Mixing any ingredient with a hormone can produce unexpected results.
The same goes for blending D-Aspartic acid (DAA) or DAA and testosterone.
Knowing what each of these components are and how they affect the body is important before using them separately, or together.
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DAA is short for D-aspartic acid or D-Aspartic acid.
It’s an amino acid that is one of the many components of testosterone production.
It’s also used in the biosynthesis of proteins.
Protein is one of many building blocks required for the production of cellular development, maintenance, and function.
D-Aspartic acid is also commonly termed D-Aspartame, D-asp or DAA.
This acid is found in a wide variety of test boosting supplements, or supplements designed to enhance production of testosterone through nutritional, and not pure testosterone support.
Boosters do not contain the hormone, but rather a number of nutritional components designed to boost, enhance, or support the function of the pituitary gland, the testicles, the hypothalamus, and other glands in the production of hormones.
Aspartic acid is also an important component in the development of luteinizing hormone; one of the hormones released by the pituitary gland that sends instructions to the testes to manufacture testosterone.
Aspartic acid is one of eleven nonessential amino acids important in nutrition.
While the body produces aspartic acid, you may see a number of supplements that designate the amino acid with an L or a D in front of it.
What’s the difference? Amino acids with the letter L in front of them are defined as those that produce proteins.
D-Aspartic acid mainly functions within the reproductive and nervous system and is found in the testes, and the brain, essential in the secretion of growth hormones and in the regulation of testosterone production.
One study (“D-Aspartic acid stimulates steroid genesis through the delay of LH receptor internalization in a mammalian Leydig egg cell line.“) confirmed presence of aspartic acid in production of testosterone in the Leydig cells (where the hormone is manufactured within the testicles).
This study was also combined with hCG as well as a murine Leydig cells.
Some studies have shown that the DAA can improve testosterone levels. However, DAA for muscle strength is another matter.
Taking D-Aspartic acid has not shown (in good-sized studies or clinical trials) to improve muscle strength in men that are engaging in resistance training, but it’s still widely promoted as one of the best supplements to combine with boosting supplements as well as steroid injections or implants for doing so.
However, it’s also important to be aware that testosterone is a very powerful hormone on its own, and combined with other components may or may not provide desired results.
Aspartic acid has been used to increase stamina and to reduce fatigue, boost metabolism, and reduce severity of depression.
When it comes to DAA and testosterone, use with caution and never take supplements in greater amounts than recommended.
D-Aspartic acid, at least in bodybuilding circles, is marketed as a supplement that increases muscle strength, boosts hormone levels, and supports metabolic functions.
DAA and testosterone booster supplements may provide temporary effects for some but not for others, depending on factors such as age, health, and overall health and medical status.
One particular brand of DAA, containing as its main ingredient 3 g of D-Aspartic acid per serving, recommends it to be taken before, during, or after an exercise workout, while in divided doses on non-training days.
One scoop or 3g serving is to be dissolved in 10 to 20 ounces of water.
Many brands manufacturing D-Aspartic acid market it as a valuable supplement, which it is, when used appropriately.
In its natural state and manufactured in the body, high concentrations of DAA can be found in the pituitary and the testes, supporting the release of hormones from these glands.
One D-aspartic acid study to further understand is (“The role and molecular mechanism of D-Aspartic acid in their release and synthesis of LH and testosterone in humans and rats”).
This study did come to the conclusion that D-Aspartic acid was an amino acid that is found primarily in the pituitary gland and testes, and definitely has a role in the regulation, synthesis, and release of luteinizing hormone and testosterone in humans and rats.
Just because a product is natural, or is designed to boost body function doesn’t mean it’s always safe.
DAA and testosterone booster products should not be used by anyone under 18 years of age, or by pregnant or nursing mothers.
It is cautioned against exceeding recommended serving size due to the potential for serious and adverse side effects.
It is also stated on numerous product labels that exceeding the recommended dosage will not improve results.