7 Fruits Which Boost Healthy Testosterone Production
Most people don't associate fruits with testosterone production, however there are many which boost the hormone in the human body. Fructose is not a problem when it comes to most of these fruits and nature provides the perfect balance of compounds to benefit our health.
Bananas contain the enzyme bromelain, which some studies have found boosts a man's libido. Bromelain has also been reported to have anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory effects. Bananas are are also rich in B vitamins, such as riboflavin, which are essential for the manufacturing of testosterone.
Both men and women who drink a daily glass of the fruit’s juice can experience a surge in testosterone, which increases sexual desire in both genders. In this study, pomegranates increased testosterone levels by a whopping 24% in healthy human subjects. Pomegranates also inhibit the aromatase enzyme which converts testosterone into estrogen. Several compounds in the fruit are anti-estrogenic. The superfood’s ingredients also help fight various forms of cancer, alleviate the symptoms of osteoarthritis and cure stomach upsets and even conjunctivitis. They also help to protect your body's cells from free radicals.
Compounds in mangosteen (gamma-mangostin and garcinone D) decrease estrogen levels more effectively than Letrozole, a synthetic estrogen blocker heavily used by professional bodybuilders.
For the same reason bananas benefits health testosterone production, so does pineapples. They too contain
bromelain. Many bodybuilders recommend eating a little bit of pineapple with each meal. As it turns out, bromelain also helps the body digest and use protein. It also reportedly helps you recover faster from brutal workouts, speeds healing and boosts the immune system.
7. CITRUS FRUITS
Citrus fruits are very high in vitamin C, which decreases the stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol and testosterone are counterproductive, and even the slightest decrease in cortisol levels will help your body to preserve more of testosterone. Citrus fruits are also anti-estrogenic, and have a aromatase blocking effect. That’s mainly due to compounds called limonenes which have shown promise to both prevent and treat cancer. They effectively inhibit the conversion from testosterone to estrogen. Limonenes also strongly enhance detox enzymes in the liver increasing the body's ability to process accumulated toxins.
Mae Chan holds degrees in both physiology and nutritional sciences. She is also blogger and and technology enthusiast with a passion for disseminating information about health.