Testosterone is a hormone produced in the testes of males and the ovaries of women. Testosterone levels in men are much higher than those of women, according to Medline Plus. In men, testosterone maintains bone density, muscle strength, sexual desire and sperm production. It is also associated with youth and vitality, according to the Mayo Clinic. When a man ages, his testosterone level decreases. Foods containing zinc and boron promote high levels of testosterone.
A study published in 1996 in the journal "Nutrition" investigated the relationship between zinc levels and testosterone in healthy adult men. Men with higher intakes of zinc had higher testosterone levels, according to the authors. Six oysters containing 76.7 mg of zing, representing 513 percent of the recommended daily value, according to the Office of Dietary Supplements. The oysters provide more zinc than any other food. Men who want to boost their testosterone levels should consume foods high in zinc, such as oysters.
2. Beef Legs
Men who consume inadequate amounts of zinc face the risk of hypogonadism, characterized by low levels of testosterone. Men need 11 mg of zinc per day, according to the Office of Dietary Supplements. A serving of 3 ounces (85.04 g) beef leg provides 8.9 mg of zinc.
Boron is a trace mineral. There has been much research on boron deficiency, and the recommended daily intake has not yet been determined, said lthyroid.com. Anyway, the boron may be involved in the metabolism of estrogen and testosterone. A 1987 study published in the "Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology" investigated the effects of dietary boron on the metabolism of estrogen and testosterone in postmenopausal women. Women receiving a supplement of 3 mg of boron per day showed a significant increase in testosterone levels, say the authors. According to the authors of a study published in 1996 in the "Journal of the American College of Nutrition" and was investigating the boron content in food, nuts are a good source of boron.
4. Dried Fruits
Dried fruits also contain boron, according to the "Journal of the American College of Nutrition." People who want to increase their testosterone levels should increase your intake of dried fruits.
Some legumes containing both zinc and boron. People who eat more beans, peas and beans promote their testosterone levels.
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