Testosterone Boosters - How to Choose the Best
I'm certain you are familiar with testosterone boosters. They've been around forever. Sure, they weren’t called that from the get-go, but researchers and chemistry professors alike were just as intrigued as you are about the effect increased testosterone has on the male body.
Back in 1889 Harvard professor, Charles-Édouard Brown-Séquard injected himself with something he called a “rejuvenating elixir.” Its contents: extract of dog and guinea pig testicle. Yum. According to him, “a vigor and feeling of well-being were markedly restored.”
In 1927, a physiologic chemistry professor, Fred C. Koch, from the University of Chicago, pulled 20 mg of a substance from bovine testicles and injected it into castrated roosters, pigs and rats. The result of this test was they were re-masculinized.
From then on, thorough steroid research and development programs started and progressed quickly through the 1960s. This fantastic hormone, or newly synthesized compound, we know as testosterone was found to be “a potent multiplier of muscle, strength, and well-being.” 
Fast forward to the 21st Century. That “rejuvenating elixir” that restored Professor Koch’s well-being has been bottled, mass-produced by hundreds of manufacturers, and made available for two-day shipping with the click of a button.
With an endless number of options, is it possible to find the testosterone booster that lives up to its promises?
Increased Total and Free Testosterone
Increasing total and free testosterone is the ultimate goal with testosterone boosters.
So what’s the difference?
Total testosterone is found in the blood. It’s bound to molecules called sex hormone binding globulin or SHBG for short. This testosterone isn’t readily available for your body to use right away. A part of your brain, called the hypothalamus, is responsible for releasing it. It’s often triggered when you’re about to do a strenuous exercise like haul down a football field for a sick TD or move some serious weight.
Think of total testosterone as the cash in your ATM. You can spend it, but you must withdraw it first.
Free testosterone, on the other hand, is not bound. It’s free to use at any time, so it’s great when working out—weight training or cardio—improving stamina in the bedroom, sharpening the mind and giving you that boost of confidence or motivation you may need during a grueling day at work. 
Think of free testosterone as the cash in your wallet, ready to be spent at any time.
Having healthy levels of both total and free testosterone is very important. That’s one reason why MTS Nutrition’s testosterone booster, Insurgent, is so exciting and powerful.
The question is: Is this what anabolic steroids do?
No. The difference between steroids and testosterone boosters is that testosterone boosters only help you reach natural levels of hormones in the blood. Illegal steroids use much higher doses and are often mixed with other substances for a result of a considerable increase in muscle mass. 
Alright. We now know what we want our testosterone boosters to do, so it’s time to dive into what ingredients we want to see.
Read That Label
Before you put anything into your body, know exactly what it is.
So here’s a good rule when choosing a testosterone booster: Stay away from proprietary blends. Brands that make proprietary blends don’t have to disclose the exact amount of ingredients in them, just the size, so your guess is as good as mine on precisely what these blends consist of.
A formula that is 100% transparent with an ingredient label that lists out every ingredient, like MTS Nutrition’s Insurgent, is very important.
When looking at testosterone boosters, here are some very popular and noteworthy ingredients.
Primavie™ Shilajit Prim
One of the highest touted ingredients in any testosterone booster, and at the core of MTS Nutrition’s Insurgent, is PrimaVie™.
It has been scientifically proven to increase total and free testosterone immensely. But that’s not it. It supports sexual health, boosts energy and increases exercise endurance.
It also improves CoQ10, which is a nutrient that is produced in the body naturally and also in many popular food choices. It’s an antioxidant that protects cells and keeps your metabolism working as it should. 
It also supports healthy hsCRP levels to improve your overall heart health and protect you from future heart problems like heart attack, stroke, cardiac arrest, and peripheral arterial disease.
Finally, it will up-regulate steroidogenic genes and genes for collagen synthesis.
This specialized extract is very potent. It’s an aphrodisiac found to increase testosterone, follicle-stimulating testosterone, and luteinizing hormones.
If testosterone boosting is the desired effect, LCLT is a must. It’s been used for many things like fat loss, the improvement of androgen receptor activity and the resulting enhancement of hormonal response, and it has been shown scientifically to help with recovery after challenging workouts.
This natural testosterone booster has incredible aphrodisiac effects and can also increase sperm production. You may also experience an improvement in the number and quality of erections.
This is a flower that’s native to most continents on this planet. It’s very effective and has been proven to increase testosterone by at least nine clinical studies from 6 universities and academic hospitals.
It comes with no unexpected side effects.
Ginseng is best known for supporting masculinity because it stimulates testosterone production in the pituitary gland. It’s also helpful with regards to stamina, mental acuity and, quite frankly, extending your life.
Fenugreek is a powerful, effective stimulant. One of the reasons for this is because it contains steroidal nutrients.
This herb produces testosterone and reduces body fat. It’s great if you’re looking for a testosterone supplement to enhance your fitness level. To experience both increased free testosterone and lower fat levels, look for a product that contains this herb. 
Testosterone: The Boost You Need
I know what you’re thinking: You’re pretty sure that 3rd ingredient is the name of a European hockey player you read about in Sports Illustrated last night. I assure you it’s not. But that was a lot of information in a very short time.
Here are two key points to take with you.
Never take a proprietary blend. I can’t reiterate this enough. Know exactly what you’re putting into your body. Roll that little bottle over and read and understand that ingredient label.
Make sure the booster you choose increases both total and free testosterone. Your body needs both to perform its best.
MTS Nutrient’s Insurgent contains 4 out of the eight ingredients listed above, including PrimaVie™, and has a 100% transparent formula that has been proven to increase total and free testosterone. As well-rounded testosterone boosters go, Insurgent is what you’re looking for.
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