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The gradual decline of testosterone in the average male begins in the late 40s to early 50s. Sometimes referred to as male menopause, this change in men is often overlooked or not treated appropriately in the health profession. While men can opt for testosterone therapy, there are many things men can do to increase levels of testosterone in the body through natural and healthy means.
Vegetables with a crunchy texture, or cruciferous vegetables, have many health advantages. Not only have they been shown to improve overall health, and may help to prevent some cancers, they may improve testosterone levels. Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower are all considered cruciferous vegetables. These vegetables contain components called indoles, which help to break down estrogen efficiently, so it doesn't build up in the body and destroy testosterone levels. Aim to eat at least three to four servings of these vegetables per week.
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Fruits such as blueberries, apples, pineapples and citrus fruits all contain vitamin C, which is thought to moderate and improve testosterone levels. Tomatoes, which are also considered a fruit, contain large amounts of vitamin A, which helps with the normal functioning of the reproductive system. Eliminate grapefruit from your diet, as it is thought to impair the functioning of the liver's breakdown of estrogen.
Onions and Garlic
Onions and garlic contain a component called allicin, which is believed to contribute to increased testosterone levels. While you can buy allicin supplements, it is a better idea to eat the real foods, as supplements can have too much of one vitamin that may counteract the benefits of other nutrients. The next time you are making your favorite tomato sauce, chop up some onions and garlic and add to the sauce. Do this a couple of times a week to boost your testosterone levels.
- "Alternative Cures", Bill Gottlieb, Rodale Publishing, 2000.
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