What if we told you that the secret to boosting testosterone lied in a curry noodle bowl? Well, it does. You can slurp away guilt-free at your local Indian or Thai restaurants because the main spice in curry bowls contains an abundance of testosterone-boosting chemicals. That magical spice is known as turmeric.
Turmeric is a powerful herb that is derived from the Curcuma longa plant. Native to Southeast Asian countries, the root of this plant is yanked from the ground and boiled. From there, the Curcuma is dried and then grated into a fine yellow powder that is used as a natural dye, spices in dishes, and for medicine.
What gives turmeric medicinal properties is most notably its chemical compounds called curcuminoids. These little polyphenol compounds pack a big punch as they have been proven to have a bevy of therapeutic benefits.
Turmeric can be used for any of the following:
- Higher brain functionality
- Age-related illnesses
While turmeric can help with a wide variety of ailments, one of its most popular uses is to boost testosterone. The curcuminoids in this powerful root create chemical reactions within the male body that offers a natural alternative to prescription-based medicines that are loaded with side effects. Here is how turmeric can become a game changer in the bedroom, weight room, and in life.
Testosterone and Your Body
To understand how your body (and your partner’s) can benefit from supplementing with turmeric, you first need to understand how our bodies make testosterone. When we are in need of more testosterone, the hypothalamus in the brain releases a hormone to the pituitary gland called the “gonadotropin-releasing hormone.” Upon coming into contact with that hormone, the pituitary gland releases two hormones, one being the follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), and the other being the luteinizing hormone (LH).
These two hormones enter the bloodstream and journey down to the testes. Once in the scrotal sac, the FSH starts to produce sperm. The LH stimulates the Leydig cells that reside around the same area. As this happens, the Leydig cells convert cholesterol into testosterone. This process continues on throughout the rest of a man’s life. However, as men age the cycle becomes much more complicated.
What Causes Low Testosterone
As we get older, our bodies go through many changes. Over time, testosterone production may slow down. There are many reasons for this. Luckily, most of those reasons can be addressed by supplementing with turmeric.
Here are the causes of low testosterone:
According to Dibaetes.org, if you have Type 2 Diabetes, you are two times more likely to suffer from low testosterone. Type 2 diabetes is when the body has high blood glucose levels due to lack of insulin. Resistance to insulin has been linked to low testosterone.
Curcumin aids in getting insulin into the cells. Turmeric protects beta cells that produce insulin. Studies involving 240 people in Thailand with prediabetes found 16% of the 116 people on the placebo developed Type 2 diabetes within a nine month span. However, those who received a daily 250 mg dosage of curcumin did not develop Type 2 diabetes at all.
- High LDL Cholesterol
LDL (Low-density lipoproteins) is the “bad” cholesterol. Too much LDL in your system causes fatty deposits to burrow into the body. Eventually, these buildups lead to blockages in the arteries. Blood will be unable to flow freely through the pathways, including the one that leads through the shaft of the penis. Without achieving an erection, testosterone production will naturally slow down.
In a study published by the Indian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology, ten volunteers took 500 mg of curcumin everyday for a week. Results showed that the patients’ blood levels of LDL cholesterol dropped by 33 percent. They also noted that their HDL (High-density lipoproteins) cholesterol levels were up 11.63%. HDL is the “good cholesterol” that is responsible for hormone production and adding muscle mass.
Many studies link obesity to low testosterone. The reason for this is that fat cells metabolize testosterone into estrogen. As we mentioned earlier, turmeric has the ability to lower estrogen in the body. That is one way to combat obesity. However, turmeric also acts as an anti-inflammatory. Curcumin reduces inflammations in the gut, including fat cells.
Another cause for obesity is when new blood cells develop in the white adipose tissue of the body. As the cells accumulate, they become fat. Studies have shown that turmeric has the ability to prevent the adipose tissues from growing.
- Too Much Estrogen
Much like testosterone is considered the “male hormone,” estrogen is the “female hormone.” Estrogen binds to estrogen receptors. However, due to natural mutations within your body’s cells, the female hormone may facilitate the production of even more estrogen when they bind to the receptors. When estrogen becomes overproduced, curcumin can bind to the estrogen receptors, essentially blocking estrogen from linking on and growing uncontrollably. Studies have proven curcumin as effective as the prescription drug, Tamoxifen, when it comes to binding onto estrogen receptors.
Introducing Turmeric into Your Everyday Life
Turmeric is a widely researched, herb that has a versatile record of medicinal use. Its main active ingredient, curcumin, actively targets estrogen, inflammations, and harmful fatty cells that can lead to a litany of ailments. Namely, all of these ailments result in low testosterone. Luckily, turmeric can help curb the causes of low testosterone, opening the door to natural hormone growth.
Turmeric can bought as a root in the produce aisle. It can be used while cooking, seeped into a tea, or boiled and grated to produce a fresh spice. However, those who wish to take it as a supplement may also buy turmeric in pill-form.
No matter how you consume turmeric, be sure to ingest it alongside black pepper to reap the most of the herb’s benefits. The addition of black pepper, which contains the chemical component, piperine, helps the body absorb turmeric by 154%.