Category Archives: Testosterone
by Ethan A. Huff, staff writer
(NaturalNews) The male species has it tough these days. Our collective hormone balance is constantly being assaulted by things like toxic outgassing from plastics, chemical contamination of food, estrogenic compounds in soy and other food additives, lack of proper nutrition, and a host of other negative factors, all of which have contributed to an epidemic of low testosterone. But if you are a man trying to preserve your masculinity in this hostile modern environment, adding pumpkin seeds to your diet is a great way to help raise your testosterone levels naturally.
Rich in vitamins E, C, D, K, and B, pumpkin seeds are a powerhouse of nutrition capable of supplying men with high doses of the substances they need to maintain optimal health. Pumpkin seeds are also loaded with calcium, potassium, copper, niacin, phosphorus, manganese, iron, and zinc, the latter of which is absolutely vital for healthy sperm production. Zinc is also crucial for healthy prostate maintenance, a lack of which can lead to an enlarged prostate and impotence.
Specifically, the zinc content in pumpkin seeds helps prevent the body from converting too much testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT) by aiding in the production of more testosterone. Though DHT is necessary at appropriate levels for good health, a lack of regular testosterone, which is often preempted by a lack of proper zinc intake, can lead to too much DHT being produced. The result is premature balding and an enlarged prostate, which can potentially lead to prostate cancer later in life.
Beyond this, pumpkin seeds are rich in both omega-3 fatty acids and tryptophan. The former is a precursor to prostaglandins, a hormone-like substance that plays a key role not only in sexual health but also in sexual desire. And tryptophan is a precursor to serotonin, a brain chemical that regulates mood and promotes feelings of calm and relaxation, both of which are necessary for maintaining a healthy sex drive.
“They’re rich in zinc, magnesium, and healthy fat, making them one of the best foods to naturally boost testosterone,” explains Matt Moore on his blog The Art of Manliness. “Preparing, roasting, and eating them is also a simple and fun activity enjoyed by couples and families alike,” he adds.
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Pumpkin seeds, pumpkin seed oil beneficial in virtually all areas of health
As far as their many other health benefits, pumpkin seeds have been shown scientifically to help improve bladder function, prevent the formation of kidney stones, protect cardiovascular health, guard against liver disease, detoxify the body and blood, relieve arthritis, target harmful parasites in the gut, relieve anxiety, and promote restful sleep.
The Life Extension Foundation (LEF) published a thoroughly informative piece on pumpkin seeds back in 2012 where you can learn more about this incredible “superfood:” http://www.lef.org
“With a remarkable assortment of health-enhancing nutrients, from magnesium, protein, niacin, and zinc, to its high concentration of tryptophan and essential fatty acids, pumpkin seeds provide a powerful health punch that offers protection against common health problems including cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis,” writes William Gamonski for LEF. “It also provides powerful relief for people suffering from bladder dysfunction, anxiety, and arthritis.”
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by John McKiernan
(NaturalNews) Low testosterone levels in men can result in muscle deterioration, diminished sex drive, depression, low energy, infertility and loss of hair among various other consequences. Slightly elevated testosterone levels on the other hand, will promote muscle growth, energy, sex drive and an overall sense of well being.
Low testosterone and mineral deficiencies
There are many pharmaceuticals available for the treatment of low testosterone. Unfortunately, the majority of them cause side effects; and rather than working with your body, in many ways they can work against it. For some men that suffer from low testosterone, there may be a very specific cause, like a mineral deficiency. This is why it is important to experiment with safe and natural alternatives like ZMA. ZMA first became popular in the bodybuilding world for its proposed ability to increase strength and muscle mass; however, it is beginning to get more mainstream recognition.
Zinc monomethionine aspartate and magnesium aspartate are united to create the relatively new mineral supplement, ZMA. Both zinc and magnesium are mineral elements required for many physiological processes. It appears that each of these minerals may also possess the ability to increase free testosterone levels, which plays a direct role in muscle synthesis. One study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition states “supplemental magnesium and zinc apparently improve strength and muscle metabolism.”
Magnesium, which is necessary for over 300 biochemical reactions in the body, is deficient in many Americans due to poor diet. Therefore, supplementation of this mineral may cure deficiencies for many who were unaware the problem existed.
Two separate studies (published in the Journal of Clinical Chemistry and Clinical Biochemistry and by the Institute of Clinical Chemistry and Pathobiochemistry) found that Magnesium supplementation decreased cortisol levels, which would in turn have an anti-catabolic effect. One of the studies reported that “magnesium supplementation reduced the stress response without affecting competitive potential.”
A study published in a 2011 issue of Biological Trace Element Research found that ingesting approximately 10 mg of magnesium per kg of body weight caused an increase in free testosterone levels.
The relationship between zinc and testosterone has been studied extensively and although the results are conflicting, one thing seems to be clear; zinc deficiencies do contribute to low testosterone levels.
One study published by Wayne State University School of Medicine states that “zinc deficiency is prevalent throughout the world, including the USA. Severe and moderate deficiency of zinc is associated with hypogonadism (little to no testosterone production) in men.” The study concluded that “zinc may play an important role in modulating serum testosterone levels in normal men.”
All of these findings indicate that both zinc and magnesium could potentially be effective in increasing free testosterone levels and promoting anabolism, particularly in those with deficiencies.
Boost your testosterone, don’t replace it
In direct contract to anabolic steroids, natural mineral supplements like ZMA trigger production of the body’s own testosterone, which means you’ll never have to worry about plummeting, or unstable testosterone levels. Testosterone replacement therapy, on the other hand, shuts down the body’s production of the hormone, which means coming off of this type of treatment will result in dangerously low testosterone levels. In some cases, the body may never start producing its own testosterone again, which means you will be required to continue the therapy for life.
The best thing thing about a natural supplements like ZMA is that if you decide it doesn’t work for you, no harm done. You are simply ingesting minerals that only have the potential to improve your health in various ways, one of the more prevalent being increased testosterone levels.
Quand votre tour de taille augmente, votre niveau de testostérone baisse. Prendre par exemple 15 kilos accélère l’âge du déclin de votre niveau de testostérone de 5 ans.
Des chercheurs finlandais viennent de découvrir que les hommes qui soulevaient des poids régulièrement augmentaient leur niveau de testostérone de 49%. Alors que vous renforcez vos muscles, le taux de testostérone produit par votre corps augmente. S’entrainer deux fois par semaine suffit pour en voir les bénéfices.
Vous perdez du poids pour garder un bon taux de testostérone mais éliminer toutes les matières grasses de votre alimentation peut aussi en provoquer la chute. Pour protéger votre cœur et préserver votre testostérone, mangez des aliments riches en graisses mono-insaturées que l’on trouve dans le poisson ou l’huile d’olive par exemple.
L’alcool peut faire des ravages sur les hormones mâles. Limitez votre consommation d’alcool à un ou deux verres de vin par jour afin d’éviter une baisse de testostérone.
Le stress peut rapidement faire chuter votre testostérone et faire monter votre taux de cortisol qui supprime la capacité de votre corps à produire de la testostérone et à l’utiliser dans les tissus. Faire de la course peut vous aider à maitriser votre stress. Les blessures et la fatigue sont des signes que votre entrainement est plus susceptible de faire baisser votre taux que de l’élever… Décidément, ce n’est pas toujours simple d’être un homme !
Once you’ve got that done, proceed below:
Say goodbye to cortisol and belly fat with increase growth hormone production via lactic acid training.
Make lower-body fat (and man boobs) along with estrogen issues history through density training.
And combat the ol’ love handles and insulin resistance with dynamic training and IGF-1 production.