Be forewarned: there are plenty of foods out there that lower testosterone and sabotage many traits and bodily functions reliant on this male hormone, from bone and muscle mass to your sex life.
Eating these types of foods can raise your glucose level in the body, leading to a general sense of fatigue and a lower libido, to name a few adverse effects. Here are the five leading testosterone killers in your diet to avoid:
Fast food and soda – Appearing at the top of the list of testosterone killers to avoid are fast food burgers and hotdogs, which are mostly made up of low-grade meat, are processed, and contain so many chemical ingredients. French fries are another leading offender as they contain plenty of trans fats that kill your sexual desire – and have been shown to affect sperm quality and therefore fertility.
If you’re so fond of drinking soda as well, it might be time to think of quitting the habit, as soft drinks contain lots of sugars and calories that lead to weigh gain and conditions like heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes.
Alcoholic beverages – Social drinking from time to time – one marked by moderation – may not provide this much harm, but beware: too much alcohol spells trouble. Mixed drinks are especially risky, since those sugar-laden cocktails also lead to added weight especially around the waist – a surefire libido killer.
High polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) vegetable oils – Many vegetable oils used for cooking today are a bad option given their low smoke point, and the fact that the refining process (including bleaching and deodorizing) strips them of the nutrients that they’re supposed to carry.
High-PUFA oils are particularly deemed a disaster for your testosterone production, and you’re worse off since polyunsaturated fatty acids are mostly made up of omega-6s that are already in way too much amounts in the modern western diet. So you might want to go easy on nearly all vegetable oils, with the exception of high-quality coconut, olive, and avocado oils.
Flaxseeds – This can be a rather disappointing fact given that flaxseed product are famed for their high omega-3 content. However, flax can be incredibly abundant in compounds known as lignin, which can be found up to 800 times in flaxseeds than any other foods. These compounds are highly estrogenic and exhibited total and free testosterone-reducing properties. Lignans work to increase the amount of sex hormone binding globulin, which binds to free testosterone and renders them useless for the direct use of the androgen receptors.
Mint and mint products – Many of the herbs from the mint family – including peppermint and spearmint – demonstrate somewhat testosterone-reducing effects. Mint-derived products tend to smell and taste very well, but certain studies have shown that they could negatively affect male testosterone status. In a rat study, for instance, spearmint tea reduced total testosterone by 51 percent, while peppermint tea lowered levels by 23 percent.
You may be unknowingly consuming these foods on a daily basis, so it’s only fitting to watch your diet and lifestyle habits to steer clear of testosterone-decreasing agents. Now if you want an added hand in improving your testosterone numbers, diet, smart lifestyle choices such as regular exercise, and quality supplementation could offer the assistance you need.