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Is There a Phytotestosterone?

Hi,

I’ve done some reading on this site and others about the hazards of taking foods with phytoestrogens, such as those found in soy bean products.

I was wondering, is there a such thing as a phytotestosterone or something similar to the male sex hormone in plants? If so, are there any benefits to consuming it?

Thanks.

[quote]EstoVir wrote:
Hi,

I’ve done some reading on this site and others about the hazards of taking foods with phytoestrogens, such as those found in soy bean products.

I was wondering, is there a such thing as a phytotestosterone or something similar to the male sex hormone in plants? If so, are there any benefits to consuming it?

Thanks.[/quote]

Tribulus, Longjack, Horney Goat Weed…

By jove Watson! You are on to something!

Maca root, according to some.

You’d have to be careful. Because although some phytoestrogens are hazardous to a males diet, others can be beneficial. They can act as “milder” forms of estrogen and occupy receptor slots that would otherwise be occupied by the “full-strength” estrogen (Think Clomid). So too might a phytotest that’s weaker occupy a receptor site that could be occupied by the full strength test, which could actually lead to detrimental affects.

And to TexasGuy: I thought Trib worked by increasing LH, and not by occupying androgen receptors? I can’t comment on the other herbs however, so you could be correct on those.

Have there been any updates on this question?

They exist. Sounds too good to be true. Mimicking testosterone with none of the negative side affects or suppression.

Well you would be right. They are safe and like many supplements do help some, but expect much less than prohormone results.

Below is some info. Product is from a good company. Do not expect anabolic like results regardless of write up.

What is Phyto-Testosterone?

Phyto-Testosterone is a complex of plant extracts that mimic & amplify the action of testosterone to make your muscles harder, stronger and fuller. It is an oral formula that tastes close to maple syrup and is taken twice daily with a provided measuring spoon. At the average dose, Phyto-Testosterone will last 30 days.

Perhaps you have heard of the natural plant flavones known as ?phyto-estrogens? or the nasty man-made synthetic chemicals known as ?xeno-estrogens?. Essentially, these are chemicals that act like estrogen in our bodies. Some of these compounds (especially the xeno-estrogens) can cause unwanted side-effects such as breast tissue growth, impotence, and an overall fat & flabby appearance. What?s worse, is that these estrogen mimicking compounds are found virtually everywhere, including our food, water, plastics, and even our soap and shampoo. The point is, it?s almost impossible to totally avoid these estrogenic elements, so we simply have to deal with the fact that they play a role in our bodies to some extent. (We will give you the full scoop on phyto and xeno estrogens in a future article).

So the question remains, where is Mother Nature?s balance to these estrogenic compounds? Where are the compounds that act like testosterone in our bodies?

That is exactly what we have brought you, a completely legal, natural, and scientifically proven complex that supports lean muscle growth, rather than breast growth. Phyto-Testosterone is truly man?s best friend.

Consider Phyto-Testosterone our premium muscle building product that will produce solid gains in lean muscle mass relatively quickly, especially when combined with ample protein intake. Plus, it will stack well with our other products, including Dermacrine and Sustain Alpha for a synergistic effect.

What are the ingredients & how does it work?

The first ingredient is a Fenuside complex extracted from the Fenugreek herb. In a study with castrated animals this ingredient supported muscle and sexual organ growth just as much as testosterone, essentially showing that it can mimic the effects of Testosterone. (1) Other research with male athletes (ages 18-35) showed that 600mg/day of Fenuside extract for 8 weeks dramatically reduced fat tissue while increasing lean muscle. These effects were accompanied without any detrimental side effects typically related to the intake of anabolic steroids, such as gynecomastia, high blood pressure, or liver damage. (2)

The second ingredient in Phyto-Testosterone is the tried & proven methoxyisoflavone (5-methyl-7-methoxy Isoflavone). This was invented and patented in the 1970?s as a muscle building plant flavone that could be used as an alternative to steroids for humans and animals.(3) Just check out a quote straight from the patent by Feuer et al ?

?On examining the data of the analysis of body weight it was found that the weight increase of the muscle tissue was specifically greater than that of the fat tissue, and that fat content of the muscle tissue decreased, while that of proteins rose.?

And further stating?

?We succeeded in partially suppressing the catabolic effect of cortisone with these compounds, and proved that identical doses of anabolic steroids do not exert anabolic effects stronger than that of the invented compounds.?

In other words, methoxyisoflavone increased lean muscle gain comparable to that of anabolic steroids, but without any estrogenic or toxic side effects. (4,8) Interpreting studies and results of related flavones, it appears that the mechanism of methoxyisoflavone?s anabolic action is by suppression of cortisol, thus preventing the catabolic breakdown of muscle. (6) It also appears that methoxyisoflavone may positively augment the action of testosterone and estrogen. More specifically it?s been hypothesized that when high levels of hormone are present (ie, testosterone) methoxyisoflavone will amplify the anabolic effects of the hormone. (5,7) Therefore, methoxyisoflavones muscle building & fat burning effects can be attributed to potentiating anabolic effects of other hormones, while decreasing the catabolic effects.