So following on from the other articles in this series, we are going to be looking at more of the foods that lower testosterone.
We will also be looking at similar foods you can substitute them for, which won’t lower T or potentially increase testosterone production.
Why Look At What You Eat At All?
As we’ve covered in prior articles and plenty of other articles on this site, your diet is one of the biggest things effects your wider health & hormones.
This includes testosterone production, there are lots of foods that lower testosterone.
Sadly there has also been a lot of confusion and misinformation distributed in regard to diet over the past couple of decades.
This has led to a lot of the foods promoted as being healthy when this isn’t necessarily true.
It has also led to foods that lower testosterone being consumed in greater volume when this can negatively impact health.
So your diet is likely one of the biggest causes of having lower testosterone.
As we all have to eat, your diet is one of the easiest to areas to address low T levels.
So in this article, we’re going to look at the foods that lower testosterone and similar alternatives that won’t lower T.
The Types Of Food To Avoid
In this specific article, we are going to cover grains, foods high in Omega 6 and seeds.
I’ve included the entire list of what we’ve been covering and are going to cover across this series for your information.
If you want to find out what the alternatives that won’t lower testosterone, check out the rest of this series of articles.
- Pulses / Beans/ Legumes
- Vegetable Oils
- Foods High In Sugar
- Highly Processed Foods
- Foods High In Omega 6
- Non Organic Foods
- Genetically Modified/ GM Foods
- Low Fat/ Diet Food
Grains & Refined Grains
By grains/ refined grains I’m referring to rice, wheat, oats etc. and the products made from them like pastas, breads and noodles.
The issue with grains is they contain gluten which can increase prolactin levels and reduce testosterone levels.
They tend to be high in fiber and a diet that is high fiber can lower testosterone.
rains can extract minerals from the body, many of which are responsible for testosterone production.
Then finally refined carbohydrates such as pasta and breads, present a further issue in regard to testosterone production.
This is due to them being quickly digested by the body, this leads to a quick release of sugar and as a result insulin being released.
Insulin actually inhibits the testosterone of production and if your insulin is consistently spiked this leads to inulin resistance & inflammation.
This means even lowered testosterone production & potentially a multitude of more health issues.
Most people will eat grains as a source of carbohydrates and we all need carbs in our diet.
In fact, a lack of carbs will actually lead to lowered testosterone production.
The two main issues with grain intake (and carbs as a whole) is that most people tend to consume too much.
In reality your diet should be around 30% – 40% carbs (most peoples is far higher than this).
The second issue is what we alluded to above and that is consumption of refined grains.
Which as I’ve advised leads to insulin spikes due to the high amounts of sugar and this inhibits hormone release.
So ideally you want to reduce your carb intake as a whole and secondly reduce intake of grains & particularly refined grains.
So as alternatives, I suggest vegetable sources of carbs like:
- Sweet potato
- Squash (butternut etc.)
If you are going to eat grains, I’d advise keep intake down to the bare minimum & opt for whole wheat.
Foods High In Omega 6
Foods high in omega 6 are usually highly processed fatty foods like:
- Ready made soups
- Pork scratchings
Now I assume you already know these foods are poor for you health and already take this in to account.
What I’m talking about is foods that are healthy, or at least considered healthy but are high in Omega 6.
These are mainly seeds, nuts and oils and a few others such as:
- Sunflower Seeds
- Hempseed Oil
- Grapeseed Oil
- Vegetable Oil
The reason foods high in Omega 6 are ones that lower testosterone is, that high amounts of omega 6 in relation to omega 3 causes inflammation.
When the body is inflamed it doesn’t operate properly; and this includes reducing testosterone production.
Now you need Omega 6 as it is a key source of energy but, you need the anti-inflammatory products of omega 3 to counter inflammation.
So the body needs a healthy ratio of Omega 6 to omega 3, which is as close to even as possible & sadly most, have way too much Omega 6 in their diet.
So the main things I’m going to focus on is alternatives for cooking oils, seeds, and nuts.
I’m leaving Soy as there is no real alternative except meat, I assume if you eat soy, you do so because you’re vegetarian/ vegan.
The main thing I would suggest when it comes to soy is to still avoid all together!
Alternatives To Seeds
If you want to include seeds in your diet, I advise to opt for Organic pumpkin seeds.
They have a better ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6, than most seeds.
They are also a nutritional powerhouse as far as testosterone production is concerned.
They are high in zinc, magnesium, saturated and monounsaturated fats, all of which increase testosterone production.
Even then, unless you already have a very good omega 3 – omega 6 ratio, I’d suggest keeping the intake of pumpkin seeds minimal.
Alternatives To Vegetable/ Seed Oils
Seed/ vegetable oils are unhealthy & foods that lower testosterone production for a couple of different reasons.
Yes, they are very high in omega 6 which is inflammatory & lowers T as a result.
The major issue, is how seed & vegetable oils are produced. Seeds & vegetables are heated to extremely high temperatures.
This leads to the unsaturated fatty acids oxidizing, leading to by-products that are damaging to human & animal health!
This is then processed with petroleum-based solvents and a number of chemicals are added to deodorize & improve the colour.
This process also produces trans fats & leads to a number of other inflammatory issues.
So this is why seed & vegetable oils are foods that lower testosterone, are poor for health as a whole & just not to be avoided by everybody!
Alternatives To Walnuts & Peanuts
The two nuts I’d suggest are Brazil nuts & Tiger nuts. Both have been shown to increase testosterone production.
Brazil nuts are a great source of Selenium which is great for healthy thyroid functioning & as a result increased testosterone production.
We’re not quite sure why Tiger Nuts increase T yet but in rat studies, it’s shown to almost double testosterone production!
I hope you have found this article on foods that lower testosterone and alternatives that won’t useful.
I’ll be putting together articles advising what I believe to be the best brands of some of these alternatives and where to purchase, so keep an eye out for them.
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