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Testosterone is a male sex hormone that affects more than just sex drive. The hormone is also responsible for bone and muscle health, sperm production, and hair growth.

This hormone can be lost as you age, as well as from chronic illnesses. Hypogonadism, also called low testosterone is often medically treated to prevent future health problems.

There are potential testosterone-boosting foods available to do supplement its deficiency. The two nutrients that are especially important to your diet are vitamin D and zinc. The foods below help to boost testosterone levels, they include:

  • Low-fat milk with vitamin D 

Milk is a great source of protein and calcium. Children and women are encouraged to drink milk for better bone health but milk can keep men bones strong too. The vitamin D content may also keep testosterone levels in check.

Make sure you use milk that’s fortified with vitamin D. Choose low-fat or skim versions. They have the same nutrients as whole milk without all of the saturated fat.

  • Tuna fish

This is a diet rich in vitamin D which has been linked to longer life and testosterone production. It is also a heart-healthy, protein-rich food that is low in calories.

Whether you choose canned or fresh, eating this fish can be a natural way of boosting testosterone. This fulfills your daily vitamin D needs.

If you do not like eating this fish, you may consider other fishy sources of vitamin D such as salmon or sardines. Remember that moderation is key. Aim for a maximum of two to three servings a week to minimize your intake of mercury, which is found in seafood.

  • Egg yolks

Egg yolks are another rich source of vitamin D. While cholesterol has a bad reputation, egg yolk contains more nutrients than egg whites. The cholesterol of egg yolks may even help low Testosterone levels. As long as you don’t have any pre-existing cholesterol issues you can safely eat one egg per day.

  • Fortified cereals

Eggs are not the only breakfast food that can help low Testosterone. This is especially good news if you have to watch your blood cholesterol. Certain brands of cereals are fortified with vitamin D not to mention other heart-healthy nutrients. Consider incorporating them into your breakfast routine to jump-start your day and your testosterone levels.

  • Oysters

Zinc is an essential nutrient during puberty and its effects can keep male hormones in check throughout adulthood. Men who have low Testosterone benefit from increasing their zinc intake if they also have zinc deficiencies. Oysters are good sources of this mineral.

  • Shellfish

An occasional serving of crab or lobster may do your testosterone levels some good. This also has  zinc content in these seafood.

  • Beef

There are real health concerns about the overconsumption of red meat. Not only do some cuts have more fat than poultry, but eating too much is also linked to certain cancers such as colon cancer. Still, some cuts of beef have nutrients that can boost testosterone. Beef liver is an exceptional source of vitamin D, while ground beef and chuck roast contain zinc.

To keep animal fats in check, choose only lean cuts of beef and avoid eating it every day.

  • Beans

When it comes to male hormone health, beans may offer more benefits than you think. White, kidney and black beans are all considered sources of vitamin D and zinc. Baked beans also offer these nutrients, but you’ll need additional sources in your daily diet.

As a bonus, these foods are full of plant-based proteins that can protect heart health.

If you’re diagnosed with low Testosterone levels, you may be prescribed testosterone hormone replacements such as:

  • Tablets or pills
  • Skin patches
  • Topical gel
  • Injections

These medications can also come with the risk of serious side effects so make sure you discuss all of them with your doctor beforehand. As well, consider making dietary adjustments to boost your overall health.

This topic was modified 2 years ago by Gorgeousg

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