As a bodybuilder, the key to maintaining a lean physique, is not just about your testosterone level, it is about estrogen as well. Estrogen is important in your quest for muscularity, good health and energy, as all hormones are all complexly interconnected.
Hormone production is an interconnected pyramid with 40 different types of estrogen metabolites. Men should have estrogen metabolite levels monitored to avoid baldness, prostate cancer and obesity. Too much of some estrogens may cause mood changes, hair thinning, and feminising problems in men. Too much of specific estrogens in your blood and tissue cause fat gains, loss of muscle and the reduction of sexual performance and drive. Men under physical and emotional/mental stress, and older men, suffer from decreasing testosterone and relatively high estrogen, which decreases the benefits of testosterone.
Alcohol inhibits your body’s ability to clear estrogen from the blood stream, by depressing the central system and by decreasing zinc.
All sexual and adrenal hormones can be made directly from cholesterol. Even without eating foods with cholesterol, you always have enough in your body for hormone production. Your body needs only a small amount of cholesterol to make the master hormone - pregnenolone. Pregnenolone can be catalysed to numerous other body hormones.
For the bodybuilder, managing your key hormones, including estrogen, is important in not only maintaining a great physique, but also for optimal health. As part of your hormonal management, be wary of excess estrogens as they can cause side effects such as wasting away your hard earned muscle through the catabolic effects of estrogen, or gynecomastia (bitch tits). On a health level, it can cause cancer of the breast and prostate. When training or taking supplements to increase testosterone, the body may produce extra estrogen. Using a supplement including DIM, Chrysin or Resveratrol can keep your estrogen levels in check, enabling you to optimise the benefits of your bodybuilding training.