10 SECONDS TO DOUBLE YOUR TESTOSTERONE FOR ROAR POWER
When it comes to milk, the merry-go-round of the wellness zeitgeist just keeps spinning. But while the likes of almond and oat milks are respectable, vegan-friendly alternatives, much of their benefits come from being fortified with vitamins and minerals. Dairy, however, is brimming with both and delivers more protein and healthy fats with every swig. For nutrition (and, let’s be honest, flavour), we’ve always believed in sticking with the herd. Until now.
According to a new rodent study*, tiger nuts – the latest to be turned into “milk” – could double your testosterone levels. This hormone elevates your body’s rate of protein synthesis, helping you to build muscle mass. The tiger nut’s impact may be related to its high zinc content, a mineral that boosts your production of testosterone and eases recovery after training.
It’s also a good source of vitamin C, which helps you metabolise carbs for fuel, aids your absorption of iron and protects your body from exercise-induced oxidative stress. This strong nutritional profile makes it our new recovery drink mixer of choice – it’ll take you just 10 seconds to shake up a formidable fitness enhancer. Get your claws stuck into it.
You might be more used to carving faces into pumpkins than cooking them but, according to scientists at Sun Yat-sen University in China, a generous serving of the American autumn staple is a powerful ally in your fight to reduce your risk of cancer as you age.
Pumpkins are rich in vitamin A-like phytochemicals called carotenoids, which have been shown in previous studies to protect you against prostate cancer. Oncologists have also discovered that these chemicals lower your chances of developing lethal colorectal tumours. Together, the two diseases account for almost 28,000 deaths in the UK alone each year.
In the new study, scientists analysed the diets of 1,690 people, half with colorectal cancer and half without, focusing specifically on each individual’s daily intake of carotenoids. They discovered that the more of these antioxidants the study’s subjects consumed, the lower their risk of developing colon cancer tended to be.
Carrots and peppers are also rich in carotenoids, but the participants who were least likely to suffer from the disease were those whose diets contained a higher amount of betacryptoxanthin, a compound that happens to be plentiful in pumpkins. So, this year, forget Halloween: mash your pumpkin and cook it in a pie for 45 minutes to protect yourself against some of man’s most sinister killers. We’ll have a large slice with cream, thanks.
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