True Or False: Licorice Lowers Testosterone

True Or False: Licorice Lowers Testosterone

When it comes to boosting your testosterone levels, it’s not only important to understand what toeat…

But you need to know what foods to stay away from as well…

In my 97 Science-Backed Foods That Boost Testosterone (check it out here), I lay out both ends of the spectrum for you – foods to eat and foods to avoid…

And today I’m going to tell you about a “sweet treat” that should have warning labels for your testosterone written all over the package…

So what is this must avoid food?

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Well, I hope this doesn’t spoil going to the movies with your wife and kids anymore…

But here it is…

Licorice.

Licorice lowers testosterone

Undoubtedly actually.

But don’t just take my word for it…

Take a closer look for yourself.

How Licorice Lowers Testosterone

The main compound in licorice is called glycyrrhizic acid…

And unfortunately, it can’t be removed from licorice because glycyrrhizic acid is what gives licorice its world-renowned taste.

In one study recorded in Experimental and Clinical Endocrinology & Diabetes, one week of “licorice treatment” was found to reduce serum testosterone levels by 26%…

And another study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, saw the same effect after giving seven healthy men 7g of licorice a day through candy tablets…

After only four days, the total testosterone levels for the subjects dropped from 740ng/dL to 484ng/dL…

Which is a massive drop in T-levels!

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It makes me wonder if these men knew what they were getting into before the study began…

And how disappointed their wives were when their husbands’ testosterone levels shriveled up to the size of raisin…

The bottom line here is that if Twizzlers are your sweet treat of choice, you’re sabotaging your testosterone levels with every peel.

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The reason why licorice lowers testosterone was hypothesized in a 2001 study that concluded glycyrrhizic acid interferes with 17 beta-hydroxysteroid deyhydrogenase and as a result, inhibits the conversion of androstenedione into testosterone.

That’s right…

Licorice actually keeps your body from producing testosterone…

But that’s not the only way that licorice is detrimental to your health as a man…

How Licorice Increases Cortisol

Licorice is kind of like the grown man’s version of Lemony Snicket’s, A Series of Unfortunate Events

Because just when you think the frustrating plot can’t get any more frustrating, it does…

As we’ve clearly seen, licorice lowers testosterone levels and keeps your body from producing testosterone…

And to make matters worse…

Licorice also elevates your cortisol levels…

And cortisol is a natural testosterone killer in itself.

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Because as cortisol levels increase, testosterone levels decrease, and vice versa.  

Published in the Journal of Human Hypertension, a 2003 study tested the effects of 4-week licorice treatments (I don’t know why people keep signing up for this mess) on healthy volunteers and patients…

Which led to a huge spike in cortisol levels…

Or in other words, they weren’t healthy anymore.

And it’s no surprise that the subjects in the study saw an increase in blood pressure as a result of this increase in stress hormone levels.

Why It Matters

So maybe you’re thinking that the licorice and testosterone connection is like hearing that a third-string offensive tackle for the New England Patriots performed well at training camp this week…

Why does it matter?

Well, the fact that licorice lowers testosterone is a big deal if you’re a licorice lover…

But it’s also a big deal if you think you’re indifferent to licorice because well, you probably aren’t as indifferent as you’d like to be…

Licorice is used in breath fresheners, flavoring agents, teas, over the counter medications, and loads of Chinese medicines.

It’s found in shampoos and skin treatments as well.

In a sense, it’s everywhere.

So do your testosterone levels a favor and keep an eye out for licorice, or its main ingredient glycyrrhizic acid, on product labels.

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With its testosterone reducing and cortisol boosting effects, licorice can cause:

  • Lowered sex drive
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Infertility
  • Increased body fat
  • Man boobs
  • Decreased muscle mass
  • Mood swings
  • Hot flashes
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep apnea
  • Depression
  • Hypertension
  • And much more…

I think Twizzlers should put these side effects as a warning label on their wrappers from now on…

It’d be like every prescription drug ad you’ve seen on television glued to a wrapper…

But more important.

At least, in my opinion, it is.

Don’t let licorice lower your testosterone levels…

Stay away from it altogether.   

Your Next Step

Men, licorice lowers testosterone.

It’s an undisputed fact, that this “treat” is simply one of the worst foods you can eat as a guy…

And like I said at the beginning of this article, it’s important for you to know which foods to eat and which foods to stay away from on your testosterone boosting journey…

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Which is why I recommend you check out my 97 Science-Backed Foods That Boost Testosterone here.

It’s got everything you need so that you can make the most out of your meals every single day…

And it also features the 5 foods you currently have in your kitchen that are taking their cues from licorice and are lowering your testosterone levels…

Follow this link so that you can get all the benefits of high testosterone today!

– Joe LoGalbo

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