Testosterone is the main male sex hormone, but females also have small amounts of it. It is a steroid hormone, produced in men’s testicles and women’s ovaries (1
). The adrenal glands also produce small amounts. During puberty in boys, testosterone is one of the main drivers of physical changes like increased muscle, deeper voice and hair growth. However, having optimal levels is also important throughout adulthood and even during old age. In adults, healthy levels are important for general health, disease risk, body composition, sexual function and just about everything else (1
). Additionally, increasing your testosterone levels can cause rapid gains in muscle mass and vitality in only a matter of weeks (8
). Interestingly, it also plays an important role in female health and sexual well-being (11
). The research is pretty conclusive: both genders should ensure they have healthy levels of testosterone, especially as they age (13
). Here are 8 evidence-based ways to increase testosterone levels naturally.