If you’ve tried any of the testosterone boosters on the market today you might be under the impression that natural testosterone boosters don’t work. You’re right: The majority of the test boosters being sold today do little, if anything. That’s no surprise when you consider that most of these products are proprietary blends that are grossly under-dosed in each ingredient.
Then there’s Alpha JYM, which redefines the category of natural testosterone boosters. For starters, it’s a non-proprietary blend that uses six ingredients that are all at the proper doses determined by research in the lab as well in the gym. The precise doses of these six ingredients delivers a potent synergy of mechanisms that results in optimal testosterone levels for enhanced performance in the gym, muscle-building, fat-burning, sex drive and overall energy levels. At just 50 cents per dose, or $1.00 per day, Alpha JYM is a steal.
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Here’s a breakdown of each ingredient in Alpha JYM so that you can better appreciate the science behind this one-of-a-kind product:
Each serving of Alpha JYM provides 500 mg of fenugreek extract, standardized for 50% saponins. Taking Alpha JYM twice a day yields a total of 1,000 mg (1 gram) of fenugreek extract and, specifically, 500 mg per day of the saponins.
Not only is it virtually impossible to find a testosterone booster that provides a full 1,000 mg of fenugreek extract per day, but you definitely won’t find one that provides a full 500 mg of saponins. These furostanolic saponins are the main active ingredients in fenugreek that provide its testosterone-boosting effects. These phytochemicals work in the body to increase the release of luteinizing hormone (LH) from the pituitary gland. Luteinizing hormone travels via the blood to the testicles where it influences the Leydig cells (the specialized cells in the testicles that covert cholesterol into testosterone) to increase testosterone production.
Research shows that men supplementing with fenugreek for several weeks experience an increase in testosterone levels. Numerous studies also confirm that fenugreek produces an increase in sex drive and sexual satisfaction. In addition to stimulating the release of LH, some evidence suggests that fenugreek directly stimulates the Leydig cells to produce more testosterone by increasing the activity of key enzymes involved in converting cholesterol to testosterone.
Fenugreek appears to further enhance testosterone levels through its antioxidant properties. The testicles are quite susceptible to oxidative damage, which can hamper their ability to produce testosterone by decreasing the activity of the enzymes involved in converting cholesterol into testosterone. Fenugreek helps prevent oxidative damage to maintain higher activity of these enzymes and keep testosterone production firing at full capacity.
Not only does fenugreek work to increase total testosterone production, but it also frees up more testosterone from its major carrier protein in the blood, sex-hormone binding globulin (SHBG). This protein allows testosterone to circulate in the blood, but it also holds onto testosterone, often preventing it from leaving the blood and getting to the tissues in the body that need it, such as muscle fibers. In the muscle fibers, testosterone binds to androgen receptors, which instigates processes that lead to muscle growth. By freeing up more testosterone from SHBG, fenugreek allows for higher levels of free, bioavailable testosterone that can be put to work in the body.
Studies also suggest that fenugreek is effective at reducing the conversion of testosterone to estrogen and dihydrotestosterone (DHT), the latter being a male sex hormone that’s been found to play a role in prostate cancer and male pattern baldness. What the research has shown in this area is that while fenugreek increased total testosterone levels in subjects, DHT and estrogen did not increase to similar levels, which often occurs when testosterone is elevated.
Each serving of Alpha JYM delivers 100 mg of Eurycoma longifolia extract (200 mg per day total) concentrated at a 100:1 extract. That means it provides 100 times the active ingredients, such as the quassinoid eurycomanone.
Also known as Tongkat Ali, Eurycoma has been used for centuries in Malaysia to increase male virility and sexual prowess. Several studies have shown that supplementing with Eurycoma significantly raises both total and free testosterone levels while simultaneously lowering cortisol. A higher testosterone to cortisol ratio has long been considered a marker of an increased anabolic state. One study reported that males with declining testosterone levels given 200 mg of Eurycoma extract for one month had an increase in blood testosterone levels of almost 50%.
Eurycoma works to enhance testosterone levels by a few different mechanisms. The first is through direct stimulation of the Leydig cells in the testicles to increase testosterone production. Eurycoma also inhibits the conversion of testosterone into estrogen. One study reported that the active quaasinoid eurycomanone inhibited the aromatase enzyme to decrease estrogen production and increase testosterone production in the Leydig cells. Eurycoma also frees up more testosterone-lowering SHBG. One study even reported that both men and women over age 55 supplementing with Eurycoma extract for five weeks experienced an increase in free testosterone thanks to lower SHBG levels. As a bonus, these subjects also made significant gains in strength.
Each serving of Alpha JYM provides 500 mg of ashwagandha root concentrated at a 5:1 extract. With two doses per day, that’s 1000 mg (1 gram) of concentrated ashwagandha. That’s equivalent to 5000 mg (5 grams) of pure ashwagandha root powder – the exact dose provided in research that showed positive benefits on testosterone levels.
Known scientifically as Withania somnifera, the ashwagandha herb has been used in ancient Indian Ayurveda and Unani systems of medicine for many centuries. This shrub plant is well known for its adaptogenic effects, which means that it helps the body better deal with stress, such as that from exercise, which can help you recover better and grow more.
Research shows that ashwagandha also works well to boost testosterone levels. Indian researchers reported that males with normal testosterone levels supplementing with ashwagandha for three months experienced a 15% increase in testosterone levels by the end of the study. They also found that subjects with low testosterone levels at the start of the experiment increased their testosterone levels by over 40% after three months. In addition, those with low sperm count experienced an increase in sperm count and sperm motility.
Other research shows that ashwagandha supplementation leads to an increase in testosterone with a concomitant decrease in cortisol. The main way ashwagandha raises test levels is by reducing the amount of reactive oxygen species present in the Leydig cells, which better preserves the activity of key enzymes involved in testosterone production.
Each dose of Alpha JYM provides 500 mg of damiana for a total of 1,000 mg (1 gram) per day. Known scientifically as Turnera diffusa, damiana is a shrub native to Mexico and Central and South America that has been used for centuries as an aphrodisiac.
Damiana works by inhibiting the conversion of testosterone into estrogen. In the body, testosterone is normally converted to estrogen via the aromatatse enzyme. Research confirms that damiana is a potent aromatase inhibitor, due primarily to the active ingredients pinocembrin and acacetin. This is particularly important as we get older, since aromatase levels rise with age. Research also suggests that damiana exerts a positive effect on nitric oxide (NO) production, which can further benefit sexual performance.
Each dose of Alpha JYM provides 250 mg of 3,3’-diindolylmethane (DIM) for a total of 500 mg daily. This naturally occurring plant alkaloid is formed in the digestive tract from indole glucosinate, which is found in cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and kale. Digesting these foods leads to the formation of DIM.
Research confirms that DIM provides protection against certain cancers and has a positive influence on estrogen metabolism; put simply, DIM works to convert the problematic form of estrogen into a non-problematic form. In the body, estrogen is broken down into metabolites, the three main ones being 2-hydroxyestrone, 4-hydroxyestrone and 16-hydroxyestrone. These metabolites can have stronger or weaker estrogenic activity.
The 2-hydroxyestrone has the weakest estrogenic activity, and DIM helps to convert more estrogen into this form. In other words, DIM helps to convert estrogen into a weaker form that doesn’t have the negative impact associated with estrogen in both males and females. DIM also works to inhibit DHT from stimulating prostate specific antigen (PSA), which helps to protect from prostate cancer.
Each dose of Alpha JYM delivers 250 mg of quercetin for a total daily dose of 500 mg. Quercetin is a potent antioxidant/flavonoid found naturally in onions, apples, tea, broccoli, citrus fruits and grapes. It’s been suggested to help reduce the risk of heart disease and certain cancers (such as prostate cancer), boost immunity, act as an anti-inflammatory, boost blood flow to muscles and even increase exercise endurance.
It can help increase testosterone levels by inhibiting the UGT2B17 enzyme, which normally converts testosterone into testosterone glucuronide. Once testosterone glucuronide is formed, it’s excreted from the body by the kidneys, which lowers blood testosterone levels. By preventing this conversion and excretion of testosterone, quercetin helps to keep testosterone levels higher for longer. Research also shows that the antioxidant properties of quercetin can help to improve testosterone production in the testicles.
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