a state of growth. Turkesterone can help enhance leucine intake thus allowing for increased muscle mass.
It aids in the balance of the adrenal, pituitary and hypothalamic glands. Balancing those these glands out can help regulate stress. Remember, there is physical stress and mental stress. Mentally stressed is not a great thing and leads to a more long-term catabolic state. Physical stress is short term and leads to growth. Regardless of the stress, balancing out those hormonal glands will help you balance out both forms of stress.
The more and more I researched the product the less I became reluctant to try it; however, I do not see it as a fit for everyone. I am a believer in diet & lifestyle over anything else. There is no magic pill and there is nothing that can replace discipline and hard work. Taking Turkesterone will require a disciplined training regimen and diet to showcase its true potential. You need to make sure that you form healthy eating habits and consistency around working out, which takes at least 90 days, prior to engaging in supplementation of Turkesterone. On the flip side, if you have been killing it in the gym for years and eating a clean diet then Turkesterone might be that added boost you have been looking for.
Disclosure… to each their own… I am a strong believer that there is never a ‘one size fits all’ product, supplement, diet or anything else for that matter. Each person is unique in their own right and a product like Turkesterone I would expect the results to vary. With that being said, I am not biased to the product nor do I have any special interest in getting anyone to try it.