This refreshing fruit is packed with antioxidants that help improve male reproductive health, the active compounds can help improve sexual function such as providing stronger erections. It improves blood flow in the body, including to the penis and the rest of the reproductive system.
Active compounds in pomegranate act as natural vasodilators. These relax the blood vessels and thereby promote better blood flow.
You can choose to eat the whole fruit or simply drink pomegranate juice (we suggest switching your breakfast orange juice for some pomegranate juice).
One study found that drinking pomegranate juice daily can increase T levels by 24% (as seen in salivary T tests) with 2 weeks of continued consumption. This study also found that both diastolic and systolic blood pressure values were reduced.
A long-term study also found that drinking pomegranate juice can reduce the formation of plaques within the arteries. The risk was reduced by as much as 35%. This clearly indicates its protective effects on the cardiovascular system.
Improvements in cholesterol profiles were also seen, as pomegranates protected healthy LDL cholesterol from getting damaged due to oxidation. A laboratory chemical study also found that some of the active compounds in pomegranate demonstrated anti-estrogenic activities.
If there is one fruit you should be including in your diet as a man, pomegranates is the one!
11. Fava Beans (L-Dopa)
The L-dopa content in fava beans is what mainly gives it the ability to provide a positive effect on your testosterone levels. L-dopa promotes an increase in dopamine levels in the brain, as well as the levels of human growth hormone.
More dopamine means more T, and more growth hormone means more muscle! The mechanism for this is that L-Dopa stimulates GnRH (gonadotropin releasing hormone) which further acts on the testes. GnRH activates the Leydig cells within the testes, promoting hormone production.
12. Pine Pollen
Real testosterone can be found in pine pollen, not a mimetic compound but the real deal! There are about 80 nanograms (ng) of real testosterone per gram of pine pollen. This is why pine pollen is called nature’s most potent androgen.
Pine pollen is also dense in other nutrients. It has all the 22 essential amino acids and at least 100 different enzymes, along with 30 minerals and 15 different vitamins. All these contribute to better health and higher T levels.
Make sure you use pine pollen as a tincture under the tongue to absorb the testosterone correctly.
13. Blue Cheese
This rather smelly but tasty cheese has T-boosting benefits. The microbes that create the distinctive blue cheese flavor can help enhance the body’s own gut microflora.
Blue cheese microbes include lactic acid bacteria and Bifidobacteria. There are also live enzymes and other helpful compounds that all support healthy T levels.
The probiotics (microbes) in blue cheese help protect cells from the damaging effects of certain toxic compounds such as organophosphorus pesticides, bisphenol A, heavy metals and perchlorate, that all have T-lowering effects. Some act as estrogenic agents that can lead to higher estrogen levels and consequent lower testosterone levels.
If you want to boost your muscle gains, you have to maintain healthy levels of testosterone.
While testosterone is naturally produced in the body, consuming anabolic foods that boost its production will certainly help you in your journey to building more muscle mass.