Certain foods like soy, dairy, and trans fats can lower testosterone levels, negatively affecting a man’s body.
Food can affect many aspects of health, including hormones like testosterone. Testosterone is one of the main sex hormones in the body and plays an important role in the development of male physiology and characteristics. Testosterone promotes increases in muscle mass, bone mass, body hair and affects sexual function and reproduction.
Normally, the body effectively regulates its own hormones and keeps testosterone levels at the right level. However, certain foods can interfere with this process by upsetting hormone levels. Men who are concerned about testosterone levels may choose to avoid the following foods.
Soy foods, such as feathered soybeans, soy proteins, contain phytoestrogens, which physically act similarly to the hormone estrogen in the body.
A study in the German journal Medical Science notes that although scientists have done a lot of research on soybeans, they still don’t fully understand the food. Many studies have found no link between eating soy products and changes in serum testosterone or estrogen levels. However, another study found that breast size and estrogen levels returned to normal after a man stopped using soy.
Experts need to do more high-quality studies in both men and women to determine the exact effects of soy on the body.
Those looking to increase testosterone levels may choose to avoid dairy products, as some cow’s milk contains synthetic or natural hormones, which can affect testosterone levels. In addition, animal feed may contain soy, which can increase estrogen levels in cow’s milk.
Anyone concerned about their testosterone levels should consider giving up or limiting alcohol consumption. This is especially true for men.
Small amounts of alcohol can increase testosterone levels in men, but studies note that heavy drinking or regular long-term drinking is responsible for lower testosterone in men.
A study in the journal Nutrients found that a diet rich in bread, cakes and other desserts was associated with low total testosterone levels in Taiwanese men. Other factors that contribute to low testosterone in these people include consuming a lot of milk, eating out frequently, and not eating enough dark green vegetables. According to the article, these men also experienced a decrease in muscle mass and an increase in body fat.
The type of fat that men eat can also affect their testosterone levels and function. A study in the Asian Journal of Andrology looked at the diets of young, healthy men in relation to their hormone levels and testicular function.
Research indicates that eating trans fats can lower testosterone levels in the body. They also found that too much omega-6 fatty acids seem to reduce testicular size and function. However, eating more polyunsaturated omega-3 fatty acids can increase testicular size and improve function.
Other factors that can affect hormone imbalance or decrease testosterone in men include: aging, sedentary lifestyle, drug, tobacco and marijuana use, obesity, diabetes Street…
Men can boost testosterone naturally by maintaining a balanced diet, keeping a healthy weight, exercising regularly, and getting enough sleep each night.
Mr. Ngoc (Follow Medical News Today)