Free Radicals, Oxidative Stress, and Testosterone


Testosterone boosting alternatives are a $2 billion industry. From the very beginning the medical community has told those with testosterone issues that this is a part of growing older. Pharmaceutical companies, responding to make a quick buck, introduced pills and gels to boost patients’ manly levels.

Illogical Reasoning

One inevitable response was complications from those medications, especially in men age 65 or older. A few rebels said, “Hey wait, this makes no sense.” If 19-year-old guys are going to their doctors and complaining of sexual issues, it seems logical that this is not something related to the aging process. In fact, most of the time these testosterone boosting medications are only effective for a select group of men according to an article published by the New England Journal of Medicine (1).

A bit of investigation revealed that sexual dysfunction related to low testosterone is often due to an abundance of free radicals. This certainly explains why young men are being affected by these issue. It also defines why it may be more common among older men. They have had more years to stock pile toxins and their bodies are simply overwhelmed to the point of requiring drastic measures to correct the situation.

Fast Paced Rat Race


You probably lead a life much like your ass is on fire most of the time. You run a mile a minute; eat on the go; and spend very little time participating in physical activities, not to mention leisure activities. Each one of these is a component in your overall health cycle. Your body is being attacked by free radicals at every turn. This causes all your systems to spiral down into a state of illness.

What the hell are Free Radicals?

First you will need to understand what free radicals are and what this has to do with you so called productive lifestyle. Free radicals are best described as toxins. You consume millions of them from the foods that you eat. You inhale billions of them at work as well at home.

Toxic chemicals can be found in your medications and supplements, if you are not careful. This is why it is essential that you become an informed consumer. Research anything you might consider putting in or on your body. Damaging free radicals are in the hygiene products that you use to clean yourself as well as those that you buy to clean your home.

What the hell do they do?

Free radicals (2) enter your body anyway they can find an opening. In most cases, even if they were sentient, they would not need to plot to take over your systems. You give them free reign every single day of your life. These toxins attack your cells and this is all your cells throughout your body. This causes what the medical community refers to as oxidative stress. Your reproductive system, including your testis (3), suffer the consequences. Take a look at some of the complications that oxidative stress leads to.

Attack of the Radicals

  • Several forms of cancer are linked to toxins. They initiate cell mutation which is basically what cancer is.
  • Scientists no longer debate about whether oxidative stress causes cardiovascular complications. Now they argue about whether this is a primary or secondary causative.
  • It has a lead role in the development of many types of dementia as well as neurosis.
  • Free radicals cause inflammation in your lungs the result of which is pulmonary disease and respiratory disorders.
  • They even attack babies before they are born resulting in major complications in vital cell development.

What do I do?

Keep in mind that not all free radicals are evil and a certain amount of specific types are required by your body. These little bad asses go on a seek and destroy missions to purge you of harmful pathogens. That being said, the first step is to try eliminating as much exposure to toxins as possible. The next is bone up on antioxidants which are even bigger bad asses also known as free radical scavengers. Their job is to eliminate any excess free radicals on the front lines of disease prevention.

Rich Sources

There are a number of foods, beverages, and herbs that are rich in antioxidants. Fresh and locally grown is always the best when it comes to any type of produce. It is also better to choose organic whenever possible. These spec will cost you a little more; however, it is well worth it for the taste difference alone.

  • Most Berries
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Artichokes
  • Cilantro
  • Dark Green Vegetables
  • Orange Veggies
  • Nuts
  • Tomatoes
  • Legumes
  • Plant Fed Poultry
  • Pseudograins

Marketed Antioxidants

There are also many products available on the nutrition and supplement market which are purposefully crammed full of antioxidants. There are powdered drink mixes which contain numerous antioxidant properties. For example, the most common are orange (1a), red, and green made of dried, powdered produce of their respective color group.

Some antioxidant supplements have specific goals like lowering blood pressure (2a). Others may be multivitamins such as men’s one a day (3a). These are packed with a high level of vitamins and minerals which double as antioxidants.

Powerful Antioxidant Ingredients


  • Pro-vitamin A/Beta Carotene
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • CoQ10
  • Zinc
  • Selenium

Your body produces antioxidants in what is known as situ which means on site. Each time you exercise your body responds by manufacturing both free radicals and antioxidants. This is a natural process and your systems, as mentioned previously, require a certain number of free radicals.

Part of this cycle of homeostasis is to also create antioxidants which control their numbers. Exercising is actually allowing your body to practice manufacturing free radical scavengers. It is really pretty simple eat healthy; avoid as much crap as possible; and participate in regular physical activity.

Penned By: Michael Wolf

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