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Supplementing Testosterone with HCG
Supplementing Testosterone with HCG
Testosterone Restoration is a fantastic way to treat Low-T. Actually, as of today, it's the only real and effective way to return Testosterone Levels to normal after Andropause. There are a few issues related to Testosterone that could give you pause, however.
Testosterone Supplementation Suppresses Natural Testosterone Production
For one, Testosterone Therapy reduces the body's ability to produce its own Testosterone. Now, this isn't necessarily a bad thing. If you are suffering from Low-T or Andropause, your body is no longer able to produce the amount of Testosterone needed to sustain optimal function, so you need to do something to get your Testosterone Levels back to normal, because no amount of diet or exercise is going to get you above a certain level of Androgen function beyond that which you are limited to by age and genetics.
So, men with Low-T turn to Testosterone Replacement with Gels, Patches, Creams, or Injections, and are able to enhance their health and body composition in a number of beneficial ways, but the natural hormone rhythms of the body do benefit from some level of natural Testosterone Production. So, what can you do?
How Does Testosterone With HCG Sustain Testosterone Production?
If you are interested in preserving your body's natural rhythms, you may be interested in combining Bio-Identical Human Chorionic Gonadotropin to your Testosterone Therapy. HCG is a natural hormone that is normally only produced by the female body during pregnancy. Interestingly enough, however, this hormone is responsible for some very masculine effects when applied to the male body. HCG is a functional analogue of a hormone produced by both sexes under normal circumstances known as Luteinizing Hormone.
In the female body, Luteinizing Hormone helps regulate the menstrual cycle, but in the male body, Luteinizing Hormone preserves the normal manufacture and secretion of Testosterone by the testes, and it also encourages the testes to produce sperm for fertility. By supplementing your Testosterone Therapy with HCG Injections, it is possible to maintain a baseline level of natural, endogenous Testosterone Production which preserves your physiological ability to produce Testosterone, while Testosterone Treatments raise your Testosterone Levels to their optimal state so that you can experience the benefits of both Prescription Testosterone and Natural Testosterone simultaneously.
Testosterone Therapy Inhibits Fertility
Another issue with Testosterone Optimization for Andropause is that it reduces your fertility. The body has various mechanisms through which it can monitor concentrations of Testosterone in the body, and if the body recognizes that there is an outside source of Testosterone providing the hormone to the body, it will send signals to the hypothalamus to reduce production. The body produces less Luteinizing Hormone and Follicle-Stimulating Hormone in response.
This has minimal effects upon the overall health of the body, because the body is still getting the Testosterone that it needs-it's actually getting more Testosterone than it was getting before! The main issue with regard to Testosterone Patches, Injections, and Gels is that the body no longer produces the signal for Luteinizing Hormone, which is responsible for the production and proliferation of healthy sperm cells.
As the body becomes accustomed to the influx of Real Bio-Identical Testosterone, it slowly drops its production of Testosterone Precursors, which slowly reduces fertility over time. If a patient uses Testosterone long enough, he will actually eventually become effectively infertile. Luckily, however, this infertility is only a temporary symptom of treatment, and if the patient stops taking Testosterone, fertility can slowly return to pre-treatment levels.
Taking Testosterone with HCG Can Protect Fertility, Even During Treatment
In relationship to its ability to sustain normal production of Testosterone, HCG also simulates Luteinizing Hormone and promotes the normal production of sperm by the testes. In doing so, it preserves fertility.
If you are looking to choose Testosterone Optimization to preserve and foster greater health and protect yourself against some of the most devastating effects of aging and premature aging, but you also want to preserve your fertility potential, the best course of action would be to take Subcutaneous HCG in combination with Testosterone in order to maximize your fertility potential during treatment.
Of course, another option you have available to you if you are not interested in HCG is that you can deposit your sperm at a sperm bank. In doing so, you don't have to worry about your physiological fertility.
Testosterone Replacement Therapy Can Impact the Size and Appearance of the Testicles
A third issue with Testosterone Treatment is cosmetic. As we mentioned earlier, Bio-Identical Testosterone Restoration limits the productive activity of the reproductive system both in regard to the production of Endogenous Testosterone as well as sperm.
Because the testes become less active over the course of Testosterone Therapy, they actually shrink and recede slightly, and this also causes the testicles to shrink and become less full. If you are interested in looking your best in the bedroom, you may become a bit embarrassed about this. Don't let this affect your interest in treatment, however!
Testosterone with HCG can Preserve the Aesthetic Appearance of Your Testicles
Because Human Chorionic Gonadtropin preserves a baseline production of Testosterone and Sperm by the Testes, this prevents the physical changes in appearance associated with Testosterone Restoration Treatment. In addition to enhancing your sexual, physical, and psychological health with Testosterone, you are also protecting yourself from changes in appearance associated with treatment!
If You Decide to Take a Break From or Discontinue Therapy, The Body Regains It's Natural Testosterone Production Slowly
A final major issue with how the human body reacts to Testosterone Therapy is that the body recovers relatively slowly from the end of treatment. If you have been taking Testosterone for six months to a year, your body's natural production of the hormone is very, very low, and it will take time for it to come back to normal.
HCG Can Be Used in Order to Restore Normal Testosterone Production Quickly After Therapy
If you choose to undergo Testosterone Therapy on its own, your Hormone Prescribing Specialist may recommend that you undergo occasional Testosterone Cycling. This means that you will take Testosterone alone for awhile, and then occasionally, you will take brief breaks from Testosterone in order to keep your on body's production at a certain capacity. In this case, your physician will prescribe you with HCG during the breaks so that your body will more quickly adapt to the absence of outside Testosterone.
In addition to this, if you ever choose to suspend Testosterone Treatments for an extended period of time, and would like to get your Endogenous Testosterone Production back up to normal more quickly, your Prescribing Hormone Physician can also prescribe you with HCG in order to get your Testosterone Levels back to normal for your Age and Genetics.
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If you are interested in Testosterone Creams, Patches, or any other form of Testosterone Optimization, our clinic offers high-quality, Physician-Monitored Hormone Therapy, and if you qualify, we can get you the treatment that you're looking for, for some of the best prices available in America today. We can also provide you with HCG if you are looking to supplement your therapy.
We are also happy to offer a wide variety of Hormone Replacement Products and Services, including Human Growth Hormone Injections, Injectable Sermorelin Acetate, and HCG Injections for Weight Loss. If you are interested in these or any other form of Hormone Treatment, we encourage you to contact us via the form on this page and fill out the simple medical questionnaire.
We can also take your call at the number above. One of our friendly and knowledgeable Board-Certified Hormone Therapy Specialists will be happy to take your call and answer any questions!
Vitamin B6 Part of the B Complex Family
B6, Part of the B Complex Family: You Need It
Don V. Richards
B6, also known in its biologically active form as pyridoxal phospate
(and also in the form of pyridoxine, pyridoxamine, pyridoxal, and
several other variants) is naturally-occurring nutrient that is
absolutely essential to human health. It's a water-soluble vitamin which means that it can't be stored in the fat tissues of the
human body, and any excess beyond what the body can use right now is
just flushed away in the urine. Furthermore, the body can't
manufacture its own supply. Since we need Vitamin B6 to stay alive,
that means that we need an external source of this nutrient,
and we must consume B6 regularly and repeatedly.
B6 is one of the eight "B complex" vitamins and, like all of
them, it helps the body convert our food fats, proteins, and
carbohydrates into the glucose which every cell in our body
constantly needs as fuel. Also, without Vitamin B6, we would be
unable to maintain proper, healthy functioning of our liver, our
skin, our hair, and our eyes among other things. The nervous
system also needs Vitamin B6 for the production of certain substances
which are essential for our nerve cells to communicate with each
other which is what enables all our senses, our control over our
muscles and other organs (both conscious and unconscious), and our
very minds themselves.
B6 is essential not only for healthy human brain function, but for
proper brain development
in children, too. B6 is also needed in order for the body to produce
the hormones norepinephrine
and serotonin, which
regulate our moods, and melatonin,
the "sleep hormone," which helps us maintain a normal, restful
combination with other members of the B complex family (specifically,
Vitamins B12 and B9), Vitamin B6 helps the body reduce levels of an
amino acid called homocysteine in our blood. High levels of
homocysteine in the bloodstream are linked to heart disease. Studies
have shown that people who don't get enough Vitamin B6 are more
likely to suffer from diseases of the heart.
B6 is also good for our circulatory system in that it is needed for
the production of both our regular red blood cells and the white
blood cells of our (extremely important) immune system. And, in one
of many examples of synergy between members of the B complex family
of vitamins, our bodies cannot absorb Vitamin B12 (which boosts blood
health and prevents anemia) without an adequate intake of Vitamin B6.
are currently studying whether or not Vitamin B6 can fight "morning
sickness" (nausea and vomiting) among pregnant women. Several
studies including one that was a double-blind test of the
nutrient against a placebo control group indicate that it can.
But a few studies failed to reproduce these results, so research is
possible Vitamin B6 benefit currently under review by science is its
value in combating
depression. Patients suffering from depression often have low levels
of the hormone serotonin, and several anti-depressant drugs function
by raising serotonin levels in the bloodstream. Vitamin B6 helps the
body produce serotonin, so trials are underway to see if B6
supplementation can ameliorate the symptoms of this terrible malady.
of the symptoms of the painful disease arthritis, which particularly
affects older people, is inflammation of the joints. This
inflammation is known to reduce the level of Vitamin B6 in the body,
so it is thought that arthritis sufferers require more of this
nutrient than other people, and supplementation may be in order.
recent study indicated that direct injection of Vitamin B6 was
helpful to women experiencing hair loss. According to a Polish
medical study published on the National Institutes of Health Web
site, Vitamin B6 injections generally improved the quality of the
women's hair and reduced hair loss.
B6 deficiency is rare, but it does happen among people who have
extraordinarily poor diets and the processed food industry
enables us all to eat poorly if we don't watch ourselves! That
said, though, it should be easily possible to get all the Vitamin B6
you need for normal bodily health and functioning from the foods you
eat as part of a healthy, balanced diet. Some of the foods rich in
Vitamin B6 are brown rice; bran; sunflower seeds; wheat germ;
whole-grain flour; meat, including salmon, shrimp, and beef liver;
milk; cheese; beans; spinach; carrots; and lentils. Symptoms of
Vitamin B6 deficiency include sores on the tongue and in the mouth,
short-term memory loss,
confusion, difficulty in concentrating, muscle weakness, nervousness,
irritability, and depression.
you think you can benefit from Vitamin B6 supplements, be aware of
the guidelines for daily intake to maintain health and, if you do
take in excess of these amounts, make sure you discuss it with your
doctor or trusted health adviser beforehand. For adults, the
recommended daily allowance (RDA) of Vitamin B6 varies from 1.3 to 2
mg. If you have a special need that requires supplementation at a
higher level, don't ever exceed 100 mg daily: Very large doses of
this nutrient have been known to cause nerve damage. Some symptoms
that might indicate you're consuming too much B6 are numbness in
the legs, loss of balance, allergic reactions of the skin, nausea,
abdominal pain, loss of appetite, and sensitivity to sunlight. When
the excess intake of Vitamin B6 is terminated, all symptoms usually
disappear in less than six months.
supplementing with Vitamin B6, it may be wise to take the vitamin as
part of a B complex supplement instead of just B6 on its own. This is
because the B vitamins often work in tandem with one another, and
allowing a large imbalance between them inhibits the synergy they
normally exhibit together, in which the total health effect is
greater than the sum of the individual parts.
your age, health, or condition in life, the 21st century is the age
of more widespread health knowledge and information than we've ever
known before. Take advantage of this information and take charge
of your diet your exercise the supplements
you take and start living like you've never lived before!
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Vitamin B5 It is Everywhere
Vitamin B5: It's Everywhere, It's Everywhere!
by Don V. Richards
Vitamin B5 is a lot like that fictional superhero "Chickenman," whose on-the-air slogan was "He's everywhere, he's everywhere!" Vitamin B5 is also called pantothenic acid. The word "pantothenic" comes from the Greek "pantothen," meaning "from everywhere." That's a reference to the fact that small quantities of Vitamin B5 are found in almost every food.
That's good news because Vitamin B5 is an essential nutrient - that is, it's absolutely necessary for life itself. It's believed by some scientists that Vitamin B5 supplementation can help reduce stress and anxiety, speed wound healing, and help with arthritis pain. Some research supports these claims, but some does not. Studies are ongoing.
Vitamin B5 is necessary, like the other B vitamins, for the conversion of food substances - fats, proteins, and carbohydrates -- into fuel and energy for your cells. Unless this process takes place, you'll die. Vitamin B5 is also a necessary component of Coenzyme A, itself needed for this same process. Coenzyme A is also an essential component in the body's synthesis of essential fats, certain neurotransmitters (chemicals needed for nervous system functioning), melatonin (needed for healthy sleep), and hemoglobin (an essential ingredient of red blood cells).
Pantothenic acid is water soluble instead of fat soluble, so it cannot be stored by the body - and any amount that isn't immediately used is excreted in the urine. It also cannot be synthesized by the body - so an intake of B5 is necessary on a regular basis for all of us just for normal health.
Vitamin B5 deficiency is very rare because the vitamin can be naturally found in so many foods. But B5 deficiency disease can occur in cases when diets are very poor. Pantothenic acid deficiency was known among prisoners of the Japanese during World War 2 in Japan, Burma, and the Philippines, for example. Sufferers reported symptoms of tingling and and burning sensations in the feet, accompanied by a general numbness. Participants in a modern study designed to test for pantothenic acid deficiency reported insomnia, gastrointestinal pain, headache, fatigue, numbness, and tingling of the extremities. The cure is simple: Restore a normal level of Vitamin B5 by administering supplements or changing the diet.
Pantothenic acid has been shown in animal tests to speed wound healing, and it had a similar effect on cultured human skin cells in the laboratory when those cells were given an artificial wound - it caused more new skin cells to migrate, and also increased the speed of their migration, and both effects are likely to lower wound healing times. However, the results haven't been replicated in human studies yet, so more research is needed.
One study found that application of pantothenic acid reversed hair graying in laboratory rats. As a result, many soap companies started to incorporate B5, or one of its derivatives, in their shampoos. But there's no evidence yet that the nutrient has a similar effect on human beings.
Vitamin B5 also is a critical ingredient for the the body's synthesis of red blood cells, sex hormones, and stress-related hormones. Pantothenic acid is also needed for proper functioning of the human digestive tract. Without Vitamin B5, the body cannot optimally utilize Vitamin B2 (riboflavin), another necessary nutrient in the B complex family.
A Vitamin B5 derivative called pantethine has been shown by several studies to bother lower the levels of "bad" cholesterol and raise the levels of "good" cholesterol in the human bloodstream. 300 mg of pantethine, taken three times a day for a total of 900 mg daily, was found significantly more effective than a placebo in these tests. Pantethine was also tested on diabetic patients undergoing hemodyalisis with similar beneficial effects, and no negative side effects were noted.
Some studies suggest that a lack of pantothenic acid might cause some of the painful symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. It was discovered that people with the disease had lower levels of Vitamin B5 in their bloodstreams than non-sufferers, and those with the least pantothenic acid had the worst symptoms. Research in 1980 showed that 2,000 mg of a type of Vitamin B5 called calcium pantothenate gave relief from arthritis symptoms. Studies continue in this area.
Pantothenic acid is part of the B complex family of vitamins. When supplementing with Vitamin B5, it's a good idea to take a B complex supplement instead of just Vitamin B5 on its own. It's believed that there is a synergistic effect with the B complex vitamins, in which the total benefits exceed the sum of the benefits of each individual vitamin. Get them seriously out of balance, and you won't get the full effect.
The recommended daily dosage of Vitamin B5 for adults is 5 mg for adults, 6 mg for pregnant women, and 7 mg for breastfeeding women. But remember, some of the special benefits discussed above only kick in with doses somewhat larger than the minimums. But extremely high doses can trigger diarrhea and may increase the danger of bleeding due to other injuries.
You should be able to get enough Vitamin B5 without supplementation just by eating a varied, healthy diet. Foods rich in pantothenic acid include milk, yogurt, legumes, mushrooms, yeast, egg yolk, broccoli, liver, kidney, fish, shellfish, royal jelly, chicken, avocado, and sweet potatoes, along with whole grains - but remember that highly processed grains, like white bread, and canned foods, have less of the nutrient, in some cases 75 percent less.
If you do want to supplement, you should know that there is no established toxic dose for Vitamin B5 -- as no deaths due to pantothenic acid overdose are known to science. Long before toxicity could be reached, other symptoms arise and essentially warn the subject that he's had enough of the nutrient. At 10,000 to 20,000 mg per day, diarrhea generally occurs, and nausea and heartburn have also been noted at unusually high doses. Supplementation even at 1,200 mg per day is "generally well tolerated," according to the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University.
One warning, though: If you suffer from hemophilia, you probably shouldn't take Vitamin B5 supplements. It's possible that the vitamin will make it take even longer for bleeding to stop, should you become injured. As always in such cases, even if you're just a little bit unsure, consult a trusted physician.
Living in the 21st century has some disadvantages - our food is often highly processed and unhealthy, for example - but there's never been a time before now when people had such easy access to so much health information. Take advantage of the Information Age - read, learn, and take charge of your own diet and your own health today.
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Three sided solution: Testosterone + HCG + Arimidex
If your doctor only prescribes testosterone by itself, you will
probably have a rough ride. The tendency is for you to feel
great the first couple months, while you increase testosterone
levels, followed by a slow deterioration, once your estrogen
High estrogen negates a lot of the positives from testosterone
therapy, resulting in the same symptoms of low testosterone you
had in the first place!
The solution is to add a drug called Arimidex. It's called an
aromatase inhibitor, which essentially blocks the conversion of
testosterone to estrogen. It has the effect of increasing
testosterone levels, while keeping your estrogen low.
Once you have your testosterone and estrogen solved, it's time
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This is where HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) comes in. It
prevents both infertility and testicle shrinkage. Your
testicles shrink because your body thinks it doesn't need to
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