Beer lowers testosterone levels
Hops are perhaps the most powerful oestrogen plants on earth and are best known for their use in beer. The majority of physicians and men overlook its potent chemicals and do not realize that beer itself can significantly alter the male androgen levels.
German beer makers noticed the oestrogen effect of beer already a long time ago. Hop-pickers in the field would often fall asleep on the job and the young women workers would commonly experience early menstrual periods.
Just 100 grams of hops (about 3.5 ounces) contains anywhere from 30,000 to 300,000 IUs of oestrogen, depending on the type of hops. Most of it is the very potent oestrogen ‘estradiol’. Estradiol, as it is taken into the male body, causes a direct lowering of testosterone levels in the testes and an increase in SHBG levels, which then binds up even freer testosterone in the bloodstream. The estradiol in hops has also been found to directly interfere with the ability of the testes Leydig cells to produce testosterone.
What About The Consequences For Men?
1. YOUR MUSCLE AND BONE MASS WILL DECREASE
Decreasing testosterone levels will decrease muscle and bone mass in men. Chest, legs and arm size are prone to shrink to a more feminine size due to the higher oestrogen levels. The bones become brittle and porous, thus, prone to fractures.
2. YOUR BREASTS WILL GROW
99% of beers include hops. Hops beer grows belly tissue and increases breast size (yes this can happen with men!).
3. YOUR LIBIDO WILL SHRINK
Drinking hops beer lowers testosterone levels, making men more feminine and even ‘bitchier’. Trying to impress and attract the opposite sex becomes naturally harder. Hops beer also has a sedative effect, causing sleepiness. Now a sleeping pill is probably not the ideal starter of a fun night out. The biggest jaw-dropper though is that beer has actually been proven to shrink the libido.
4. YOU WILL FACE MOOD SWINGS, DIMINISHING FACIAL HAIR, THINNER SKIN, INCREASED HEALTH RISKS
Men with a high hops intake (oestrogen hormones) will see an increase in their breast size and a decrease in their sexual desire. The facial hair – beard and mustache – gradually stops growing. The skin, especially in the face, becomes thinner, softer and increasingly pink. They may even have sunken testicles and suffer from mood swings. Moreover, the side effects of higher oestrogen levels translate into increased health risks with a higher chance of developing liver disorders, gallbladder disorders, blood clots and even male breast cancer. Some men may suffer from depression and psychological effects as they tend to become more assertive. Other men have even been reported to suffer from hot flashes and other side effects commonly experienced by women in the menopause.
These changes are reversible once these hormones are stopped. However, it should be noted the enlargement of breasts, nipples and areolae are not reversible.
NEXT TIME YOU ARE HAVING HAPPY HOUR – INDULGE IN A VOLUPTUOUS RED WINE. REAL GODS DRINK GRAPES.
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4) Biochem J, 1983 January 15, 210(1): 29–36, “Inhibition of testosterone biosynthesis by ethanol. Relation to hepatic and testicular acetaldehyde, ketone bodies and cytosolic redox state in rats”
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