Has your progress been slowing in the gym recently? Do you know that one of the reasons could be that your body’s testosterone levels might be falling? Gym buffs usually blame everything on either their food or supplements, but hormonal change is rarely seen as a cause for the poor performance.
It has scientifically been proven that the body’s testosterone levels decrease after your mid-30s. While it’s true that it can be increased by engaging more in sexual activities or taking a testosterone boosting supplement, one of the easier ways is to change your eating habits and go for foods that are known to increase the testosterone levels.
So here we discuss 6 foods that you can add in your routine food intake and get those massive gains you’ve always wanted.
Tuna is a food that is highly rich in vitamin D. Not only does it help in increasing the testosterone level but this is also very rich in protein so you can definitely use it as a protein substitute for some other protein source that you might be using. In a study conducted recently, researchers found that low testosterone levels were tied to a vitamin D deficiency in European men.
Garlic is a great add-on for regular home-cooked foods but that is not it’s only great benefit. Garlic contains a substance called diallyl disulfide which is known to promote a hormone that is itself known to increase the t-levels of the body.
Mushrooms, as you know, is a type of fungi that is beneficial for the human body in many ways. One of the major advantages of it that we will discuss here is that it is known to prevent free testosterone from binding to androgen receptors. Basically, mushrooms prevent the production of the enzyme aromatase and aromatase converts androgen to estrogen.
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It is reportedly known that men with low t-levels also have a zinc deficiency in the body, so these two might be directly associated in some way. Oysters are one such food that is highly rich not just only in zinc but is also a great source of protein. There might not be evidence that taking foods rich in zinc increase your t-levels, but there is no harm in trying. Oysters are a great source of protein and are an aphrodisiac.
5. Red Grapes
Research done in China that 5-10g of grape skin which was the equivalent of 500mg was more than enough to raise the body’s testosterone levels and improve epididymal motility which is the mobility ability of a sperm. Red grapes also help in the smooth functioning of the heart and prevent many heart diseases.
When coffee comes to mind, the first word that strikes the mind is the word caffeine. Caffeine ‘wakes’ up the central nervous system not literally but it shocks the body up and acts a great sort of refreshing agent after a tiring day of work. Caffeine also boosts cAMP(cyclic adenosine monophosphate) levels which lead to increased testosterone production.
On the other hand, it’s true that coffee also increases the cortisol which is known to decrease t-levels, but this effect is only a short term effect whereas the former one affects the body for the long term.