Last Modified on Jun 20, 2014
What is Low Testosterone?
Increasing numbers of men are coming to realize they suffer from low testosterone levels, but that doesn't mean they know what it means or how it affects life and health. Testosterone is the primary male hormone, responsible for our larger muscles, deeper voices, sexual development, and other sex characteristics. And it's natural enough that different men at different ages have differing amounts of testosterone running in their blood and organs; yet those who have particularly low levels of testosterone may suffer from erectile dysfunction (ED), reduced libido, and other sexual health and general health symptoms. Furthermore, low T levels are negatively correlated with premature death in older men, with depression, and with increased risk of diabetes; so remedies to improve your testosterone levels can provide overall health benefits.
Do you have low T? Symptoms of low testosterone include:
- Brain fog
- Dry skin
- Weak nails
- Muscle loss
- Frequent urination
- Memory loss
- Weak libido
- Erectile Dysfunction
- Weight gain
- Insulin resistance
- Cholesterol/Lipid issues
- Emotional issues
Natural Treatment for Low Testosterone
In order to raise your testosterone levels, you can try a number of herbal remedies to increase the hormone's production or otherwise treat the side effects of low T. For erectile dysfunction, maca root(2) is generally the best respected herbal remedy for increase libido, though cayenne pepper and other home remedies to improve cardiovascular health are also a good bet. Additionally, Cordyceps sinensis supplements have shown some promise in raising testosterone levels.(3)
I would like Ted's input on the issue of increasingly low testosterone levels affecting so many people. What part does excess estrogen intake (soy, pesticides, etc) play in this phenomenon? How do we counteract it?
EC: Great questions, thank you. Your post has been emailed to Ted for response.
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07/12/2012Posted by Melinda (Tucson, Arizona) on 01/09/2009
Firstly I want to say I love the site! My boyfriend was recently diagnosed with very low testosterone, and has been prescribed Testim, however I came here to see what natural alternatives he might be able to try, but cannot find anything on the subject. Please consider adding low testosterone to your list of ailments. My boyfriends Dr. was doing blood tests, but a testosterone test would have more than likely been skipped had I not mentioned he has zero sex drive, and is tired alot.
Thank you, MelindaReplied by Joyce