Next to cells, hormones are the other important biological components necessary for life. The most crucial for men is testosterone. It is produced by the body starting from about seven weeks after birth and peaks during adolescence. It is responsible for muscle growth, bone development, healthy skin and production of red blood cells. Male attributes such as competitiveness, aggression and confidence are also a direct product of testosterone. After the age of thirty the testosterone levels begin dropping steadily and if left unchecked this decrease can progress to unhealthy levels, affecting the person’s quality of life.
However, testosterone can be boosted with the help of the following foods:
To its already impressive list of benefits, milk adds a new one-male sex drive booster. Milk has anabolic hormones which help raise muscle growth and cut down body fat. Fortified low fat milk is quite effective if taken regularly for instance, a glass each day.
Fish are a great source of vitamin D and zinc. Salmon, sardines, trout and tuna rank high in this order. In particular, tuna has been shown to boost testosterone levels by ninety percent.
Honey has a two-fold solution to men’s well-being. For a food, honey has high levels of the element Boron. Boron is associated with good testosterone balance in men, even if it is required in trace amounts. As a libido boost, honey has nitric oxide, a compound that opens and clears blood vessels enhancing blood flow.
- Egg yolk
Egg yolk is an effective booster of testosterone. It contains zinc in greater amounts than egg whites. It is recommended that one eat them on regular intervals and not daily due to reducing chances of having high cholesterol, although a study carried out on the matter showed that men can consume up to three eggs per day every day without affecting their cholesterol levels.
Fortified cereals and whole grain cereals contain trace amounts of zinc, in addition to vitamin D. From a general health perspective, whole grains are recommended so there is only gains to be had from indulging in their consumption.
- Oysters and Shellfish
Oysters and Shellfish are widely accepted to be aphrodisiac in nature. It’s no surprise then that they boost the male hormone associated with libido and sex drive. Seafood is recommended on occasion as to reduce intake of mercury.
Garlic has a compound identified as allicin which lowers cortisol, a hormone produced as a result of stress. Cortisol competes for the same active sites in the body for its working as testosterone, meaning the increase of one hormone necessarily means less effects of and by the other.
Leafy vegetables are great for the body but when it comes to helping raise testosterone levels, cabbages reign king. Every bite of cabbage brings with it a chemical known as indole-3- carbinol. This chemical inhibits production of the more female inclined hormones in the body, effectively heightening effects produced by testosterone.
In addition to the above-named foods, onions, beef, beans, nuts, edible seeds, orange juice and fruits such as pomegranate and unskinned grapes are great boosters of testosterone.
Of course, the other side of the coin dictates that there are other foods and drinks that should be avoided to prevent decline in testosterone. The top three are canned food, processed food and alcohol.