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What Is Testosterone And Can It Build Muscle?

July 9, 2015


The everlasting topic on all blogs related to bodybuilding is definitely whether or not testosterone can help you build muscle mass. In this article we will try and cover all the basics about what testosterone really is, whether or not your body needs more of it, and whether or not it will help you build muscle.

What Is Testosterone?

Let’s get a bit technical. “Testosterone is a steroid hormone that stimulates development of male secondary sexual characteristics, produced mainly in the testes, but also in the ovaries and adrenal cortex.”

This basically means that women also produce testosterone, and that it has important functions in almost all physical activity as it supports muscle, strength, and energy.

Low testosterone levels are proven to cause low libido, mood shifts, loss of muscle mass, but also unwanted weight gain. Since natural testosterone tends to drop in men over 30, there are some replacement therapies like pills, patches or injections.

Testosterone And Muscles

The big question is, of course, does testosterone actually build muscle? The answer is – not really.

It appears that if your testosterone levels are below normal, you will indeed have difficulties building muscle. However, by sustaining normal levels of testosterone you simply won’t have any benefits from raising those levels when it comes to building more muscle mass.

When it comes to losing weight, on the other hand, the tune is a bit different. Apparently, as testosterone levels increase, the weight goes down.

So, there you have it. Raising your testosterone levels won’t build you more muscle mass, but it will make your muscles stick out a bit more. Not a bad deal.

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