joefromgermany Posted September 1, 2014 Share Posted September 1, 2014 Hello, In December 2013 I started a raw vegan diet. I lost a lot of weight and went during 2 months from 15% bf to critical 5-6%.When I entered the 10% range, the low testosterone symptoms sat in. Weakness, loss of libido, low ejaculate volume, low erection, felt cold. I went to my Doc and a bloodtest showed that my test levels were at 1,51 ng/ml (normal: 3,3-10ng/ml)I started to eat more, stopped exercise and the raw vegan diet. I started to eat load of quinoa and buckwheat and felt a bit better.I gained a lot of fat and my bf went to 18%. 3 weeks ago my test levels were measured again and they came back at 2,42 ng/ml.(still very low)I still have no libido, low ejaculate volume and all other symptoms of low testosterone.I was sure that the strong diet (fat too low but now higher) were the reason for low test levels. I found a lot of people with low test levels after a diet. But now I have been recovered for 7 months, gained a lot of weight and nothing happened. So maybe there could be another reason for my low testosterone problem:1. My body needs more time to recover. 5 % body fat is very low. I didn't make reefed days and so my leptin levels are still very low. There are strong correlations between leptin and testosterone levels.2. Phytoestrogens in Quinoa and Buckwheat. I eat 400 gr Quinoa and 600 gr buckwheat per day, everyday. Could the phytoestrogens be the reason ? (I don't think so)3. D-chiro-inositol amounts in buckwheat. I found a study that showed lowered testosterone levels in woman after taking D-chiro-inositol.in buckwheat are huge amounts of this phytochemical. http://immortalhair.forumandco.com/t1867-buckwheat-dci-lower-testosterone Of course I also eat other sources for fats, carbs and ports like walnuts, coconut oil, Wakame Alga, vegetables and fruits etc. I really hope that my nutrition is not the reason. I love Quinoa and Buckwheat and don't want to change anything. But I also want to get healthy again. So what do you think. Could my nutrition be the reason for my low testosterone levels ? Hope you can help me. Best regards from germany. Joe Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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