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Testosterone and Estrogen are found in both males and females of every species. Your level of naturally occurring Testosterone is one of the reasons your doctor needs to do blood work regularly. It is also another reason why some guys are on different levels of testosterone injections weekly than others. There are many ways to increase or decrease naturally occurring hormone levels. Exercise, getting plenty of rest, and even the foods you eat can play a part in the overall health of your body and functioning of your hormone glands.
There is an entire subculture of transitioning men who use foods and exercise to naturally transition without adding hormone injections, and these are some of the methods they use as well.
Here are some foods statistically shown to increase testosterone levels and what the key ingredient is in each example.
Most commonly and potently found in oysters, zinc is our number one testosterone level booster. 100g of cooked Oysters contain 524% of your daily value of zinc. But if you can’t handle the taste of texture, pumpkin seeds are the second best food with this mineral in them.
Cruciferous foods such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and brussels sprouts contain a natural chemical called Indole-3-carbinol. This chemical is shown in studies to help dissolve stored estrogen from your body. These vegetables are also high in fiber, which can help with weight control.
The magnesium found in nuts such as brazil nuts, cashews, pine nuts, and pecans is a natural source of testosterone boosting goodness. The healthy fats found in nuts contribute to a diet high in protein which helps to naturally maintain a healthy T level. Other foods high in magnesium include spinach, brown rice, oatmeal, avocado, and baked potatoes (with the skin).
4. VITAMIN D
Foods high in Vitamin D such as eggs, fish, spinach, cheese, and mushrooms, not only increase natural testosterone levels, but have been known to kick your libido into gear. Men’s health suggests a breakfast high in vitamin D and healthy fats and cholesterol: Eggs and Bacon with a small amount of toast. Want to get more T boosters in there? Opt for Wheat Germ toast which is high in Zinc. Of course, lets not forget about good old fashioned sunlight.
5. DAILLYL DISULFIDE
A compound found in garlic that enhances the hormone which increases testosterone production. Garlic is easy to add into almost any meal. Cloves of garlic that is, not the powder!
6. MONO-SATURATED FATS
Several studies put these fats at producing the highest levels of testosterone in the body. These are found in things like olive oil, almond oil and peanut butter to name some commonly used foods. According to anabolicmen.com and their research study, they saw that ‘the diets high in saturated fat and the diets high in monounsaturated fat, significantly increased testosterone levels. The researchers also saw that the higher the dietary fat intake, the higher the testosterone’ but that actual amount of dietary fat you eat is important. This should be pretty high, but there’s an upper limit from where things start going to the opposite direction.’
Combining multiple foods and minerals in each meal is a sure fire way to get your natural T levels higher, whether you start this before or after the beginning of your own hormone replacement therapy.
by Tyler K Rinallo