What makes a man, a real man. Is it how deep his voice sounds? Is it the way he stands? How tall he is? How defined and toned his muscles are? Some of the women I know out there will most likely argue that it isn’t just something physical but rather it is something deeper, quite deeper? Like how he treats a woman. Trying to quantify what makes a man a real man is like running in circles since there is and there isn’t one specific answer to it. You can be as objective as possible or it can totally run south and be subjective with all your stringed biases. Then we would end up in the loop again asking ourselves what makes a man, a real man.
However, if there is one thing that science has opened my eyes into is that sometimes the things we think we know are actually the things we don’t fully understand yet. Amazing isn’t it? Like for example, most women tend to choose characteristics of men that they are most attracted to like, certain deep tones of the voice, good physique, tall stature and his overall demeanor or manliness as women say. Funny thing is we didn’t know or perhaps haven’t realized yet that all these traits are caused by man’s production of what is called testosterone. It is basically the male hormone, it makes a man, a real man, if I may so boldly speak. Today we will be diving into a man’s world and figure out what exactly testosterone does for men and if they have a deficiency of this hormone what of it. Plus, if there is a way to possibly increase a man’s production of testosterone by using D-aspartic acid.
Testosterone is a hormone produced by both men and women only that it is predominantly produced in larger quantities in men within their testicles than in women. Just a fast track, hormones are the body’s chemical messengers that are responsible for the much-needed changes in the body for boys growing into men and girls growing into women. Testosterone regulates the production of sperm, their longevity, and their mobility. Also, this male hormone is believed to be the precursor for a man’s sex drive, his bone mass, muscle size, and strength, as well as the distribution of fat in his entire body and lastly the production of red blood cells. It is the brain and the pituitary gland that is responsible for the production of testosterone by the testicles.
Decreased Production of Testosterone
If testosterone is the hormone responsible for making a man, a real man then what of it if there suddenly is low production of it from our gents? Well for starters our gents will have a very low sex drive and therefore can’t get their little man to stand firm and erect which inevitably ends in low sperm counts. They are just not in the mood, I guess. Funny thing is if women have testosterone, men also have estrogen and if testosterone is not making our gents man enough estrogen might make them feel a little bit more feminine and make their breasts swollen. But that is not all decreased or low production of testosterone do. It can also gravitate towards the ugly truth of starting to lose body hair, muscle definition and strength and an increase in overall body fat. If testosterone still goes down for some reason like old age, it is also possible for men to experience castration, infection, and shrinkage of the testicles and lastly osteoporosis.
But all is not lost yet, for men who are at their prime but have a very low production of testosterone, science and the medical innovations of today are to the rescue. Because they have a possible solution to this pressing problem. The same cannot be said of course for those who are knocking on the gates of old age, nothing at this point could reverse what nature has intended to happen from the beginning.
D-Aspartic to the rescue
D-aspartic acid to the rescue but what is it exactly? D-aspartic happens to be one of the amino acids naturally found in the body. Amino acids are the building blocks of life. It is part of two forms the L-aspartic and D-aspartic amino acids. They both have the same chemical formula but the only difference is that they have to mirror molecular structures. L-aspartic also naturally occurs in nature and it is also responsible in building up protein. D-aspartic acid, however, has a different function because it is vital in brain and nerve development as well as communication between nerves. It is also the main part of an elaborate cast of bodily systems responsible for the release of hormones in the body. Hence it is being tapped as another way to naturally increase the production of one particular hormone that is very important to men, testosterone.
Some experts strongly believe that D-aspartic acid can be utilized to boost the production of testosterone for men who suffer infertility. Different studies conducted in the usage of D-aspartic rendered varied results. In some cases most especially in young men around the ages of 27-37 who took D-aspartic showed a significant increase of 33-42% in testosterone levels and in the production of luteinizing hormone. But in some cases, there were no effects on the testosterone levels of the test volunteers. It only goes to show that more research must be done to better understand how we can harness the potential benefits of this amino acid.
Benefits of D-aspartic acid supplements
Though still in its period of testing and retesting some experts believe that there are some positives to be gained by using D-aspartic acid which include the following:
- May increase the production of testosterone in aid of infertile men.
- May help in the ovulation of infertile women.
- May increase sperm count and improve sperm quality.
- May be of help in terms of boosting memory and learning.
- May help in brain development.
- May help in muscle training and workout since its production of testosterone that helps in muscle definition and bone mass.
Because very little is still proven about D-aspartic acid we can only name a few of the said benefits but with pros, there must be some cons as well, and you are correct. Though in supplementary doses of 2.66-6.00 grams there are no significant side effects reported or observed so far. But some concessionaires have mentioned just a few side effects to using D-aspartic acid which are:
We need to be reminded though that not all people are the same. What might be true for some might not be applicable to all and vice versa? Hence further studies are needed to prove the worth and longevity of this D-aspartic acid as a supplement to increase testosterone levels.