A decrease in testosterone will start to concern most men when they enter their 30s. But you can raise your testosterone levels naturally by eating foods high in protein and low in fat, such as almonds. An interesting note in "The Testosterone Factor: A Practical Guide to Improving Vitality and Virility, Naturally," by Shafiq Qaadri, says that almonds were once regarded as a symbol of the male genitals and overall fertility.
Sexual, physical and even emotional development depends on the hormone testosterone. Produced by the testicles and adrenal glands in men and by the ovaries in women, testosterone is linked to human health and vitality. The pituitary gland controls the level of testosterone in the body.
Related to Diet
Your body manufactures testosterone; it is not found in an actual food. However, by eating certain foods with the necessary nutrients, your body will begin to naturally increase testosterone levels. Research cited in Qaadri's book found that men who ate diets rich in monounsaturated fat -- the kind found in almonds -- had the highest testosterone levels.
Value of Almonds
Whole almonds are a naturally high source of vitamin E, calcium, magnesium and potassium -- all nutrients vital in causing the body to manufacture testosterone. The Almond Board of California recommends eating 23 almonds a day for maximum health benefits.
What to Eat
Almonds are freshest during the summer, but are available year-round. Raw or roasted almonds are the healthiest option. Most packaged almonds have artificially added salt and cholesterol, but still remain a low-fat snack. Almond butter makes a perfect substitute for peanut butter, cream cheese or even plain butter to spread on breads, crackers and vegetables. Almond milk is made from almonds that have been soaked, crushed, and strained of the pulp. It can be substituted for cow's milk for those avoiding dairy and soy products.
Almonds are rich in arginine. Different from testosterone, which is a hormone; arginine is an amino acid that primarily affects erections and sexual potency in men. As testosterone levels dip with age, so does sex drive. According to "The Natural Testosterone Plan: For Sexual Health and Energy" by Stephen Harrod Buhner, snacking on almonds not only helps promote testosterone production, it can also assist male arousal.
- Foods that Increase Libido and Testosterone
- Nutrition and Research: The Almond Board of California
- "The Testosterone Factor: A Practical Guide to Improving Vitality and Virility, Naturally", Shafiq Qaadri ; 2006
- "The Natural Testosterone Plan: For Sexual Health and Energy", Stephen Harrod Buhner; 2007