Hot flashes… insomnia… weight gain… mood swings. While this list reads like a classic collection of menopause complaints, aging women aren’t the only ones whose bodies struggle with the change of life. In fact, research shows that “manopause” is a very real problem… and if you’re an older man, it’s one that could be putting your health at risk and making you miserable in the process.
Low Testosterone Today… Diabetes and Heart Disease Tomorrow
Among the most recent research is a new animal study from the University of Edinburgh, which shows that low testosterone levels are directly linked to insulin resistance. Assuming that the results carry over to humans, this would mean that aging men experiencing a dip in this vital sex hormone could be on the fast track to diabetes, whether they happen to be overweight or not.1
But that’s hardly the only complication that can accompany the drop in male hormones known as andropause. Studies have associated testosterone declines with a wide range of potentially life-threatening conditions, from muscle wasting, lowered bone density, and decreased cognitive function to increased coronary artery disease (CAD) and heart attack risk.2-3
To make matters worse, you can also expect your body to soften up and start favoring fat storage… and for your libido to suffer a serious nosedive.4-5
Five Nutrients to Fend Off “Manopause”
Fortunately, andropause is one fact of life that you don’t have to take lying down. There are a number of safe and clinically effective nutrients that science shows can pump your testosterone levels back up to prime levels, boosting both your virility and your vitality.
Research indicates that lignans from stinging nettle root, for example, are able to tie up sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG), thereby freeing up more testosterone in your body which may help prevent problems like prostate enlargement and prostate cancer cell growth.6-9 Stinging nettle also happens to be rich in a compound called beta-sitosterol—a critical plant sterol for men, due to its ability to block testosterone’s conversion into metabolites that can endanger your prostate gland.10-11
Similarly, luteolin—a natural flavonoid derived from the herb Perilla frutescens—blocks an enzyme called aromatase, which is responsible for converting testosterone into estrogen. But unlike other popular aromatase inhibitors, luteolin has the benefit of superior absorption and bioavailability.12 Myricetin is another flavonoid with strong testosterone-boosting powers that, like beta sitosterol, effectively puts the brakes on prostate-damaging metabolite conversion.13
Finally, the Southeast Asian herb Eurycoma longifolia Jack (also known as tongkat ali) can increase testosterone stores, while offering a research-supported shot in the arm to your dwindling sex drive. Studies on laboratory animals show that this plant ramps up both libido and sexual activity.14-16
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