Does it ever feel like every energy drink has the same formula? Frankly, it’s one of the first things I noticed when I got into professional fitness education. This was many years ago, and everyone had the same whey protein, the same creatine, and the same fat burning supplements.
Fast forward to now, and there are still remnants of that, with B-Vitamins showing up in nearly every supplement. That isn’t always a bad thing. The B-Vitamins are indispensable for a healthy body. What might surprise some folks, though, is that some B-Vitamins might not be doing all they’re advertised to.
What You Need to Know:
Breaking Down the B-Vitamins
Most people know something about the B-Vitamins, but we’ll start from scratch. There are 8 compounds alternately called either a B Vitamin or by name.
Every one of these is water-soluble, meaning you cannot store them long-term. You have to take them every day, or at least regularly. Also, every one of them is absolutely necessary for food metabolism. We’ll come back to this point, later, but we need to know at the very top of this discussion that without B-Vitamins we can’t digest and absorb other nutrients. So even if a B-Vitamin doesn’t provide a Testosterone benefit, without enough B-Vitamins, we can’t break down the food that does help with Testosterone.
Where We Do Have Evidence
One of the most common B-Vitamins in T-Booster is B6, appearing in all the very best of the best, like TestoPrime and Testo-Max. Some foundational literature, relying on extensive clinical and laboratory trials, shows that Vitamin B is necessary for Testosterone production and synthesis.
Like all B-Vitamin mechanisms, this isn’t a direct process–B6 does not make Leydig cells produce T. But as a metabolism factor, without it, the body can’t produce T as efficiently. One of the foundational studies proving this is still readily available for perusal.
Another vitamin present in the best-rated T-Booster is B5, also known as Pantothenic Acid. Recent trials have shown that not only can B5 improve Testosterone parameters, but that these effects have a direct impact on sperm production.
One aspect of the 21st century that won’t shock any of our readers is the fact that our Circadian Rhythms face massive disruptions day to day. Japanese researchers have found that being out of our natural cycle can really destroy our Testosterone. Moreover, they also found that a full regimen of B-Vitamins, specifically B6 and B1, can mitigate these damages.
Another team of researchers found that B12 can prevent Testosterone damage from the ulcer medication Cimetidine.These findings are important not only for men taking this or similar medications, but because it could point the way to other uses for B-Vitamins. Essentially, anywhere testosterone production is hindered by a disruption to the metabolic processes, further research into a given B Vitamin could show promise.
Where We Seen No Evidence
While all of these studies show promise, it’s important to not where there have been discrepancies in the data. For instance, a study of Zinc, Magnesium, and Vitamin B6 showed there was no significant difference between the test and the placebo group for total T, free T, or ratio of Cortisol to Testosterone. Importantly, though, this study was among active weightlifters–and the study authors pointed out that these athletes may not need these supplements.
This study may not pertain to many men who are seeing their Testosterone drop from age, diet, or lack of recent exercise. For these men, there may be much more value to the previous studies listed than the one with elite weightlifters.
A Brief Corollary
I remember my dad giving me grief over a new paint cleaner I’d found. It works great, and it’s all the rage among do-it-yourselfers for cleaning spilled paint during projects. But my dad says to me, “Well, it’s just acetone.” Not so, I had to point out. It’s active ingredient is plain old acetone, but the proprietary, technically inactive ingredients work to make the acetone more effective.
I mention this story because ingredients in the most effective T-Boosters still need to be metabolized by our bodies. That means that the Fenugreek in TestoPrime, the Magnesium in Testo-Max, and even the Nettle Leaf in Testogen all need B-Vitamins for maximal digestion and absorption.
All 8 of the B-Vitamins are essential for our most basic metabolic functions. Without them we couldn’t use any of the other nutrients we need, for anything, let alone for Testosterone health. To that end, there’s certainly no harm in taking a few extra milligrams in a T-Booster.
But along with that, we do have some burgeoning research showing a correlation between some B-Vitamins and T production. Probably not enough evidence that a B6 shot alone will fix flagging T, but definitely strong evidence to warrant its inclusion on the best T-Boosters on the market.