The Beef: Male Menopause and Libido Foods
Testosterone plays a large part when building muscle, but did you know that a diet low in fat will help you to not only lose weight, but also reduce your testosterone levels?
“Today’s fashionable low-fat diets lower testosterone levels and contribute to a host of health problems,” said Kaayla Daniel, PhD and author of The Whole Soy Story: The Dark Side of America’s Favorite Health Food.
“This not only can affect the body’s capacity to build muscle, but the libido and fertility,” she added. This is disturbing.
The Mayo Clinic explains that it is normal and quite typical for testosterone levels to decline as men age. In fact, two Beverly Hills aging consultants concluded that Michael Jackson may have been suffering from — get this: “male menopause.”
Karen Norris and Eve Michaels of simplyageless411.com explains that, “Male menopause – clinically diagnosed as andropause – is the period in a man’s life when the production of a vital number of hormones, particularly testosterone, begins to decline. Common symptoms include chronic fatigue, mood swings, depression, anxiety, memory loss, among others.” Anything is possible when it comes to hormones in Los Angeles, so perhaps these ladies are correct. Poor MJ.
According to Genie James, a “sexpert” and author of In the Mood Again, “Studies have shown that dietary fats, specifically Essential Fatty Acids or EFAs, can contribute to testosterone production. The most common being omega-3 and omega-6, found in fish oil, flax seeds, avocados, almonds and spinach.” James also suggested eating foods high in zinc, specifically liver, “when your body does not have enough zinc, the pituitary gland is prevented from releasing Luteinizing (LH) and Follicle-Stimulating Hormones (FSH), which promote testosterone production.”
“Beef is rich in protein and zinc – two nutrients, key to optimizing testosterone and muscle building potential,” says Christian Finn, of thefactsaboutfitness.com. “Animal protein is high in minerals (i.e. zinc) and nutrients such as carnitine,” said Dr Brooke Kalanick a naturopathic doctor specializing in weight loss. However, with hormone levels so rampant in the beef industry, you may want to consider grass-fed.
High in monounsaturated fat (MUFA), walnuts, almonds, peanuts, hemp seeds and even avocados (more of a fruit, not really a nut) all contain EFAs. MUFAs have been proven to contribute to weight loss while providing fats that promote testosterone levels.
Head over to the fresh produce for this edible fungi. Mushrooms inhibit estrogen production and enzymes that promote testosterone conversion (bad). Mushrooms are also low in calories (90 percent water) and high in fiber. Did you know that the Pharaohs kept mushrooms for themselves? They were thought to provide strength and were therefore too good for commoners. You can buy them now for less than two bucks a pound at any common supermarket.
This phallic fruit contains the blood-thinning bromelain enzyme, which has been found to increase a man’s libido. Bananas are also high in potassium and Vitamin B which help to increase energy (day and night). Bromelain is primarily found in pineapple which has been rumored to have other male specific enhancing properties. Hey, did you know that Bromelain is also sold in grocery stores as a meat tenderizer?
Fish oils are high in EFAs and protein. A diet consisting of salmon, mackerel, herring, sardines and tuna are high in omega-3s. Eat fish at least two times a week. Use the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Mercury Calculator to find out if you’re consuming too much mercury.