5 Foods to Boost Your Testosterone
Need a T Pick-Me-Up? Check Out These Foods...
The headline will be shocking enough for most men reading this:
"Declining Testosterone Levels in Men Not Part of Normal Aging" — Science Daily
In developed countries across the globe, the hormone that defines our very manhood is declining at a rapid rate...
Sperm count and quality has dropped; infertility problems have increased; and the number of men visiting the doctor for sexual dysfunction is more than it's been in recorded history for many Western countries (including the United States).
Why would testosterone levels in so many males drop so dramatically over the past 20-30 years?
I'll give you a hint: The very thing causing low T is the same culprit behind a similar historical increase in obesity, diabetes, and heart disease during the same time period...
The Standard American Diet, also known as SAD, is to blame (and the truth is SAD is no longer unique to Americans). It's a diet high in processed carbohydrates, processed vegetable oils, low in natural animal fats and — you guessed it — low in healthy cholesterol.
And there you have it. That's the connection.
Did you know that testosterone is made from cholesterol?
And what's the one thing doctors, nutritionists, and the government have been telling us for the past 20-30 years, the one thing Americans have been cutting back on for years? Cholesterol.
Instead of eating cholesterol-rich foods — like eggs, meats, and nuts — Americans have turned their diet into a carb lovers dream, taking in a whopping 50%+ of their calories from things like pasta, rice, and bread.
Obesity (primarily caused by excess carbohydrate intake) itself is linked to low testosterone in men. While the reasons behind this aren't clearly understood, the reduced cholesterol intake — and especially the increased use of cholesterol-reducing statins — are certainly not helping the situation.
One of the biggest casualties in America's war on cholesterol (besides our expanding waist lines) is men's testosterone levels.
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There is also research that has shown diets consisting of less than 40% fat (like the Standard American Diet) lead to decreases in testosterone levels.
The good news is a simple change in your diet can go a long way in boosting your testosterone levels...
In addition to making sure you're getting enough healthy cholesterol (avoid any processed sources), you'll also want to make sure you're getting a bit of selenium and healthy fats in your diet. Selenium is another one where the biology isn't completely understood, but there are studies that suggest selenium can boost testosterone production.
So without further ado, here's your list of five selenium-, healthy fat-, and cholesterol-rich foods that will boost your testosterone back to manly levels:
1) Pastured eggs. These are eggs laid by chickens that eat what they're supposed to eat: insects, seeds, and maybe the occasional grain thrown in there. You'll know pastured eggs when you see them, as their yolk tends to be more orange than yellow. And yes, you'll want to eat the egg white and the yolk, which not only contains all the healthy cholesterol, but also contains the majority of the antioxidants and valuable nutrients, like vitamins A, D, E, and K.
2) Grass-fed beef. Some of the healthiest meat around is grass-fed (and grass-finished) beef. If you are what you eat, then you're also what your food eats. Cows are meant to eat grass and only grass; anything else (like what they're fed in factory farms) is junk food. So why is grass-fed beef so good for you? Besides the healthy amounts of cholesterol, it's higher in omega-3 fatty acids (healthy fats), beta-carotene (antioxidant), and selenium.
3) Butter from grass-fed cows. Screw margarine — real butter is the way to go if you want to raise your T levels. Butter from grass-fed cows (Kerrygold is a tasty brand) is an excellent source of that testosterone-boosting saturated and unsaturated fats. And just like pastured eggs and grass-fed beef, butter is rich in vitamins, minerals, and heart-protective fatty acids. I personally like to cook my grass-fed burgers in some Kerry Goldbutter in a cast-iron pan. The juices that come out of that burger when you're finished are out of this world.
4) Brazil nuts. Brazil nuts are probably the most potent source of selenium around. But don't go crazy with Brazil nuts... They have so much selenium in them, you are likely to get more than your body can handle if you eat too much. You only need about 5-6 a day, tops. Lucky for you, they also happen to be a great source of calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, copper, and manganese to boot. Bergin Nut Company has a good deal on bulk Brazilan nuts.
5) Cod liver oil. This is one of the testosterone-boosting secrets of some of the fiercest warriors in history, the vikings. Cod liver oil was a major part of vikings' daily diets... and may be the reason for their large statures and fierceness in battle. The reason for this (besides the healthy fats) are the loads of vitamins A and D. Studies indicate both of these vitamins are linked with increased testosterone secretion from the testes (the main source of male testosterone production). Want to release your inner viking? Check out Carlson's Norwegian Cod Liver Oil.
The important thing with these foods is to consume them a few hours before you go to bed. Testosterone production takes place primarily in the wee hours of the morning, so you'll want to load up on the precursors before you hit the sack.
Yours in health,