Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Can Foods Boost Testosterone?

Monday, 17 Sep 2012 06:02 PM

Question: Dr. Hibberd, first let me say that I enjoy your column. Are there any natural supplements or foods that can boost a man’s testosterone or give benefits similar to prescription testosterone?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
The answer really, is no. Foods and supplements do not have the same effects as supplemental testosterone, which is given by prescription.
Do not supplement with testosterone precursors such as DHEA, as you will mess up your body's own hormonal synthesis balance, and may inadvertently place yourself at risk for unforseen side effects that include disability or even death.
Testosterone is not absorbed well orally, but ingestion of a high protein diet, with amino acid supplements is commonly used by weight lifters to optimize the muscle building effects of their own naturally produced testosterone. Remember, it is the balance and ratio of testosterone to estrogen -- yes estrogen -- in men and women that will determine the overall hormone effect seen. Small amounts of testosterone in peri and postmenopausal women may improve libido, but larger amounts do not mean improved libido, but usually mean side effects and adverse risk and adverse appearance. You might consider eliminating natural estrogen sources (so called phytoestrogens) and foods that contain estrogen or increase your body's natural production of estrogen. Among these foods are tofu, hormone-treated milk, and meat products.
Always talk to a healthcare professional before taking any natural dietary supplement. Just because something is natural does not mean that it is always safe.

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