Some Like it Hot – Spicy Food and Your Testosterone Levels
Men have longed believed that a high testosterone level can add a bit of spice in the bedroom, but did you know that if you enjoy a “hot time” on your dinner table as well, it may mean you have a higher than normal level of testosterone?
New research from France has concluded that men who have a love for spicy food, also tend to be flushed with testosterone.
According to the recently published study, men with higher levels of testosterone seem to really enjoy spicy food. The study entitled “Some like it Hot” was published in the medical journal Physiology and Behavior.
The researchers, who studied men sitting down to a meal with a choice of condiments on the table, found that there was a “clear correlation between higher hot sauce usage and higher levels of testosterone levels found in the saliva of the men.” Which basically means that men with greater testosterone levels – the male hormone most responsible for virility, or male sexual response – tended to spice up their food with more hot sauce.
The researchers knew the correlation between hot sauce usage, particularly the spice capsaicin – or hot pepper sauce, the key ingredient in tabasco or other hot sauces – was clear.
What they could not definitively concludes was as to why. However they also found that
the men in the study who loved hot pepper sauce, also tended to be, more “dominant and aggressive in social interactions,” and also tended to participate in more “daring behaviors.”
All of which are also usually associated with higher levels of testosterone.
Testosterone Levels and Aging
Just because you may not dig Mexican or Indian Cuisine, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you have lower than normal testosterone levels.
But, the truth is, production of testosterone does taper off as you age, regardless of how spicy a life you lead in or out of the bedroom!
Your testosterone level peaks when you are in your twenties. Through your thirties and forties it starts a steady decline.
This lowering of testosterone can be a significant contributor to the symptoms we normally attribute to aging:
- weight gain,
- lack of vitality,
- and sexual wellness issues.
Testosterone Levels and Sexual Wellness
For men with low testosterone, which can only really be determined through proper diagnostic testing, there may be help available. If you are experiencing sexual wellness issues such as difficulty in becoming aroused, or erectile dysfunction, (ED) you may be a candidate for testosterone replacement therapy.
There can be many causes for ED, and various erectile dysfunction cures or treatments. However, we do know that testosterone is linked to arousal. Also low testosterone can lead to emotional health issues such as depression, which can effect sexual performance, or cause erectile dysfunction issues.
One of the best ways to tell if you think low-t could be at the root of your sexual wellness issues is to see if you have some of the other signs such as:
- Reduced libido or sex drive
- Weight Gain
- Depression or mood swings
- Difficulty concentrating or ability to focus on tasks
Hormone Replacement Therapy for Men
If low testosterone is found to be at the root of your erectile dysfunction issues, you may be a candidate for Hormone Replacement for Men or HRT.
In my practice I have found that, for certain men facing erectile dysfunction issues who have also been found to have low testosterone, testosterone replacement therapy can have a positive effect on erectile function.
So if you would like to spice up your love life, instead of reaching for the hot sauce, reach for the phone and call your doctor, there may be help available!
Do you like spicy food? Do you think you are virile, or have a high degree of testosterone?
If you thought hormone replacement therapy for men could help you regain strength, or sexual wellness would you try it?
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