Men’s Hormone Health (Testosterone)

When it comes to men’s hormones, we can keep it fairly simple. It’s about more testosterone and less estrogen.

In other articles, we’ll be going into more detail about other hormones like cortisol, insulin, and the thyroid hormones, which interact mostly the same among men and women. But for simplicity, it’s the androgens that make men men, and estrogens that make women women.

This is important because testosterone goes down as we age. And that’s not all. There is a species-wide decrease in all men over the last several decades because of modern living! We all need help keeping testosterone high.

Testosterone Decline Chart (courtesty of Medscape)

Shows the decline of Total and Free Testosterone and the rising of SHBG.

Shows that Men as a Whole Today have Less Testosterone!

Shows that Men as a Whole Today have Less Testosterone!

An easy way to think about the difference between men and women is yin and yang. The moon and the sun. Men follow the masculine sun which has a daily cycle. Women follow the feminine moon which has a 28-day cycle. And the hormones tend to follow suit. Women’s hormones tend to be much more complex because of this longer cycle. More details to come in the near future.

For the picture of men’s hormone health here we’ll talk about five different molecules of interest here.

  • Testosterone
  • Estrogen
  • Aromatase
  • SHBG
  • DHT

1. Testosterone

Increase it. For the vast majority of men, this is exactly what they’ll want to do. It’s not just older men either. As a species our testosterone levels have fallen, so younger guys, like myself, need support too.

  • Proper weight training
  • The right attitude
  • Sufficient fat and cholesterol in the diet
  • Sufficient protein and carbs in the diet
  • Plain and simple acting like a man!
  • A large supply of Zinc, Vitamin D and other critical nutrients (A, Iodine, Boron specifically but basically all vitamins and minerals!)
  • Not too much stress, as cortisol inhibits testosterone

2. Estrogen

Decrease it. While guys need a small level of estrogen, anything more than that is problematic. The issue is our environment is heavily estrogenic. From man-made xeno-estrogens to those found in nature (phytoestrogens) plus the estrogenic effects of heavy metals and mycotoxins, we’re just plan overloaded.

The biggest culprits are plastics and chemically contaminated food (pesticides and so on). Cutting down on these (since it’s pretty much impossible to avoid them completely) is critical.

For more on this subject read this article Estrogens vs. Androgens.

3. Aromatase

Aromatase is an enzyme that converts testosterone into estrogen. Since we’re already overloaded with estrogen from the environment more of this enzyme does not help. Once again, some is necessary, but most men will need to decrease it.

The number one factor of this is body fat. Your adipose tissue acts as a manufacturing plant for this enzyme! So if you want to be manly you’ve got to lose fat to a healthy level.

Testosterone converts directly into Estradiol (one of the several estrogens)

Testosterone converts directly into Estradiol (one of the several estrogens)


Sex Hormone Binding Globulin is a protein that binds to androgens rendering them inert. It is largely responsible for the difference between total testosterone and free testosterone. The sad fact is all the T in the world won’t do you any good if it’s bound up by SHBG.

Various nutrients, including your ratios of fats and carbohydrates, can affect this globulin. Once again, men’s goal is to lower SHBG most of the time.

5. DHT

Dihydrotestosterone is an interesting one. It is somewhere between 10-50 times as potent (depending on who you ask) of an androgen as testosterone itself. So, many of the effects we attribute to testosterone are actually from DHT.

That being said, there is some implication of DHT in prostate issues (though most of the evidence these days points to that actually being a problem with excess estrogen, not DHT) and in male pattern baldness.

So depending on you and your goals you might want to increase or decrease DHT. This one is tricky because there’s not nearly the research as there is on testosterone itself. All the stuff I mentioned in the testosterone section should help support healthy DHT levels too.

Now let’s talk about herbs and what they can do for these different areas.

Pine Pollen

My favorite herb for everything here is pine pollen. It actually has testosterone and other androgens in it, along with a whole lot of other nutrition that can help support testosterone and the other hormones. Not only does it seem to help restore T levels but it appears to help remove excess estrogens as well.

I like to think of the pine pollen powder as balancing the hormones in the body, male or female. However, the tincture form is more powerful androgenically. It’s more directly boosting to testosterone. For this reason, it’s generally only recommended for men 30 and older, but as we’ve found some women get great results with it. Based on those results I think we may revise our female recommendations soon.

The best bet for many men will be to take the powder and the tincture together. You get the increased androgenic support along with all the nutrition and co-factors found in the powder.

Pine Pollen

Tongkat Ali

Another favorite is tongkat ali. This seems excellent at helping your body to create more of its testosterone and keep it freely available. It triggers your body to produce more testosterone and then it cuts down on aromatization and SHBG. That’s a 3 fold boost to your male hormones. I rank this right up there with pine pollen and if you take the two together…watch out!



Mucuna is interesting in that is supplies L-dopa which is a precursor to dopamine. What does this have to do with testosterone? Besides inhibiting another hormone, prolactin, it’s not exactly clear, but research has shown this Ayurvedic herb can definitely help increase testosterone in men.

Мuсunа Рrurіеns benefits


Another old stand-by of Ayurvedic medicine, ashwagandha basically does it all. This adaptogenic root has been shown to increase testosterone, at least in deficient men, while doing a whole lot else too.


Cruciferous Vegetables

Want to help clear the body of those excess estrogens? Eat your fill of broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kale, kohlrabi, collard greens, cabbage, bok choy and more. These have sulphurous compounds and molecules DIM and I3C which help in estrogen detox and much more.

broccoli fights excess estrogen


For fighting aromastase with chrysin, as well as supporting good sleep (and some crazy dreams too) passionflower is one of my favorites. Besides, just look at it…

Passionflower with Chrysin


Though there isn’t a whole lot of research available on this one, one rat study stood out to me as it showed raises in both testosterone and DHT. Since this is one of the premier sexual tonics of Chinese medicine.


Nettle Root

The nettle plant by itself has so many different uses, depending on the part used. The root is used specifically for prostate health and is well researched on that topic. Nettle appears to lower aromatase, SHBG and DHT. With that last one, some people choose to avoid it, though in the case of any prostate problems it would be the first herb to turn to.


Other herbs and foods that can be useful for one or more of these mechanisms include:

  • Saw Palmetto
  • Tribulus
  • Maca
  • Oysters
  • Shilajit
  • Chamomile
  • Celery
  • Button Mushrooms
  • Pomegranate
  • Parsley
  • Forskolin
  • Ginger
  • Deer Antler
  • Royal Jelly
  • Maral Root
  • Bulbine Natalensis
  • Fenugreek
  • Suma Root
  • Horny Goat Weed

And the list goes on.

Just taking one or a few of these herbs together, with the right lifestyle changes, can help many men’s hormone health, which includes testosterone and the many related parts. While the lifestyle changes are most important, taking the right herbs can certainly quick start the whole program and bring fast benefits.

While the lifestyle changes are most important, taking the right herbs can certainly quick start the whole program and bring fast benefits.

If you want a whole lot more information, check out Upgrade Your Testosterone, my ebook which is available as a special priced upgrade to your order in the cart here.

Men’s Hormone Health (Testosterone) was last modified: June 3rd, 2016 by Logan Christopher
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Logan Christopher has been called the Physical Culture Renaissance Man for his many wide-ranging feats of strength. His interest in herbalism, hormones and health began with seeking peak performance mentally and physically.


Men’s Hormone Health (Testosterone) — 22 Comments

  1. Thanks for the info! I wish I’d heard of you guys before I went to Numale for their exspensive ass T pellets. You’ve got a customer for life. I was wondering why my t levels were sky high but I still felt like [email protected]@t!

  2. Very good read on the basics of testosterone production and estrogen and how to combat it. This is really and will help me in keeping my test up and estrogen at bay. Thanks!

  3. Great article and infO. THIS STRATEGY DEFINITELY WORKS. I’ve been taking these herbs for a year now and I’m not going to stop. The herbs, Along with the lifestyle changes and you will feel like a new person. The species wide reduction in T is disturbing, if you check around the Web there are many articles about it. Perhaps more disturbing is the lack of awareness that this is indeed occuring. Always good to hear from your team!!!

    • Shilajit and schisandra are both suppose to work well for premature ejaculation. Probably a number of our other herbs too, but those would be good ones to test out first.

  4. where could I find that special offer for such a package of the following 5 herbs
    = horny goat weeds
    -Tongkat Ali
    -pone pollen

  5. Thank you again for some useful clues.
    However, I am a little bit surprised at your testosterone bar chart which is hardly convincing. From several sources, I understand that that testosterone has decreased by 40% in unwise men in the last 50 years, in the worst lifestyle countries.
    Your chart has no substance because it does go back to the 1950s and there is an obvious decline on your chart, which is age related.
    Hope that you can find some more compelling evidence, but thanks anyway. ?

    • I see what you’re saying, but that was pulled from observational data, and perhaps that was all that was available. Not a chart but here’s more. “These results indicate that recent years have seen a substantial, and as yet unrecognized, age-independent population-level decrease in T in American men, potentially attributable to birth cohort differences or to health or environmental effects not captured in observed data.”

  6. Dear Superman Herbs

    May I know whether there’s any expiration date for your herbs when I’ve received them after ordering?

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