If You Are Wondering If The Connections Between Eggs & Testosterone Are Legitimate Or Just “Bro Science” This Is The Article For You!
Find Out Exactly Why Eggs Are One The Best Testosterone Boosting Foods & If You Should Possibly Be Eating More!
If you want to achieve increased testosterone levels. I’d 100% suggest that eggs are a part of your daily diet. I’m not just talking about egg whites here, I’m talking about the whole egg. Eggs and testosterone have been linked together for years. With very good reason.
There are very few foods with a better nutrition profile than eggs. This also goes for looking at foods that aid testosterone production. Whole eggs are a good source of the following nutrients.
- Omega 3 fatty acids
- B12 & B complex
- Vitamin D3
- Vitamin A
As you may know already, all of these nutrients are important for supporting wider health. Most of them are pretty crucial for supporting testosterone production as well. So read on to find out why eggs and testosterone are frequently linked together.
Cholesterol is the main building block of sex hormones. This includes testosterone. You won’t have healthy testosterone production without cholesterol! Eggs are an excellent source of dietary cholesterol. In fact, there are very few foods that are a better source!
Common worries with increasing cholesterol intake, are things like high blood cholesterol. People also worry about things like cardiovascular disease. The link between cholesterol & these health issues, has been disproved. Dietary cholesterol doesn’t negatively impact blood cholesterol levels without inflammation.
It’s the inflammation that causes the issues, not the dietary cholesterol itself. So as long as you focus on keeping inflammation down, dietary cholesterol is fine & is good for you. A really interesting study related to eggs & blood lipids (blood fats) & risk of cholesterol disease, which you can check out here!
Just in case you aren’t familiar with Iodine, it is a trace mineral. It plays a vital role in the function of your thyroid and its T3 & T4 hormones. When you are deficient in iodine, your thyroid doesn’t function properly. This can lead to hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism & multiple other health issues. These can lead to several hormonal issues. This includes things like elevated prolactin, estrogen & SHBG. These all have a negative impact on testosterone production.
Prolactin is a protein, that serves a few purposes. One is enabling females to produce milk. So an excess in prolactin men, can lead to swelling of the pectoral area. This can become man boobs/ gynecomastia. Excessive prolactin also interferes with testosterone production, leading to lower T levels. I’m sure that you don’t need me to cover estrogen. Needless to say that an excess of estrogen is not a good thing & again can negatively impact testosterone production.
Finally, men who suffer with hypothyroidism often see a big increase in Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG). This binds to testosterone rendering it useless. Iodine also improves function of the leydig cells. These cells play a vital part in testosterone production. The better they perform, the better your testosterone production will be.
So as you can see iodine plays an important part in the production of & maintaining healthy testosterone.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Again I imagine most of you are familiar with omega 3. If you aren’t sure where it sits in terms of testosterone production, it’s quite simple. You are supposed to have a close to even ratio of omega 6 to 3. However most people have an intake of Omega 6 that is way too high.
High levels of omega 6 are extremely inflammatory. This inflammation prevents the body from performing properly. This includes lowered testosterone production. Omega 3 is anti inflammatory and actively lowers the inflammation caused by omega 6. This is why you want plenty of Omega 3 in your diet. Eggs are an excellent source of omega 3 fatty acids.
Selenium is another important mineral for thyroid health. In fact the thyroid is the organ with the highest concentration of selenium. As we have already covered, a healthy functioning thyroid is very important for testosterone production & maintaining healthy T levels.
Selenium also acts as an antioxidant. It can lower the amount of inflammation in the body. The less inflamed your body is, the higher your testosterone production will be! You may not be aware; but for adults, Selenium plays a major role in the thyroid gland’s ability to produce thyroid hormone. A healthy production of thyroid hormone means the testes are able to produce more leydig cells. Remember the leydig cells are responsible for testosterone production.
Vitamin B12 & B Complex
Eggs are good sources of a few different B vitamins which positively impact testosterone production. The main one I wanted to bring to your attention is vitamin B12. B12 is of particular importance as a deficiency is fairly common. There also aren’t that many dietary sources of B12. Deficiency in B12 can lead to issues with the testicular function. This tends to lead to lowered testosterone production.
It’s still not clear how Zinc impacts testosterone production. What has become clear is a zinc deficiency severely lower testosterone production. In the western world a zinc deficiency is fairly common. So eggs being a good source is a good thing. The high Zinc content is another reason, eggs and testosterone are linked.
D3 is a pre sex hormone, in short you need adequate D3 levels for healthy production of sex hormones. This includes testosterone production. Your main source of D3 is absorbed via sun rays on the skin. Where most of us no longer get much sun exposure, dietary sources of D3 are very important.
It is believed that a deficiency in vitamin A negatively affects the leydig cells in the testes. As we covered, the leydig cells play an important part in testosterone production. On top of this, vitamin A help maintain many other areas of health. This includes the immune system, bone, eye, skin and reproductive health.
Magnesium aids with is the formation of proteins. This aids with your testosterone levels. As when there is a lack of protein in the body, it releases SHBG (sex hormone binding globulin). As we covered earlier, this binds to testosterone making it unavailable for use. When the body has sufficient magnesium stores this process doesn’t happen. This means testosterone is free to be used by the body.
Vitamin K2 is believed to aid testosterone production in two different ways. This first one still needs to be fully verified. It’s believed that menaquinone-4 enhance testosterone production. This is due to improving the performance & production of the testes.
The second way it aids testosterone production is the synergistic relationship it has with vitamin D. Supplying the body with enough vitamin K2 allows it to fully utilise the bodies’ vitamin D stores most effectively. Vitamin D also plays an important role when it comes to boosting testosterone production Being able to fully utilise D3 stores means greater testosterone production.
Final Thoughts On Eggs And Testosterone
Hopefully it’s pretty clear that eggs and testosterone are closely linked for a good reason. There are very few foods with a better nutritional profile for testosterone production! I personally eat at least four whole eggs per day. I’d suggest you consider eating a similar amount or even more.
If you aren’t eating at least a couple daily, you should be eating more! You need to make that you are eating whole eggs as well. The yolk is where the majority of the nutrition is actually found. If you have any questions in regard to this article. Just drop me a comment & I’ll get back to you.
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