We know that diet is a very important part of staying healthy and controlling our weight, but what we eat also has an effect on the hormones our body produces. One of these hormones that can be affected by the food you eat, both positively and negatively. Discover in this article 5 of the foods that can give you more boost and increase testosterone , and get up to speed.

Testosterone is a hormone that helps maintain bone density , fat distribution, muscle, facial and body hair, red blood cell production, sexual desire, and sperm production. For these reasons, many men try to find ways to increase their testosterone levels, which can be done through exercise and natural nutrition.

Just because testosterone is considered the male hormone does not mean that it is not important to women as well. Both men and women produce testosterone, although in much more different amounts. Women produce a lower amount of testosterone compared to men, but it is used for many of the same reasons, such as maintenance of bone and muscle mass, fat loss, and libido. While women are generally concerned with estrogen, testosterone production should not be overlooked.


5 foods to boost testosterone

Here are some foods that you can eat to increase testosterone levels naturally:


We have probably all heard that oysters are an aphrodisiac and perhaps there is some truth to that. When it comes to food, oysters have the highest amount of zinc, a mineral that has been shown to increase testosterone levels , which in turn, increases sexual desire.


Egg yolks, in particular, are a natural way for you to increase this hormone. Egg yolks contain vitamin D which is associated with higher levels of testosterone production.


Throughout history, the pomegranate has been associated with fertility. Studies show that the pomegranate has a connection to sexual reproduction.
Pomegranate juice increases salivary testosterone levels by an average of 24%, while also relieving blood pressure and anxiety, and can positively affect mood.


Remember the old Popeye cartoon and his statement, “I’m strong to the end, because I eat all my spinach”? Well, it turns out to be true.
Spinach is shown to only promote strong muscles, but also naturally increases testosterone levels due to its high levels of magnesium. This is especially true for people who consume magnesium and exercise.


A study published by evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine, showed that mushrooms, specifically Ganoderma lucidum – or reishi mushrooms -, increase the levels of this hormone twice, while also helping after physical activity.

Whether you are a man or a woman, testosterone is an important hormone that your body produces, but it can also start to decline as you age.

Don’t miss out on the amazing effects this hormone plays on your health and your sex drive and enjoy the benefits of these foods that boost it by simply adding them to your diet where possible.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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