Role of Testosterone in Male Health
Testosterone is often called the Principle Male Hormone and there is no reason why it should not be. It is the chief hormone among the group of androgens and it might amuse you to know that androgen in Greek means the “man maker”.
This hormone is produced by the leydig cells in the testes and it not only controls sexual function and sex drive in men but is also responsible for secondary male characteristics such as growth of facial and torso hair, deep voice and male fat distribution.
It is also responsible for the growth of male sex organs(testes and penis) and semen production. It is also the hormone behind aggressive behavior and strength factor in men. Testosterone helps in the growth of strong and lean muscles.
Not only this, it is also the hormone that influences bone growth by retention of calcium and phosphate and prevents the onset of osteoporosis that can lead to bone fractures.
The production of this hormone is at its highest level during puberty and adolescence but it begins declining after the age of 30 at about 1% a year. Though this decline is gradual, it translates into a 10% decline over a decade. This dip in testosterone production not only results in low sex drive or libido but also triggers erectile dysfunction.
- loss of lean muscle
- weight gain specially around the waist
- reduced energy levels
- mood swings and irritable behavior
- low sex drive and erectile dysfunction
- sleep apnea
- reduce mental alertness etc.,
However, there are ways to boost the production of this male hormone naturally. Proper diet and a healthy and active lifestyle goes a long way in keeping your Testosterone levels intact.
Your diet must be rich in proteins, limited in carbohydrates and moderate in essential facts such as Omega 3.
Regular and intense workouts are also known to boost testosterone production. However, it is important to limit your workout to 45-60 minutes in a single session. This is because if you workout for than an hour your body begins producing Cortisol which inhibits testosterone production.
Reducing stress and adequate sleep are also natural testosterone boosters. Moreover, there are some herbal supplements that can be a big help. These supplements are formulated with herbs such as Tribulus terrestris, Tongat Ali, Panax Ginseng, Ginkgo Biloba etc., that not only increase testosterone production but also increases blood circulation throughout the body.
Such supplements are a better option as compared to replacement therapy since they do not have any side effects and are getting increasingly popular.