MEN ON PAUSE: ‹ What you need to know about Andropause

Do you remember what life was like when you were 20 years old? Vaguely, huh? Well, those were the days when you had the energy to shoot hoops for three hours for nothing more than something to do. Those were the days of a 34-inch waistline and maybe some blonde highlights in the hair that grew on top of your head (not out your ears). And ‘ready for action’ meant “ready anytime” not just for the next 36 hours like the Cialis® commercial promises.

Then along came your 40′s along with some paunch around the waistline that¹s now reached 40-something itself, thinning hair, a lot less energy and perhaps a declining libido, if you¹re willing to admit to it. Or do you just pass off that lack of desire to being tired from too many hours spent at work? After all, you can¹t expect to stay young forever! But wouldn’t it be great if you extend the performance you had in your younger days well into your later years? The good news is, you can‹read on.

As a man loses his valuable testosterone ‹especially the free biologically active kind ‹he will start to experience some of the following symptoms: decreased muscle mass and strength, increased body fat‹ primarily in the belly area, decreased libido, erectile dysfunction (ED), fatigue, moodiness, irritability, depression and an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer‹ especially prostate cancer. Not exactly a pretty picture now is it?

Testosterone and Estrogen
By now you already know that testosterone is the macho male hormone and estrogen helps give women those soft curves. But men naturally produce estrogen and the right balance between testosterone and estrogen is essential for the proper functioning of the male body.
Most men produce less testosterone around the age of 40 ­ disrupting the delicate balance between testosterone and estrogen. Scientists call this estrogen dominance and estrogen dominance is linked to urinary and prostate problems (to name but two).

The Good News
Now that you know that male menopause is responsible for some of the ‘inevitable’ signs of aging like heart disease, depression, loss of muscle and strength, prostate problems and erectile dysfunction, you can take action. How? By using scientifically-validated natural supplements that restore the proper balance between testosterone and estrogen. Following are my top three picks:

  • Chrysin ­ a flavonoid that is found in a variety of plants and is processed into pure form as a nutritional supplement. Its effects on hormone levels have been known since 1984.  Chrysin is one of a variety of products favored by body builders who seek to increase testosterone levels.
  • Stinging nettle. Ouch, this plant sounds terrible! But when taken as a supplement, stinging nettle helps to balance hormone levels and is used as a treatment for an enlarged prostate.
  • Indole 3 carbinol (I3C). Indole 3 carbinol is found in vegetables that you love to hate like broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, kale, and cabbage. I3C helps reduce the level of estrogen in the body ­ one result you want in male menopause.

Brad King

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