Keeping our hormones at optimum levels is vital if we are to function properly. Hormones act as chemical messengers in our bodies and without them we simply couldn’t survive. They regulate all sorts of critical processes. For example hormones regulate metabolism (i.e. all of the chemical and energy reactions that occur inside our bodies), they help to maintain homeostasis (i.e. keeping a constant state within the body by regulating such things as temperature, amounts of water and salts, and sugar levels) and they help to start and control sexual development. And it’s the sex hormones testosterone and estrogen that we are most concerned with here.
Unfortunately as we age, levels of many vital hormones decline. This can throw out the delicate hormonal balance that we need to function efficiently. Aging in men is particularly associated with declining levels of testosterone. Testosterone levels peak during adolescence and early adulthood. But after the age of about 30, a man’s testosterone levels begin to decline - typically at the rate of about 1 percent a year. By the time men reach their sixties, around 20% of them will have testosterone levels that are significantly below normal. And this rises to 50% of men in their eighties. Although there are a lot of variations in the rate of decline between individual men, the drop in testosterone in some men can be so significant that it can have serious physical health implications, quite apart from the emotional problems it can bring.
But hormones do not work alone and balance is important. So just as men’s testosterone levels decline with age, estrogen levels can rise. This results in a hormonal imbalance that may be responsible for a whole host of physical and mental problems as men age - and not just about ones related directly to sexual health.
Using supplements to try and redress the balance may be the answer - and T-Pro, with its powerful, unique formula is the perfect product to do just this. With its active blend of tribulus terrestris extract, di-indolylmethane and lycopene, T-Pro is able to help restore the critical balance between estrogen and testosterone - a balance that is so important for a man’s health and well being.
But before we look further at this incredible supplement, it’s useful to understand a little more about testosterone and estrogen and the key roles that they play in men’s health.
Testosterone is an androgenic, anabolic steroid hormone. Although it’s the principal male sex hormone, women also produce testosterone but in markedly smaller amounts (on average an adult male body produces about ten times more testosterone than an adult female body). Here we are concentrating upon men and testosterone.
Testosterone is the primary sex hormone produced by the testes. Small amounts are also secreted by the adrenal glands. It’s the most important sex hormone produced in the male body and is sometimes referred to as the male “master hormone” because it’s the hormone that is primarily responsible for producing and maintaining typical adult male attributes.
During puberty testosterone stimulates the physical changes that characterize the adult male, such as enlarging the penis and testes, causing the growth of facial and pubic hair, thickening of the vocal chords resulting in a deeper voice, increasing muscle mass and strength, and promoting a growth in height. As an adult, testosterone helps maintain libido and penile erectile function, the production of sperm cells, male hair patterns, muscle mass, and bone mass. It’s essential for overall health and well being and helps maintain both mental and physical energy.
Many experts also believe that maintaining normal testosterone levels, especially in elderly men, is important for cardio vascular health. This is because testosterone helps to improve many of the parameters that are thought to reduce cardiovascular disease risk, such as increased lean body mass, decreased visceral fat mass, decreased total cholesterol, and glycaemic control.
Like testosterone, estrogen is also a sex hormone - although here we are talking about the primary female sex hormone rather than primary male one. Estrogen itself comprises of a group of compounds, including estrone, estradiol and estriol. Because estrogen is the dominant female sex hormone, it actually comes as a surprise to many men to discover that they need to be concerned about it but, just as with testosterone, estrogen is found in both sex - although in higher amounts in women than men especially those women who are of child bearing age. One of the main differences is that while women’s bodies stop making estrogen at the menopause, men’s bodies continuing making it throughout their lives.
Estrogen is produced by the male body in very small amounts as a bi-product of the testosterone conversion process. It’s important for men for a number of reasons including:
As we have already touched on above, testosterone levels gradually decline as men get older. Usually, these hormone levels remain at a healthy level, but some men see their testosterone levels drop significantly by the time they are 40 and by the age of 50 around half of all men will experience a significant reduction in testosterone levels.
Age isn’t the only reason why male testosterone levels fall. A number of other factors such as stress, physical inactivity, poor diet, over-training, lack of sleep, chronic illness, smoking, drinking and the use of prescription medications and drugs may also contribute to the decline. Excessive estrogen levels can also cause low testosterone levels.
Having low testosterone levels is often called the male menopause or andropause. The male menopause doesn’t affect all men and it’s not clear why some men experience it and others don’t but a significant drop in testosterone levels can cause a man to suffer from a variety of different symptoms and conditions which can be very similar to those suffered by menopausal women (although not as intense). Just what symptoms a man will experience as a result of low testosterone levels will vary from one man to another but can include physical, mental and emotional symptoms.
Physical symptoms of low testosterone levels include:
Mental symptoms of low testosterone levels include:
Emotional symptoms of low testosterone levels include:
As testosterone levels decline as men get older, many men also find that their estrogen levels change too - except in the case of estrogen levels increase rather than decrease with age. Again it isn’t just age that’s the culprit when it comes to causing estrogen levels to climb. Lifestyle factors such as being overweight, the use of pesticides, nutritional deficiencies, medications and hormonal replacements, and excessive alcohol consumption can all play their part in causing high estrogen levels. Studies have actually revealed that the estrogen levels of the average 54 year old man are in fact higher than those of the average 59 year old, post menopausal woman!
Balance is key when it comes to hormones. Our bodies love balance - it’s a way of keeping them functioning at an optimal level. As men age, their testosterone levels fall and estrogen levels increase which creates an imbalance between the two. Any imbalance in the direct relationship between the levels of these two hormones can lead to all sorts of health issues - many of which we associate with the aging process.
Excessive levels of estrogen relative to testosterone in men can cause:
And the problem is only exacerbated by the fact that increased estrogen levels act to lower testosterone levels even more. This happens for a number of reasons. Excess estrogen can saturate testosterone receptors in the hypothalamus in the brain. This reduces the signal sent to the pituitary gland which in turn reduces the secretion of luteinizing hormone. Luteinizing hormone is needed if the testes are going to produce testosterone so with lower amounts of luteinizing hormone being secreted less testosterone is produced.
Excess estrogen also increases the production of sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG). As its name suggests, SHBG binds testosterone which means that the levels of free testosterone drop. Free testosterone is the testosterone that is actually circulating in the bloodstream and is available to cellular testosterone receptor sites.
You would be forgiven for thinking that one way to redress the balance would be to take a testosterone replacement. The only problem is that excess estrogen can also undermine the effectiveness of testosterone replacement because it can lead to even more estrogen being produced. Estrogen is synthesised via a process known as aromatization i.e. the conversion of anabolic steroids and/or testosterone into estrogen. Excess aromatization of testosterone medications can occur and if this happens more estrogen will be produced.
As we’ve discussed above, if an imbalance occurs between testosterone and estrogen levels some pretty serious health problems can occur. It’s vitally important then to redress the balance and this is exactly what T-Pro can do.
T-Pro contains a synergistic mix of tribulus extract, di-indolylmethane and lycopene. It’s been specifically designed for men to enable them to achieve a healthy balance between their testosterone and estrogens levels. Below we look at each ingredient in a little more detail.
The extract from the tribulus terrestris plant has long been used in traditional medicine throughout many parts of the world. The tribulus terrestris plant itself is a flowering plant that is native to warm temperate and tropical regions. It can be found in Southern Europe, Australia, Africa, southern Asia and the Americas. It thrives in poor soil and in desert conditions. In many place it is considered to be a noxious weed. It has many common names such as puncture vine, cathead, goathead, yellow vine, bindii and burra gokharu. Its seeds are covered in sharp spikes that can be very painful to step on.
Tribulus terrestris extract is believed to increase the body's natural testosterone levels. It is, therefore, used to improve a man’s sexual health and performance as well as to help build muscle. Initial research also indicates that it may have other far more wide ranging health benefits. It appears to be able to reduce the frequency of angina attacks, and to have anti-microbial and anti-tumor potential. It may also lower blood levels of cholesterol, help to regulate blood sugar control and protect the liver from certain toxins. In addition, it is an antioxidant which can help to protect the body against free radical damage.
Di-indolylmethane or DIM is a plant indole - a natural anti-carcinogenic compound that is formed during the autolytic breakdown (i.e. self digestion) of glucobrassicin. Glucobrassicin is a type of glucosinolate that’s found in brassica vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and kale.
With its ability to modulate immunity, promote apoptosis (programmed cell death) and suppress inflammation, it’s easy to see why DIM is the subject of a number of clinical trials into its use in the fight against cancer especially hormone related cancers such as breast and prostate cancer. Often sold as an immunity enhancing supplement, DIM is also being investigated as a potential treatment for a variety of viral and antibiotic resistant infections.
But it’s the fact that DIM is recognized as the most active cruciferous derived substance for promoting beneficial estrogen metabolism in both men and women that is of most interest to us here. IT-Promotes a safer and more optimal estrogen balance. When used by men, DIM offers a promising dietary means to minimize the impact of increased estrogen on atherosclerosis and prostate disorders that are characteristic of the male menopause. DIM helps to eliminate active estrogen from the male body by promoting its conversion into ‘good’ estrogen metabolites. These metabolites then free up testosterone by bumping it off the testosterone-binding proteins.
By actively promoting ‘good’ estrogen metabolites and increasing free testosterone levels, fat mobilization and a fat-burning metabolism are both increased. Lean muscle mass builds up and body fat is reduced (especially abdominal fat which can be particularly dangerous when it comes to increasing your chances of developing heart disease, diabetes etc) - a real win for overall health. Optimum testosterone-to-estrogen hormonal balance achieved with the use of DIM can also help to preserve a youthful urinary tract and prevent age-related prostate enlargement.
Lycopene is a bright red carotene and carotenoid pigment and phytochemical that naturally occurs in tomatoes and other red fruit and vegetables. Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant which means that it may be useful in helping to combat many degenerative diseases such as heart disease that may be due, in part at least, to the destructive actions of free radicals. Free radicals are highly unstable molecules that have at least one unpaired electron. They “steal” electrons from neighbouring molecules in order to stabilise themselves but in doing so they set up a destructive chain reaction because the molecule that they have stolen from then becomes a free radical in its own right. Eventually damage is caused by this process at a cellular level. Free radical damage is implicated in all sorts of degenerative diseases and is thought to contribute significantly to the aging process. By donating an electron lycopene can stabilise a free radical before it can cause harm.
Testosterone is the dominant male hormone but if you have too little or too much estrogen, you will never be able to look and feel your best. That is where T-Pro is the answer – it can redress any this hormone imbalance.
As men age their testosterone levels also decline dramatically, most significantly the ‘free’ or unbound testosterone type, (which is now considered to be the most active form of this steroid- as opposed to the bound SHBG form) is badly affected.
T-Pro has been designed as an all natural supplement to help improve free testosterone levels, and also to help regain that ‘lost good/ apathetic’ feeling for life and libido.
Used regularly, the ingredients in T-Pro can enhance sexual vigor, arousal, interest in life and sex and spark a ‘Joy of living.’
Recommended: Adding DIM-Pro® to your regime can reduce estrogen levels and ergo improve free testosterone levels further
Recommended: Sublingual Oxytocin can also enhance the level of orgasm and amount of ejaculate