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Testosterone, an androgenic sex hormone produced by the testicles, is often associated with “manhood.” Although known as the male hormone, women also have testosterone in their ovaries, but in smaller amounts.

A high level of testosterone is linked with vitality and virility. But as men start to age – as early as 30 years old – their testosterone levels begin to naturally decline and continue to do so as they get older. When this happens, their bodies become sitting ducks for prostate enlargement, androgenic alopecia (hair loss), and cancer.

Even if you’re in your 30s, there’s no need to think about advanced hormone replacement therapy or testosterone supplements too soon. Fortunately, nature has given us healthy foods teeming with testosterone-friendly nutrients.

Here’s a list of the top five testosterone-building foods every man should eat:

  • Broccoli – Studies show that broccoli contains an abundant supply of indole-3-carbinol (I3C), a natural food compound that reduces bad estrogen in your body. Bad estrogen causes an imbalance in estrogen and testosterone levels.
  • Brazil nuts – are packed with selenium, which has been proven to accelerate man’s production of testosterone. The level of selenium in a Brazil nut depends on the selenium content in the soil where it was grown. But ideally, just a couple pieces of this amazing nut every day are enough to boost your testosterone levels.
  • Egg – Testosterone is manufactured by cholesterol, which makes any food rich in good cholesterol, such as egg, a good testosterone building block. Buy only high-quality eggs from organic, free-range chickens. Raw, poached, and boiled are deemed the best ways to enjoy eggs; scrambled egg is the worst.
  • Tuna – Tuna is found to be rich in beneficial vitamin D, which augments testosterone levels by up to 90 percent. Vitamin D levels in tuna vary depending on the type. Bluefin tuna has the most with 193 International Units (IU) of vitamin D. Tuna is also a potent source of essential omega-3 fatty acids, which also helps in testosterone production.
  • Avocado – Penn State University researchers found that men with high intakes of monounsaturated fat, such as those found in avocado, had lower LDL cholesterol and more testosterone.

Testosterone Overload: Broccoli-Avocado Energy Soup

Here’s an incredible soup recipe filled with natural testosterone booster for real men.

Ingredients:

1 cucumber, peeled and chopped
1bunch of spinach, rinsed, stems removed and torn into pieces
5 tablespoons lemon or lime
1 tablespoon minced garlic
4 sprigs parsley
1 cup broccoli
Celtic sea salt to taste
1/8 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
1 cup avocado, peeled with pit removed
1cup dill, chopped
2 scallions, chopped
1 cup water
2 tablespoons organic coconut oil

Directions:

  1. In a food processor, puree the cucumber, spinach, lemon juice, ginger, garlic, parsley, sprouts, salt, and cayenne. Add avocado and blend, allowing some small pieces to remain. If soup is too thick, you can add more cucumber or water.
  2. Stir in cilantro and scallions.
  3. Add two tablespoons of organic coconut oil for creaminess, and flavor with chopped, fresh dill instead of cilantro.
  4. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Warning: Avoid These Potential Testosterone Threats

Endocrine-disrupting chemicals are everywhere these days. You are exposed to them from a variety of sources, including countless common household products, toys, personal care products, and cosmetics.

Here’s a list of the common agents with potential endocrine disrupters:

  • Phthalates
  • Bisphenol A
  • Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA)
  • Methoxychlor and Vinclozin
  • Nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs)
  • Bovine growth hormones
  • Soy products
  • Monosodium glutamate (MSG)

Certain health patterns over recent decades suggest that endocrine-disrupting chemicals are quietly at work. These include:

  • Declining sperm counts
  • Increased incidences of male children born with genital malformations
  • Increased incidences of certain hormone-sensitive types of cancer
  • Impaired neural development, causing memory problems and lower IQ
  • Impaired sexual behavior
  • Precocious puberty
  • Retarded sexual development

Here are a few practical measures you can take to protect you and your family from common toxic substances that may wreak havoc with your delicate endocrine system:

  • Use glass containers as food containers instead of plastics.
  • Use natural cleaning products at home.
  • Avoid conventional or farm-raised fish, which are often heavily contaminated with PCBs and mercury.

About the Author: Gerry Frazer is a blogger. From reading many credible health and fitness sources such as Dr. Mercola’s newsletter, he learned the importance of testosterone not only for muscle building, but for a man’s health and well-being as well.
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