Estrogen – in the bodybuilding community, it’s almost a cuss word. But even for you regular people who like to keep in shape, it’s still almost as bad.
Without going into too much detail and boring you to tears, estrogen essentially causes three things – it makes you bloated (because you retain water), lowers muscle growth, and helps you gain fat faster.
Yup, scary. And it’s caused by a number of insidious things. But the question is – should we be doing everything we can to completely avoid this hormone?
Or is the actual key to peak testosterone production and sex drive all about keeping estrogen levels under control instead of totally eradicating them?
Well, it turns out, that you do need small amounts of estrogen for things like bone health & repair, arterial health, as well as other important elements such as the suppression of excessive body fat. This clearly shows us that you don’t need to eradicate estrogen completely.
So, you’re probably wondering what is the best way to keep your estrogen levels in check whilst also keeping your T-levels at optimum levels?
So, let’s see how you can do that:
Best Estrogen Blockers and Anti-Estrogen Supplements for Men
One of the best ways to keep the estrogen under control is to increase testosterone levels. By eating the right types of foods, using some proven supplements, and incorporating some lifestyle changes, we can over time, begin to optimize our testosterone and reduce estrogen levels.
Let’s now look at the 9 best ways to lower estrogen in the body.
Consume Test boosters
There are plenty of ways to consume testosterone-boosting nutrients, including using some supplements, vitamins, and minerals. Making all these a regular part of your diet will work wonders. You can get all this from foods, but supplements are a good idea too.
When it comes to buying test boosters, please, do keep in mind that most of them are ineffective. Therefore, it’s always best to take a well-established and natural herbal supplement like Tongkat Ali that’s been used successfully for thousands of years.
The great thing about Tongkat Ali is that studies have shown that it can not only increase testosterone levels but can also lower estrogen levels in the body by preventing aromatase in the Leydig cells.
Using natural products that have stood the test of time is the most reliable way to take your manliness to the next level. Also, consider taking zinc and vitamin D on a daily basis.
DIM is a compound that is formed through the intake of cruciferous veggies such as cauliflower, cabbage, and broccoli. According to research, these components can have a positive impact on the balance of estrogen and testosterone levels in your body.
The way DIM works for men is by releasing good estrogen metabolites that release the testosterone that is bound to SHBG (sex hormone-binding globulin) which then increases free testosterone levels in the body.
DIM also acts as an aromatase inhibitor – aromatase is an enzyme that converts precious testosterone into estrogen. DIM hinders aromatase activity in the body and therefore helps protect testosterone from being diminished.
Thanks to all the above, your testosterone production will be enhanced greatly, while estrogen levels will begin to drop.
Arimistane – Block Estrogen to Increase Testosterone
Apart from vitamin D and zinc, you can also take an Arimistane supplement, in order to effectively manage your estrogen levels and to maximize testosterone levels.
Arimistane is a powerful cortisol inhibitor and Aromatase Inhibitor (AI) that will help reduce estrogen levels in your body.
And because Arimistane is a naturally occurring substance in the body that inhibits aromatase, it has the amazing ability to stop testosterone levels from being converted into estrogen.
The good side of Arimistane:
– Prevents high levels of estrogen
– Boosts testosterone levels and libido
– Enhanced recovery after a workout
– Helps in building lean muscle mass
– Burns fat
The Not so good side of Arimistane:
– Since Arimistane is considered to be a subtle steroid, you should only consume it for a short period of time
– Temporarily, it can lower estradiol which can have a negative impact on your bones
If you plan to consume Arimistane, make sure to follow the recommended dosage, otherwise, you’ll put your health at risk.
Avoid These Foods
Another reason why your testosterone levels may be low is that you eat lots of foods that can actually boost estrogen production. Of course, your body needs estrogen in order to keep your bones healthy and strong, and also to suppress excess body fat.
This is why you should not block estrogen completely. However, you probably want to consume only a small amount of these foods, to keep things under control:
– Soy and other products that contain soy
– Sesame seeds
As an added note, avoid drinking from cheap plastic water bottles, like these, after being exposed to the sun for just a couple of minutes, will release chemicals that influence estrogen production.
Eat More of These Foods
It’s a well-known fact that some foods can hinder testosterone levels, while other foods can enhance it. Incorporating these foods into our daily diet means that you’ll have more energy, a healthier, better, libido, you’ll have better sleep, and will also be in a better mood.
When you hit the age of 30, you’ll experience a slow drop in testosterone levels, which is why you should pay extra attention to what you’re eating. A slow decline in your testosterone levels has been connected to obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, low libido, reduced physical performance, and reduced muscle mass.
According to one research article (announced in the Journal of Applied Physiology) men who incorporated a high amount of saturated and monounsaturated fats into their daily routine also had increased testosterone levels.
However, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t eat any kind of fat. In fact, it’s very important to incorporate high-quality dietary fats into your diet.
The following are good examples of good fats you should consider eating:
– Olive oil
– Peanut butter
– Red Meat
– Coconut oil
– Egg yolks
– Dark chocolate
According to experts, (“Journal of Clinical Endocrinology”), vitamin D is crucial when it comes to producing testosterone. Apparently, people who take vitamin D on a regular basis, have higher concentrations of free testosterone.
What most people don’t realize is that vitamin D is actually not a vitamin at all. It’s actually a hormone that is inaccurately named a vitamin.
And this powerful hormone can affect over 2000 genes in the body, as well as 1000 bodily functions such as sexual function, fertility, growth, and hormone production.
Consequently, if your vitamin D levels are running low, these important bodily functions will be compromised.
So, what about you? Do you have a lack of vitamin D? Think about that, because it may be the answer to the low levels of testosterone in your body.
Cheese, fish (especially salmon and tuna), free-range eggs, portabella mushrooms, are all great sources of vitamin D. Liver is also a good idea.
In case you didn’t know zinc has a huge impact on testosterone production. Unfortunately, mild deficiency of this mineral is very common among women and men.
And because the human body can’t manufacture its own – it’s very important to get sufficient amounts of Zinc through a combination of food and daily supplementation.
Zinc is also critical for T-Production because it has been shown to inhibit the aromatase enzyme, hence it reduces testosterone levels being converted to estrogen.
It also helps the body produce over 300 enzymes and plays an essential role in many significant processes in the body, including cell repair, restful sleep, hormone production, and supporting prostate health.
So, you should definitely consider buying a zinc supplement and taking it for at least six months in order to see (and feel) the results. Zinc can also be found in foods like; oysters, turkey, beans, liver, nuts, pumpkin seeds, egg yolk, and dark chocolate.
Get More Sleep
Another crucial step in keeping your T-levels levels high, is having quality sleep, every night. Yeah, I know you’re busy, but so am I and I always find time for a seven-hour long nights’ rest. So, do whatever you have to do in order to sleep as a normal, healthy person should.
Forget about sleeping for three to five hours, because this is not a good idea, at all. Neither your brain nor your body will function properly. Just to remind you, sleep is the time when your body rejuvenates and does what it has to do so that you can have enough energy to achieve all your goals the following day.
In addition, Scientists at the University of Chicago studied the sleeping patterns of healthy men and they’ve concluded that men who slept a minimum of 8 hours had significantly higher testosterone levels.
Also, not having quality sleep means that your immune system will be lower, so you are more likely to get sick. This means that you won’t be able to work out until your body is completely recovered. Lack of physical activity and lack of testosterone leads to reduced muscle growth and fat loss.
I think all you night owls get the point: Sleep 7 – 9 hours per night!
Reduce Body Fat
One more way to keep your estrogen levels under control is to lower your body fat. Apparently, there has been a link between the production of estrogen and higher levels of body fat.
This process is described as a vicious cycle, where one component feeds on the other one, so they are much stronger together.
Therefore, you have to keep your body fat at a healthy level, which includes taking the food that I’ve mentioned, but also, obviously, following a workout program.
Now, when it comes to your training, you have to carefully choose the type of weight training, exercises, and tools in order to maximize your testosterone levels. In essence, the greater the number of muscles you stimulate, the higher the level of testosterone.
Another thing you need to think about is how long you train. Meaning, contrary to what most men think, you should not train for more than one hour, as this may boost cortisol levels and consequently decrease testosterone levels.
Moreover, your rest periods between sets shouldn’t be too long (no longer than three minutes) as this will boost hormonal response.
And there you have it – the 9 best estrogen blockers that can skyrocket testosterone levels. I hope that going through the article, you learned something new and you will apply that knowledge. Still, let’s recap quickly – eat your cruciferous veggies, go to bed early, take a proven supplement, get adequate vitamin D and Zinc, and try not to gain too much fat.