Testosterone plays a vital role in the libido for men, and also, a small, but essential, role in women.

Here are some foods to help give you a natural boost in your testosterone levels.

1. Oysters

Oysters are well-known aphrodisiacs. They are also a good source of zinc, which helps boost your testosterone naturally.

2. Pomegranate

This super food has a lot of health benefits. Other than boosting testosterone, it also helps reduce blood pressure, improve circulation and improve sperm quality. It may not be cheap, but it’s worth it.

3. Tuna

Tuna is a good source of protein. On top of that, it is also a great source of vitamin D, which helps boost testosterone naturally. Other deep sea fish like salmon and mackerel also are good sources of vitamin D.

4. Egg yolks

Egg yolks have gotten a bad reputation for their cholesterol content. However, the cholesterol from egg yolk is a precursor to testosterone in our body, so it’s very good for boosting this hormone. Do take egg yolks in moderation though, as you wouldn’t want to take in too much cholesterol.

5. Shellfish

Also notorious for increasing blood cholesterol, shellfish and crustaceans have a high level of zinc. The Alaskan king crab has one of the highest: just 3oz (85g) contains 43% of your daily zinc requirement. Once again, please eat these seafoods in moderation as too much may increase your cholesterol levels.

6. Beef

Different parts and cuts of beef have different benefits for testosterone levels. Beef liver is high in vitamin D, while chuck roast and ground beef are high in zinc. However, too much beef may increase your cholesterol levels and increase your risk for colon cancer.

7. Milk

Milk is a good source of vitamin D, as well as protein and calcium. Whatever food you choose to consume on a regular basis, just remember to take them in moderation.

Supplement your diet with a healthy active lifestyle and do speak to your local doctor to see if what you are doing is enough.

Source: Dr Muhd Taufiq who works as a general practitioner (GP) in Singapore.