5 Key Foods That Can Boost Your Testosterone Levels
Testosterone is usually thought of as a “male hormone.” However, it is vital for both men and women if they wish to remain healthy and strong.
Testosterone contributes to the production of human growth hormone (HGH). So, it is instrumental in maintaining every cell in your body, specifically in bone health and building lean muscle.
Testosterone also affects libido, or sex drive, in both men and women. It can also help regulate sleep and prevent cognitive difficulties.
As you can see, testosterone is probably one of your body’s most important hormones. However, both men and women experience decreased testosterone levels as they grow older.
In some cases, if you are experiencing severe symptoms of low testosterone (low-T), bio-identical hormone replacement (BHRT) may be indicated.
However, there are also many plant-based foods that can naturally give your testosterone levels a little boost.
While there are animal and dairy based foods that can also boost testosterone, I recommend these plant-based foods. These foods are high in antioxidants and other phytonutrients that reduce inflammation and they should be part of an overall anti-aging diet.
Here are the Top 5:
- 1) Coconut – Coconut has been known to promote lean muscle growth and help regular testosterone production. Coconuts are often shied away from by dieters, because they are perceived to be high in fats. But, they are high in the “good fats,” saturated fats that promote the production of hormones, including testosterone.
- Plant based saturated fats are actually good for you in moderate amounts. You can get what you need from just a few tablespoons of raw coconut butter, coconut milk or fresh shredded coconut meat.
- 2) Maca Root – Maca grows in the central regions of South America. It has been used by the indigenous peoples of Peru for thousands of years. The maca root is a relative of the radish. Maca can help keep your hormone levels balanced. It has been used as a kind of aphrodisiac by the Incas of Peru, and it has been shown in modern trials to boost libido in both men and women. It is also said it can reduce stress, which also helps boost testosterone.
- 3) Pumpkin – Pumpkin is a super-food that is loaded with beta-carotenes and other phytonutrients. Pumpkin seeds in particular, are a handy snack that can be used to boost testosterone. Pumpkin seeds are high in zinc, which is directly related to the production of sex hormones. Pumpkin seeds are also loaded with amino acids that are needed to produce neurotransmitters such as serotonin, which are essential for the production of testosterone.
- 4) Chia Seeds – No, these are not what those silly Chia pets grow from. Chia seeds are tiny black seeds from the plant Salvia Hispanica, which is related to the mint, and grows in South America. “Chia” in the language of the Mayan people who have cultivated it for centuries, means “strength.”
- Like pumpkin seeds, chia seeds are a great source of omega-3s, along with other essential fatty acids, and anti-inflammatory “good fats.” They are also high in zinc. They can eaten, sprinkled in salads and mixed in smoothies for a testosterone boosting treat!
- 5) Avocadoes – Avocadoes have long been considered an aprodesiac, and with good reason. They are a testosterone and libido-boosting food. They are filled with healthy fats and packed with B vitamins that lower stress hormones such as cortisol. Whenever stress and cortisol levels go down, testosterone levels usually go up.
In addition to boosting testosterone, these last 2 are a healthy source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids.
Physician-guided Testosterone Optimization
If you are feeling down or just not yourself, I highly recommend adding these foods to your diet for some natural testosterone optimization. Also, it is important that you do some high-intensity exercise. This too, can naturally raise both testosterone and HGH levels. However, if that is not enough, you may need some kind of physician guided hormone optimization.
The only way to determine that, is through a proper blood test, to obtain your testosterone levels. Then one or more forms of testosterone replacement may be recommended.
It is important that if you are a candidate for HRT, you obtain your testosterone optimization treatments only from a skilled and experienced medical professional.
Have you or anyone you know tried any hormone replacement treatments? What were the results?
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