Men can thank testosterone for their stronger muscles, chest hair and, of course, their performance in the sack. There are a few natural ways to increase it in the body and a new study is saying red wine — yes, wine — boosts testosterone as well.
Importance of Testosterone
To put it bluntly, testosterone is vital. According to AskMen, “without enough of it, you can feel anxious, depressed, become intellectually muddled, and develop a low sex drive.”
However, the (somewhat) depressing news is that testosterone levels peak during adolescence and early adulthood, then typically lower with age. “As you get older, your testosterone level gradually declines – typically about one percent a year after age 30,” reports the Mayo Clinic.
Red Wine Boosts Testosterone
New research published in Nutrition Journal explains that a compound found in red wine could actually increase levels of testosterone circulating in your body by inhibiting the way you excrete the hormone. This compound is known as quercetin. Quercetin is a plant pigment used for treating conditions of the heart and blood vessels, including high cholesterol, heart disease, and circulation problems.
Testosterone is usually removed from the body through urine by way of UGT2B17, an enzyme that attaches molecules to testosterone. However, the quercetin in red wine appears to block UGT2B17, which raises T levels in the blood stream and prevents it from leaving the body.
Researchers are unaware if drinking a few glasses of wine will increase energy, but they suggest drinking it in moderation or else the alcohol content will lower your T levels instead of boosting them.
You may also want to get a T boost from natural foods that are high in protein, zinc, fiber, indole-3-carbinol and allicin. These foods include oysters, oatmeal, poultry, eggs, broccoli, garlic, cabbage, beans, cottage cheese and beans.