Turmeric : Six Ways It Boosts Testosterone
Turmeric (AKA Curcumin) is without any doubt one of the most healthy foodstuffs on the planet. It has been proven to help boost health and well being in many ways including:
- Fighting Cancer
- Reducing Inflammaton
- Boosting Joint Function
- Slowing The Ageing Process
- Boosting Testosterone Production.
If you love Indian foods, then you are already probably familiar with it, if not, this article will try to explain a bit more about it and its health giving properties, in particular its ability to help encourage the release of more testosterone into your bloodstream.
Table Of Contents
- 1 Turmeric : Six Ways It Boosts Testosterone
- 1.1 Turmeric (Curcumin)
- 1.2 Turmeric Boosts Testosterone In Six Ways
- 1.3 Turmeric Regulates Cholesterol
- 1.4 Turmeric Blocks Estrogen
- 1.5 Turmeric Speeds Fat Loss
- 1.6 Turmeric Activates Vitamin D Receptors
- 1.7 Insulin Sensitivity and Turmeric
- 1.8 How To Improve Turmeric Absorption
- 1.9 Effective Doses Of Tumeric
- 1.10 Looking For A Good All Round Natural Testosterone Booster?
Turmeric has a wealth of health giving properties, with curcumin (the main component found in turmeric) being the major driver behind its effects.
It is the curcumin that gives Turmeric its bright yellow colour, the fresher the extract, the brighter the colour.
Turmeric Boosts Testosterone In Six Ways
Turmeric can help promote increased testosterone in one of 6 different ways –
- Increased Processing Of Cholesterol
- Blocking Estrogen At Cellular Level
- Speeds Fat Loss
- Activates Vitamin D Receptord
- Improves Insulin Sensitivity
- Promotes Health Function Of The Leydig Cells In The Testes
Turmeric Regulates Cholesterol
Human studies have proven that taking turmeric in supplement form can help to reduce levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol and increase the natural levels of HDL (good) Cholesterol. Several studies have demonstrated this effect:
One study involving 75 test subjects saw them given doses of 45mg Curcumin daily. This amount returned positive changes in cholesterol levels. an increased dose of 90mg per day saw improved levels of triglyceride ( a fat found in the blood).
Another trial involving just 10 subjects who were given a larger 500mg dose of turmeric daily for 7 days saw some great results with a 33% reduction in serum lipid levels, and 11.63% decrease in LDL cholesterol and a 29% increase in HDL (good) cholesterol.
For those of you that are not aware, testosterone is a direct by-product of good HDL cholesterol, so having a good level has a direct effect on the amount of the testosterone being produced.
Turmeric Blocks Estrogen
It has been discovered that the curcumin in Turmeric can directly block Estrogen.
It works to boost liver function and helps to speed the way that the liver gets rid of its waste products (including excess estrogen) by the process known as conjugation.
Estrogen is known to reduce the levels of testosterone in the blood by affecting the testosterone receptors in the body, by helping to rid the body of excess estrogen ( men do need a certain amount of estrogen) the natural levels of testosterone are generally higher.
Turmeric Speeds Fat Loss
Studies on both animals and human test subjects have demonstrated that taking curcumin helps to prevent a process known as adipogenesis – the process of storing fat cells.
By reducing adipogenesis and another process known as angiogenesis (the forming of new fat tissues), it stops new fat cells from forming.
A study involving human subjects looked at 44 people who were given daily turmeric supplementation.
They all recorded increase fat loss, reduced waist size and as a direct result lower BMI.
Increased BMI and Body Fat actually blocks testosterone in your body, stopping it working its magic, by reducing both, you can free up more testosterone in the blood, allowing it to get to and work where its needed.
Turmeric Activates Vitamin D Receptors
High levels of vitamin D are essential to maximum testosterone production. This is why a good T-booster will contain high dose of Vitamin D3.
Its not just how much Vitamin D you actually take, its how much is actually absorbed by the body.
Curcumin increases the bioavailability of Vitamin D, allowing for more of it to be taken up by the receptors and used in the body to activate the genes responsible for testosterone production including the key CYP3A4 gene
Insulin Sensitivity and Turmeric
Insulin resistance actually reduces testosterone production in the leydig cells.
This is a key reason why men who have type 2 diabetes along with those who have hypoglycaemia struggle to maintain good testosterone production.
Curcumin helps by reducing blood glucose levels by lowering hepatic glucose production. By improving our sensitivity to Insulin, our testosterone levels can noticeably improve.
How To Improve Turmeric Absorption
In its own right, Curcumin is not absorbed that effectively by the body. To improve this, its beneficial to take it alongside black pepper extract (aka piperine or bioperine) this has a massive effect on the absorption of turmeric, boosting its absorption by a staggering 2000%.
Effective Doses Of Tumeric
Studies tell us that the most effective dose of turmeric is between 500mg – 1000mg per day.
It’s also recommended to ensure that the supplement uses a curcumin extract that is standardised to 95% curcuminoids and that you also take it alongside black pepper extract (bioperine is a common description on ingredient labels) to ensure full absorption.
If you are using turmeric powder (adding it to smoothies for instance), then consider that one teaspoon contains 200mg of Curcumin which means that an optimum dose is 3 teaspoons daily.
Looking For A Good All Round Natural Testosterone Booster?
MEET THE AUTHOR: My name is Paul Gardner – I am the editor, main researcher and writer for testojunction.com.
I am 58 years old and currently live in the outskirts of London.
Sport and fitness has been a massive part of my life, as a younger man I used to swim competitively. Representing the county at events both home and abroad.
I have also been an avid squash and tennis player too, and have been a keen gym goer all through my life.
I have a CPD accreditation in Sports Nutrition, and have studied and have been writing about nutrition, hormones, natural ingredients and sports supplements for over 12 years and have had articles published in many popular publications.
One area that I have a particular interest in is how hormones play a massive part in our development, fitness, muscularity, strength and of course our sexual development.