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The Male Menopause Part 2- Food

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The Male Menopause Part 2- Food

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Written by: Hannah
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My last article talked about the male menopause (Andropause) and its signs and symptoms. At present, the condition is lacking research especially when it comes to the influence diet may have on the condition. However, there are some foods which are suggested to potentially benefit sufferers and help increase production of testosterone. Eating a healthy balanced diet which has a broad range of foods will ensure you have all the nutrients you need as the body requires a variety of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and essential fatty acids for optimum health. The following foods are thought to help increase testosterone production:

  • Oysters- oysters are a great source of zinc and according to the National Institute of Health (NIH), zinc is essential for testosterone production and the maintenance and regulation of sperm. Zinc is needed by the body for the reproductive and endocrine systems
  • Brazil nuts- nuts are full of health benefits but Brazil nuts are a rich source of selenium which is an antioxidant. Just 30g of Brazil nuts a day will provide you with 10 times the daily amount of selenium. The NIH reports that selenium can boost testosterone levels and sperm motility in men.
  • Avocados- avocados are full of essential fatty acids as they have a much higher fat content than any other fruit. They are considered a great dietary way of increasing testosterone. Fat is an essential part of the diet for maintain hormone hormonal balance throughout the body.

You may also want to include more of the following foods in your diet which are high in zinc:

  • Liver
  • Beef
  • Lamb
  • Chicken
  • Eggs
  • Pulses
  • Cheese

Here is a suggested menu plan for a day including the foods above:

Breakfast: 2 poached eggs on wholemeal toast or a bed of spinach

Snack: 30g Brazil nuts

Lunch: Chicken and avocado salad

Dinner: Beef chilli with rice and vegetables
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