hi folks ive posted here before about the herbs that im taking and received some info from my naturopath today so thought i would share. cheers, ash
These Substances Facilitate the Production/Function of Testosterone
Acetyl-L-Carnitine (ALC) increases plasma Testosterone levels (via its influence on Acetylcholine neurotransmission in the Striatal Cortex of the Brain).
These Substances Interfere with Testosterone
* Caffeine decreases free Testosterone levels (in postmenopausal women).
* Elevated Cortisol levels inhibit the production of Testosterone.
* Melatonin inhibits the production of Testosterone - although low dosage levels of Melatonin (up to 3 mg per day) do not appear to interfere with Testosterone production.
* Progesterone lowers endogenous Testosterone production (in men) to levels that prevent the proper maturation of Sperm.
* Alcohol (ethanol) decreases the production of Testosterone and lowers the body's Testosterone levels.
* Cocaine lowers serum Testosterone levels. Marijuana reduces serum Testosterone levels.
* Tobacco smoking inhibits the production of Testosterone (by causing the destruction of Leydig Cells that normally produce Testosterone).
* Vegetarians have approximately 18% lower Testosterone levels compared to meat eaters (this occurs because vegetarians have a lower intake of Dietary Fats which are precursors for Testosterone production; also the Fiber Polysaccharides in Vegetables bind to Testosterone and other Steroid Hormones).
* Excessive Exercise (i.e. overtraining) suppresses the body's Testosterone production
* Endurance Exercise reduces (both bound and free) Testosterone levels.
* Excessive Isotonic Exercise (i.e. overtraining) can cause (temporary) depletion of endogenous Testosterone during the 24 - 48 hour recovery period between workouts in people who engage in Isotonic Exercise.
also apparently since im vegan I should include coconut oil in my diet as this is a precursor to build more T…... apparently this is because a vegan diet is very low in saturated fats...
just thought id share.