Low Testosterone and Vitamin Deficiencies

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Vitamins and minerals and amino acids – so NUTRITIONAL.

But wow, that covers a lot of ground.

How do we shorten that distance?

I see hundreds of men through my practice every year for low testosterone medically called Hypogonadism and it’s with a serum Total Testosterone level below 400 ng/dl being SEVERE HYPOGONADISM) and severe fatigue. Hard to have sex or even to consider performing if you are feeling exhausted.

Assuming you have no trauma (to your pituitary, heart or testicles/penis – big assumptions nowadays – see my other blogs or bestselling books on this subject), if you are noticeably exhausted after sex and or too tired to get going, then it probably is your nutritional status.
Figuring this out is not as complicated as it sounds.

In our practice we perform a test called a Spectracell™ Comprehensive Micronutrient Panel that looks at 39 different vitamins, minerals and amino acids. But Spectracell goes a step further – LIGHT YEARS FURTHER – it looks inside your cells and gives us INTRACELLULAR levels – crazy futuristic space age stuff here. The test is FDA and HHS approved and use their own normative values so it’s hard for some narrow or close minded physicians to get their heads around but it’s an excellent test we use in research. And in my office.

Here’s an example of one – kind of severe but you can see the problems.

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YOU CANNOT MAKE TESTOSTERONE WITH THESE VITAMIN DEFICIENCIES IN PLACE!

To clarify:

MAJOR DEFICIENCIES

  • Glutathione Vitamin B12
  • Vitamin B1 or Thiamin
  • Vitamin B2 or Riboflavin
  • Coq10 or UBIQUINOL
  • Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA)
  • Vitamin E (α-tocopherol)

BORDERLINE DEFICIENCIES

  • Chromium
  • Serine
  • Glutamine
  • Vitamin B6
  • Pantothenate
  • Biotin
  • Immunidex® (just a general measurement ion immune vitamins and immunity)

This is also one of those results that I call “footprints in the snow” (we live and work in Utah when I’m not doing research in Southern California) because the B12 deficiency, thiamin deficiency, riboflavin deficiency and the CoQ10 deficiency are all critical to causing low testosterone or hypogonadism. Also this would cause low sperm count and loss of libido. Plus any of these vitamins alone can cause the feeling of exhaustion – especially CoQ10 (ubiquinol).

You have to carefully replace these and though some patients start feeling improvement immediately sometimes it can take 90 days to really get intracellular. 180-240 days to make a big difference in your testosterone levels.

SO BE PATIENT WITH LOW TESTOSTERONE AND VITAMIN DEFICIENCIES!

I like Qunol® (100 mg) at 2-5 a day while you have this deficit.

B12 – use a methylated B12 (methylcobalamin) at 5,000 mcg a day. Sublingual or shots work best.

Thiamin (Vitamin B1) at 100 mg a day works well at two per day for at least 180 days.

Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) at 100 mg twice day for 180 days.

ALA or Alpha Lipoic Acid is a major anti-oxidant mostly required by glutathione to function. 200-250 mg twice a day is appropriate for this patient for at least six months.

Vitamin E needs to be down too.


I also dealt with all of the borderline deficiencies for at least six months but he had bigger problems (see next section).

FOOTPRINTS IN THE SNOW LED TO MTHFR DIAGNOSIS

This gentleman ended up having MTHFR, which is a genetic illness that causes low energy, depression, fatigue, low testosterone and many other problems.

My best selling book was #1 for a couple of weeks on Amazon®, and it’s titled THE 85% SOLUTION: MTHFR IS OVERPOWERING OUR MEDICAL SYSTEM – CHANCES ARE YOU HAVE IT TOO…

This book and MTHFR errors can explain a lot if you think you have it or know you do or get a Spectracell® like this this one. These men and women will also have low testosterone levels and other hormone deficiencies too. But with proper vitamin replacement therapy many can get almost complete normalcy in their testosterone levels given time and appropriate nutritional status despite having genetic errors.