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Sexual Health: What is Testosterone?

  By posted Apr 24th 2014
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Sexual Health: What is Testosterone?

 

 

Testosterone is a hormone, which is mainly secreted in the testes of males. It is the major male sex hormone and plays a critical role in the development of reproductive tissues like the testis and the prostate.

 

Testosterone helps in:

  • Development of male tissues
  • Increases muscle mass
  • Increases sex drive
  • Increases bone mass
  • Promotes growth of body hair

 

Normal Levels of Testosterone

Like our cholesterol levels and blood pressure levels, testosterone levels do have a upper and lower limit. The T levels or the testosterone levels in the body are regulated by the brain and the testes. During low testosterone the brain activates the testes to create more. When the levels are normal the brain signals the testes to make less.

 

Testosterone boosting foods

  • Bananas
  • Pineapple
  • Eggs
  • Oyster
  • Cruciferous vegetables
  • Garlic

 

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