If you’ve been lifting for at least a year or so, then you probably know how much testosterone plays a role in muscle building…
If you don’t know by now, testosterone is the primary male hormone that will determine how fast (or slow) one puts on muscle and shreds fat.
In other words… More testosterone = more muscle & less fat.
That’s why in this article we’re going to be looking at the top 5 testosterone-boosting foods that you should always be stocked up on if you’re looking to make some serious gains! A quick reminder, looking at Chad Memes is a great way to boost T!
So without further ado, let’s jump right in!
Top 5 Testosterone Boosting Foods At A Glance
Whether you are an athlete training or a hardgainer bodybuilding, testosterone will play a key role in terms of your overall results.
Luckily, we have the MOST POTENT method of boosting testosterone (aside from steroids) through the power of nutrition and what we put into our bodies.
While there are MANY different things you can do to boost your testosterone such as weightlifting, getting enough sunlight, having sex, etc. arguably the most powerful method is to eat some high-quality, testosterone-boosting foods.
And I’m not even going to make you wait, we’ll look at the top 5 foods, and then we’ll break down each, how they boost testosterone, and how to avoid common mistakes…
Here are the top 5 testosterone boosting foods:
- Red Meat
- Brazil Nuts
- Fermented Foods
- Salmon & Cod
Not only will these foods boost your testosterone, but most of them are also very high in protein, making it easy to add to any sort of bodybuilding or fitness regime.
Keep in mind, you CAN choose to eat all of these on a daily basis, but be aware that it WILL send your testosterone through the stratosphere, so just be sure you’re ready for all the effects!
Eggs are by far one of the most beneficial foods you could put into your body bar none.
Unfortunately, most people were misled about eggs with popular campaigns arising in the early 2000s to avoid eggs because after all it’s SO much cholesterol right?
Not really. You see there are two types of cholesterol, called HDL and LDL, one is very bad for you and the other is very good for you.
The bad cholesterol is the one that clogs your arteries and leads to heart problems… The GOOD cholesterol (of which egg yolks are FULL of) is the kind that your body uses to make testosterone. [R]
Not only that, but eggs are also a great source of vitamins B & D, whilst also being extremely protein-dense, making a serious energy-boosting superfood.
Real red meat such as steak, ground beef, bison, etc. is another surprising superfood for a plethora of reasons.
For starters, red meat contains certain amino acids that you quite literally cannot get from vegetables alone such as taurine, and certain B vitamins necessary for sufficient energy production.
Not only that, but red meat is also a great source of zinc, which has been shown in studies to play a HUGE role in the production of testosterone.
“Zinc supplementation of marginally zinc-deficient normal elderly men for six months resulted in an increase in serum testosterone from 8.3 +/- 6.3 to 16.0 +/- 4.4 nmol/L (p = 0.02). We conclude that zinc may play an important role in modulating serum testosterone levels in normal men.”
With red meat, the same rule of cholesterol that applies to eggs also applies to red meat as both are full of the good testosterone-boosting cholesterol.
All in all, red meat is by far one of the best testosterone-boosting foods that you can get relatively easily.
Brazil nuts are another insane superfood that, fortunately, many people are now becoming more and more aware of.
The benefits of Brazil nuts are IMMENSE, here are some just to name a few:
- Very Rich In Selenium
- Great For Heart Health
- Good Antioxidant
- Great For Bones
- And More…
For the sake of this article however, we will be focusing on that first one, in that brazil nuts are a very potent source of something called selenium.
Studies have shown that there is a rather direct correlation between selenium and testosterone production and sperm quality, especially when paired with other important ingredients like zinc. [R]
Brazil nuts are such a great testosterone booster because they are arguably the greatest source of selenium you can get at your general grocery store.
Brazil nuts have an insane amount of selenium and the best part is, is that you only need 2-3 nuts per day in order to receive the benefits.
In terms of fermented foods, there’s 3 main ones that we’ll be taking a look at in terms of their benefits for your testosterone levels.
These three are onions, garlic, & sauerkraut.
All three of these have the power to elevate your testosterone levels by no insignificant amount and all for various reasons.
Onions for example, are rich in sulfur compounds which have been shown to have extremely beneficial effects on male hormone levels. [R]
Garlic is known for containing an ingredient called allicin, but not only can garlic boost testosterone, but it’s also been known to increase testicle size by a significant amount due to the increase in testicular testosterone. [R]
And lastly, with sauerkraut, they too are rich in sulfur compounds like onions and boost testosterone because of it.
All in all, while garlic, onions, and sauerkraut may not make your breath smell amazing, they can do some serious miracle work when it comes to your hormonal and reproductive health!
Salmon & Cod
In terms of testosterone-boosting foods, cod would do better here, especially cod liver oil.
That said, salmon is still a fantastic option for those who cannot easily get a reliable and high-quality source of cod liver oil.
Here’s what both of these share in common:
- Rich in critical omega 3’s
- High in vitamin D
- Protein, nutrients, and healthy fats
However, in one key area that cod outshines salmon is the vitamin D content.
Cod liver oil, has some of the HIGHEST vitamin D content out of any food that you could get with relative ease.
Vitamin D plays a key role in testosterone production, and unless you’re getting around 30 minutes to an hour of sunlight on your skin per day, then it may not hurt to supplement with it by the use of salmon or cod.
Not only will these send your testosterone through the roof, but again both of these fish are rich in a key little ingredient called omega 3’s which has been shown time and time again, to have NUMEROUS benefits for your heart, brain and body as a whole!
Best Testosterone Boosting Foods: In Summary
With the power of proper nutrition and these 5 foods, you have the ability to not only double but quite literally triple your testosterone levels!
Of course, this is not medical advice and you should always make sure to check with your doctor before undergoing any significant changes in your regime.
That said, with the power of these testosterone-boosting powerhouses, you’ll be lifting heavier, speaking with more confidence, living life with more energy, and MORE in no time!
As always, I thoroughly hope you enjoyed this article and found the information presented within useful! Of course, if you’re looking to build muscle, please check out our program The Demigod. Another quick way to build muscle is to use enhancers such as SARMs, but do your research on them first.
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