Low T is a Common Problem
According to the American Medical Association, one in every four males between the ages of 30 to 79 are likely to experience low testosterone levels, also known as hypogonadism, or simply “low T.” There are many reasons men might experience low testosterone levels, some being related to aging or other hormonal changes. Other causes include smoking, low protein diets or diseases such as diabetes.
Low testosterone levels can affect more than just your sex drive. While many men have no obvious signs, others may experience erectile dysfunction (ED), loss of muscle mass, weight gain or other symptoms. There is good news, however, because certain foods are known to naturally increase testosterone production in men.
Five Best Foods for Low T:
1. Vitamin D
Studies have shown that increasing certain nutrients, such as vitamin D, which also helps the body absorb calcium, can increase testosterone levels in men. Vitamin D is found naturally in seafood such as tuna, salmon and mackerel. It is also found in cheese, milk, wheat bran and egg yolk. If your diet does not contain enough vitamin D, over the counter supplements may be a good place to start.
2. Red Grapes
Red grapes are not just a tasty snack. As it turns out, red grapes may be just what the doctor ordered to raise testosterone levels, too. Red grapes contain phytochemicals that help to block the absorption of estrogen – the other side of the gender hormone coin. Studies have shown that men with low T levels may have a corresponding increase in estrogen. Other estrogen fighting foods include cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts and bok choy.
In recent years, the coconut has emerged as an all-around champion of good nutrition. Because coconut is an excellent source of saturated fats that are used in the body’s production of testosterone, coconut may be an ideal source for healthy fats. Also, coconut oil consists of medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), which are broken down by the body differently than other forms of fat, which can actually improve your cholesterol levels. Coconut oil is also good for prostrate health.
4. Shellfish and Organ Meat
Shellfish, like organ meats such as liver, are rich in magnesium and other minerals. Magnesium is known for increasing the bioavailability of testosterone. This means that your body is able to use more of the testosterone you make. As you age, your body is less able to use the testosterone you produce. You can also add magnesium in the form of supplements.
Garlic is another superfood that is getting a lot of attention these days. For one thing, garlic contains a chemical known as diallylsulfide which increases testosterone while decreasing cortisol (a nasty stress hormone) levels. Garlic goes well with many foods and can be easily consumed over the course of a day.
Find Out What Works Best for You!
There are many other foods that can boost your natural production of testosterone. Dr. Desiderio Avila, Jr. is an expert in the treatment of low testosterone and other men’s health concerns. He can advise you about which foods to add or avoid. He can also determine if you are a good candidate for testosterone therapy treatment. Dr. Avila will take the time to discuss your unique needs and recommend a course of treatment that is right for you.
To learn more about low T treatment in the Phoenix area, visit Desiderio Avila, Jr., MD, a specialist in men’s health. If you, or a loved one have questions about men’s health, please contact Dr. Avila and Ironwood Urology at (480) 961-2323 or request an appointment online today.