If we talk about food related to the secretion of testosterone, there is a very strong link between meat and testosterone. There are a number of studies that confirm this, and one of the more recent was conducted in Denmark.
The aim of the study was to compare the impact of a vegetarian diet and mixed (a diet rich in meat) on testosterone and other sex hormones. Participants of the study were athletes. The intake of nutrients in both groups (vegetarian and mixed) was in the same composition: 58% carbohydrates, 28% fat and 14% protein. After 6 weeks, the vegetarian group significantly reduced total levels of testosterone.
As for the choice of meat, good choices are beef and chicken. Beef contains nutrients that are essential for optimal secretion of testosterone, such as zinc and protein. In addition, beef contains iron, magnesium and saturated fatty acids (which are needed to produce testosterone). Chicken is most recommended because of its capital with high quality protein. Other recommended foods rich in protein are eggs and cow cheese.
In addition, the diet should include whole eggs, seafood, raw nuts, such as, almonds or pecans, organic pastured egg yolks, cheese, avocados and other foods rich in cholesterol. But what about the health risks of eating foods high in cholesterol?
A recent study showed that we were sadly mistaken when we thought that cholesterol in the diet causes high cholesterol levels. High cholesterol should not have you worry; as long as you eat starchy foods in small amounts daily, consume lots of vegetables and exercise regularly. What you should be concerned is the high level of triglycerides in the blood.
Optimal testosterone production is closely linked to intake of omega 3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids reduce the levels of cortisol and have a positive effect on the ratio of testosterone. It has been proven also that it stimulates protein synthesis after exercise. Easiest way to input Omega-3 fatty acids in your body is in the form of fish oil.
In addition, there are several minerals to be added to the diet because of the favorable impact on the secretion of testosterone. First on the list is zinc, proven direct impact on increasing the level of testosterone. He does so through different mechanisms such as increased conversion of androstenedione into testosterone. Rich sources of zinc are oysters, beef liver, beef and lamb, and vegetable oil in large zinc amounts are in sesame seeds, pumpkin and watermelon. Magnesium also increases testosterone and iron. As for vitamins useful in this sense is vitamin D.
The list of accessories, especially plant is endless, so the individuals remains to assess what works for them and what does not.