A diet that includes a variety of test-boosting foods can have a significant impact on stimulating natural test production. And when combined with the right supplements, the results can be even better.
Detailed here are 10 powerful foods that can quickly help you crank up your natural test levels!
1. Olive Oil & Coconut Oil
Extra virgin olive oil is one of the best sources of healthy monounsaturated fat. It can help your body (more specifically, the Leydig cells in your testes) convert cholesterol into testosterone. Olive oil increases the activity of enzymes involved in testosterone production and also boosts the levels of antioxidants in Leydig cells.
Coconut oil is primarily a source of saturated fats, but it works in a very similar way to boost testosterone that olive oil does. It boosts the activity of key enzymes involved in testosterone production and antioxidant levels in Leydig cells too.
Oats contain saponins called avenacosides that work in a similar way to the saponins found in the tribulus plant. These saponins stimulate the pituitary gland to secrete luteinizing hormone, which then travels to the Leydig cells in the testes to produce more testosterone.
3. Cruciferous Vegetables (Brussels Sprouts, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Kale)
Cruciferous vegetables contain a nutrient called indole-3-carbinol, which is the precursor to a compound called diindolylmethane (DIM). DIM doesn’t have a direct effect on testosterone secretion, but it does help modulate estrogen levels in the body. It helps the body produce more ‘good’ versus ‘bad’ estrogens, which in turn allows the body to maintain healthier levels of testosterone.
Another great food that can reduce harmful estrogen levels, and in turn support testosterone, is blueberries. They contain a nutrient called calcium-d-glucarate, which is also naturally produced in the body. Calcium-d-glucarate has the ability to remove toxins and excess estrogen from the body. In addition to this, blueberries contain resveratrol, which has anti-aromatase and estrogen-lowering effects.
5. Grass-Fed Red/Dark Meat (Beef, Bison, Lamb, Wild Game)
Red and dark meats provide great natural sources of zinc, vitamin D and saturated fat, which are all nutrients that are needed for testosterone production in the body. Beef is probably the most popular and widely consumed red meat and grass-fed beef is your best choice because it is more nutrient dense and does not contain the high levels of estrogenic compounds found in many sources of beef nowadays.
Onions are well known to provide a host of health benefits, which include boosting immunity, fighting disease and illness, reducing inflammation and scavenging free radicals. In addition, onions are also known to help boost natural testosterone production. In a recent study conducted in Iran, researchers discovered that rats that were fed onion juice tripled their testosterone levels. The researchers also found that luteinizing hormone, follicle stimulating hormone, and sperm quality all increased significantly after consumption of onion juice.
Another study conducted in Iran examined the effects of ginger consumption on testosterone production. Researchers found that infertile men who ate ginger on a regular basis experienced a significant increase in testosterone levels. Animal studies also confirm the positive effects that ginger consumption can have on test secretion.
8. Shellfish (Crab, Lobster, Clams, Oysters)
Oysters, clams, lobster and crab are all excellent sources of zinc, which is arguably the most important mineral for testosterone production. These shellfish also contain other vitamins and minerals that are important to test production, including selenium, vitamin B12, potassium and magnesium.
9. Brazil Nuts
Brazil nuts are one of the best natural sources of selenium, which is one of the most important minerals (aside from zinc) involved in testosterone production. Brazil nuts also contain zinc and natural cholesterol, which gets converted into testosterone in the testes. On top of all this Brazil nuts provide antioxidants and can further support an ideal environment for optimal testosterone production.
Eggs are a great source of complete protein and also provide a great natural source of vitamin D, cholesterol, saturated fat and omega-3 fatty acids. The combination of these nutrients in their natural form can have an impact on natural testosterone production.