A compound in red wine may help boost your levels of testosterone.
Men’s Health reports that, according to new research in Nutrition Journal, the compound could increase levels of testosterone circulating in your body by inhibiting the way you excrete the hormone.
An enzyme called UGT2B17 attaches specific molecules to testosterone. This enzyme enables your body to get rid of the testosterone, but researchers at Kingston University in London found that a compound in red wine called quercetin blocks UGT2B17 in lab studies.
Blocking UGT2B17 means that there will be less testosterone in your urine, and more in your blood stream.
Dr. Michael Joyner, an exercise researcher at the Mayo Clinic, said:
“This is a classic example of a study done in a test tube that potentially might have implications for humans, but there are many steps that need to be taken to see if these findings can be translated to humans.”
So, according to NBC News, enjoy your wine but limit yourself to a glass or two at most per night. Drinking glass after glass of wine, or any alcohol for that matter, could make your testosterone levels drop instead of boost them.
How much could excessive amounts of alcohol affect you?
A recent Dutch study found that men who drank even moderate amounts every day for three weeks had a 7% decrease in testosterone levels.
So, use this information to make it a habit to limit your alcohol intake. That is, unless you wish you lower your testosterone levels instead of raise them.