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Joe Rogan on How Light Therapy Boosts Muscle Recovery and Enhances Testosterone Production

Joe Rogan is known for interviewing the world’s elite athletes, from Lance Armstrong to TJ Dillashaw. In a recent podcast about cutting-edge technology for physical performance, Rogan talked about light therapy, which keeps growing in popularity in the fitness world.

As more and more scientific research comes out showing far-reaching health benefits for muscles and testosterone levels, it’s only getting more popular with athletes and men looking for natural ways to boost energy and speed up recovery. Check out some of the fascinating clinical data below...

Boosting Muscle Recovery and Growth with Light Therapy

Whether you’re a professional athlete or a weekend warrior, muscle recovery is essential to performance. Research shows that red and near infrared (NIR) light therapy helps naturally repair and enhance the growth of muscle tissue, without the need for drugs.

  • Your cells under red & NIR light: The mitochondria in your cells absorb and process photons from these wavelengths of light and convert them to energy that powers cell growth and repair. [1]
  • Natural fuel for muscle recovery: Recent clinical research has found that light therapy helps produce antioxidants that lower the oxidative stress associated with muscle fatigue. [2,3] Light therapy also increases the production of heat proteins that help protect cells from stress and premature cell death (called apoptosis) [4,5]
  • Lighting up muscle growth: Light therapy promotes the growth of new muscle tissue (called hypertrophy), naturally increasing muscle size. [6,7] A 2015 Brazilian study compared muscle growth between a group of athletes using light therapy plus exercise and another group using just exercise alone. It found muscle thickness and strength were significantly improved in the light therapy group, and results were clearly measurable using ultrasound imaging and isokinetic dynamometry (Figure A). [8]
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More Testosterone with Red Light

Admittedly, it might sound like a late-night infomercial. But shining red and near infrared light on your torso and testes has been shown in numerous clinical studies to increase testosterone levels and improve physical performance.

  • Man’s testosterone problem: Testosterone powers men, but most guys see their levels decline after age 30, which can lead to lower energy, reduced sex drive, and diminished muscle tone, while increasing fat. Sound familiar?
  • Light therapy boosts testosterone: A 2016 randomized, placebo-controlled Italian study presented at the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology conference evaluated men with low sex drives and found that light therapy increased testosterone and sexual satisfaction. [9] In addition, world-renowned physician Dr. Olli Sovijarvi, author of the Biohacker's Handbook, says red and near infrared light wavelengths encourage the production of ATP in Leydig cells that produce testosterone. [10]
  • Wavelength is crucial: Using light therapy at high wavelengths that produce heat may be harmful. This doesn’t happen with red or near infrared light, which generates very little heat and has been proven in numerous clinical studies to boost sperm health. [11,12,13] Delivering the most clinically effective wavelengths of light without producing harmful heat was our primary mission when we designed the Joovv.

Light therapy builds muscle and boosts testosterone naturally, helping you recover faster and improve your strength and performance. Amazingly, you don’t have to visit a gym or clinic to experience the benefits. Click here to check out the various Joovv options for use in the convenience of your own home.

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Scientific References:

[1] Michael R. Hamblin. “Mechanisms of low level light therapy.” Department of Dermatology, Harvard Medical School. Accessed February 2, 2018.

[2] de Almeida P1, Lopes-Martins RA, De Marchi T, et al. Red (660 nm) and infrared (830 nm) low-level laser therapy in skeletal muscle fatigue in humans: what is better? Lasers Med Sci. 2012 Mar;27(2):453-8.

[3] Avni D, Levkovitz S, Maltz L, Oron U. Protection of skeletal muscles from ischemic injury: low-level laser therapy increases antioxidant activity. Photomed Laser Surg. 2005;23:273–277.

[4] Avni D, Levkovitz S, Maltz L, Oron U. Protection of skeletal muscles from ischemic injury: low-level laser therapy increases antioxidant activity. Photomed Laser Surg. 2005;23:273–277.

[5] Rizzi CF, Mauriz JL, Freitas Correa DS, et al. Effects of low-level laser therapy.

[6] Halliwell B, Gutteridge JC. Free radicals in biology and medicine. Oxford: Oxford University Press; 2000.

[7] Ferraresi C, Bertucci D, Schiavinato J, et al. Effects of Light-Emitting Diode Therapy on Muscle Hypertrophy, Gene Expression, Performance, Damage, and Delayed-Onset Muscle Soreness: Case-control Study with a Pair of Identical Twins. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2016 Oct;95(10):746-57.

[8] Baroni BM1, Rodrigues R, Freire BB, et al. Effect of low-level laser therapy on muscle adaptation to knee extensor eccentric training. Eur J Appl Physiol. 2015 Mar;115(3):639-47.

[9] Fagiolini A et al. Lack of interest in sex successfully treated by exposure to bright light. European College of Neuropsychopharmacology. Sept 2016.

[10] Sovijarvi O. Dr. Olli Sovijarvi on Increasing Testosterone by Shining Light on Your Testicles. Biohacker Summit Blog. Oct 2016.

[11] Ahn JC, Kim YH and Rhee CK. The effects of low level laser therapy (LLLT) on the testis in elevating serum testosterone level in rats. Biomedical Research. 2013; 24 (1): 28-32.

[12] Biswas NM, Biswas R, et al. Effect of continuous light on spermatogenesis and testicular steroidogenesis in rats: Possible involvement of alpha 2u-globulin. Nepal Med Coll J. 2013; 15(1): 62-64.

[13] Salman Yazdi, R., Bakhshi, S., Jannat Alipoor, F. et al. Lasers Med Sci (2014) 29: 97.

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