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Mint and Testosterone

(Guest Post, written by David Jaynes)

Mint tea might help you warm up in winter or sooth
a sore throat when you’re sick, but it might not be
worth the pain.mint-testosteronemint-testosterone

Mint and testosterone have a bit of a chequered past, with studies indicating that consuming mint reduces men’s testosterone levels.

This article is going to give you the rundown on what the research says about mint and testosterone, and why it might be worth avoiding for your T levels, your balls, your fertility, and your sex life.

Mint, Spearmint, Peppermint & Testosterone

First, lets clarify what we’re talking about. Peppermint, spearmint, apple mint, ginger mint, chocolate mint — all are part of the mentha family.

For the sake of concision, we’re going to just call all of these types of mint mint, because they all cause the following problems to one degree or another.

It’s also worth noting that mint and its mentha family buddies aren’t just found in herbal tea. Toothpaste, gum, deodorants, air purifiers, cooking, cocktails — mint is found in lots of places.

So if you’re looking to reduce your mint intake, remember to look closely at the products that you interact with every day.

Now that’s out of the way, let’s look at what the science says about this.

Mint and Testosterone – What The Science Says

One of the first studies that looked at this issue was published back in 2004 in Urology by three researchers from the Suleyman Demirel University Medical School in Turkey.

They looked at the effects of peppermint tea on rats, measuring testosterone, follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), and luteinizing hormone (LH) levels.

The researchers took 48 rats and divided them into four groups, one control getting water and the other three receiving progressively higher doses of mint (either spearmint or peppermint).

What they found was that the control groups produced significantly more FSH and LH while levels of testosterone plummeted. In the lowest-dose group of peppermint, levels fell 23%. Spearmint dropped testosterone levels by 51%, and that wasn’t even at the highest dose.

The researchers concluded that, despite the benefits of mint tea, we should be aware of the “toxic effects” that it can have on testosterone (source).

And this isn’t the only study…

Three years later, the same researchers published a second study in Phytotherapy Research and reached a similar conclusion. This time, they looked at levels of testosterone in women suffering from hirsutism.

They looked at 21 women, 12 with polycystic ovary syndrome and 9 with idiopathic hirsutism. They had them drink spearmint tea twice a day for 5 days at a specific point in their menstrual cycles.

What they found confirmed earlier studies. Their free testosterone levels dropped and their FSH and LH levels rose significantly.

They also found increases in Estradiol, the primary female sex hormone. And while they concluded that more studies needs to be done, it’s still pretty damning evidence that mint makes T levels go down (source).

It’s worth noting here that men’s and women’s hormones, while they do different things and are present in different amounts, are actually the same stuff. Despite their names, men produce LH, FSH, and oestrogen — they just do it in smaller volumes than women.

Conversely, women do produce testosterone, they just produce less of it.

Mint and Testicular Atrophy

Now as you might know, testosterone and your balls are pretty closely related…

And in general, the lower your testosterone, the more testicular atrophy you’ll experience. Therefore, the more mint you consume, the worse off your balls are going to be.

In fact, in 2008, a group of Indian researchers confirmed this in a study published in Food and Chemical Toxicology.

They looked at rats and the “probable correlation between oxidative stress in hypothalamic region and antiandrogenic action of [spearmint] on rats”.

In other words, does giving rats spearmint correlate to increased oxidative stress in the hypothalamus and decreased testosterone levels? And if so, why?

By looking at enzyme activity levels, the researchers were able to track oxidative stress levels. As the spearmint doses went up, enzyme activity went down and thus, the oxidative stress must have increased.

Second, their analysis found that:

  • Testicular enzyme activity decreased
  • Testosterone protein activity decreased

The researchers concluded that spearmint does cause a decrease in testosterone by causing oxidative stress in the hypothalamus which in turn causes LH and FSH production to decrease.

Then, as the body becomes aware that the hormones are out of whack, it decreases testosterone production by reducing the supply of enzymes and proteins needed to build testosterone molecules, resulting in an overall net decrease of free T in your system (source).

It’s like your body is building a skyscraper, but someone at the head office needs to stop the project…

Instead of going to to the worksite and closing things down, they just call the concrete plant and the steel plant and tell them to stop making deliveries. Without new building materials, production grinds to a halt.

Conclusion? Mint can be a real ball buster.

Mint and Fertility

Of course, you can’t decrease your testosterone levels and cause your balls to shrivel up and induce oxidative stress on your brain and not expect at least some impact on fertility.

Which is exactly why in 2014, researchers from Iran collaborated to publish a study in the Avicenna journal of phytomedicine about male fertility in rats and mint (they used spearmint).

They got male rates and split them into four groups. One group received no spearmint (control) and the rest received either 10, 20, or 40 mg/kg every day for 45 days.

This allowed the research to make dose-dependent conclusions.

After the 45 days, they looked at sperm health based on a variety of factors, including:

  • Sperm count
  • Sperm motility (progressive and immotility rates)
  • Serum testosterone concentration

What they found was that spearmint did have a negative impact on virtually every fertility metric. Sperm count decreased. Fast motility decreased. Immotility increased. Serum testosterone decreased.

Now to be fair, researchers didn’t find these changes in statistically significant amounts. Plus, there was no difference in the number of offspring between the control and experimental groups of rats; however, their doses were relatively low (source).

With that in mind, small doses of mint probably won’t affect your sperm too terribly. But at higher doses you could run into serious problems.

And remember: this is on top of testicular atrophy and low T levels, both of which WILL cause infertility.

So while the mint might not have  direct effect, it’s definitely not helping things along. If you’re looking to pro-create, I’d say it’s best to keep off the mint, especially in high doses.

Mint and Erectile Dysfunction

Now, onto the matter at hand. With all of this information that science has supplied, how much softer or less frequent is your wood going to be?

Unfortunately, there hasn’t been any concrete research on mint and ED. There’s no smoking gun.

But think about this:

  1. Low testosterone contributes in a big ways to erectile dysfunction.
  2. Oxidative stress contributes to erectile dysfunction.
  3. Sperm health is a bit of a ‘canary in the coalmine’ for testicular health and your wood.
  4. Testicular atrophy and ED often go together.

So with all this in mind, do you think that mint is HELPING your sex life?

I think we can confidently say: ‘probably not’.

Mint and Testosterone – Conclusion

What does all this mean?

Does it meant that we can safely chew gum and drink mojitos without any consequences?

Does it mean we should put mint up there with plutonium on our list of ‘don’t touch it with a ten foot pole’?

Does it mean we should wait for science to tell us that mint is definitely good or definitely bad?

It’s up to you.

To be clear, there is currently no scientific evidence, correlative or otherwise, linking mint to erectile dysfunction.

However, there is LOTS of evidence that links a number of causal factors for ED and low testosterone to increasing mint intake.

Basically, mint creates an environment that makes it difficult to get hard, easy to stay soft, and difficult to maintain healthy testosterone production.

My recommendation?

Don’t develop a mint tea habit. Don’t chew gum all the time and don’t race through altoids.

But don’t become a mint-nazi.

The odd cup of tea when you’re under the weather or the odd sprig of mint in a summer salad isn’t going to kill you and isn’t going to induce ED.

There are other more important factors when it comes to your testosterone levels and your ED that will have a much bigger impact.

So live a little!

After all, who doesn’t love a mojito on a hot beach?

 

Does Drinking Alcohol in Moderation Lower Testosterone Levels

Does Drinking Alcohol in Moderation Lower Testosterone Levels(Written by David Jaynes)

Does drinking alcohol in moderation lower testosterone levels?

If you have an internet connection, you’ve almost certainly read that booze can impact your testosterone production.

And that’s accurate: alcohol intake decreases testosterone. Period.

But that truth isn’t the whole story.

It turns out that, if you pay attention, don’t go crazy, and do a few things to make up for the decrease, you can enjoy the occasional drink without wrecking your testosterone levels.

Here’s how that works:Continue reading

Do Probiotics Increase Testicle Size?

(Do Probiotics Increase Testicle Size,
written by David Jaynes)Do-Probiotics-Increase-Testicle-Size

You’ve heard of probiotics by now, probably in the context of fixing your “gut flora.”

That’s the bacteria culture living in your stomach that helps you break down and process food.

Yogurts like Activia advertise their value for digestive health.

But some probiotics can also help with the size of your testicles.

Studies suggest the right kind of bacteria in your system can stimulate your body to improve your testicular function, testicular size, and sexual health.

This research is newer and ongoing (though some of it we’ve known from folk medicine for a very long time), so let’s take a look at what we know as of today. Continue reading

Small Testicles and Low Testosterone

(Small Testicles and Low Testosterone, written By David Jaynes)

They say “it’s not the size of the wand, but the magic
that’s in it.”small-testicles-and-low-testosterone

Within normal ranges for penis size, that’s the truth, but what about the other parts of your junk?

Does the size of your family jewels matter? If so, how?

Women don’t report being more or less aroused by huge balls, or bothered by small balls unless they have some kind of testicle fetish.

So you don’t need to worry about anything in that department.

But what about your ability to get it up? Your libido? Your ability to climax and the health of your sperm?Continue reading

Shilajit For Erections

I’ve been using shilajit for erections for several
years now…shilajit-for-erections

And during this time I’ve learned quite a few things about this powerhouse supplement.

For one, you’re going to get the biggest erectile impact the first few times you take it.

But after the first few doses, the erection boost is going to fade a little bit.

But, you can get those erections back if you cycle off it for a week, then cycle back on again.

This is the plan I follow….

But its not the only way it can be done, because the testosterone / testicle benefits don’t fade quite as fast.Continue reading

How Xenoestrogens Destroy Erections

Nine years ago I came across a xenoestrogen study that had nothing to do with erections.

Instead, this paper demonstrated a strong link between xenoestrogens and gynecomastia, AKA boob development in men.

The study made perfect sense to me at the time because xenoestrogens mimic estrogen in the body and human breast tissue is very sensitive to estrogen (source).

The study also backed up another rumor I’d heard that xenoestrogens cause testicular atrophy in humans and wildlife, which made even more sense…

xenoestrogens-erections

Because elevated estrogen is the leading cause of testicular atrophy in men.

So it was no big surprise when more data started coming in linking these estrogen mimic’s to erection problems… Continue reading

Goji Berries and Erectile Dysfunction

Today I want to share what I’ve learned about goji berries and erectile dysfunction. These bright orange-red berries are native to China, but are cultivated in many temperate climates around the world.

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They’ve been used by traditional cultures as a longevity drug that helps with everything from circulatory problems, to acute fevers, to age-related issues like glaucoma…and erectile dysfunction.Continue reading

Garlic And Erectile Dysfunction

garlic-and-erectile-dysfunctionI came across a forum thread about garlic and vitamin C and how these two supplements, when combined together…

Can be used to treat erectile dysfunction.

So I decided to test this out myself, and after dosing up one night, several good things began to happen almost immediately.Continue reading

Erection Supplements

7 Herbs That Fire Up Hard Wood!

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 If you start cycling erection supplements the right way, you’re going to change your situation quickly.

And what I men by this is, if your sex drive is down and your erections are faltering, these herbs can transform your life, almost overnight.

Assuming – and this is a very important assumption…that you’ve taken care of the basics, like chemical avoidance, diet, exercise, substance abuse, etc.Continue reading