Television, the internet, and magazine ads all target men with products that address the drop in testosterone that occurs with age, but despite being classified as a male hormone, testosterone is also produced by women. While it’s true that men produce far more testosterone than women do, during the early reproductive years, women have 10 times more testosterone than estrogen within the body, leading experts to believe that it’s really testosterone loss that results in many of the symptoms women go through in midlife, such as low libido, fatigue, low muscle tone, weight gain, and loss of mental focus. 1
4. Through a complex process that I’m not even going to attempt to describe, our testicles’ Leydig cells convert cholesterol into testosterone. That’s right, cholesterol is the building block of testosterone. Leydig cells get most of what they need to produce T by simply absorbing the cholesterol floating around in our blood from the bacon and eggs we ate in the morning. If there’s not enough cholesterol in our blood, our testicles can produce a bit of it so that the Leydig cells can convert it to testosterone. But relying too much on cholesterol produced by our nuts (of the non-almond variety) can actually inhibit our Leydig cells from producing T . You gotta eat those eggs!