11 ESSENTIAL Foods Proven to SKYROCKET your Testosterone and Growth Hormone!
You’re probably not eating these and number 7 and 11 will surprise you!
Want to build muscle, shed fat and improve performance? Well, you can FORGET about it if your testosterone and growth hormone aren’t naturally optimised! Figuring out what to eat to gain muscle and lose fat is only half the battle, you need to think hormones!
Testosterone is the natural anabolic steroid hormone our bodies produce. Although men produce far more than women, women still produce a little and still need to think about optimising it in a natural and safe way if they stand any chance of building muscle.
Testosterone binds to androgen receptors on our muscle cells and drastically increases protein synthesis and therefor muscle growth. It also helps us to burn fat by directing our nutrients to muscle growth rather than fat gain. Without a decent amount of testosterone, you stand almost no chance of building muscle and fat loss will be extremely difficult.
It gets even worse:
Low testosterone comes with a host of catastrophic consequences which include loss of strength, depression, decreased fertility, lack of energy, less endurance, loss of motivation, decreased sex drive, erectile dysfunction and female breast tissue enlargement in men. Needless to say, testosterone is essential for men’s health, but women need some too if they want to improve their performance.
Human Growth Hormone (HGH) is peptide hormone produced by the pituitary gland in the brain that does exactly what it says, it makes us grow.
After the age of around 18 it no longer affects our height as our growth plates on our bones have closed.
However, it plays a huge role in muscle growth, repair and it’s a potent fat burner. HGH levels start to decrease naturally after 18 which means if we want to build muscle and lose fat, we have to find ways of naturally keeping it high.
You’re probably saying:
“I don’t need foods; I’ll buy an awesome human growth hormone supplement!” Well… I hate to break it to you; most supplements are overpriced garbage. Food and diet are 10x more powerful and important than any supplement; and that’s a fact, period.
In this article, I’m going to show you 11 very powerful foods that you can add into your diet today to skyrocket your testosterone and growth hormone (HGH).
Want to know the best part?
These two hormones affect each other in a positive way; high testosterone will often make our bodies produce more HGH and vice versa!
Let’s get stuck in and see which foods increase testosterone and HGH the most!
1) Chia Seeds
These are one of the most androgenic (manly!) foods you can find; they are mother nature’s anabolic steroid! Chia seeds are packed full of amino acids and essential fatty acids particularly omega 3. This makes them great for both HGH and testosterone production. You can find chia seeds at your local health store, soak them in water and they expand into a gelatine like soup which is easy to consume.
Here’s the kicker:
Interestingly chia seeds share a similar nutritional profile to the more well-known flax seeds; however, flax seeds are actually estrogenic, so are best avoided if you’re looking to stay anabolic and androgenic!
When it comes to a food for muscle growth, eggs should be your number 1 choice. They have all the essential nutrients to start life. The whites contain all the essential amino acids for muscle growth, but the yolk is where the nutrients are; always include the yolk!
Testosterone is made from cholesterol and the egg yolk is packed full of good cholesterol as well as essential fatty acids and vitamin D which are all vital to testosterone production.
Eggs are extremely anabolic and one of the classic foods for bodybuilding. With a huge range of essential amino acids and natural growth factors they drastically increase your HGH. HGH is a peptide hormone and therefor is made from amino acids derived from protein sources. A high protein diet is one of the keys to HGH production and eggs are one of the best protein sources!
If you’re looking for foods that boost testosterone and lower estrogen, broccoli is king! Broccoli is one of the best foods to naturally modulate the female and fat storing hormone estrogen. Estrogen and testosterone share the same receptors so by decreasing estrogen we automatically increase our testosterone.
Broccoli contains a compound called DIM (3’3 diindolylmethane) and an even more powerful compound IC3 (Iindole-3-Carbinol) which both help your liver remove estrogen. As with other green vegetables and some algae, broccoli is rich in the phytonutrient chlorophyll which also helps your body remove estrogen. Through these mechanisms are what makes broccoli a powerful natural testosterone booster.
It gets even better:
Along with many other green vegetables such as spinach and kale, broccoli alkalises the body. When the body is in an alkaline state it functions better and produces more natural growth hormone as well as being less susceptible to disease.
4) Brazil Nuts
Brazil nuts are a great source of protein and fatty acids. Brazil nuts are particularly rich in an amino acid called L-Arginine which is a key amino acid component of HGH.
Brazil nuts are unique in the fact that they are rich in selenium; a powerful antioxidant and essential for testosterone production. Selenium is particularly useful for men as it protects the prostate gland. Studies have indicated that selenium can help prevent the onset of prostate cancer as well as other forms of cancer.
Testosterone is a steroid hormone, which means it’s made from cholesterol and fat. Brazil nuts are loaded with fatty acids which makes them an easy choice for anyone looking to boost their testosterone. Although not traditionally thought of as a classic bodybuilding food, brazil nuts should be part of your bodybuilding diet!
5) Coconut oil
Here’s the deal:
Your body needs saturated fat and cholesterol to make testosterone, that’s a fact. Low fat diets are an absolute killer of testosterone and the link between saturated fat and heart disease is not remotely conclusive and is one of the biggest myths in the health industry. Coconut oil is a saturated fat that comes with a host of other health benefits which makes it a great choice.
Studies have also indicated that coconut oil may increase HGH production within thirty to ninety minutes after consumption!
Here’s the bottom line:
Supplements to increase testosterone won’t do a damn thing if your body doesn’t have the building blocks to make it; you can’t build a house without the bricks! Give your body the resources it needs to produce its natural steroid hormone and use coconut oil!
Firstly, raisins are rich in boron, a mineral that we don’t get too much of in our diets. A few studies have a found significant links between boron and increased testosterone and HGH.
Testosterone can be converted to estrogen in our bodies, this is not good news. An enzyme called aromatase facilitates this conversion of our precious testosterone into dreaded estrogen.
Don’t worry though:
The good news is that raisins are rich in a compound called resveratrol. Resveratrol helps inhibit the aromatase enzyme which will prevent testosterone being converted to estrogen and in turn will mean more testosterone is available for muscle growth, fat burning and performance enhancement.
If you’re looking for testosterone increasing foods and growth hormone foods, then raisins are a great and easy choice as studies have shown they help optimise both these hormones.
7) Fava beans
When you’re looking for how to boost HGH, look no further than the trusty fava bean. Fava beans are rich in a compound called L-Dopa which is a direct precursor to the neurotransmitter dopamine. Increased dopamine results in the pituitary gland secreting more HGH along with increased energy and motivation.
Fava beans are a great snack as they are a source of high protein and carbohydrates which makes them an ideal food to gain muscle. There is no HGH supplement on the market that can compare to the power of the fava bean!
8) Pumpkin seeds
If you’re after the best testosterone boosting foods, anything that’s rich in essential fatty acids is a winner. Pumpkin seeds are full of omega 6 fatty acids alongside a good amount of protein. Along with brazil nuts they have also been shown to benefit the prostate gland and could potentially prevent prostate cancer.
If you’re into testosterone boosting supplements you’ve probably heard of ZMA. This is simply a zinc and magnesium supplement as research has shown that these increase testosterone output. However, don’t waste your money, pumpkin seeds are packed full of zinc and magnesium and in a more bioavailable form.
Pumpkin seeds are a healthy source of calories, protein, fats, vitamins and minerals which makes them one the top test boosting foods!
Studies have shown that men with low testosterone often have zinc deficiencies and benefit hugely from increasing their zinc input. Nuts and seeds are great sources of zinc as mentioned earlier but one of the best sources of zinc is shellfish. Oysters, crabs, lobsters and other seafood carry a hefty amount of zinc that will skyrocket your testosterone levels. Oysters have a reputation for increasing sex drive, perhaps part of that is from an increase in testosterone.
As mentioned earlier, keeping your HGH levels isn’t too difficult, the most important thing is a high protein diet rich in the necessary amino acids; all seafood is a great source of protein that contains all the essential amino acids.
10) Raw chocolate (cacao)
This is not what you get from a candy store! Raw chocolate or cacao is usually found in health food shops. This is a super food with many benefits.
Cacao products are particularly rich in the amino acid tryptophan that stimulates dopamine and HGH production from the pituitary gland. It’s been shown to improve your mood and even help you sleep. We produce most of our HGH whilst sleeping, so any food that helps us sleep better is a must. This makes raw cacao one of the most powerful HGH foods.
It gets better:
Raw cacao is also packed full of minerals including zinc and magnesium, alongside a perfect test boosting fatty acid ratio and live friendly gut bacteria. There are some great recipes that you can do with raw chocolate which makes it one of the tastier testosterone boosting foods!
Probably best not to eat a whole raw onion if you value your romantic and social life. However, most recipes go great with some onions so add them in whenever possible. Onions are packed full of anti-inflammatory phytochemicals such as apigenin and quercetin which in of themselves show a lot of promise in boosting testosterone.
This is crazy:
Studies done on rodents showed that when they were administered onion juice, their testosterone levels increased by 300% on average! Although human research on this is yet to be done, we share many similarities in our reproductive system to rodents so the results can be taken seriously.
Either way, that’s an incredible increase from a natural food, so onions have a lot of promise to increase testosterone levels quickly! Remember an increase in test often leads to an increase in HGH levels too!
There you have it, 11 testosterone and growth hormone boosting foods you can add to your diet today! Just by adding one or two of these will make a big difference to your results and adding all of them will turn you into an absolute Unchained Monster!
Unchained Muscle® CEO Richard Ahern specialises in natural hormone enhancement and this is just a small snippet of the secrets he knows to turn your body into a natural steroid producing machine.
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Richard Ahern is the CEO of Unchained Muscle®, fitness model and REPS certified trainer with 10 years of training experience and a background in biology and chemistry.