Are Some Of The Health Foods We See Promoted Really Foods That Lower Testosterone?
Yes, they are & in this article, we are going to look at five of the most commonly eaten “health foods” that lower testosterone.
We’re going to look at why these foods are considered healthy & what elements make them foods that lower testosterone.
That way you know to look out for other foods with a similar nutrition profile.
Soy beans are a very low fat & popular source of protein for many vegetarians and vegans.
If worried about your testosterone I suggest avoiding all soy products. Soy interferes with your thyroid function.
As your thyroid impacts hormone production, including testosterone, when your thyroid doesn’t function properly your T production is negatively impacted.
Most soy products in the West are also genetically modified which is never great for your health including testosterone.
Finally, Soy contains phytoestrogens, which may lead to increased levels of estrogen.
The chance is if you are trying to increase testosterone, that your estrogen levels are already too high.
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So you likely don’t want to introduce foods that increase estrogen levels.
Lentils/ Beans/ Legumes
These are all a popular source of protein amongst vegetarians and vegans, as they are low in fat and high in protein, they are often promoted as healthy.
Part the issue as far as testosterone production is, you need fats for testosterone production.
You then have to consider that pulses, grains & legumes are also high in phytoestrogens, which as we know may lead to increased estrogen levels.
High in fiber, omega 3 oils and anti-oxidants, flax seed are a favorite among many and considered a “super food”.
While the health benefits are legitimate they are very high in lignans which bind testosterone production, meaning the body can’t utilise it.
If looking to increase Omega 3 intake, I suggest eating oily fish or supplementing with fish oil.
As we know mint is used in a number of oral health products, to season food, aid digestion and flavor drinks.
While both spearmint and peppermint are shown to lower testosterone. Studies have shown that spearmint reduces T by almost double the amount peppermint does.
So I advise to avoid both but especially spearmint!
Peanuts and particularly peanut butter are viewed as a healthy yet sweet snack for body builders across the globe.
The problem is that peanut isn’t in fact a nut but a legume. As a legume it’s high in phytoestrogens & high in Omega 6 with no omega 3.
Excessive omega 6 in relation to omega 3 leads to increased inflammation & high levels of inflammation result in lowered testosterone production.
Hopefully, you’ve found this article useful & are now aware of foods that lower testosterone which you would not have expected.
If serious about increasing your testosterone levels I strongly advise avoiding these foods.
If you want an idea of what foods to eat for increased T, check out the below article.