Male sex drive is mostly influenced by your testosterone. The more T you have, the more you will spring at the slightest sexual nuance.
However, according to one study from urologists in Boston, it seems that total testosterone has little connection to male libido. Instead, it is free testosterone and, surprisingly, the connection between estradiol (a form of estrogen) and testosterone and that decides your randiness.
The New Study On Sex Drive
The researchers found no correlation between overall testosterone and how often the men desired sex. Nor did estradiol connect independently with the men’s sex drive, even when the levels were less than 5 ng/dL. This last fact is important because it was believed that men are more likely to experience healthy libidos if estradiol levels were within the “sweet spot” of between 2.0 and 5.5 ng/dL.
What did connect with libido, though, was the ratio of a person’s testosterone to their estradiol, along with total free testosterone, i.e., the percentage of your testosterone that is not chemically bound to SHBG. The higher your free T, the greater your sex drive.
Usually, men with lower libidos use testosterone replacement therapy. Sometimes this works and sometimes it does not, but when it does not work, it is due to one of two things, as this study clearly proves:
- You have too much sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG)… resulting in less free testosterone
- You have high estrogen (throwing off your testosterone/estrogen ratio)
What the study did not tell us is the best level of free testosterone or the exact T:E ratio we would want for the “optimum” sex drive, which would be hard as hell to define. Still, it gives us some hints as to what guys can do.
For instance, if you experience low testosterone symptoms (like weight gain, depression, inability to gain muscle, diminished desire for sex) or high estrogen symptoms ( like, fatty tissue around your nipples, increased abdominal fat, ED, or loss of libido), you could consider getting a progressive physician and have your SHBG and estrogen levels tested (along with your free T, of course).
Your other choice is to experiment using certain dietary practices and supplements to change your SHBG and estradiol levels.
How to Lower your SHBG and or Raise your Free Testosterone
- Take magnesium everyday to raise your free testosterone.
- Take zinc everyday to lower your SHBG.
- Take vitamin D3 each day to also lower SHBG.
- Don’t eat a diet low on carbs. A diet lacking carbs increases your SHBG while also lowering your testosterone.
- Watch the alcohol so your testosterone levels don’t lower.
How to Lower Estradiol
- Lose body fat. Fat leads to testosterone being converted into estrogen.
- Eat cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts. They have a chemical that works against estrogen.
- Take micellar curcumin. It lowers the conversion of testosterone into estrogen.
- Take resveratrol to lower the activity of an estrogen-converting enzyme.
Author: Steven Sinclaire