What is Natural Testosterone?
Natural testosterone is a term used to describe the hormone testosterone that is naturally produced by the testes and ovaries of humans and animals.
This hormone in its pure form is not produced anywhere in the plant kingdom.
Testosterone, or rather the effects of testosterone, have long been recognized as exerting a significant effect on the human body.
For centuries the testes have been identified as the primary source of testosterone production in men. With the advent of pharmaceutical chemistry pure testosterone was first manufactured synthetically in the late 1930's.
Today natural testosterone and synthetic analogues with testosterone-like actions are manufactured for pharmaceutical purposes from soya and wild yam substrates.
Testosterone is classified as an androgen. Androgens are a group of hormones that control masculine sex characteristics. They play a role in maintenance of systemic anabolic effects, particularly metabolism of salts, fluid balance and bone growth.
Testosterone has significant effects on libido, mood and depression.
Both sexes produce testosterone. Men produce far greater quantities of testosterone than women. The amount secreted by women is small and it does not have a strong masculising effect.
Testosterone is crucial for the development and maintenance of the male sex organs and the male secondary sex characteristics. These include muscle bulk, facial and axillary hair, changes in fat distribution and deepened voice.
It also produces systemic anabolic effects which include retention of nitrogen, calcium, sodium, potassium, chloride and phosphate. This leads to an increase in water retention and bone growth.
Testosterone makes the skin more vascular and less fatty.