More than sex: what does testosterone do?

So just to start with to make you aware of the stuff that testosterone does other than just being a sex hormone found in men, testosterone also supports bones, muscles mass, red blood cells, libido (overall sex drive) and all-round well-being.  


Did you know that by the time men hit their mid-life crisis stage, their hormones could be 25% lower than they were then they were younger! It’s been discovered that men’s sex hormones begin to be lost from the age of 20. 


If you think this is you, or one of your loved ones, some symptoms that you should be aware of are: erectile dysfunction, reduced sex drive, lack of energy, irritability, anxiety, weight gain, muscle loss, problems with concentration, poor memory, flashes, premature aging of skin and hair, problems with sleeping and even developing man boobs (Gynecomastia). 


There are many possible causes for having low levels of testosterone. Some of which can be altered with simple changes to your diet. It is important to realise that exercise also contributes to your overall health, when being energetic, it boosts your testosterone levels. Try going for a walk with your friend for a catchup or even doing a 15-minute HIIT workout off YouTube, anything to get your heart rate up and blood pumping round your body. 


One reason that someone could have low testosterone levels could be down to being deficient in Zinc, as this nutrient is part of the production of testosterone. Wayne State University in Indiana conducted a study in which they concluded that older men who have zinc deficiency doubled their levels of testosterone after taking Zinc supplementation for six months. 


Having low testosterone could be the result of having a bad diet, sugar, belly fat and type 2 diabetes. Sugar can be a real issue with having low testosterone as it is raising your insulin levels. 


Although it is commonly thought that vitamin D is just something that we need to help maintain our mood, it is in-fact a hormone – one of which is responsible for the production of testosterone. To ensure that vitamin D can be converted in your body, you must ensure that you are not Magnesium deficient. Just to add more scientific information for you to read about, as vitamin D uses magnesium within your body for its own uses of conversion, it will in-turn lead to magnesium deficiency and its symptoms such as nausea, loss of appetite and muscle spasms. Ensuring that you have the correct levels of both vitamin D and magnesium, it should improve testosterone levels.


An alternative of supplements which could be taken in your diet instead of vitamin D and magnesium is Alpha Lipoid Acid – this one of the body’s natural protectors. If you think that this supplement is something you need, why not try our own BestLyfe Alpha Lipoic Acid which contains antioxidant properties associated with several benefits such as lowering blood sugar levels something which is important for maintaining testosterone levels. 


It is important that you get the correct vitamins levels to ensure you have a healthy diet, try a multivitamin at the beginning of the day to deliver the nutrients you need. At £0.12 a day, our own BestLyfe Multivitamin + with supply you with 60 days’ worth of tablet, containing 26 vitamins and minerals supporting your immunity, energy, cognitive function and bone and muscle health.