Monday, November 28, 2011

Mint may decrease testesterone levels - Men should avoid!

Reading about, I found the following information about mint:

Peppermint has the strongest estrogenic increasing and testosterone decreasing activity.
“Among them, the extract of peppermint tea exhibited the highest estrogenic activity.”
http://www.springerlink.com/content/12l57414p3035173/

“After five days, the women’s levels of free testosterone (the biologically active form) declined, although their total testosterone level stayed the same. Women’s levels of luteinizing hormone, follicle stimulating hormone, and estrogen rose, while their triglyceride levels dropped significantly…The researchers found a significant decrease in free (active) testosterone in the blood and an increase in several female hormones including follicle-stimulating hormone.”
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/6376599.stm
(Note: this doesn’t mean the above study would necessarily have the same effect in men)

“After treatment with spearmint teas, there was a significant decrease in free testosterone and increase in luteinizing hormone, follicle-stimulating hormone and estradiol.”
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17310494?dopt=AbstractPlus


Food components that have peppermint:
  1. Peppermint tea
  2. Chocolates
  3. Mouth freshners
  4. Food preparations like chutneys (Indian cusine)