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"Natural Testosterone Booster" Foods

A lot of guys wonder how they can boost testosterone levels naturally. I'm occasionally asked a question at the gym that goes something like this:

"Do you know of any 'natural testosterone boosting foods'; ya know - something you'd eat for that purpose above anything else?"

My reply comes in the form of a rhetorical question:

"Have you ever noticed when you eat a lot of beef and broccoli, you get a bit more aggressive… or focused… or frisky… or whatever higher testosterone levels do to YOU?"

Yeah… beef and broccoli - that'd be my best choice for 'natural testosterone booster' foods.

Natural testosterone booster foods

When it comes to 'natural testosterone booster' foods, these are my two favorite picks.

Beef is high in saturated fat and zinc, both of which are needed for testosterone production. Yet those two ingredients can't seem to fully explain what beef intake tends to do. Anecdotal evidence from other guys I've spoken with reinforces what I've noticed myself; higher strength and libido levels tend to follow beef consumption.

If beef is a 'natural testosterone booster', broccoli would be a natural defender of that hormone spike. It's a cruciferous vegetable containing a phytochemical called indole-3-carbinol (I3C). This stuff helps flush the body of excess estrogen - a hormone that many men don't realize their bodies produce. Since estrogen competes with testosterone for bodily receptor sites, reducing it is a major key to raising and maintaining testosterone levels.

Yes, there are other 'natural testosterone booster' foods besides beef that contain fat and zinc. You could go with chicken or oysters. I just personally notice a "kick" that beef seems to exclusively provide.

You can also go with other cruciferous vegetables, like cauliflower or cabbage. Yet broccoli provides other benefits that can work synergistically with its anti-estrogen effect. This vegetable is high in calcium. Healthy calcium levels are essential for suppressing calcitriol - a hormone that causes the body to produce fat and inhibit fat breakdown. Keep in mind: it is body fat (especially in the mid-section) on men that suppresses testosterone by elevating estrogen.

Here are some other natural testosterone booster foods:

  • Olive Oil (monounsaturated fat)
  • Mushrooms (good source of zinc)
  • Lowfat Yogurt (this stuff sounds wimpy - but it kicks butt)
  • Wheat Bran (more zinc)

And just for good information, here are three foods that definitely DO NOT fall into the 'natural testosterone booster' category. These three have been shown to actually reduce testosterone:

  • Licorice (has been shown to cut levels by up to 40%)
  • Stevia (sweetener additive)
  • Grapefruit (prohibits breakdown of estrogen in the liver)

Also, alcohol is a big estrogen producer/testosterone killer. So when you insist on having those weekend beers, you might want to double up on your weekday beef and broccoli. Well, boost up the cruciferous veggie intake at least.



yep it was in a book on Vince the legegend and the myth by Alan Palmieri. I have it as an ebook send me a private message if you want a copy for research purposes.

Scott Abbett

Hey Dai,

Interesting! I didn't know about Vince Gironda saying that. It makes sense though; I remember him being a big advocate of desacated liver tabs.



I know Vince Gironda said some of the best gains he ever had were on his steak and eggs diet.


Hello Dai,

My own experience has shown me that if I work out in the morning, then some beef intake the night before produces best results. If working out in the afternoon, then a "beef breakfast" would probably be best. When workouts are in the evening, it'd probably be a "beef lunch."

This is mere annecdotal advice... or as some like to call it - "bro science"... since there're no studies I'm aware of to even back the suggestion that beef intake improves testosterone.

Of course, if we all waited for the funding and inclination necessary to back studies of everything before personally testing them and sharing results, we'd nary gain a fraction of the vast and valuable insights culled from personal and collective experience.

On that note... I think I might have some fat-laden ribeye steak this weekend :-)


Just a thought but would there be any point to timing the intake of beef to boost testosterone. The reason I ask is beef is expensive and in this day and age of austerity it is not an every day food item.

Lets say you are working on a lagging body part chest for instance. Would it best to eat beef on the same day as chest workout or the day after?

This is just one of those questions you have floating around in your head when reading these type of articles.


Really? i love beef,,

Vivek Chawla

try taking fenugreek also, a good addition to meat



beef is probably the best, along with chicken for the protein



Are you sure these two really work??


Hello Mark,

Tribulus is nothing new. Neither are the claims that are made about it. I've tried several different brands over the years, including those claiming "95% saponins" on the label, and never noticed any positive effect from this product. In fact, I notice better results from simply getting very lean and eating raw cruciferous vegetables (which is easier on the wallet too). I know many guys who say the same thing.

If the brand you mention is somehow different, please elaborate on "why" when you get the chance.

Thank you for your comment,


Mark McG

The best option is to use a natural testosterone booster. These are made from all natural ingredients, and other than allergies, and no side effects have ever been reported. The most popular natural substances for building testosterone is Tribulus Terrestris. I have been using the Dr Max Powers Testosterone Boost for the last 3 years on and off, and I love it because there are no side effects and its completely nattural tribulus. I had a great response to it.

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