Natural remedies for andropause, also known as male menopause, can provide significant relief for many men. Although declining levels of testosterone and other androgen levels is a natural part of aging and the hallmark of andropause, there are a number of lifestyle options men can choose that can help alleviate or treat the symptoms of male menopause. These suggested natural remedies for andropause are also part of the foundations of The Prostate Diet:
- Eat more fruits and vegetables: A poor diet can contribute to andropause. Fruits and vegetables are rich sources of antioxidants, polyphenols, vitamins, minerals, and fiber, all of which are essential for a healthy diet.
- Choose healthy fats: Healthy fats, such as monounsaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids, help support a healthy heart and blood circulation.
- Select plant protein over animal protein: Plant protein sources, such as beans, legumes, and selected grains, are important components of a healthy diet and can also assist in preventing symptoms of male menopause, including loss of strength and lean body mass.
- Consume green tea: Green tea contains substances called catechins that possess potent antioxidant properties and therefore assist in preventing illness while supporting general wellness.
- Eat omega-3 rich foods: The omega-3 fatty acids fight inflammation, a process that destroys the body’s natural antioxidants and weakens the immune system, and may also help with depression.
- Avoid foods and additives that are harmful to health: Some foods, supplements, additives and nutrients are especially harmful to overall health, including but not limited to meat, calcium, and foods high in sugar.
- Consider supplements for andropause. Some natural remedies for andropause include supplements that can help raise testosterone levels or reduce estrogen levels. Consult a knowledgeable healthcare provider before using any of these supplements.
- Hydrate often: Drinking pure water is a basic component of a healthy diet.
- Achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight and carrying too much body fat has an effect on hormone levels, as fat cells generate estrogen, which can throw off a man’s sensitive balance of estrogen and testosterone.
- Exercise regularly. Lack of exercise contributes to andropause, and so the antidote is maintaining a regular exercise program, which also helps control and maintain a healthy body weight.
- Manage stress. Andropause has a psychological component, namely depression and mood swings. Practicing stress management techniques can help alleviate and even prevent these symptoms.
- Experiment with natural therapies. Natural treatments such as acupuncture, biofeedback, homeopathy, hormone restoration, and stress management techniques may prove to be effective natural remedies for andropause symptoms.
- Lead a hormone friendly lifestyle. Smoking, use of some medications, and alcohol consumption all can contribute to male menopause symptoms.
- Maintain hormone balance. Hormone balancing plays a major role in prevention and management of andropause symptoms. Consult your healthcare professional to have your hormone levels measured and, if it is appropriate, discuss the possibility of male hormone replacement.
- Maintain a healthy sex life. Changes in sexual function and sexual desire may occur with andropause. However, maintaining open communication with your sex partner and getting help for sexual problems from a trusted healthcare professional can alleviate the stress and anxiety that may accompany those changes so you can maintain a healthy sex life.
- Avoid exposure to toxins. Exposure to chemicals and other environmental toxins can have a negative effect on overall health and sexual health.
Makinen J et al. Increased carotid atherosclerosis in andropausal middle-aged men. J Am Coll Cardiol 2005 May 17; 45(10): 1603-8
Marks LS et al. Effect of testosterone replacement therapy on prostate tissue in men with late-onset hypogonadism: a randomized controlled trial. JAMA 2006;296:2351-61.
Morganthaler A. Destroying the myth about testosterone replacement and prostate cancer. Life Extension 2008 December: Information about natural remedies for andropause