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Natural testosterone boosters can be a valuable part of any supplementation regime, especially for men over 30. Testosterone, or “T” plays an important role in the development and maintenance of muscle mass in both men and women. In this post I will write about the best foods to eat to help boost your testosterone levels without supplementation. Please reply with any comments you have, thanks.
Many men and a growing number of women look to boost their testosterone levels these days. Bear in mind that I’m not a doctor but the following information may be of help to anyone considering it.
Why use T boosters?
Apart from a few studies, most of the theory and research indicates that levels of this important hormone start to decrease in men from about the age of 30, by approximately 1% per year. Plenty of info on it in this wikipedia page.
What are the options?
Many people use either T-boosters or substances such as steroids or pro-hormones to boost their testosterone levels. T-boosters work by encouraging the body to produce more testosterone itself, and the other substances essentially provide the body with testosterone.
What do I need to know?
- Steroids and pro hormones for T-boosting are not recommended as the body will produce less of its own “T” in response to this, which will ultimately result in a dependence on externally supplied testosterone. As well as this, there is evidence of negative impacts on heart muscles and tissues, which are well documented in the lawsuits against AndroGel.
- A side effect of increased testosterone is increased estrogen, so you will probably want to consider methods to combat this.
- You need to cycle test boosters so that your body does not adapt to them. Most sources recommend 4-8 weeks on and at least 4 weeks off. I go 6 weeks on then 6 weeks off myself.
Natural foods for boosting testosterone
Egg yolks are rich in calcium, vitamin D and Aspartic acid, all of which are said to lead to an increase testosterone levels when consumed in adequate levels. Also, the chemical process is complicated but basically when eaten the cholesterol in eggs eventually becomes DHEA which is a precursor to testosterone. Sunny side up! The vitamin D will only help you if you have a deficiency but if you live in the US there’s a good chance you may. In 2009 it was estimated that 75% of U.S. teens and adults were deficient in vitamin D!
Broccoli is a well known natural t booster – this is because it contains a lot of Indole-3-carbinol (C9H9NO). There are some chemical processes explained in this paper which lead to the result of more t, less estrogen. Cauliflower, brussel sprouts and kale are also high in Indole-3-carbinol.
Pumpkin seeds, or more generally, anything with a lot of zinc in it can help increase your testosterone. But only if you have a deficiency.
Much like pumpkin seeds, spinach contains a lot of zinc. It also contains a lot of magnesium, and studies have shown that a diet supplemented with magnesium leads to increased t levels. Also…… popeye!