Scientifically known as Curcuma longa, turmeric has potent anticancer, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory properties. The active ingredients of turmeric are compounds called curcuminoids, which includes curcumin. Here’s what it does:
Turmeric Helps Block Estrogen
Estradiol, a form of estrogen, is important for men as it plays a vital role in sperm development and the joint health. However, too much estradiol can lower testosterone levels.
Turmeric, or rather curcumin, blocks estrogen at the cellular level by reducing estradiol production, and therefore helps boost your testosterone levels.
It is also good for your liver, as the liver produces bile which rids the body of toxic and excess estrogen.
So the take away is: Curcumin will help keep your estrogen on the lower end thus increasing your testosterone.
Turmeric Increases Cholesterol Processing
Cholesterol levels are critical for testosterone production. You need to make sure that your body has ample amounts of HDL (good cholesterol) and lower amounts of LDL (bad cholesterol).
Studies show that supplementing with Turmeric can indeed lower LDL while increasing HDL (good cholesterol).
Case study 1:
45 mg per day of curcumin supplementation given to 75 participants resulted in the greatest impact on cholesterol.
Case study 2:
10 volunteers which were given 500 mg of curcumin for 7 days. This resulted in a 11.63% decrease in total serum cholesterol levels. At the same time HDL cholesterol increased by 29%.
So the take away is: curcumin increases HDL and lowers LDL, benefiting the production of testosterone
Turmeric Activates Vitamin D Receptors
Healthy testosterone levels require high levels of vitamin D. Studies have shown that curcumin activates the vitamin D receptors that play a crucial role in maintaining testosterone levels
Turmeric Accelerates Fat Loss
There is an undeniable connection between obesity and low testosterone. Obesity reduces levels of sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG), a protein that carries testosterone in the blood. Furthermore, studies have proven that curcumin can regulate lipid metabolism, which plays a key role in the development of obesity and its complications.
Body fat actually locks up your testosterone so by lowering your BMI you can free your T to do what it’s meant to do.
Turmeric And Testicular Leydig Cell Functionality
Chronic inflammation can be devastating to your levels of testosterone. Testosterone is produced in the Leydig Cells in your testicles and inflammation causes a suppression of these Leydig cells
In a study of 367 people, turmeric was shown to fight inflammation.
Turmeric Improves Insulin Sensitivity
Insulin resistance decreases testosterone production. This can be see seen in diabetics and people who struggle with hypoglycemia.
Curcumin can reduce your blood glucose level by reducing hepatic glucose production. By improving insulin sensitivity, you can improve your insulin resistance and therefore increase your testosterone.
Curcumin Absorption And Black Pepper
It is important to note that in a recent study, taking black pepper can increase curcumin (turmeric) absorption by upwards of 2,000%.
Furthermore, turmeric is fat-soluble so it easily dissolves in fats. Therefore for better absorption, consume turmeric with good fats such as coconut or avocado oil. You can also add turmeric powder to milk, tea, yogurt, warm water, coconut milk, and almond milk.
How Much Turmeric Should You Take?
If you are taking a curcumin supplement, take around 500 – 1,000 mg per day.
Make sure it is standardized to 95% curcuminoids and it should also have bioperine for max absorption.
If you are having turmeric powder there is 200 mg of curcumin in 1 teaspoon of powder. So you would want to take about 3 teaspoons a day on average.