Can Acai Colon Cleanse Impact Testosterone Production In Men?

Posted by Harold Lauder on Saturday 10 July 2010

If you think you are suffering from low testosterone production, please read my story. I wrote this article to share my experience. My hope is that this article will be helpful to other men who might be going through the same thing I was. Please note that I am not a physician or an authority on health issues.

About eight years ago, I started to feel really bad for no reason. I was very easily winded and had zero energy. I lost all interest in sex and started having difficulty in the bedroom. I knew there was something wrong but I wasn’t sure exactly what it was.

I went to my general practitioner who referred me to an Endocrinologist. That doctor did a bunch of tests (blood, urine, etc…) and found that my testosterone levels were way below the normal levels for a man of my age. He told me that I had something called pituitary hypogonadism. In a nutshell, my pituitary gland shut down and stopped sending signals to my testis to produce testosterone. Evidently, it’s quite common in men who are in their late 30’s and/or early 40’s. I guess most men just tolerate it and chalk it up to growing old. Not me. No disrespect to those men who are okay with aging but I want to do everything I can do to stay youthful for as long as I can. The Endocrinologist put me on testosterone, an injection that I had to give myself in the rear-end, once every two weeks.

The testosterone shots worked great. I felt better and my libido was back in full force. It made sense to me that if my body wasn’t producing testosterone, I needed to take it in the form of a shot.

I stayed on testosterone for many years. I did shots (two different types of testosterone esters), creams, patches and gels. I’ve tried them all. All in all I felt better than before the HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy) but I started to develop another issue. This one, I wasn’t able to detect on my own. There were no side effects like getting tired or not wanting to have sex. The doctor who was treating me for the low testosterone did periodic blood tests to check on my overall health and testosterone levels. He noticed that my hematocrit level began to rise. Hematocrit is a measurement of blood volume that is occupied by red blood cells. I started to develop the opposite problem of someone with anemia. I had too many red blood cells – a condition called Polycythemia Vera. Polycythemia is potentially life threatening. Too many red blood cells make your blood particularly thick. Some professional athletes (particularly distance runners) take supplements in an effort to increase the number of red blood cells in their bodies. Red blood cells transport oxygen to our muscles so in theory, the more red blood cells you have, the more oxygen you make available to your body. This translates to better and more efficient athletic performance and quicker recovery. However, as in my case, there IS a point at which it’s too much of a good thing.

The increased number of red blood cells was making my blood thicker than it’s supposed to be. This is very dangerous because the thicker blood could lead to clots, stroke and even heart attack. Not good.

I went to yet another doctor (this one a Hematologist/Oncologist). The treatment for high hematocrit (too many red blood cells) is to do a phlebotomy (remove some blood). Basically, they just take off a pint of blood. When they remove a pint of the “thick blood” my body will make new blood to replace the pint they took. The hope is that my body can’t produce the red blood cells as fast as the doctor can remove them. It’s just like donating blood. This blood-letting needed to happen a couple of times per month until the levels of red blood cells cane down to an acceptable or “safe” level.

I was in a catch-22. I needed the testosterone to feel normal and like a man, but every time I took my shot, I needed to run to the blood bank to bleed-out a pint and eat a cookie! I did this cycle for several years and it sucked!

My wife and I saw an infomercial about Acai Colon Cleanse. She wanted to lose some weight (and I had a few pounds I could stand to lose as well). We did one of those free one-month trials that we found online.

I didn’t really notice a whole lot while on the pills other than I wasn’t as hungry as I usually was. I also found that my bowel movements were very easy. My wife lost about 8 pounds in 3 months but I don’t think I lost much weight.

It was time for my next appointment with the Hematologist. Note – for purposes of the time-line, I had been taking the Acai for almost one full month at this point. By this time, my doctor appointments were becoming very routine. It was the same thing every time I went in. They would do what’s called a “Stat Hematocrit” (a quick blood test to check my levels of red blood cells). It was ALWAYS too high (near 60-ish for any physicians who might be reading this). Then they would put a needle about the size of a McDonald’s drinking straw into my arm, take off a pint of blood, give me a cookie or a hard candy and send me on my way. This time was different though. This time, the test showed a LOW level of red blood cells. Not too low but at the low end of normal. There was no need for the blood letting (I was really happy about that – I hate giving blood). My doctor asked me if I had changed anything. He thought maybe I stopped taking my testosterone shots or something. I told him no. I was still on the testosterone. In fact, I had just recently done my shot about 3-4 days prior to that appointment. Based on that, my red blood level should have been through the roof! I couldn’t think of anything that I was doing different so we just made another appointment for a month later and I left his office.

After the appointment I realized that I had been on the Acai for the past month or so. I thought that it must have been the Acai that was changing my blood profile. I have no way to prove my theory but I still take Acai to this day and my blood profile remains normal. My wife actually stopped taking the Acai because she said she thought it was giving her head aches.

I met with my Endocrinologist about 3 weeks after that. This time, my levels of testosterone were HIGH! I was at about twice the level of a 25 year old man and I was 39!

Every time I would have my testosterone levels checked, the reading would be different. There was a correlation between how high or low the level was and how long it had been since my last testosterone shot.

My doctor asked me what I was doing to increase my levels of testosterone. I told him nothing. I told him that I had been taking Acai and asked him if he thought it might be having an effect on my testosterone levels. He said “no.” I think he was angry because he accused me of taking more of the drug than he had prescribed. He gave me a lecture about the side effects of taking too much testosterone (a steroid). He didn’t refill my testosterone prescription and made another appointment for me to come back and test again in a month.

Again, I went online and tried to research any possible correlation between Acai berry and testosterone production in men. I found nothing! I found that most of the websites were just trying to sell Acai and touted the weight loss effects of the supplement. There didn’t seem to be any scientific research at all – just a bunch of hearsay and hype (“Diet secret of the stars”, “Super Food Acai Berry”, etc…).

Fast forward to my next appointment with the Endocrinologist. I intentionally did not take my shot when I was scheduled to so by the time I was at the doctor’s office, it had been approximately 8-9 weeks since my last testosterone shot. My level of testosterone should have been VERY low (in the 200’s). It was not! In fact, it was high-normal (517 ng/dl). What the heck? It had been about eight years since my diagnosis. Pituitary Hypogonadism, according to my doctor, doesn’t just fix itself. It’s a chronic condition. My doctor has no explanation but refuses to acknowledge that the Acai has anything to do with it (he’s very old-school medicine and this is just too much of a stretch for him I think).

Now, every time I test, my testosterone level stays at a normal or high-normal (430-520 ng/dl). My blood profile (the high red blood cells) has remained within the normal limits. I attribute this to the fact that I’m no longer supplementing with testosterone injections. I feel great, I have energy, my weight is down a few pounds.

I still see both doctors once in a while just to keep an eye on things. If things start to revert back to the way they were, I want to be able to catch it early you know? I’ll tell you though, I’ve had several blood tests over the past many months and so far, everything is perfect!

If you think you might have low testosterone, you should go see a doctor who specializes in hormone replacement therapy.

I’m obviously a HUGE believer in the benefits of Acai berry supplementation. If you want to give Acai a try, you should use only pure Acai (as opposed to Acai mixed in with various other supplements).

Learn more about acai colon. Stop by Harold Lauder’s site where you can find out all about acai colon and what it can do for you.

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