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10 testosterone boosting foods! 

Did you know that there are 10 testosterone-boosting foods that will help you achieve your more athletic, fitter and healthier body?  And women, do not shy away from these foods because of the testosterone-promoting powers.  Testosterone is connected with libido, energy, bone density and fat loss - all necessities for either gender to live life to its fullest.    

Read more below by Matthew Eubanks via Body By BB2K


1) Oysters: Protein, magnesium, lots of zinc

The Facts:
Along with increasing your physical endurance, oysters pack more zinc than almost any other food source just six gives you almost seven times the RDA and zinc plays a key role in muscle growth and testosterone levels.

How much:
Eat a serving of oysters once a week, raw, cooked or canned but never fried.

2) Lean Beef: Protein, iron, magnesium, zinc, saturated fat

The Facts:
Few things have as positive an impact on testosterone levels as lean meats. Beef specifically offers the added benefit of high protein and zinc two nutrients key to optimizing testosterone and muscle-building potential in one source. And while you don’t want too much saturated fat in your diet, you require some to produce testosterone.

How much:
Grill or broil a lean cut of steak a few times a week. I love Top Sirloin!

3) Beans: Protein, fiber, zinc

The Facts:
Beans are indeed the magical fruit. Beans pack a bigger shot of zinc than any other member of the veggie family; some (like baked beans) even rival the zinc content of red meat. Add that to a food that’s high in protein and fiber and low in fat, and you have a winning combo.

How much:
Baked beans, lima beans, navy beans and kidney beans are all good choices. Canned versions are as nutritious as dry!

4) Poultry: Protein and little fat

The Facts:
High-protein diets have a positive impact on muscle mass and thus testosterone levels and high fat seems to have the opposite effect. So while chicken and turkey lack high zinc levels, their protein-to-fat ratios make them important to your diet.

How much:
Roast or grill skinless, boneless portions of turkey or chicken several times a week.

5) Eggs: Protein and cholesterol

The Facts:
Testosterone is synthesized from cholesterol, and as such, food containing cholesterol is a good source of building blocks for testosterone. Eggs are a source of pure, unadulterated cholesterol, and one recent study showed that the excess cholesterol in eggs isn’t as harmful as previously thought. So stock up on whole eggs (unless otherwise instructed by your physician).


How much:
Start your day with 3-4 whole eggs cooked in olive oil or fat-free cooking spray. The amount of eggs you eat also depends on your goals, body weight etc.

6) Cottage Cheese: (1% Milk Fat)Protein with very little fat

The Facts:
One cup of 1% cottage cheese has more protein and less fat than a serving of lean beef or chicken. Have it as a snack or with a meal for testosterone-boosting potential.

How much:
Eat 1 cup of cottage cheese each day


7) Broccoli: Indole-3-carbinol, fiber

The Facts:
Elevated estrogen levels lead to fat accumulation and can interfere with muscle growth. In a clinical study, indole-3-carbinol cut the largely female hormone estradiol in half for men. Broccoli contains high levels of indoles, food compounds that help reduce bad estrogen.

How much:
Eat as many servings of broccoli as you can stomach.

8) Cabbage: Indole-3-carbinol, fiber

The Facts:
In addition to exhibiting the same estradiol-restricting properties as other cruciferous vegetables, cabbage is high in fiber. Fiber is great for controlling weight, as it prevents the consumption of fattier foods. Keeping weight down has an anti-estrogen impact.

How much:
Load up that fat-free brat with sauerkraut and have a side of slaw just go easy on the mayo.

9) Brussels Sprouts: Indole-3-carbinol, fiber

The Facts:
You should have listened to your mom: Brussels sprouts do help you grow up big and strong. Like the other vegetables on our list, these specifically target bad estrogen and pack just as much fiber.

How much:
Hold your nose and power them down. Good luck!

10) Garlic: Allicin

The Facts:
In clinical studies, garlic’s active ingredient enhances testosterone levels and inhibits cortisol, a hormone that competes with testosterone, limiting its actions and breaking down muscle tissue.

How much:
Season other foods with garlic when you can, but eating whole cloves provides the most direct benefit.

The Basics On How To Eat For A Huge Testosterone Boost

Stick to the ratio: Men should aim for 45% of calories from protein, 35% from carbs and 20% from fats. As you put daily menus together, these numbers will help you maintain this diet.

Avoid high-glycemic carbs: Carb-rich foods high on the glycemic index can negatively affect your testosterone levels.

Think protein & fats: High-protein and moderate-fat foods are crucial for enhancing testosterone and, as a result, building muscle. Make these foods the building blocks of your diet!

 

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Looking forward to a few oysters tomorrow night!

April 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMary Elizabeth

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