Yes, There is a Way to Recharge Your Testosterone Level Naturally

For some men, testosterone replacement therapy is not an option. If your body can still manufacture the hormone, you may be a candidate for nutritional therapy. Testosterone levels naturally decline with age. If you feel your energy levels, sex drive, and overall vitality are running low, it’s time to give your testosterone levels a natural boost. Fortunately, there are nutrients that may help increase testosterone and reduce its conversion to estrogen. As men age, they may notice a lack of energy, shrinking muscle mass, lower libido, a more challenging time recovering from physical exertion, and more irritability with everyday challenges that a few years before wouldn’t have bothered them a bit. If that sounds familiar to you, you’re far from alone. But even though low testosterone levels are typical, they’re not inevitable. Fortunately, there are nutrients that can help recharge your strength, sex drive, and vitality.


Clinical trials of ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) frequently confirm what practitioners of traditional medicine knew: ashwagandha boosts testosterone levels, reduces feelings of stress, enhances exercise recovery, and helps build and maintain lean muscle. One clinical study found that in just eight weeks, ashwagandha boosted the testosterone precursor dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEA-S) by 18 percent and increased testosterone levels by almost 15 percent in overweight men between the ages of 40 and 70. These same men reported dramatic improvements in energy, mood, and sexual performance.

Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA)

DHEA is one of the most abundant and important hormones produced by the adrenal glands, and, among many other functions in the body, can be a precursor to testosterone. Unfortunately, levels of DHEA start dropping after the age of 25. By age 70 or so, DHEA levels may be only 10 percent of their former level. Supplementation with DHEA can bring those levels up and improve workouts, boost free testosterone levels, and prevent the natural decline that occurs due to aging, intensive exercise, or both.

(DIM) Diindolylmethane

Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli are sources of the nutrient indole-3 carbinol, which, during digestion, is transformed into 3,3 diindolylmethane, or DIM. Intake of these foods, and by extension, DIM, has positive effects on hormone balance, including androgen receptor activity and estrogen. For men and women alike, this is what makes DIM so valuable. Clinical research has shown changes in both circulating testosterone and estrogen levels can create conditions associated with low testosterone. Researchers found that declines in androgen levels led to reduced muscle size, strength, and overall lean muscle mass, and declines in healthy estrogen levels led to an increase in body fat. Lower levels of both led to reduced sexual function. The proper conversion of testosterone into estrogen by aromatase, an enzyme synthesized in the testes, is vital for a healthy libido and active sperm production. But like so many things, this process needs to be in balance in order to be beneficial. This is where DIM can help. DIM helps prevent estrogen from developing into potentially dangerous metabolites, so it keeps hormone levels in the correct ratios. Strengthening this balance with DIM may also help prevent prostate tumor formation and cancer spread.


Boron is a common mineral (found in leafy greens, nuts, legumes, and fruits) frequently lacking in the diet. Researchers have calculated that the higher the boron intake, the less likelihood of developing prostate cancer. But even in less dramatic ways, boron levels are critical for the balance of sex hormones, including free testosterone and estrogen in the body. Fortunately, supplementation has been shown to boost testosterone levels, which could have significant positive effects for overall energy, sex drive, and lean muscle mass.


In men, zinc is found in its highest concentration in the prostate, where it helps synthesize and release luteinizing hormone for testosterone production. However, zinc can easily be depleted by exercise, and even moderate deficiencies can affect testosterone levels. One clinical study found that, when taken before and after intensive workouts, zinc increased both total and free testosterone levels in young men after just four weeks. And it improves testosterone levels in older men, too—another clinical study found that six months of supplementation almost doubled their serum testosterone levels.

For men, testosterone is critical to strength, libido, and daily energy. The nutrients I’ve outlined here can help recharge testosterone levels for a noticeable improvement in mental and physical well-being and overall vitality that any man can appreciate.


Michael Chase, MS, NTP
Nutrition Science and Dietetics

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