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It’s a known fact that testosterone levels for men dip as they age. In fact, men as young as 30 years old have experienced symptoms of testosterone loss. Testosterone levels don’t just affect your sex life however; they affect your work in the gym too.
Testosterone is the most important anabolic hormone in the body. The more of it that you have, the easier it will be to gain lean muscle mass. Ladies, testosterone is important for you as well. Although women have significantly less testosterone than men, finding ways to boost testosterone levels naturally can help boost both men and women’s physiques. The good news is this can be done by just selecting the right foods at the grocery store!
Carbohydrates have been found to have a significant positive effect on testosterone levels, but not all carbohydrates. In fact, grains such as wheat, pasta, corn, and bread have been found to effect testosterone levels negatively. This is because of two things: gluten and cortisol. Most grains contain gluten, which can increase prolactin in the body. Prolactin is known for reducing testosterone. Simple carbohydrates also create inflammation, which promotes cortisol, another testosterone reducing compound. So what carbohydrates are left? Potatoes! Potatoes are a fantastic source of testosterone boosting carbohydrates, without the gluten.
Coconut oil adds yet another health benefit to its long list with its testosterone boosting abilities. Saturated fat may get a bad rap thanks to fast food, but the saturated fats in coconut oil not only boost your heart health, they also boost your testosterone levels. Enjoy up to 10 percent of your calories as saturated fat to keep your testosterone levels going strong.
3. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
How potent is extra virgin olive oil for testosterone production? A recent study in which young males from Morocco switched to extra virgin olive oil found that it boosted their testosterone levels by 17 percent in two weeks. Need we say more?
Just make sure that you are selecting the right kind of olive oil. It should be organic and extra virgin, otherwise it can be heated and processed which kind of defeats the point.
4. Whole Eggs
Tradition says to beware of the yolk, but the nutrients in them are just begging to be appreciated! Considered to be a “perfect protein”, eggs contain an almost perfect balance of amino-acids for our body’s’ needs. And yes, that includes the yolk! Eggs also include almost every recognized vitamin with the exception of vitamin C and also boast a healthy dose of cholesterol, which helps raise testosterone levels.
5. Grass Fed Beef Jerky
Grass fed beef jerky is high quality stuff. Made from cows that are non-corn fed and not exposed to testosterone lowering pesticides and other chemicals, grass fed beef jerky has a great amino acid balance as well as supplies testosterone boosting saturated fat. With saturated fat being praised as the fat that leads to the highest increases in testosterone levels, we say snack away!
So if you’re feeling a little low on testosterone, try adding one (or all!) of these simple foods into your diet.