Top 10 Foods for Optimum Testosterone Levels
A lot of people scoff at the idea of a ‘natural testosterone booster,’ especially given the large amount of steroid use in the media and among certain bodybuilders.
This is likely because the huge amount of testosterone that results when people use steroids or other forms of androgens (testosterone boosters) overshadows the smaller, subtler, and ultimately healthier amount of testosterone that results from the use of natural foods and supplements.
On that note, we’re here to tell you that natural testosterone boosters are, indeed, real. Not only are they real, but they’re a better alternative than more commonly used testosterone boosters.
Most of them you can get at your local grocery store; if not there, then a health food store can certainly help you out.
Just don’t expect any explosive changes overnight. That’s what steroids are for. Natural testosterone boosters let your body adjust and develop at a better rate, and you’ll be better off because of it.
Ginger is a great way to give yourself a quick boost of testosterone because it’s super affordable, you can get it anywhere, and you can add it to a wide range of meals.
Ginge isn’t strictly reserved for Chinese meals – you can put it in all sorts of dishes, and you can blend it into your shakes for a bit of a punch.
Gingerol, the same component of ginger that makes it spicy and pungent, is the nutrient responsible for help kicking your hormonal systems into action.
A study done at Tikrit University discovered that when infertile men were given ginger the levels of luteinizing hormone (which stimulates testosterone production) increased by 43%.
- Brazil nuts
Selenium is the nutrient responsible for the Brazil nuts ability to help improve a man’s sexual health.
Many people have low levels of selenium and don’t realize it. And there is now a lot of research which proves that there is a positive correlation between adequate selenium in the diet and high testosterone levels.
Selenium improves sperm quality, and another nutrient present in the Brazil nut, L-arginine, helps to improve erection strength and sexual energy by enhancing blood flow to the genitals.
- Pumpkin seeds
Pumpkin seeds, when they’re used properly (baked with your favorite seasonings and salted) are delicious. Unless your sodium-free, in which case, you’ll probably find them delicious without the salt.
The reason they’re great for testosterone production is that they are among the best sources of zinc found in the natural world.
Zinc is the main nutrient that’s responsible for maintaining healthy levels of dihydrotestosterone, which is produced by the body to break down testosterone when it’s no longer needed. If you have too much dihydrotestosterone, then your testosterone levels will suffer.
Celery might sound a bit boring, but it’s actually jam-packed full of a wide range of nutrients. Research has been done that indicates celery as being useful for increasing the health of the testes and the production of sperms – in rats, at least. Anecdotal evidence from humans suggests the same.
These seem to pop up on lists of “the best food for…” all the time, so it shouldn’t be a huge surprise for you to find out that avocados are also great for helping to boost testosterone levels.
The reason that avocados can impact your testosterone levels is the same reason that they’re so good for their brain: because they have a high amount of monounsaturated fats.
These are the healthy fats that your brain and body need to function properly – in this case, they’re also necessary for your hormonal systems to produce testosterone at a healthy rate.
Coconut is a great source of medium chain triglycerides, and are a healthy source of saturated fat, which is also required for the body to produce testosterone. They also provide long-lasting energy which can have a positive impact on your sexual performance and libido.
Another nut that’s great for male sexual health, the almond can improve testosterone levels and can enhance blood flow to and from the genitals, thanks to the high amount of magnesium and arginine contained in them.
- Olive oil
Those who aren’t fond of avocados can get the same benefits by eating olive oil on the regular.
This oil helps to increase the levels of HDL cholesterol, which is needed for the body to produce cholesterol. (Yes, the right kind of cholesterol really is good for you!)
Olive oil will also reduce the levels of LDL cholesterol in your body, which is the bad stuff that’s given cholesterol a terrible rep.
Garlic contains a nutrient known as allicin, which reduces the body’s production of cortisol, the stress hormone. Cortisol prevents the body from producing a healthy amount of testosterone, so lowering cortisol can help to reverse a testosterone deficiency.
Oysters are another fantastic source of zinc, which we’ve already told you is necessary for maintaining good sexual health. Oysters have also been known for many years to be a booster to the libido – going as far back into Greek history in this respect.
A lot of people strive to improve the levels of testosterone in their body but go about this in an unhealthy manner. The unregulated use of androgenic steroids is not good for the body and results in terrible side effects.
Fortunately, the use of natural androgens found in foods can help someone enhance their testosterone levels naturally. There are numerous benefits to doing this, and you won’t be risking your health either.
By Sean Ward, Founder of Naturally Boost Testosterone, a men’s health blog dedicated to providing natural ways for men to boost hormone levels. Check out www.naturally-boost-testosterone.com to learn more about Sean and his work. You can also find him on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook
Sol Ruiz heads our Research Digest department. He graduated from the New York University where he obtained his Master’s Degree in Public Health.