You’ve been taught since childhood that food can have a huge impact on your physical health.
You were probably also taught, to a lesser extent, how food can impact your mental health.
However, basic public education doesn’t tend to delve too deeply into how food can affect your hormonal systems.
Underlying both your physical and mental health are the body’s complex hormonal systems.
For a man, the most commonly discussed hormone at least among the general ‘manly’ population of athletic men, and professional bodybuilders is testosterone.
Why Should I Care About Testosterone?
Testosterone has a huge impact on your ‘male vitality,’ meaning it impacts the growth of facial and body hair, impacts the growth of muscle, affects your voice, and impacts your libido, among other things.
Naturally, it would interest many men to learn how to maximize the efficiency of their testosterone just to improve these aspects of themselves.
However, you shouldn’t just think about testosterone as something you can boost to enhance your masculinity.
While testosterone can certainly do this, it’s also part of a larger hormonal system that is responsible for a lot of important bodily functions.
Hormones, testosterone especially, need to be properly regulated and maintained in a stable balance in your body.
If they aren’t, some serious health problems can emerge.
Serious variance in testosterone levels can lead to problems like heart disease, high blood pressure, prostate cancer, and problems with libido.
How Can I Improve My Testosterone Levels?
A lot of men immediately reach to steroids to help them with their testosterone levels.
Not only are these usually unnecessary (though steroids can be very beneficial if used responsibly and under the guidance of a medical professional) they often cause more problems than they fix.
They also tend to just spike testosterone levels without attempting to maintain a wholesome hormonal balance.
Natural testosterone boosters, despite the shady-sounding name, are quite effective at regulating testosterone.
Foods that boost testosterone are easily found in nature and can be added to your diet.
We’re now going to look at some of the best foods that you can eat to maximise your hormonal health.
1. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is one of the best ingredients that you can add to your diet if you’re hoping to increase your testosterone levels. This is because coconut is high in saturated fat in the form of medium chain triglycerides.
Before you jump away from coconut oil because of the stigma around saturated fat, you should know that these fats are required for the synthesis of testosterone.
Coconut oil is considered to be one of the healthiest forms of saturated fats and adding it to your meal plans can provide a significant boost to testosterone.
2. Pine Pollen
Pine pollen is quite possibly the most potent, natural, testosterone enhancing supplements out there – though there is minimal scientific evidence backing its use in humans.
This isn’t because it has proven otherwise the tests simply haven’t been done yet.
Pine pollen is unique because it’s actually filled with actual real hormones.
There aren’t many things that you can buy or eat that actually contain testosterone in them, but pine pollen breaks that trend.
Pinus Sylvestris, one of the most popular varieties of pine pollen contains 110 ng/g of epitestosterone and 590 ng/g of androstenedione.
It also is a complete protein with 22 amino acids, and over 100 enzymes, minerals, vitamins and essential fatty acids
This is a much higher concentration than any other food that you’ll find, and not only are the concentrations high, but the pollen contains a balance of several hormones.
Pine pollen can increase testosterone and doesn’t run too serious of a risk of throwing your hormonal system off balance.
It also contains ample amounts of other important hormones and can provide you with a well-rounded improvement to your hormonal systems.
3. Pumpkin seeds
Pumpkin seeds aren’t at the top of the list for manly munchies not when steaks and chicken wings can be found.
However, pumpkin seeds might have a better chance of enhancing your sex drive and improving your body’s use of testosterone than other foods.
Pumpkin seeds are one of the best natural sources of zinc, which is a nutrient touted for its benefits on men’s sexual health.
Since zinc is required in such tiny amounts, you might not need to supplement the mineral to see benefits.
Adding pumpkin seeds to your salads and snacks might be enough to repair a testosterone deficiency and send your manliness skyrocketing.
4. Brazil Nuts
If you thought we were going to list Brazil Nuts because they are also high in zinc, think again.
Brazil Nuts are also a great source of selenium, which has been suggested to be a significant factor in improving sperm quality.
Brazil Nuts are also great sources of L-Arginine, an amino acid that is known for its ability to improve blood flow to the sexual organs.
Arginine is used fairly often by men hoping to improve their sexual performance, so its benefits can stack with the testosterone-boosting effects of selenium to have a positive effect on the hormonal system.
Furthermore, Brazil Nuts are great sources of antioxidants which can help to regulate the production of enzymes and other compounds that can have an impact on men’s sexual health.
While it might not be doing you any favours as far as your breath goes, garlic is one of the best natural boosters of testosterone.
Garlic is a great food for improving the body’s production of nitric oxide.
Nitric oxide, as it would be, is required for our body to produce healthy levels of testosterone.
Boosting the levels of nitric oxide we get is best done through our diet instead of through supplementation because foods like garlic contain other nutrients and antioxidants that help balance the production of nitric oxide with other compounds.
This article was written by Sean Ward Founder of Naturally Boost Testosterone, a men’s health blog dedicated to providing natural ways for men to boost hormone levels.
Check out www.naturally-boost-testosterone.com to learn more about Sean and his work.
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