With Approximately 1.5 million American men taking prescription testosterone, and recent studies have linked these prescription treatments to increased heart attacks and strokes. Over $1.6 billion are spent on these treatments annually, and are heavily prescribed. Even the Food and Drug Administration warns the dangers of using prescription testosterone.
Great news is you can increase your testosterone naturally by including these 16 important foods in your diet. Here’s to your healthy body, as well as your healthy penis.
This vegetable is known for being a natural aphrodisiac. Rich with vitamin E, folic acid, and potassium, asparagus helps boost the chemicals that produce a higher sex drive. Asparagus also helps increase testosterone production because it contains high levels of Vitamin E.
Avocados are very high in monounsaturated fats, which is important for increasing testosterone. They also are full of vitamins, minerals, potassium, magnesium and fiber, which all aid in the production of testosterone. Dietary fat is associated with higher testosterone and avocados contain saturated fats (SFAs), monounsaturated fats (MUFAs) and a small amount of polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs).
Studies have found that the high Vitamin B content in bananas help produce and release testosterone into the body. Besides being high in vitamins and minerals, bananas also contain an enzyme called bromelain, which is known to boost libido. Cut them up and add to your breakfast cereal, or eat them along as a snack.
Loaded with tons of antioxidants, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and acai berries help reduce inflammation and free radical damage in the body, therefore helping testosterone production and sexual function. Berries also contains Calcium D-Glucarate, a natural compound that eliminates estrogen levels to keep testosterone functions up (as well as other things – wink wink).
Celery contains two potent hormones Androstenone and Androstenole. Research has proven that these two hormones arouse your senses that produce and increase testosterone. Celery has abundant amounts of Vitamin K, which can increase testosterone production. Munching on these crunchy sticks will also raise your energy levels.
Ever heard chocolate lovers say that chocolate is an natural aphrodisiac? Well, it is. Chocolate contains L-Arginine and magnesium, which not only intensifies your libido. They both boost your fertility, and is also good for your heart. Rule of thumb: the darker (at least 70%) the chocolate, the better.
7. CRUCIFEROUS VEGETABLES
Although, your mama probably wasn’t thinking of testosterone at the time she told you to eat your veggies, cruciferous vegetables have more benefits than most of us ever know. Broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussels sprouts, and kale all contain the estrogen blockers Diindolylmethane (DIM) and indole-3-carbinol (I3C). These chemicals help make testosterone more sufficient. These veggies also contain cancer-fighting minerals selenium and sulphoraphane, that benefit both men and women.
Eggs have been recognized as being one of the healthiest foods in the world. Eggs are the perfect protein as well as have the most balanced amino acids, and are full of Calcium, Vitamin D and Aspartic Acid. Eggs are full of saturated, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated fats, as well as cholesterol, which are key in testosterone production.
The smell and taste of garlic may want to keep you away, but this magical herb has many benefits. Garlic contains a compound called Allicin, which lowers cortisol, called the stress hormone. Cortisol interferes with the body’s ability to utilize testosterone. Garlic also contains another compound called Diallyl disulfide, which stimulates hormone in the pituitary gland, therefore, increasing testosterone.
10. GRAPES (RED)
Researchers in China have discovered that eating a bunch of red grapes daily can increase your testosterone levels. Grape skin contains the compound resveratrol, which is an antioxidant, and helps your sperm’s ability to swim stronger and faster. Why not give your own hanging fruit a lift.
Packed with protein, nuts (almonds, cashews, pistachios, pecans, walnuts, and brazilian nuts), also contain both zinc, selenium, and Vitamin E, which help increase testosterone levels. Studies have shown that zinc is also an estrogen-blocker. Nuts also contain healthy amounts of fat, which is also excellent for testosterone production. They are packed with fat, which is key for healthy testosterone.
Loaded with lots of unsaturated fats, and nutrients, both pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds, are great for increasing testosterone levels. Sprinkle them over your salad, main course, blend them into your shake, or just eat a handful by themselves. Both seeds contain vitamin B vitamins, which is important for testosterone production.
If you are having erectile problems, have a bowl of oatmeal. Oatmeal is a healthy grain that contains the amino acid L-arginine, which helps relax blood vessels that are located around the penis, which allows more blood to flow, assuring more and stronger erections.
14. OLIVES AND OLIVE OIL
It’s well-known that olive oil is healthy for us. Olive oil (virgin olive oil is the best) has monounsaturated, polyunsaturated and saturated fats, and are all good for the production of testosterone. Olive oil is anti-inflammatory and high in antioxidants, and it also contains oleuropein, which is a testosterone booster. A study was done on Moroccan men where they consumed olive oil as their main fat source, and they had an increase in testosterone levels by 17%.
Not only are pomegranates delicious. They are an aphrodisiac and have been used to help boost testosterone for hundreds of years. Pomegranates are loaded with vitamins, A, C, E and iron, as well as high levels of antioxidants. Studies have shown that a daily dose of pomegranate juice can increase testosterone levels between 16 and 30 percent. The same study proved that drinking pomegranate juice reduces arterial plaque and increases blood flow.
Popeye had it right with his famous quote “I’m strong to the finish cause I eats me spinach”. Olive Oyl must have been captivated by more than his big guns. Yes, spinach is also good for the muscle down below. Spinach is rich in magnesium and vitamin B6 which raises testosterone, boosts libido, and increases nitric oxide in the body, which increases blood flow, helping those with erectile dysfunction.
INTELLECTUAL FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Nourishment definitely helps increase testosterone levels for men as well as for women. Women experience the same benefits from testosterone as do men, such as lean muscle mass, higher libido and over sense of happiness. For men, there are other factors that may be the cause of low testosterone, such as hypogonadism.
If you feel you’ve tried everything from diet, to exercise, to living healthier overall, and nothing changes, see your doctor about having your testosterone level tested. There may be natural testosterone replacement therapy products out there that may work for you.
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