Testosterone is the man’s hormone: what it is and why it’s important

Testosterone is the man’s hormone: what it is and why is it important:

Testosterone is produced by cholesterol and is a precursor hormone that relies on fat to form.

It is an androgen produced in the bodies of males, and has many functions besides its well-known sexual and reproduction tasks.

Testosterone supports healthy bone density, oxygen-carrying capacity, builds muscles, mobilizes fat for energy and enhances memory.

Testosterone in the male/female union can also affect the size of the male offspring’s penis!

The higher the level of testosterone in a man’s body the less it is prone to muscular fatigue when doing workouts or physical work.

Testosterone has an inverse relationship between testosterone levels and cardiac risk. The higher the levels, the lower the risk of heart disease, as testosterone has a dilating effect on coronary arteries which supply the heart with blood.

The optimal level of testosterone in the male body is 800 ng (nanograms)/dl/deciliter in blood (which will require a doctor and lab to determine).

That’s the basic introduction to what testosterone is, why it’s the man’s hormone, and why it’s important.

Now on to some other details–including what you can do to preserve your testosterone level.

Testosterone production lowers as men age, starting about age 30. Stress, both physical, mental and emotional, also lowers testosterone production.

Excessive stress causes too much production of cortisol—the big enemy of testosterone production, as it promotes storage of fat in the body, the very ‘fuel’ that is needed to make testosterone which ‘burns’ the fat off instead of storing it.

High-stress but sedentary modern jobs are one of the biggest enemies of testosterone production.

The Standard American Diet of fast and processed foods is another problem—particularly because of GMO soy additives in most processed foods.

Except for fermented soy products, feminizing soy is an enemy of testosterone production.

So there are many ways that men at whatever age can optimize their testosterone production—naturally— with the food and supplements they ingest.

Many different websites offer their knowledge on  testosterone- producing foods. Here are some of them:

*Potatoes, macadamia and Brazil nuts, coffee, extra-virgin olive oil, parsley, ginger, eggs, coconut oil, onions, garlic with vitamin C combined, grass-fed beef and butter, venison, elk, pomegranate, avocado, raw cacao/cocoa honey for better blood flow.

Other testosterone-producing foods include cabbage (and other cruciferous vegetables to flush out female hormones), shrimp (not farm-raised), tuna (not farm-raised), pumpkin and other seeds, oysters (not farm-raised), baking soda and berries.

It should be noted that a meat-free diet lowers testosterone levels by 14 percent.

Throughout the many different websites with various favorites,  garlic, egg yolks and Brazil nuts were unanimously named as important testosterone-supporters.

There are certain minerals and other nutrients particularly important for men and covered on this blogsite earlier.

But this particular post is focused on—testosterone is the man’s hormone, what it is and why it’s important:

Sources include: ReadyNutrition.com, MensHealth.co.uk, Bodybuilding.com