Don’t Undo Your Testosterone Mediated Muscle Gains With Alcohol

According to a study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, men who drank alcohol after doing core strength training exercises may not benefit as much as those who did not drink alcohol. Testosterone has a role in signaling a chemical that assists with muscle growth and repair.

How Much Is Too Much?

While a small amount of alcohol does not seem to reduce the amount of this chemical, larger amounts of alcohol impeded the phosphorylation of Mtorc and s6k1, which is mediated by testosterone. This effect was not seen in women, who have lower levels of testosterone (except for some Russian Olympic athletes). The study was performed by taking muscle biopsies from 10 men and women following sessions of squats.

It is well recognized that testosterone has a key role in muscle growth. It is now apparent that while a small amount of alcohol following a workout may not undo your workout benefits, a moderate to large amount of alcohol is to be avoided for guys and female Russian athletes.

What Does This Mean For Male Enhancement Products?

Testosterone is not a component of the best male enhancement products, as it has no role in penis growth after puberty. The FDA has recently recognized potential cardiovascular risks in men who are treated with exogenous testosterone. It is possible to increase natural testosterone production with diet and exercise. Adequate sleep always helps to boost testosterone. Men who are sleep deprived may demonstrate testosterone decline of 10% to 15%.