Do potential D Aspartic Acid side effects make it not suitable as a natural testosterone booster supplement?
D Aspartic Acid is quite a new supplement in the natural testosterone booster category, so this is a question that a lot of people have been asking themselves – including me.
Firstly, what is a natural testosterone booster?
It is a class of nutritional supplement that is supposed to help your body make more of its own testosterone in its Leydig cells.
They are usually taken because male bodybuilders think it is going to help them build muscle since testosterone in its free unbound state is a very anabolic hormone.
Testosterone is actually the most important hormone controlling the male characteristics of the human body – muscle mass included.
When it is bound to sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) it is not able to help in muscle building in any way, so it is important to make that distinction.
How does D Aspartic Acid work?
D Aspartic Acid is released from the endings of nerves which causes an increase in cAMP levels which acts as a moderator of the communications between the nerves.
D Aspartic Acid can turn into N-Methyl-D-Aspartate which is a chemical that causes gonadotropin releasing hormone to be secreted from the hypothalamus.
This then makes the anterior pituitary gland release luteinising hormone which then makes the leydig cells release more testosterone.
Natural testosterone boosters generally are not known to have a harsh side effect profile, but does D Aspartic Acid have harsh side effects?
From what has been said about it on the main bodybuilding forums it does not seem to be the case that it causes any serious side effects.
Increases strength and libido
Although one common side effect of testosterone boosters that actually work is an increase in libido and DAA is no different in this regard.
It is totally up to you if this is going to be a good thing or a bad thing I guess.
Other potential D Aspartic Acid side effects can be increases in strength as well as aggression, which is similar to other natural testosterone boosters that work.
However there are not a lot of male bodybuilders who would consider those effects to be negative ones.
If you are worried about potential D Aspartic Acid side effects then you should consult your MD before you actually do use it.
*UPDATE* An excellent test booster called “TestoFuel” has recently been released that has D-Aspartic Acid as one of its main ingredients. To read our review click here.