Much of what follows is from a manís perspective though this discussion affects women also.
Because of its fundamental importance Iíve had this idea to a little research into, drum roll please, TESTOSTERONE. There it is, Iíve said it. Everywhere I look on these and other boards it seems folks are talking about fundamental issues involved in the application of nutrition as it pertains to gaining muscle, strength, metabolic pathways, ad nauseum.
Yet there seems to be very little in the way of discussion of T, or I may be just looking in the wrong places maybe. So I set out to see what I could find. Admittedly not knowing much about the topic I began with what I knew, that T is governs quite a few important bodily functions such as: sexual activity, cognitive function, general feeling of well being, and that it acts in conjunction with many other hormones. Also of importance to me is that it is widely known that T drops off dramatically with age, a rather disconcerting tidbit (aka andropause).
It is also apparent to that there are a few rather simple things that one can do to keep this important little thing going like exercise, the heavier the better it seems, eating red meat, and sleeping well. Did I forget to say being sexually active as well? An inverse relationship of testosterone to waist size has also been observed and documented, yet another practical reason for being slim.
Much of what youíll find being talked about are the above mentioned topics and some other, what seem to me, far out things like DHEA, gels, and injections. There are others Iíve neglected to mention. All of these seem to mess with the bodyís hormone production and it is generally accepted that not using them is the best course to follow. Of course there are exceptions to this notion and for some genuine medical reasons make therapy a real option.
SHBG is a topic of discussion, ie, being able to keep free testosterone levels as high as possible by getting SHBG to bind to some other substance in the body. Can this really be accomplished? What is out there on this subject does not strike me as definitive.
This article by Chris Thibaudeau puts some light on the explanation of why Olifts really are so damned good for you: