Are you struggling with low testosterone? Perhaps it’s your diet. Just as there are foods that can help boost your testosterone as part of a healthy diet, other foods can help lower it. If you suffer from low testosterone levels or you are concerned about your testosterone levels, consult a doctor and watch out for these red-flag foods.
- Low-Fat/ High Fiber Foods: Foods that are low in fat and high in fiber like rice, vegetables, and fruit may help to lower cholesterol, but only if you do not have a good intake of fat in your diet along with protein. It is important to enjoy moderation – eating high-fat foods to boost testosterone is bad for your heart and general health. It can also cause obesity, which lowers testosterone. But avoiding all fat and choosing low-fat options at every meal will cause testosterone levels to decline.
- Soy: Soy may be useful for women who want to increase estrogen levels naturally but it causes problems for men in terms of testosterone levels. Soy contains isoflavones that alter estrogen levels, causing a drop in testosterone.
- Sugary Foods: A diet high in sugar can cause problems in many areas of life, particularly when it comes to testosterone. Limit your intake of added sugar for overall health benefits and to keep testosterone levels high.
- Herbal Teas: Certain herbal teas like spearmint and green tea have been shown, in some studies, to decrease testosterone levels. While the evidence is not conclusive, why not try cutting these out of your diet to see what happens. Other herbs that may be problematic include black cohosh, saw palmetto, and chaste tree.
- Supplements: Some dietary supplements may be problematic when you are dealing with low testosterone levels. For example, inositol lowers testosterone, and supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids may also lower testosterone.
- Alcohol and Tobacco: One way to lower testosterone levels is to drink heavily and also to smoke. For the sake of your overall health and your testosterone production, drink in moderation and quit smoking.
- Licorice: There is some evidence to show that eating a lot of licorice, in supplement or whole form, is a good way to lower testosterone so you should avoid it if this is a problem for you.
Make sure you get a medical consultation if you are concerned about low levels of testosterone. A doctor or specialist will be able to advise you on the best form of treatment for the condition.