Now it is 2024 and I recently did a video about the 8 Best Herbs For Increasing Testosterone and I know this is a popular topic with guys and of course, it got a lot of views.
However, a few guys asked, “Can you give a list of specific foods to eat for increasing testosterone levels?”.
Unfortunately, despite what a Google search will show you, there really is NOT a long list of foods for increasing testosterone and I’ll tell you why in a couple of minutes.
Sure, some websites will list things like “green leafy vegetables” “oats” or “avocados” and so forth. But, there’s very little clinical evidence for these foods, let alone real-life empirical evidence.
Sadly… most foods will NOT increase testosterone levels. In fact, many foods will actually LOWER testosterone and libido… Which is the problem with most people’s diets these days.
And, I’ll do a specific video about these “bad” foods in a few days.
However, there are a couple of specific foods that really DO increase testosterone levels – clinically and empirically proven. And that’s what I’ll quickly discuss today.
Now, in the old days back in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, people like Vince Gironda and Arnold would eat steak and eggs.
It wasn’t by accident because these two foods do help optimize testosterone levels. But why?…
The first and primary food required for optimal hormonal production and testosterone levels is, fat and primarily animal fat.
This is because cholesterol is needed to produce hormones. And cholesterol is primarily found in animal proteins and animal fat.
And this is why taking cholesterol-lowering drugs, can reduce testosterone and libido.
And don’t worry, eating cholesterol from your food does NOT mean that your blood cholesterol will go up. This is a false myth that the heart association has now admitted to.
Unfortunately, most cholesterol-containing animal proteins, also have a lot of other potential health problems because the animals were fed bad foods, hormones, and so forth.
So, I think the best source of cholesterol fat is pasture-raised whole eggs. It contains the perfect amino acid ratios, bioavailable protein, and contains good cholesterol in the egg yolk.
Honestly, when I eat 2 or 3 whole eggs before bed, I definitely wake up with better erections in the morning, and thus, a good sign that my testosterone production is optimal.
I do have a more detailed video about eggs – what kind, how to cook them, and so forth.
In addition to fats that contain cholesterol, such as whole eggs… Healthy saturated fats, such as small amounts of coconut oil can also help with proper hormonal balance.
I’d also suggest a little bit of omega fats from fish oil and mono-unsaturated fats from extra virgin olive oil.
It may not be needed for testosterone production directly but does help indirectly.
Keep in mind, vegans tend to have low testosterone levels and I think the lack of animal protein and cholesterol is one reason.
Zinc – Oysters
Another “aphrodisiac” food you may have heard about is oysters. This is because oysters have high levels of the mineral, zinc.
Zinc helps boost testosterone levels because it helps lower two hormones:
- DHT (dihydrotestosterone) – which is linked to hair loss and prostate growth.
- Estrogen – which is linked to body fat, man boobs and so forth.
As testosterone converts to these two hormones, especially as we age, testosterone levels drop while DHT and estrogens rise.
So, by reducing these 2 hormones, testosterone levels can go back up.
And zinc helps with this and thus, why eating oysters can help.
Granted, I don’t personally like the taste of oysters. Nor would I eat them daily.
However, remember how earlier I said old-school bodybuilders ate steak and eggs? Well, the red meat is also high in zinc in addition to cholesterol, especially grass-fed, pasture-raised red meat. Bison is what I eat.
However, if you don’t want to consume red meat, you can also just take zinc in supplement form. It’s best to also take it with copper.
I’ve listed the best supplement and a video dedicated to zinc.
Lastly, I want to mention Ginger.
In one study, taking ginger supplements daily for 3 months, increased testosterone levels by almost 18%. This is in humans.
I think you’d have to eat a lot of ginger daily to get the same amount found in a supplement.
As stated earlier, if you search the internet, you’ll see lots of other supposed “testosterone-boosting” foods, such as
- Certain vegetables
- Fruits such as bananas or berries
- And so forth.
Forget these foods, they will do very little or nothing for your testosterone levels.
My goal is always to help save your time and money and give you the most efficient and effective ways to help you achieve your health, fitness, and longevity goals.
And because of this one mission, I’ve listed the best 3 foods:
- Whole Eggs
- Red Meat
And if I had to pick just one, by far whole eggs are the best.
Don’t be like most people who passively listen.
Be like the rare successful people and take action on what you’ve learned today, get results, and live a better, healthier, and happier life!