Testosterone is a vital hormone for both men and women. In coronary artery disease in men, testosterone levels are either low or borderline-low. Alzheimer’s dementia males usually have very low testosterone. Vitality, motivation, sexuality, strength, strong immune system with dampening of autoimmune inflammation are all benefits.

A recent large study showed substantially higher risk of heart attack and strokes in older men, and younger men with cardiovascular risk factors. This study comes on the heels of two others in the past 18 months showing similar outcomes. Clinically we have also witnessed an event in someone despite nutrient support. It is also been highly evident that a major rise in the red cell count is a routine response, which obviously thickens the blood since there is less water, explaining at least a part of this risk. For this reason, we are no longer initiating testosterone treatment.

Fortunately there are many other ways to naturally and safely support testosterone. Nutrition is basic, as we believe consuming sugar, processed foods, grains, white potatoes, and high sugar or excess fruit torpedo testosterone by converting it into estrogen in fat cells. Moderate aerobic (e.g. walking) and especially anaerobic (weight-bearing) exercise are standards for testosterone, good health, and brain growth. Certain foods such as pomegranate and mushrooms support testosterone.

Nutrient support is important. Vitamin D boosts testosterone 20% in males, and vitamin C, vitamin B2, zinc, and magnesium are other supporters. Folate, vitamins B12 and B6, cysteine, and glutathione help get rid of excess testosterone-suppressing estrogen. A number of valuable herbal and amino acid remedies are always recommended during visits.

For both men and women, these strategies, as part of an overall hormone balancing, are essential for vitality, stamina, good health, and longevity. We even have a favorite libido-supporting strategy (tested by staff!). Get your hormones balanced naturally!

Jim Roach, MD, ABIHM, ABFM