All guys know that testosterone is what makes a man a man. It is often associated with vitality and virility since it is the most important male sex hormone that ensures the proper growth and development of male sex organs and, of course, maintains the secondary sex characteristics of men. Unfortunately, some men have low levels of testosterone – a condition known as androgen deficiency. This happens when bodily tissues do not have exposure to androgen or testosterone, which may result to low sex drive, decline in muscle mass and strength, and increased body fat.
Of course, any man wouldn’t want to have too little of testosterone. Hence, if you want to avoid testosterone deficiency, it is worth checking these healthy food options and including them in your daily menu as they can actually boost or normalize your testosterone level.
The skin of red grapes contain resveratrol that helps make sperm hardier. Researchers have also discovered that approximately 500mg or 5-10g of grape skin is sufficient enough to increase testosterone levels and enhance the sperms’ ability to swim (epididymal motility).
Broccoli, Cabbage and Brussels Sprouts
All three foods contain a chemical known as indole-3-carbinol that helps keep the female hormone estradiol at bay. The aforesaid girly hormone actually interferes with muscle growth, which often causes fat buildup. Fortunately, eating broccoli, cabbage and brussels spouts can cut the amount of such female hormone in half. In addition, they are rich in fiber that protects your body against a wide variety of diseases.
Avocados and Honey
Other than clogging your arteries, LDL cholesterol buildup could also lead to erectile dysfunction and the lack of blood flow down there. Hence, to keep LDL cholesterol in check, make sure that you eat avocado. It is rich in monosaturated fat which is found to lower LDL cholesterol. As an added perk it can increase testosterone levels. Honey, on the other hand, is found to have high content of mineral boron which is noted for its ability to boost testosterone. It is also teeming with nitric oxide that opens blood vessels, creating erections.
Cortisol, which is a known stress hormone, competes with your testosterone. Hence, before it takes over your virility, make sure that you ditch it with garlic. Garlic has a compound called allicin that curbs cortisol.
Aside from the ones mentioned above, other healthy food options that improve testosterone levels include pomegranate, milk, cheese, venison, tuna and eggs. To ensure that you will be able to maintain your testosterone at the right level, always keep a healthy diet complemented with regular exercise.
Article written by Ericka, who is interested in writing health-related articles. She also contributes content for Johnny’s in a Jiffy.