Can Certain Foods Lower Testosterone?

Can Certain Foods Lower Testosterone?

by Stephanie Meadows

Testosterone and estrogen play an important role in both male and female development and overall health, so if there is an imbalance with these hormones, things start to go haywire. There has been a lot of science and research behind testosterone fluctuations, some of which focuses on how what we put into our bodies can actually affect the levels of hormones going through our bloodstream.

Testosterone is a sex hormone and chemical messenger produced primarily in the testicles, and released into the body. Women also produce testosterone, but in much smaller amounts. Testosterone is directly responsible for the development of male features, and is an integral part of the reproductive process. Testosterone also helps men to maintain things such as:

  • Bone density
  • Fat distribution
  • Muscle strength and mass
  • Facial and body hair
  • Production of red blood cells
  • Sex drive (Libido)
  • Sperm production

When testosterone levels start to dip, it is sometimes referred to as Low-T. Low-T occurs when there is a lack of production of testosterone in either men or women. Sustained low testosterone levels can also cause chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, infection, weight change, or other hormonal conditions. Symptoms of low-T include: Reduced sex drive (low libido), infertility, emotional changes, decreased strength and muscle mass, a loss of energy, and weight gain.

Unfortunately, foods can lower testosterone due to the enzyme in males called aromatase. This enzyme converts testosterone into estrogen. The aromatase enzyme is very sensitive to certain food triggers. Eating these foods can be responsible for lowering testosterone levels:

  • Processed foods
  • Fast food
  • Alcohol
  • Soda
  • Certain pastas and bread
  • Dairy foods, such as cheese, yogurt, and ice cream
  • Soy products, such as tofu and soymilk

Therefore, it would be very wise to avoid the foods mentioned above, and eat foods such as grapes, tuna, honey, and eggs to boost hormone levels. Foods that inhibit the aromatase enzyme, and in doing so help prevent low-T, are actually very healthy diet options. We’re talking broccoli, cabbage, raw nuts, avocado, and wild salmon, to name a few. So a healthy diet isn’t just about staying thin and keeping cholesterol low, it can also mean the world towards maintaining healthy testosterone levels.

Face, it, testosterone is the foundation to living a healthy lifestyle and is responsible for building muscle, sex drive, your heart, and even memory. Without testosterone, your quality of life is lowered. To learn more about testosterone and what foods to steer clear of when trying to avoid a decrease in testosterone levels, call SynergenX Health at (281) 362-5580 to request an appointment, or request one online.