Is yogurt truly one of the foods that boost testosterone production? The answer is yes. Yogurt and testosterone go hand in hand. But it has to be the right type of yogurt. Find out what type you should be opting for & the additional testosterone boosting foods that I add to mine.
This article is part of a series on the foods that boost testosterone production I eat on a daily basis. You may also be interested in my article on my testosterone boosting omelette. So on to this article. If you are considering yogurt as one of your foods that boost testosterone production.
You first need to make sure you are eating the right kind of yogurt. First, let’s cover what the right type of yogurt is. Then we will look at what else can be added to your yogurt to further boost testosterone production.
What Type Of Yogurt Should You Use & Why?
When it comes to pairing yogurt and testosterone boosting, what you are ideally looking for is plain (non flavored) full fat Greek yogurt.
If you can’t find actual geek yogurt. I suggest you consider full fat Greek style or full fat natural yogurt. I’m going to focus on Greek yogurt as that should always be your first choice. Greek yogurt has a greater nutrition profile. Plus greek yogurt and testosterone production are a good match for a few different reasons. All of which we are going to cover in this article.
Greek yogurt differs from normal yogurt as excess water, lactose, and minerals are drained out. This results in lower sugar/ carbohydrates. It is far more acidic than normal yogurt. The acidity makes it easier for the body to absorb nutrients. It is high in healthy saturated fat and HDL cholesterol. It is also good source of protein, calcium, probiotics and vitamin B12.
As far as being one of the foods that boost testosterone production, it is the saturated fat, cholesterol, B12 and probiotics that are the difference makers. Healthy HDL cholesterol is the building block of testosterone. Vitamin B12 provides a natural testosterone boost and probiotics help keep your gut healthy. A healthy gut is often overlooked in terms of being able to boost testosterone production.
Having good gut health is linked to health testosterone production and improved wider health. It would appear your gut effects a lot of your body. You can find out more about how B vitamins help boost testosterone production and food sources of B vitamins in the below article:
So, Is Greek Yogurt Bad for Testosterone? Not at all! In fact, here’s my recipe:
When it comes to greek yogurt and testosterone production, what you can add (with it tasting good) is also a massive benefit. I don’t usually just eat Greek yogurt on its own. There are a few more ingredients you can add to make it more filling. It should also taste better all while also providing an even greater natural testosterone boost. The ingredients I usually add are a selection of the following:
- Organic Pumpkin Seeds
- Organic Cacao Nibs
- Organic Honey
- Organic Raisins
- Organic Blueberries
- Organic Pineapple
- Organic Banana
The Importance Of Organic Food
One thing I wanted to highlight is that all the additional ingredients I use are organic. I use organic food whenever possible and advise you do the same. Organic is always best for your wider health and testosterone production. This is down to the chemicals and hormones that are sprayed on/ added to non organic foods.
Both pesticides and hormones can negatively impact your endocrine system which can lower testosterone production. It can also lead to hormonal imbalances, which can potentially cause serious health issues. So when thinking of foods that boost testosterone production, think organic!
Pumpkin seeds are a source of monounsaturated saturated fat. They are also a great source of zinc and an excellent one of magnesium. These are two of the key minerals that provide a natural testosterone booster.
Something to be wary of is that they are very high in omega 6, which leads to increased inflammation & lower T. So if your omega 3 – 6 ratio is something you are worried about/ needs reviewing, either avoid or keep intake minimal.
Cacao like pumpkin seeds is high in Magnesium, Zinc and saturated fats to boost testosterone production. It is also high in antioxidants. This means the body is less inflamed. Reduced inflammation equates to a natural testosterone booster.
Honey is a source of the mineral boron, a key nutrient that helps boost testosterone production. Honey like Cacao is also high in antioxidants. Again, the reduced inflammation provides a greater T boost. While the antioxidants & being a source of boron is good, I keep it as an occasional treat.
In reality you would need a ton of honey to get enough boron. The other thing is that it’s very high in sugars, which spike insulin. When insulin is spiked, your testosterone production is inhibited. So I suggest keeping honey intake minimal & ideally infrequently. Reserve it for treats.
Raisins are also a good source boron, antioxidants, magnesium and resveratrol. You may not be familiar with resveratrol, it helps lower inflammation & a process called aromatisation. This is the process where testosterone is converted to estrogen. So adding this to your Greek yogurt is another good pairing of foods that boost testosterone production. Again something to be wary of is the sugars. I’d stick to a maximum of a handful.
Blueberries are another fruit high in antioxidants. They also contain our old friend resveratrol. As mentioned above; this has an anti-aromatase effect, helping lower how much testosterone is converted to estrogen. Blueberries also contain a nutrient called calcium-d-glucarate. This is thought to inhibit the effect of estrogen which is another positive.
Pineapple is an excellent source Vitamin C which reduces cortisol. Which is a big positive as cortisol suppresses testosterone production. Pineapple is also a source of the enzyme bromelain. Bromelain is thought to be a natural testosterone booster.
On top of that it is also a reasonable source of both zinc & magnesium. Which as we know helps further increase T production. The same as with the other fruit. I do need to stress that portion control is important, as pineapple is also pretty high in sugar!
Banana is a source of Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Magnesium and the bromelain enzyme. As we’ve covered throughout this article all three help boost testosterone production. Just to stress the point for a final time. Watch the portion control due to the sugars. As covered excessive sugar leads to insulin spikes which inhibit testosterone production.
Final Thoughts & Future Meals
Hopefully, you can see how greek yogurt and testosterone is a “thing”. I think that Greek yogurt makes an ideal “dessert”. I tend to have it as the last meal of my day when I fancy something a bit sweeter. So this is ideal if you also find yourself craving something a bit sweet.
As I mentioned at the beginning I tend to pick a selection of the ingredients above. Usually I will have cacao nibs & one/ two pieces of fruit. This is to keep sugar levels down! Hopefully you have found this recipe useful and has given you idea of sweeter foods that boost testosterone production.
If you have any questions in regard to this article or foods that boost testosterone production as a whole. You can just drop me a comment and I’ll get back to you. Yogurt and testosterone can make an excellent pair. I want to make sure you’re able to get the best out of this and more!
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