It’s no secret that having high, healthy testosterone levels is crucial for your happiness as a man.
Low testosterone has been linked to depression, low energy, low libido, and worst of all, low levels of success. In fact, studies have shown that there’s a direct correlation between how much testosterone a man has, and how much money he makes.
So clearly, you want the highest testosterone levels possible—your entire life depends on it.
Most people focus on how to boost testosterone levels, which is important, but do you know what’s even MORE important? Avoiding things that are KILLING your testosterone! Just by cutting these foods out of your diet, you can expect to raise your testosterone levels by at least 20%.
Take a look at those pictures above. Those are some recent shots I took at myself at the time, with a shredded six pack.
Do you think I’d be able to look like that if I had low testosterone? Absolutely not! Testosterone is very important for men.
Without high testosterone, you’ll be a flabby piece of shit. Your body will look terrible, and your health will suffer.
Some studies have even shown that men need testosterone to focus and think clearly. That’s why so many older men take testosterone replacement therapy (TRT).
The bottom line is that you must avoid testosterone killing foods at all costs… for your life, your gains, and your mental clarity may depend on it.
With that in mind, let’s talk about some of the worst foods for testosterone, so you know exactly what to avoid to get those sky high test levels you want.
“Milk is for babies.” -Arnold Schwarzenegger
Yup, that’s right—cheese, yogurt, milk…it’s all absolutely horrible for you. “But Jon, isn’t milk an American staple food?” Why yes, yes it is. That’s why we’re all fat as fuck over here.
Dairy cows, in our modern agricultural complex, are basically treated like absolute trash. They’re stuck into tiny cages, fed ridiculous amounts of hormones to fatten them up, and given tons of antibiotics, otherwise they’d die from such stressful conditions.
So, logically, when they create milk, what do you think that milk contains? All of those hormones and antibiotics.
Most cows in the United States (and other countries, too) are given what’s called an estrogen implant. It’s a little pill that they inject behind a cow’s ear, and it slowly seeps estrogen into the cow’s system. Estrogen is basically the opposite of testosterone—it makes you emotional, lose muscle mass, and gain fat.
This is why drinking dairy is absolutely terrible if you’re trying to shred fat as fast as possible. If you can get your hands on raw milk, which isn’t pasteurized or homogenized, and comes from grass-fed cows, then this is a lot better.
But even so, I personally avoid dairy at all costs. The only exception is if I’m trying to bulk up and can get my hands on some raw milk.
Soy contains phytoestrogens, which are almost chemically identical to estrogen. They also contain isoflavones that activate your body’s estrogen receptors. So, in other words, soy is a double whammy—it’s one of the worst foods for your testosterone levels out there.
To make matters even worse, it’s in damn near everything that’s processed. This is why I always recommend that men read the damn labels for what you’re eating! Don’t put something into your body if you don’t even know what it is. Or, better yet, just follow a paleo diet so that you’re only getting whole foods.
If the label on your food contains any of the following of the ingredients, it’s got soy in it:
Manufacturers are absolutely NOTORIOUS for putting soy into places where it doesn’t belong—like, for example, in beef jerky. Yes, that’s right. Even seemingly non-soy-related items are actually filled with soy. Is it any wonder why most men are weak nowadays?
Ah, trans fats—one of the scientific atrocities of the modern world. I won’t go too in-depth here, but basically trans fats are made by high-heat and high-pressure processing.
These things literally change the physical, molecular makeup of fats to the point where your body doesn’t even know how to fucking digest them. Yes, that’s right. Your body literally has no clue what to do with them. They increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, cancer, and more.
Trans fats also destroy your testosterone levels. And again, what’s worse, is that they’re in damn near everything:
Trans fats also prevent the synthesis of prostacyclin, which is a compound that keeps your blood flowing. Yes, that’s right—trans fats literally stop your blood from flowing effectively. I couldn’t make this stuff up.
Peppermint is one of those seemingly unsuspecting testosterone killers—after all, isn’t it a holistic remedy to stress? Well, yeah, it is, but it also completely obliterates your testosterone levels.
In a study conducted in 2004, researchers found that both peppermint and spearmint lower testosterone levels by a whopping amount:
Yup, that’s right. Just 1 cup of spearmint tea can cut your testosterone levels in half. Imagine what would happen if someone drank a cup of spearmint or peppermint tea every single day?
The study doesn’t mention using peppermint for aromatherapy and its affects on the human body, but I suspect that it wouldn’t lower testosterone levels. Just be sure not to drink anything peppermint or spearmint related.
Yeah, I know, I know. How are you supposed to go out clubbing and pickup chicks if you can’t drink? Well, that’s where willpower comes in.
Alcohol, despite ads showing bearded men in pickup trucks, actually decreases your testosterone levels. There’s quite a few catches though—it depends on how much, and at what time.
For example, one study showed that when rats were fed a diet where 5% of the calories came from alcohol, testicle size shrunk by 50%. This is the human equivalent of half a drink a day.
Most studies also agree that if you’re an alcoholic, consuming more than 3 drinks per day, you’re going to have very elevated estrogen levels, and suppressed testosterone levels.
What’s surprising though, is this weird Finnish study that completely flies in the face of reason. In this study, participants drank half a glass of vodka immediately after lifting weights, and their testosterone levels increased by 100%.
Was this because Finnish people have a weird alcohol-related gene? Or maybe the testosterone increase came from lifting, and not the alcohol? Or maybe the study was just a fluke. Who knows?
Either way, it’s best if you minimize alcohol consumption if you want to save your testosterone levels—and when you do decide to consume, be sure to stick with red wine, which has the least impact on your testosterone.
Now that we’ve talked about which foods to avoid, let’s talk about which foods you should actively seek out to boost testosterone.
Here are some great testosterone boosting foods:
These three super foods are known for their incredible testosterone boosting effects… in fact, just eating more of these can literally double or even triple your testosterone levels.
Brazil nuts are a staple of my diet. In fact, I eat at least two Brazil nuts per day. Why? Because they’re great for boosting testosterone.
In one study, published by the Journal of Urology, researchers found a very strong correlation between Brazil nuts and testosterone levels:
“In response to selenium and N-acetyl-cysteine treatment serum follicle-stimulating hormone decreased but serum testosterone and inhibin B increased. All semen parameters significantly improved with selenium and N-acetyl-cysteine treatment. Administering selenium plus N-acetyl-cysteine resulted in additive beneficial effects. A significant positive correlation existed between the seminal plasma concentrations of selenium and N-acetyl-cysteine, and semen parameters. A strong correlation was observed between the sum of the selenium and N-acetyl-cysteine concentrations, and mean sperm concentration (r = 0.67, p = 0.01), sperm motility (r = 0.64, p = 0.01) and percent normal morphology (r = 0.66, p = 0.01).”
In other words, eating Brazil nuts improves testosterone levels. Don’t take my word for it, though… eat just 2-4 a day and get your bloodwork done.
Garlic is another powerhouse when it comes to testosterone boosting foods… in fact, it can even make your balls bigger.
No, I don’t mean that figuratively—I mean it literally.
Take a look at this study conducted by the Department of Anatomy, College of Medicine, at Bingham University, in which researchers linked eating garlic to bigger balls and higher testosterone levels:
“Serum testosterone level was increased in the experimental Groups B and C in comparison with the control group (Figure 4). There was a statistically significant overall increase in testosterone levels in all experimental groups compared with control group (P<0.05)…
An overall increase was shown in the testicular weights in all experimental groups when compared with the control group (Figure 3). Group B animals showed statistically significant testicular weight increase when compared with the control group (P<0.05), likewise Group C animals showed statistically significant testicular weight increase (P<0.05) when compared with the control group animals.
Not bad, huh? So, the bottom line is that if you want bigger balls and more testosterone, eat a shit ton of garlic. It’s by far one of the best testosterone boosting foods on the planet.
It’s no secret that manly men eat a shit ton of steak and eggs… and it’s not a coincidence, either.
In a recent meta-study, researchers pointed out that having more cholesterol in your diet has a strong correlation with testosterone:
“A positive correlation exists between HDL-c and circulating T concentrations, as seen in multiple studies including the San Antonito Heart study , the Tromso study , the Turku Male Aging study , the Rancho Bernardo study , MRFIT  and a study from Ghent, Belgium . Most of these studies have also demonstrated an inverse relationship between T levels and both plasma triglycerides [32–34,36] and total cholesterol [32,34]. Elevated levels of VLDL are associated with increased risk of atherosclerosis.”
In other words, if you want higher testosterone, eat more cholesterol… and I know of no better way to get cholesterol than from eggs.
Hell, some guys even go on the steak and eggs diet, where you eat nothing but steak and eggs for 30 days straight.
Steak is another great source of cholesterol, and the high level of protein means you’ll recover faster and build more muscle.
In summary, eliminating foods that kill testosterone is absolutely critical. I guarantee that you’re consuming most of these foods, if not all of them, on a day-by-day basis without even realizing it. That’s how prominent these foods are in our society.
It’s no wonder our world is filled with soy boys…but hey, there’s not much you can do about others. All you can do is control your own actions and take your health into your own hands. If you liked the article consider upgrading your fitness with my patented program, Body of an Alpha.
If you guys have any questions, comments, or general concerns on testosterone levels or other foods that kill testosterone, be sure to leave a remark down below—and, as always, I’ll see you next time.
Jon Anthony is a dating coach, fitness expert, and self-improvement guru. He dropped out of college to start Masculine Development in 2015, and has since been self-employed, helping men across the world achieve their best lives. You can best reach him on social media, or via email for questions.