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6 Foods To Increase Testosterone And Boost Your Libido

Updated on October 11, 2016


Learn what foods can lead your body to produce more testosterone, a hormone which plays a vital role in a man’s health and sexuality.

Oysters to Boost Your Libido

Pacific oysters on rock salt, with lime
Pacific oysters on rock salt, with lime | Source

Foods That Increase Testosterone



Testosterone is a male hormone which plays a vital role in a man’s health and sexuality. Its production is dependent on zinc and vitamin B and although it is not found directly in the food we eat, certain foods can lead the body to produce more testosterone.

Testosterone is highly important for both men and women. However, men produce around 40 to 60 times more testosterone than women. Normally, testosterone levels in men are about 30% higher in the morning than at nighttime. This may explain why men are more interested in sex in the morning and it is part of the reason for spontaneous morning erections.


Men With Slightly Above Average Testosterone Levels Are Less Likely To Have High Blood Pressure, Less Likely To Experience A Heart Attack And Less Likely To Be

Avoid Impotence With Foods That Increase The Production Of Testosterone

Do you think your libido needs a little boost? Why not try some Testosterone foods to increase your performance. Boosting your intimate life can be as simple as upping your levels of testosterone. Even more, testosterone can also strengthen bones and muscles and even boost your brainpower.

Side Effects of Low Testosterone Levels

Did you know that about 5% of all men (and nearly 20% after age 70) suffer from low testosterone and its potential side effects: low libido, fatigue, loss of bone mass and muscle strength. And this affects women as well as around 10% of women have a low libido that leads to "personal distress".

Adding some of the following foods to your daily diet can increase your levels of testosterone in the long term. These foods are also known as natural libido enhancers or aphrodisiacs and can be used for both men and women alike.


6 Foods that increase testosterone and why they work.


1) Oysters


Oysters are natural libido enhancers because they have a high Zinc content which raises testosterone and sperm production. Oysters also improve dopamine levels which boosts libido in men and women.

Zinc is vital for many processes affecting the body; it helps to build new cells, boost the immune system, promotes growth, mental alertness, aids in proper brain function and plays an active role in the health of the male and female reproductive system giving you a testosterone boost.


Oysters are better eaten fresh and raw. They are also a good source of Magnesium and Phosphorus, and a very good source of Protein, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12, Iron, Copper, Manganese and Selenium.

According to The Sydney Morning Herald. (2005) a team of American and Italian researchers analyzed oysters and found that they were rich in amino acids that trigger increased levels of sex hormones.


Oyster to Increase Testosterone Production

 avoid impotence with foods like Oysters that increase the production of Testosterone
avoid impotence with foods like Oysters that increase the production of Testosterone | Source

A healthy adult has two to three grams of zinc in the body

Other natural sources of Zinc

Apart from oysters, the best sources of zinc include beef, lamb, pork, crabmeat, turkey, chicken, lobster and salmon.

Zinc supplements are also commonly used for wound healing and treatment of the common cold.

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The mineral zinc promotes skeletal and immune health.

 

4 Ways To Incorporate Salmon In Your Daily Diet To Increase Your Testosterone Levels

1) For breakfast, you can add some smoked salmon to a bagel with soft cheese which also contains high levels of zinc.

2) Create another healthy breakfast adding some smoked salmon to your scrambled eggs.

3) At lunch time, you can add cooked salmon to a pasta salad.

4) For dinner, you can enjoy a salmon filet cooked in the oven or poached with a portion of healthy steamed vegetables like Asparagus to benefit from its high content of vitamin E

2) Oily fish

When trying to add zinc into your diet then salmon is one of the best options as it is a great source of vitamin A and zinc

Essential fats such as the omega 3 fatty acids found in oily fish and flaxseed as well as saturated fats are essential for normal testosterone production. Salmon and sardines are a good source of B vitamins B5, B6, B12, all of which are important in keeping good reproductive health.


3) Bananas

Bananas are good because they are rich in potassium and B vitamins like riboflavin which are necessary for testosterone production. Bananas also contain the enzyme bromelain that is thought to enhance the male libido.


Banana juice is a great way to introduce bananas into your daily diet. The juice is delicious with a creamy consistency.


Bananas to Increase Testosterone

Bananas
Bananas

Bananas contain the enzyme bromelain, which some studies have found boosts a man's libido

4) Avocados

Avocados contain vitamin B6, helpful in increasing male hormone production and they have high levels of folic acid which helps to metabolize proteins to keep nerves and skin healthy. Moreover, avocado also has potassium that assists in regulating the thyroid gland that may help in increasing male libido.

Other nutritional benefits found in avocados are, folic acid, B-vitamins and vitamin E. The avocado is virtually the only fruit that has monounsaturated fat.

Other sources of vitamin B6 are bananas, raspberries, watermelons, peppers and Brussels sprouts.

5) Asparagus

Asparagus are rich in vitamin E, which stimulates the production of testosterone. Other benefits found from Vitamin E consumption are the protection against prostate cancer and Alzheimer's disease

Another benefit of consuming foods rich in Vitamin E, is that it reduces the risk of developing bladder cancer which kills 12,500 Americans annually, being the fourth leading cancer killer among men, and four times more common in men than women. (source: the annual meeting of the American Association of Cancer Research, Orlando, FL, May 23, 2004.)



6) Figs

Figs are high in amino acids, which researchers believe can increase libido and your sexual stamina. Figs are also a good source of iron, magnesium, potassium, B vitamins, as well as vitamin K.

The fiber found in fruits such as figs are said to significantly lower the risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women.

Include figs in your diet to help meet your body's daily requirements for minerals. cup serving of dried figs contains:

  • 121 milligrams of calcium, or 15 percent of the daily adult requirement;
  • 50 milligrams of magnesium, or 12 percent of the daily adult requirement;
  • 506 milligrams of potassium, or 11 percent of the daily adult requirement;
  • 1.5 milligrams of iron, or 19 percent of the daily adult requirement.


Foods that Increase your testosterone levels

Hormones can begin to decline as early as 25. Supplements recommended to help men stimulate the production of testosterone and prevent the unfavorable effects

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      Eric Dierker 4 days ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      This was showing on the side of a hub. Very cool that it lasts five years.

      And I think it is very well done.

      I have been doing a lot of study on foods and their nutrients and vitamins. Your whole list here is recommended for any concepts from Alkalyse to full on Peleo to Kinetics.

      I believe that Alcohol and sugars are major no no's in all of these also.

      Thanks for a very informative article.

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      John 2 weeks ago from India

      Excellent article. Very informative. I personally do Yoga to maintain my health. Yoga is very useful for boosting testosterone for men

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      prince bethel 2 years ago from Africa

      This is quite interesting. I love bananas so much...

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      IT Support Melbourne 4 years ago

      Excellent job! I found your blog using google.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 5 years ago from France

      Dan: fresh products are always better.

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      Dan 5 years ago

      Does the aspargus have to be fresh or will canned do the same thing?

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      Jojo Ronas 5 years ago

      Great health input on testosterone. I actually started losing muscle mass at 45. Use to go to the gym 3x a week. I think eating food that may increase my testosterone level might do the trick. Thanks again.

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      TotalHealth 5 years ago from Hermosa Beach, CA

      Nice hub! Lot of useful information that is a natural approach to living healthy. Never knew that honey is considered an aphrodisiac. Time to update my shopping list. Thanks!

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      khalid mehmood 5 years ago

      Thank you very much for such a nice information which will assist us to create healthy nations.

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      Simmons 5 years ago

      Wonderful hub.Quite informative as well.I read it many times and this hub assumes great significance in the modern world.Lovely presentation as well.I found it very useful and interesting.Thanks a lot for sharing such an awesome hub.I am surely gonna take more and more of the above mentioned foods.:)

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      sintayehu 5 years ago

      Thank you very much for such a nice information which will assist us to create healthy nations.

      Sintayehu

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      Kenneth Brown 5 years ago from United States

      Interesting. I only knew about the oysters' effect, so I definitely learned something new.

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      wanderlust9 5 years ago

      Good info! I recently embarked on a mission to improve my health, a part of which involves improving my testosterone levels. Another factor that men might want to consider is to reduce the amount of estrogen increasing foods in their diet. One of the most detrimental being Beer.

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      Zameer 5 years ago

      Stuff is very informative and guide for body fitness , people of all ages.Good and self improvement....

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      kikalina 5 years ago from Europe

      what a great hub.....I know what to feed my hubby now ;)

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      Kenneth Avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      GREAT hub, Princessa! Loved the topic and I voted up, and all across the top! You are an amazing talent and I sincerely thank you for sharing your writing with me. Kenneth Avery, a hubber from Hamilton, Alabama, in northwest Alabama, a rural town that reminds one of Mayberry, where Andy and Barney worked.

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      Rossi 5 years ago

      hey buddy,this is one of the best posts that I’ve ever seen; you may include some more ideas in the same theme. I’m still waiting for some interesting thoughts from your side in your next kamagra post.

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      curious 5 years ago

      why would chocolate and almonds be good for this?

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      Moog Vertus 5 years ago from Vienna, Austria

      Very useful information! confirms again that Avocados are healthy!

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      Hawk Fitness 6 years ago from Franklin,Tennessee

      That just rocked my hub on the subject,very nice. I've got to step up my game,lol.

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      bufala mozzarella 6 years ago

      I love this hub about healthy foods.

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      CJamesIII 6 years ago from Minneapolis, MN

      Of course all the things that help increase testosterone are gross, except bananas! Oh well.

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      andrebreynolds 6 years ago

      Haha! Good for me. Thanks for this.

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      Richard83 6 years ago from West Virginia

      I can surely see why you have ELITE status. What a great article you have here. VERY USEFUL! Thanks a million. Great tips. I didn't know that it could lead to disease. Very wise hub. Best wishes.

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      RalphGreene 6 years ago

      Interesting post, Thanks for sharing.

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      eatsumores 6 years ago

      wonder why i get violently sick after consuming oysters, fresh or canned.. where mussels do nothing to me..

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 6 years ago from France

      richard: sorry but I've never heard of canned oysters

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      richard 6 years ago

      What about canned oysters?I cant find raw oysters in my area.

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      zeus31 6 years ago from PHILIPPINES

      YAH.. ITS GREAT... I LIKE IT.. I WANT TO TRY IT

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      Marwan Asmar 6 years ago from Amman, Jordan

      Very informative and will abide

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      bryanps 6 years ago from Australia

      Didn't know that asparagus has a role in increasing testosterone levels :D

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      naufillzaman 6 years ago from Pakistan, Islamabad

      thanks. really good information

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      UstillUp 6 years ago

      I heard that watermelon is good for increasing testosterone and sexual functions. I love watermelon so I figure it's worth a shot.

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      AnkushKohli 6 years ago from India

      I'm exercising 1 hr on daily basis but unable to get the desired results so I was looking for the good diet and I think, I got this time. Avocados is not easy to find in India but oily fish and bananas are easy approachable. I'll try few weeks & update you soon.

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      http://arimatest.org  6 years ago

      All the foods mentioned do increase testosterone levels. I eat some of them regularly and they do work. The key is to eat the foods regularly enough to see benefit.

      Some really excellent info here, thanks for sharing.

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      fadibody 6 years ago

      Your hub is fully-packed with essential and informative details. I had pleasure reading. Great hub!

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      Pepe 6 years ago

      Well.... bananas make complete sense! They are phallic.

      LOL Great article and info. Definitely will start eating the oysters. And don't forget oily fish like salmon, trout, sardines, tuna, etc. Nuts and seeds too.

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      Living Water 6 years ago from United States

      Good work

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      fresh2def05 6 years ago from Louisville, Ky

      very good hub. I did not know that bananas help with testosterone.Who new? Anyway, great work and I'm looking forward to reading more of your hubs.

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      bruzzbuzz 6 years ago from Texas , USA

      Great information. I love bananas and avocados. Now I have a real reason to eat more. Thanks. Great hub.

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      Matt Penn 6 years ago

      Great hub with some very interesting info.

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      Eugene Sung 6 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      I eat all of what you listed here. Very healthy foods; you obviously know what you're talking about!

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      ucangetfit 6 years ago

      Very cool HUB, I like it. I eat some of that stuff already, now I have to incorporate figs and asparagus.

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      kingkhan78 7 years ago

      Great information about Foods to increase testosterone and thanks for sharing hub page community

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      KGBKillerAbs.com 7 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I see I am not alone in liking your hub. Diet is such an important aspect of everything we do. As a fitness instructor, I will be recommending your hub to my clients. Thanks for taking the time to put it together.

      Nice job!

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      Natalie Bonanski 7 years ago

      I"m glad to see good fats like avocados and almonds on this list. I try to incorporate these foods in my diet a few times a week. I guess I should start sharing these with my boyfriend.

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      bubs353 7 years ago

      Thanks for this.Very clear and informative.

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      snkhan120 7 years ago

      VERY GOOD

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      prodriver08 7 years ago from Houston, TX

      Great Hub! I never thought of increasing testosterone by changing my diet! Thanks!

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      tonny 7 years ago

      no more worries of erectile dysfunction

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      john sultan 7 years ago

      great info,always wandered for those during past

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      wademcmaster 7 years ago from Australia

      Interesting hub! testosterone is a huge thing in mens health and a good way to optimize weight loss and muscle gain, this list is an excellent resource!

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      bd160900 7 years ago from San Diego

      very informative! thanks

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      pt21 7 years ago from Birmingham

      Great hub, very interesting and often over looked info!

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      Koko Toy 7 years ago from California

      Nice Hub, great information! Thank you.

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      wilcowilliams12 7 years ago from Franklin Square, NY

      I love everything on this list besides the oysters and asparagus. Great hub with great information! Thanks!

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      rtaf444 7 years ago

      I enjoyed this very much. Will be back to check out the rest of your hubs.

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      DenverPhotography 7 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      I love this natural guide. I think all too often our society tries to go for the synthetic option first.

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      Angelllite 7 years ago from United States

      Zinc also protects from Prostatitis, which can lead to prostate cancer

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      fucsia 7 years ago

      Thanks for the informative hub.

      the nutrition is important to increase testosterone but is also very useful sports!

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      Kamran100 7 years ago

      Great hub. princessa...very informative

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Good information.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 7 years ago from France

      Putz: glad to have you back. Did you try including any of these foods in your daily diet?

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      Putz Ballard 7 years ago

      I just had to read this one again. So good!

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 7 years ago from France

      edguider: Great to hear that, thanks for coming back to let us know.

      thehands: Glad you mention that. Testosterone is very important for both men and women as it plays an important part in our metabolism.

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      Jorge Vamos 7 years ago

      Testosterone is really important. More than just in the realm of sex, it does a lot to keep one healthy and energetic.

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      edguider 7 years ago

      Princess, I followed the tips on this hub and guess what, my testosterone did increase :)

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 7 years ago from France

      Raymondho: I have read some reports saying that the more active your sex life, the more testosterone you produce. However, I have read other reports who say that having an active sex life has no impact in your testosterone production.

      I would say, enjoy yourself regradless of what those reports say ;-)

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      Raymondho 7 years ago

      Great topic! I was just thinking about how to get testosterone naturally. I always worried about this since I became a (near eggs, fish OK) vegetarian 3 years ago and body building at the same time. For dDeveloping muscles having the big 'T' I guess is very essential to have in the body. Also I have been told having an active sex life also helps develop it ? don't know

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 7 years ago from France

      Gordon Hamilton: Now you can use this info for your benefit.

      prasetio: you are welcome!

      samboian: I'll need to have a look at that. Thanks for the link!

      cbris52: maybe you don't have any problems because you are already eating the right things..

      Fred: Testosterone is very important for both men and women, it makes sense to inform yourself to improve your quality of life.

      edguider: Great to hear that. I certainly notice a big difference when we spend a couple of days by the seaside eating lots of fresh seafood ;-)

      Money Glitch: thanks for that, interesting hub. I'll add a link to it from here.

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      edguider 7 years ago

      BTW, had some oyster this weekend, I ordered them just because I read this hub :) Did feel a big difference with the wifey that night :)

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      FredIndy 7 years ago from Queensland

      Great! Love reading and writing about the foods/exercises that help boost testosterone.

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      mrpopo 7 years ago from Canada

      Cool stuff, I'll keep these foods in mind

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      Hi Princessa, Just wanted you to know that I added a complimentary link on my hub called Vitamins Supplements for Male Menopause to this one. You have really done a great job on explaining foods to increase testosterone, hopefully my link will enhance your traffic to this hub. Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge on this subject. :)

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      devsir 7 years ago from Earth

      great info

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      samboiam 7 years ago from Texas

      Princessa, thanks for all the useful information I have also linked this hub to Let's Talk Sex. Love your writng. I am so glad I discovered you.

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      This is good information for me as a man. I'll bookmark this one. Thank you very much.

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      Gordon Hamilton 7 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      I think that this is an excellent Hub, Princessa, and although I am familiar with the concept of testosterone, I did not previously realise that it had multiple benefits.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 7 years ago from France

      Thank you everyone for your comments and for sharing your experiences with the rest of us.

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      Nick Stevens 7 years ago from Manchester, NH

      I really like this hub...It is not that I have a problem down there but I needed some supplements for the extra testosterone levels to keep off some localized problem fat areas around my belly.

      A simple inclusion of bananas in my diet has reduced the problem area to less concerning levels. Thanks again.

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      lebanon  7 years ago

      thank ou for the enfo and am going now to eat a bannana :D

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      stephensaldana 7 years ago from Chicago

      Great hub!!!!!!

      The information regarding male hormone testosterone is immensely useful. The hub provide scientific point of view, to the whole scenario. The element for instance zinc is necessary for male hormone. The individual will accordingly opt for the food which is so fruitful for male hormone. Thanks a lot for information.

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      free4india 7 years ago

      For all those men who read this article, dont go through x-ray machine at the airport after having the above foods ! Because the results will be very visible !!!

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      acolten 7 years ago from Koloa, HI

      great info! thank you

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      beth811  7 years ago

      Full of useful information. On the first part of your hub about morning erections, I just knew that now.

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      jeffro67 7 years ago from Ohio, USA

      great article!! I will be adding these to my diet!! Maybe not the oysters :)

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      jtstunner 7 years ago

      great article thanks for all of the information

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      Jill Ness 7 years ago from California

      lots of great information. I had no idea avacados were part of this group.

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      Imbecilic Repellent 7 years ago

      I was drawn to this post through cyber-space via testosterone, ha! Nice hub!

      I will add: Eating lean, red meat also helps raise this lovely love-lifting hormone, but you don't hear about that as often - due the bad reputation red meat has.

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      Papa Sez 7 years ago from The Philippines to Canada

      Avocado, oyster and oily fish are among my favorites...now I know there are additional incentives for males to eat these. Good read Princessa!

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      sord87 7 years ago

      Men do love this article.It really boost this page cause testosterone is main part of men health and body.Great hub

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      moviedownloads 7 years ago

      This is some awesome information to know. Thanks!!!!

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      keywc58 7 years ago

      Thanks for the information. I really like natural remedies.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 7 years ago from France

      4everfitness: LOL thanks for the compliment :) and for the link

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      4everfitness 7 years ago

      Interesting topic from a fascinating woman.Sorry if that sounds like a come on. How does one not sound this way when paying a sincere compliment?! Anyway, personally believe in argenine (sp?) to maintain optimal male health, which I hope never goes away. Expect there must be a complementary one for women?

      http://www.foreverfitness.info

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 7 years ago from France

      Hey guys, don't forget to come back and tell us how did you get on trying on these foods!

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      55anders 7 years ago from Denmark

      Impressive, great info, thanks for posting this blog.

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      itcoll 7 years ago

      impressive.like the above user said,i never know figs could increase testosterone production.I pretty much knew everything else but this one was unknown to me.great hub.

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      martycraigs 7 years ago

      I did not know about figs...you learn something new all the time.

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      mannoy 7 years ago

      great article. I surely will apply some of the tips personally.

      thanks