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I'm often asked what the best foods for raising testosterone are. Quite honestly, there's numerous foods that increase your testosterone levels naturally.
First, let’s look at what testosterone really is.Testosterone is
- A cholesterol based chemical
- Not created from dietary fat as much as people think
- Produced from the acetyl-CoA enzyme that is produced by sugar and burned for calories or through HMG-CoA when in ketosis.
- HMG-CoA then is formed into squalene which is the slowest moving process and is also what popular statin drugs slow down further.
Fortunately for us, it’s not dietary fat that leads to heart disease, it’s the body’s own cholesterol making systems that causes the most cholesterol related heart problems.
Here are the best foods for raising testosterone naturally.
Any food that offers certain minerals such as magnesium, zinc and B vitamins that help to form metalloprotein and metalloenzymes which are involved in processes to create cholesterol.
Some of the best foods for increasing natural testosterone are
- Grass Fed Beef
Some of the best minerals for raising testosterone include zinc, magnesium, arachodonic acid, B vitamins and D-asaparatic acid. What about green tea? Recent green tea studies show that the EGCG suppresses the aromatase enzyme which converts testosterone to estrogen. Green tea blocks this nasty conversion and stabilizes our hormones. Black tea, while not popular for enhancing hormones can reduce inflammation which can raise your testosterone.
Some other great foods for raising testosterone include
Sweet potatoes:A 2004 study examines how sweet potatoes can effect growth in children. Children who consume more vitamin A, which is found in sweet potatoes in high amounts, experienced increases in testosterone similar to those getting testosterone therapy treatment.
Salmon: This goes back to my comment about zinc above. Salmon is a great source of zinc and essential fatty acids.
Yogurt: Going with what I said about calcium earlier, a 2008 study in the journal of Biological Trace Element Research found subjects who supplemented with higher levels of calcium had higher levels of testosterone then subjects who did not.
Bananas: Containing the bromelain enzyme that enhance natural testosterone production, bananas are also a great source of potassium that increases your natural energy levels.
Almonds (nuts in general): High in essential fatty acids that form the base of cholesterol molecules, macadamia nuts and pine nuts have both been shown to possess abilities to increase testosterone production.
Zadik et al: Vitamin A and Iron supplementation is as efficient as hormonal therapy in constitutionally delayed children
Prasad et al Zinc status and serum testosterone levels of health adults
Vedat et al: Testosterone levels in athletes at rest and exhaustion:effects of calcium supplementation