Spinach contains Magnesium which has been proven to be super effective at boosting t levels. In one study , researchers recorded the levels of testosterone and magnesium in 399 men with an average age of 74 years. They found that higher serum magnesium levels correlated positively with higher magnesium level and this was consistent across all the men. In another study, two groups of athletes were separated, and one of the groups was give magnesium supplements daily for 4 weeks while the other group was used as a control. The results showed a marked difference between the two groups with the group given Magnesium recording significantly higher free testosterone levels. However, it should be noted that both groups saw increases in testosterone due to the fact that they were both exercising a lot during that time frame. This reinforces the idea that foods like spinach combined with a lot of hard exercise will be a lethal combination in raising free testosterone levels.
If the high cost of medication wasn’t bad enough, blood work and doctor’s visits is where it really starts to pain the wallet. Most offices offer some type of cash discount and in my case it was $65 per visit. You’ll need to obtain at least one blood test for low Testosterone which can set you back roughly $ per test. At some point you’ll need to test your estrogen levels which generally runs $280 + per test. Keep in mind most doctors will want these tests done bi-weekly/monthly when you first start and every 6 months after your T levels have stabilized. (I can’t help but laugh at this statement actually, I’m not sure it ever fully stabilizes)
My husband is now 50. His low-t set in about 3-3 1/2 years ago while he was deployed to Afghanistan. The doctors at the VA assumed it was just depression so they put him on an SSRI when he returned and also prescribed Viagra. They also checked his t-levels at that time and said they were “normal”. His libido tanked. Not good for me at all. I’m 9 years younger. When I found out that the SSRI could be to blame for his low libido he went back to the VA and switched meds. A year later it had not returned and he had also developed sleep apnea and was gaining weight. His mood was also very different and low. He was basically a completely different person. They checked his t-levels again, at my insistence, and again said they were “normal”. He retired in Jan 2014. By Jan 2015 the problem had not changed at all and he decided to see a GP. She had his numbers checked and said he was low, a 250. It frustrates me that the VA did not catch this. February 2015, he started using Androgel. At the end of June 2015 there was still no change and his numbers had actually dropped to a 235. He and the doctor decided to switch to injections. He gets a shot every 2 weeks. He had his third injection yesterday and still feels no different. My question… how long before he starts feeling different? Does the length of time we’ve been dealing with this matter? He is frustrated, wants to just give up on it. That breaks my heart because we aren’t as close as we were before.