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 been recognized as exerting a significant effect on the human body for thousands of years.
For centuries the testes have been identified as the primary source of testosterone production in men. In women the ovaries and adrenal glands are the primary sources of testosterone production.
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.
Women produce 5-10% the quantity of testosterone than that of men.
Even though the amount secreted by women is small, compared to males, it plays a pivotal role in the sexuality and metabolic functioning of women.
At levels normally produced, testosterone does not have a strong masculising effect in females.