Here are 3 foods you might not know can boost your sex hormones even when all else has failed, and put your mood on a cloud-9.
Goji fruit/berry: From the plant Lycium barbarum, it is revered in Asia for its youth preserving, health protective, strengthening, and mood-supporting properties. It is one of the main herbs used in China’s herbal system and is regarded as one of the elite tonic herbs in the world. The ingredient that gives their reputation for virility is Beta Sitoserol, which also acts as a great anti-inflammatory. They carry a strong reputation for treating sexual impotence and preventing prostate enlargement. In addition to test boosting abilities and mood elevation, they stimulate the secretion of HGH by the pituitary gland. The benefits to that can translate into: body fat reduction, better sleep, improved memory, accelerated healing, restored libido and a more youthful appearance.
Maca root: Maca root has been used extensively as a hormone balancer, and research shows that its’ high nutrient density and phytochemical content may be the underlying contributors to the effect of decreasing menopause symptoms in woman and increasing fertility in both men and woman. In men, researchers speculate that Maca affects the levels of free testosterone, rather than serum levels. Women in a study enjoyed an improvement in sexual satisfaction when taking the highest dose of three grams per day as compared to medicine prescribed on the market. (1) It is loaded with minerals like zinc, iodine, and essential fatty acids that help balance sex hormones and improve mood. Studies support maca’s traditional use as a fertility enhancer, especially for females. Its ability to increase serum luteinizing hormone in the pituitary gland, which is associated with fertility, among other factors in the body has been noted. Numerous studies have evaluated maca root for its role in athletic performance.(2) I know for my recommendations of maca in clients I have seen 100% success rate and functional medicine physician Hyla Cass, MD, uses maca in her practice to restore hormonal imbalance and related sexual desire and fertility in both men and women.
Brazil nuts: One of the highest dietary sources of selenium that is known to boost testosterone levels in men and improve sperm production and motility. In one ounce there is enough recommended dose to help protect against prostate cancer.(3) Also in one ounce there lies enough arginine to increase levels of blood to the genitals to mimic Viagra.
Remember, just like many things in daily life that have great benefits when used moderately, there are possible negatives with consuming higher amounts outside the needed range for results. With Brazil nuts, a good upper level would be about the equivalent of 2-3 nuts a day.
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(1)*Dording CM1, Fisher L, Papakostas G, Farabaugh A, Sonawalla S, Fava M, Mischoulon D. A double-blind, randomized, pilot dose-finding study of maca root (L. meyenii) for the management of SSRI-induced sexual dysfunction. CNS Neurosci
(2) Stone M, Ibarra A, Roller M, Zangara A, Stevenson E. A pilot investigation into the effect of maca supplementation on physical activity and sexual desire in sportsmen.Journal of Ethnopharmacology. 2009 December 10;126(3):574-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jep.2009.09.012.
(3) Nutr Cancer. 1994;21(3):203-12.
Bioactivity of selenium from Brazil nut for cancer prevention and selenoenzyme maintenance