Natural foods that boost your Testosterone
Testosterone is the primary hormone secreted in the body of males and is responsible for sexual health and overall vigour. It should be noted that it is also produced by females, albeit in lesser quantities. It is the principal male hormone and falls in the category of anabolic steroids. Testosterone is responsible for maturity of reproductive tissues as well as secondary sex characters in males such as increased muscle mass, bone density, body hair etc. Testosterone is needed daily by the body for maintaining overall health and wellbeing.
Testosterone secretion peaks during adulthood and gradually declines with age. After the age of 40, Testosterone secretion starts decreasing in males. Stress, depression, unhealthy food habits, sedentary lifestyle and lack of sleep can also lead to decreased secretion. Higher levels of the stress hormone Cortisol can lead to Low Testosterone levels in the body. Estrogen is another hormone which can lower the level of Testosterone. Lack of Testosterone can lead to impotence in men. Generally, men with low fat/lean muscle mass and healthy BMI (Body mass index) have good Testosterone levels. Regular exercise boosts Testosterone levels in the body. Testosterone is artificially taken by people to increase sex drive(libido). Testosterone is also used by athletes as a performance enhancer to boost energy level in the body, although it is banned by most sports and athletic federations. Testosterone is popular among Bodybuilders and weight lifters around the world as it aids muscle growth, faster muscle recovery and improves stamina and strength. One must always consult a Doctor before taking Testosterone supplements. Improper administration can lead to detrimental effects. Overdose of Testosterone can retard natural secretion of Testosterone within the body
Testosterone production and Male Testosterone Levels
|Age||Testosterone Level (ng/dL)|
60 and above
List of Foods that stimulate testosterone secretion
It’s always better to boost Testosterone levels naturally through Foods. I have given a list of foods which can boost testosterone levels naturally.
Pomegranate: Pomegranate reduces arterial plaque thickness and leads to nitric oxide production which can lead to increase in Testosterone level
Dark Chocolate: Cocoa in Dark chocolate lowers blood pressure and increase nitric oxide production in the body. It is rich in Zinc, calcium and magnesium. It is also good for the cardiovascular system
Walnuts: Walnuts contain Vitamin E. They are also rich in the amino acid L-Arginine which is linked to increased nitric oxide production in the body
Avacado: Avacados are rich in essential vitamins and natural cholesterol which helps in the production of Testosterone. They are also rich in monounsaturated fat which is linked to reduced LDL cholesterol in the body
Oysters: Oysters are rich in nutrients like Zinc, Calcium, selenium etc. The flesh of oysters is found to increase testosterone levels in the body
Tuna: Tuna is rich in Vitamin D, which leads to increased testosterone production. However you must find the right quality of fish without any PCBs or heavy metals.
Garlic: Garlic is a powerful food that is found to activate nitric oxide synthase (NOC) and lead to increased Testosterone secretion. It also lowers blood pressure and decreases the Cortisol levels in the body
Grapes: Grapes are rich in the antioxidant Resveratrol. They can cleanse and rejuvenate the system
Honey: Honey contains boron and is an antioxidant food. It also increases nitric oxide production in the body
Strawberry: Strawberries are rich in vitamin c. They have the ability to reduce the levels of stress hormone cortisol and thereby increase Testosterone production
John (author) from India on March 14, 2016:
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