Whether you are on hormone replacement therapy or considering it, there are also many natural ways to boost your male hormones including altering your diet. These foods can help your t levels either in conjunction with TRT or on their own.
T levels peak during adolescence, and start to decline in ones late 20s at the rate of about 1 percent each year, but low levels can be caused by or expedited by stress, a bad diet, obesity, and other factors. Low levels of testosterone cause changes in sexual function, sex drive, insomnia, weight gain, fatigue, reduced strength and muscles, and can even cause depression and an inability to concentrate.
Boost t levels with the following foods:
Eggs. Eggs are rich in vitamin D, a key to maintaining optimal t levels. One study found that men deficient in vitamin D had lower levels of male hormones and higher levels of estrogen than men who were not vitamin D deficient. While vitamin D supports the production of this hormone, scientists also believe it also hinders a process where male hormones converts to estrogen in men (aromatization). A second study gave vitamin D supplements to men with both vitamin D deficiency and low t levels. After one year, those given vitamin D saw testosterone levels rise by 20 percent compared to a test group.
Oysters. Oysters are rich in zinc. Zinc increases muscle growth, physical endurance, and the production of sperm. Chicken liver and pumpkin seeds are also high in zinc.
Garlic. Garlic boosts male hormones when combined with a high-protein diet. Garlic contains the chemical diallyl disulfide, which stimulates the body to release hormones spurring hormone production.
Brazil nuts. Brazil nuts are high in magnesium, which helps raise t levels. A recent study found that athletes given approximately 750 mg of daily magnesium for a month increased their free t by 26 percent. An Italian study found that older men with low magnesium levels had lower t levels than men who had the highest magnesium levels.
Bananas. Bananas contain the enzyme bromelain, which has been found to boost the male libido. Bananas are rich in B vitamins, such as riboflavin, which are essential to manufacture male hormones. Pineapples are also rich in bromelain.
Broccoli. Cruciferous vegetables broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower, rid the body of excess estrogen, increasing testosterone. Diets high in indole-3-carbinol, a component found in cruciferous vegetables, increase the production of estradiol (an important estrogen hormone) in men by up to 50 percent. Crucifers are high in fiber, which assist with weight control, and losing weight increases your body’s production of male hormones.
Hormone Therapeutics April 29th, 2014
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