The Importance of Testosterone
Testosterone plays a very significant role in our lives, and especially in the lives of men. As a hormone that is naturally produced in the body, testosterone helps in many aspects: maintaining bone density, distribution of fat, muscle growth & strength, facial & body hair, production of red blood cells, libido & sufficient sperm production. It is what makes a man, well….a man.
Even though it is naturally produced, testosterone can be affected by a number of external factors. Environmental conditions like; stress from work & home life, where you live, and even the foods we eat can play a huge role in either increasing or lowering natural production rates.
Above all, our diet is probably the most significant factor the can determine the rate of natural testosterone production. Especially since we tend to decrease our production as we age, diet is our main line of defense.
A diet rich in wholesome foods can really ramp up testosterone, while a poor diet can result in poor production, even a decline.
Diet is our Defense
Certain foods that are rich in Zinc, Vitamin D and Magnesium can play a very big role with testosterone production. These kinds of food can naturally be found in things like Oysters, Avocados, Grass-Fed Milk, Beans, Whole-Grains, and many kinds of Fish.
There are so many more too! They are all examples of very healthy, natural and wholesome foods, and eating them often will greatly increase natural testosterone production.
Now these foods do not contain testosterone in them. Let me be clear. These foods contain essential micronutrients that will allow for it’s production or free up existing testosterone in the body.
Essentially, the goal is to provide the proper micronutrients that will trigger the body’s natural production of testosterone. Some supplements will provide a synthetic form of testosterone, but this is not a healthy route to take. It is crucial to feed your body the right stuff and let nature take it’s course.
The Best Naturally Testosterone Boosting Foods
This often overlooked red fruit has centuries of health benefits behind it. It is loaded with antioxidants, vitmains A, C, E, & iron and a single glass of juice can increase testosterone levels from 16-30%. It also has shown to improve mental state and increase libido.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil has shown in research studies to increase testosterone levels upwards of 19% over a three week period. The best form to consume it is raw, not as a medium for cooking food. Use it on salads, in smoothies, some even drink it in small sips.
This has been cited as a mega food for boosting sex-drive. Oysters are high in zinc, a natural micro nutrient for increasing testosterone. It is this high concentration of zinc that leads to a boost in testosterone and sperm count. Similar sources high in zinc include: raw pumpkin seeds, sardines, cashews, and wild salmon.
The body needs healthy saturated fats to produce many of its hormones, this includes testosterone, and there is no better saturated fat than coconut. It will help the body’s ability to produce cholesterol, reduce body fat and maintain weight. These are all natural ways of improving and increasing testosterone production.
Vegetables like: broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, and cabbage help the body excrete excess estrogen and increase the amount of free testosterone available to cells.
Grass-Fed Whey/Milk Protein
This can be found in whey protein powder or milk products like: ricotta cheese, and raw milk. It contains proteins that may help restrict the body’s production of cortisol and increase the effect of existing testosterone as well as boosting natural production, upwards of 25%.
This herb indirectly helps with testosterone production. It contains allicin, which is a compound that lowers the levels of cortisol in the body. When cortisol is lowered the body can more effectively and efficiently use free testosterone that is being made available or produced.
It is important to note that these are just a mere sampling of the kinds of foods that can help boost natural testosterone production. The list goes on and on and includes things like: wild caught fish, wild meats, grass-fed anything, eggs (especially the yolks), legumes, saw palmetto and even honey can all help our bodies produce more testosterone.
And the benefits are not solely for men either, women can also benefit from extra testosterone in their diets. For men and women alike those benefits include: maintaining lean muscle mass, greater mood, strong libido and pleasure during sex and even support for both testicles and ovaries.
So if you feel that you suffer from low energy, decreased strength, high blood pressure, weak orgasms, or loss of body mass & increased fat storage, then before you go and grab some pharmaceutical remedy, chances are nature has provided a food option, or two, that can help you change those symptoms.
Be aware of what you eat, and feed yourself the absolute best so that you can live and perform at your best too.