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Astaxanthin supplement raises testosterone level
« on: September 12, 2013, 06:59:03 pm »
If men take a daily dose of the supplement Alphastat, their testosterone level rises, according to a study at the University of Yaounde in Cameroon. The active ingredients in the supplement, the carotenoid astaxanthin, and an extract of the saw palmetto Serenoa repens, reduce the conversion of testosterone into estradiol and DHT.

The sponsor of the study is the American company Triarco Industries, the maker of Alphastat. Alphastat contains a mix of saw palmetto extract and astaxanthin, which in laboratory studies slowed down the enzymes 5a-reductase and aromatase. These enzymes transform testosterone into DHT and estradiol, respectively, leaving more testosterone over.

Triarco has called the mix Mytosteron. Triarco Industries put Alphastat on the market as a prostate protector, and wanted to know whether the supplement also increased testosterone levels in humans. So Triarco asked researchers in Cameroon if they wanted to study this in an independent trial.

The researchers gave 40 healthy men aged between 40 and 70 a daily dose of either 800 mg or 2g of Alphastat. They were given the supplement for two weeks. Below you see how both dosages increased the concentration of testosterone in the blood of the test subjects.



Both dosages lowered the concentration of DHT in the blood, as you can see below.



When it came to reducing the estradiol level, the lighter dose was a little more effective than the heavier dose (see below).



Human studies have never shown saw palmetto to have a testosterone-increasing effect. The effects that the researchers noticed were therefore probably due to the astaxanthin. At least, if they didnt just make up the results. The reported increase in the testosterone level seems too good to be true.

And what usually seems to be too good to be true in the wonderful world of supplement research, usually turns out to be so.

Astaxanthin is on its way to becoming incredibly hip. Give it to rats that have to run in a wheel, and they burn more fat and their stamina increases. In endurance tests with mice, astaxanthin maintains the glycogen stores. Give astaxanthin to mice you are fattening up and they become less fat. If astaxanthin really is a testosterone booster which we doubt, but anyway its on its way to becoming as unstoppable a hit as resveratrol.

Sources:
J Int Soc Sports Nutr. 2008 Aug 12;5:12.

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Re: Astaxanthin supplement raises testosterone level
« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2013, 12:57:09 am »
Great post.  Mercola has an article that makes you want to inject it or smoke it or something!

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/11/23/astaxanthin-the-eye-antioxidant-550-times-more-powerful-than-vitamin-e.aspx

This is a antioxidant that humans would not normally get much of as I understand it, since it is only in "sea foods" that we would normally consume.

Plus, I'm always cautious of "megadosing".  I'm reminded or resveratrol, which just looked fantastic in study after study, but then they found it is estrogenic in some tissues and may, for example, trigger breast cancer.
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Re: Astaxanthin supplement raises testosterone level
« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2013, 03:51:30 am »
In a few weeks Ill tell you, PeakT... I've just ordered a bottle last week (4mg x 120 caps) ;)

As you say, its only in "sea foods" (algae), but we naturally could get some through salmon (in fact, its what gives salmons their "pink" color)... 

Originally, I ordered it for its antioxidant properties, its benefits for eye health and also to try it as an alternative to creatine (which makes me retain fluid)... Its proved that astaxanthin improves strength endurance... In fact, the highest level of natural astaxanthin is found in the muscles of salmon and is what gives them the stamina to swim upstream against raging torrents of water for days... In we humans, its proved to reduce lactic acid build up in the muscles...

Let me share with you some examples of the astaxanthin benefits, which I thoroughly investigated last week!

Astaxanthin Research Study: Astaxanthin boosts sport performance by 55%
http://astaxanthin.wellwise.org/astaxanthin-research-study-muscle-strength

This one is REALLY interesting... It shows the difference between two eggs: one "normal" egg and the other from a hen fed with astanxahtin...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zc-4dgwGSC8






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Re: Astaxanthin supplement raises testosterone level
« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2013, 07:58:53 am »
Hey, it's impressive.  I have to be honest:  I'm glad there are people willing to be on the cutting edge.  If you think about it, HRT is kind of remarkable.  Basically, who would think that giving a man testosterone, which is an intermediary in the hormone pathway from cholesterol to estradiol/DHT (and other branches of course) would basically produce such solid results?  Giving a man anything else along that chain does not have such an effect. 

But what I am getting at is that it took the early HRT researchers and even steroid guys to flush out what worked and what didn't.  It's nothing anyone could calculate.  You kind of have to throw bodies at the problem.

And I believe that a couple of these supplements are going to be geniune anti-aging helps.  But who knows which one will really be the Holy Grail?
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Re: Astaxanthin supplement raises testosterone level
« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2013, 09:09:27 am »
Youre right, PeakT... Every so often it seems that we are facing a new holy grail, but just a few succeed...

In this case, I think astaxanthin appears to be something really serious... The experiment of the egg (and the one with an apple) really shows its antioxidant properties... There's no placebo there...

And if it does just a half of what is promised, is a very accessible supplement to not try it... I payed $23 for a bottle that will last me 4 months...

Here you are the apple experiment:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBowCs3l9KY

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Re: Astaxanthin supplement raises testosterone level
« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2013, 10:17:25 am »
Youre right, PeakT... Every so often it seems that we are facing a new holy grail, but just a few succeed...

In this case, I think astaxanthin appears to be something really serious... The experiment of the egg (and the one with an apple) really shows its antioxidant properties... There's no placebo there...

And if it does just a half of what is promised, is a very accessible supplement to not try it... I payed $23 for a bottle that will last me 4 months...

Here you are the apple experiment:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBowCs3l9KY

Sure, but just keep in mind that it may have a negative property that they have not found or that someone does not wish to disclose.

Again, take ALA:

Fantastic supplement that has just one miraculous property after another.  However, in some men it can slow down the thyroid.

But I hope you're right!
If you are on medications or have a medical condition, always check with your doctor first before making any lifestyle changes or taking new supplements. Yes, low T and E.D. are usually medical conditions.  There are potential risk with HRT:  http://www.peaktestosterone.com/testosterone_risks.aspx.
My Health History: http://www.peaktestosterone.com/My_Health_Story.aspx.
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