is far safer than prohormones, though its efficacy is still under debate. The theory behind Tribulus is that it allegedly
facilitates the production of lutenizing hormone in the male testicles, a substance responsible for catalyzing the natural
production of testosterone. The advantage of this, vs prohormones, is that none of the side effects associated with prohormones
exist with Tribulus.
Ecdysterone is a plant
sterol said to raise testosterone levels, though this claim has yet to be incontrovertibly established. Its theoretical effectiveness
is based on its structural property of having a cyclopenthanthrene nucleus.
In laymen’s terms,
this means that its molecular structure is similar to that of testosterone, but lacks a few carbon, hydrogen and oxygen atoms.
The principle behind
the conversion of this supplement to testosterone is that the carbon, hydrogen and oxygen from carbohydrates consumed are
added to the sterol in ecdysterone to produce testosterone according to the body’s need.
As the conversion process
is far less direct than with prohormones, none of the side effects associated with prohormones have been reported with the
use of ecdysterone.
There are also
other plant sterols, or saponins, said to increase the body’s testosterone as well, but do not have the reputation for
potency that Ecdysterone has.
Though known for its
aphrodisiac properties, the erectile support rendered by yohimbe is more a result of penile vasodilation than the production
of testosterone. This is probably the least effective supplement in terms of mass-building, but may improve your performance
in other areas of your life.