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6 Foods to Increase Testosterone and Boost Your Libido

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Learn what foods can lead your body to produce more testosterone, a hormone which plays a vital role in a man’s health and sexuality.

Oysters to Boost Your Libido

Foods That Increase Testosterone

Testosterone is a male hormone which plays a vital role in a man’s health and sexuality. Its production is dependent on zinc and vitamin B and although it is not found directly in the food we eat, certain foods can lead the body to produce more testosterone.

Testosterone is highly important for both men and women. However, men produce around 40 to 60 times more testosterone than women. Normally, testosterone levels in men are about 30% higher in the morning than at nighttime. This may explain why men are more interested in sex in the morning and it is part of the reason for spontaneous morning erections.

Avoid Impotence With Foods That Increase The Production Of Testosterone

Do you think your libido needs a little boost? Why not try some Testosterone foods to increase your performance. Boosting your intimate life can be as simple as upping your levels of testosterone. Even more, testosterone can also strengthen bones and muscles and even boost your brainpower.

Side Effects of Low Testosterone Levels

Did you know that about 5% of all men (and nearly 20% after age 70) suffer from low testosterone and its potential side effects: low libido, fatigue, loss of bone mass and muscle strength. And this affects women as well as around 10% of women have a low libido that leads to "personal distress".

Adding some of the following foods to your daily diet can increase your levels of testosterone in the long term. These foods are also known as natural libido enhancers or aphrodisiacs and can be used for both men and women alike.

6 Foods that increase testosterone and why they work.

1) Oysters

Oysters are natural libido enhancers because they have a high Zinc content which raises testosterone and sperm production. Oysters also improve dopamine levels which boosts libido in men and women.

Zinc is vital for many processes affecting the body; it helps to build new cells, boost the immune system, promotes growth, mental alertness, aids in proper brain function and plays an active role in the health of the male and female reproductive system giving you a testosterone boost.

Oysters are better eaten fresh and raw. They are also a good source of Magnesium and Phosphorus, and a very good source of Protein, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12, Iron, Copper, Manganese and Selenium.

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According to The Sydney Morning Herald. (2005) a team of American and Italian researchers analyzed oysters and found that they were rich in amino acids that trigger increased levels of sex hormones.

Oyster to Increase Testosterone Production

 avoid impotence with foods like Oysters that increase the production of Testosterone

avoid impotence with foods like Oysters that increase the production of Testosterone

The oyster.

  • Aphrodisiac Foods: the Oyster
    Probably the first aphrodisiacs were those that resembled the sexual organs, thus, food that in some way looked like vaginas were reputed as being aphrodisiacs. In this list one of the most famous aphrodisiac foods are oysters for their clear resembl

A healthy adult has two to three grams of zinc in the body

Other natural sources of Zinc

Apart from oysters, the best sources of zinc include beef, lamb, pork, crabmeat, turkey, chicken, lobster and salmon.

Zinc supplements are also commonly used for wound healing and treatment of the common cold.

Zinc Balance

4 Ways To Incorporate Salmon In Your Daily Diet To Increase Your Testosterone Levels

1) For breakfast, you can add some smoked salmon to a bagel with soft cheese which also contains high levels of zinc.

2) Create another healthy breakfast adding some smoked salmon to your scrambled eggs.

3) At lunch time, you can add cooked salmon to a pasta salad.

4) For dinner, you can enjoy a salmon filet cooked in the oven or poached with a portion of healthy steamed vegetables like Asparagus to benefit from its high content of vitamin E

2) Oily fish

When trying to add zinc into your diet then salmon is one of the best options as it is a great source of vitamin A and zinc

Essential fats such as the omega 3 fatty acids found in oily fish and flaxseed as well as saturated fats are essential for normal testosterone production. Salmon and sardines are a good source of B vitamins B5, B6, B12, all of which are important in keeping good reproductive health.

3) Bananas

Bananas are good because they are rich in potassium and B vitamins like riboflavin which are necessary for testosterone production. Bananas also contain the enzyme bromelain that is thought to enhance the male libido.

Banana juice is a great way to introduce bananas into your daily diet. The juice is delicious with a creamy consistency.

Bananas to Increase Testosterone



Bananas contain the enzyme bromelain, which some studies have found boosts a man's libido

4) Avocados

Avocados contain vitamin B6, helpful in increasing male hormone production and they have high levels of folic acid which helps to metabolize proteins to keep nerves and skin healthy. Moreover, avocado also has potassium that assists in regulating the thyroid gland that may help in increasing male libido.

Other nutritional benefits found in avocados are, folic acid, B-vitamins and vitamin E. The avocado is virtually the only fruit that has monounsaturated fat.

Other sources of vitamin B6 are bananas, raspberries, watermelons, peppers and Brussels sprouts.

5) Asparagus

Asparagus are rich in vitamin E, which stimulates the production of testosterone. Other benefits found from Vitamin E consumption are the protection against prostate cancer and Alzheimer's disease

Another benefit of consuming foods rich in Vitamin E, is that it reduces the risk of developing bladder cancer which kills 12,500 Americans annually, being the fourth leading cancer killer among men, and four times more common in men than women. (source: the annual meeting of the American Association of Cancer Research, Orlando, FL, May 23, 2004.)

6) Figs

Figs are high in amino acids, which researchers believe can increase libido and your sexual stamina. Figs are also a good source of iron, magnesium, potassium, B vitamins, as well as vitamin K.

The fiber found in fruits such as figs are said to significantly lower the risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women.

Include figs in your diet to help meet your body's daily requirements for minerals. cup serving of dried figs contains:

  • 121 milligrams of calcium, or 15 percent of the daily adult requirement;
  • 50 milligrams of magnesium, or 12 percent of the daily adult requirement;
  • 506 milligrams of potassium, or 11 percent of the daily adult requirement;
  • 1.5 milligrams of iron, or 19 percent of the daily adult requirement.


More libido enhancer foods:

  • Honey as an Aphrodisiac
    The word aphrodisiac comes from the name of the Greek Goddess of sexual love and beauty, Aphrodite. Honey is also known as the nectar of Aphrodite. Sticky, runny, viscous, butter-texture, deliciously...

Foods that Increase your testosterone levels

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

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P s n moorthy on November 05, 2020:

Very useful and complete informative for boosting testosterone thank u

Wendy Iturrizaga (author) from France on October 02, 2020:

thanks for sharing

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on August 19, 2017:

This was showing on the side of a hub. Very cool that it lasts five years.

And I think it is very well done.

I have been doing a lot of study on foods and their nutrients and vitamins. Your whole list here is recommended for any concepts from Alkalyse to full on Peleo to Kinetics.

I believe that Alcohol and sugars are major no no's in all of these also.

Thanks for a very informative article.

John from India on August 07, 2017:

Excellent article. Very informative. I personally do Yoga to maintain my health. Yoga is very useful for boosting testosterone for men

Prince Bethel from Africa on November 13, 2014:

This is quite interesting. I love bananas so much...

IT Support Melbourne on March 21, 2013:

Excellent job! I found your blog using google.

Wendy Iturrizaga (author) from France on July 21, 2012:

Dan: fresh products are always better.

Dan on July 20, 2012:

Does the aspargus have to be fresh or will canned do the same thing?

Jojo Ronas on June 03, 2012:

Great health input on testosterone. I actually started losing muscle mass at 45. Use to go to the gym 3x a week. I think eating food that may increase my testosterone level might do the trick. Thanks again.

TotalHealth from Hermosa Beach, CA on May 23, 2012:

Nice hub! Lot of useful information that is a natural approach to living healthy. Never knew that honey is considered an aphrodisiac. Time to update my shopping list. Thanks!

khalid mehmood on December 12, 2011:

Thank you very much for such a nice information which will assist us to create healthy nations.

sintayehu on November 29, 2011:

Thank you very much for such a nice information which will assist us to create healthy nations.


Kenneth Brown from United States on November 07, 2011:

Interesting. I only knew about the oysters' effect, so I definitely learned something new.

wanderlust9 on November 07, 2011:

Good info! I recently embarked on a mission to improve my health, a part of which involves improving my testosterone levels. Another factor that men might want to consider is to reduce the amount of estrogen increasing foods in their diet. One of the most detrimental being Beer.

Zameer on November 03, 2011:

Stuff is very informative and guide for body fitness , people of all ages.Good and self improvement....

kikalina from Europe on October 20, 2011:

what a great hub.....I know what to feed my hubby now ;)

Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on October 04, 2011:

GREAT hub, Princessa! Loved the topic and I voted up, and all across the top! You are an amazing talent and I sincerely thank you for sharing your writing with me. Kenneth Avery, a hubber from Hamilton, Alabama, in northwest Alabama, a rural town that reminds one of Mayberry, where Andy and Barney worked.

Rossi on October 04, 2011:

hey buddy,this is one of the best posts that I’ve ever seen; you may include some more ideas in the same theme. I’m still waiting for some interesting thoughts from your side in your next kamagra post.

curious on September 27, 2011:

why would chocolate and almonds be good for this?

Moog Vertus from Vienna, Austria on September 20, 2011:

Very useful information! confirms again that Avocados are healthy!

Hawk Fitness from Franklin,Tennessee on August 05, 2011:

That just rocked my hub on the subject,very nice. I've got to step up my game,lol.

bufala mozzarella on July 28, 2011:

I love this hub about healthy foods.

CJamesIII from Minneapolis, MN on July 01, 2011:

Of course all the things that help increase testosterone are gross, except bananas! Oh well.

andrebreynolds on June 28, 2011:

Haha! Good for me. Thanks for this.

Richard83 from West Virginia on May 31, 2011:

I can surely see why you have ELITE status. What a great article you have here. VERY USEFUL! Thanks a million. Great tips. I didn't know that it could lead to disease. Very wise hub. Best wishes.

RalphGreene on May 13, 2011:

Interesting post, Thanks for sharing.

eatsumores on April 05, 2011:

wonder why i get violently sick after consuming oysters, fresh or canned.. where mussels do nothing to me..

Wendy Iturrizaga (author) from France on March 26, 2011:

richard: sorry but I've never heard of canned oysters

richard on March 25, 2011:

What about canned oysters?I cant find raw oysters in my area.

zeus31 from PHILIPPINES on March 23, 2011:


Marwan Asmar from Amman, Jordan on March 16, 2011:

Very informative and will abide

bryanps from Australia on February 25, 2011:

Didn't know that asparagus has a role in increasing testosterone levels :D

naufillzaman from Pakistan, Islamabad on February 12, 2011:

thanks. really good information

UstillUp on February 03, 2011:

I heard that watermelon is good for increasing testosterone and sexual functions. I love watermelon so I figure it's worth a shot.

Ankush Kohli from India on January 28, 2011:

I'm exercising 1 hr on daily basis but unable to get the desired results so I was looking for the good diet and I think, I got this time. Avocados is not easy to find in India but oily fish and bananas are easy approachable. I'll try few weeks & update you soon. on January 18, 2011:

All the foods mentioned do increase testosterone levels. I eat some of them regularly and they do work. The key is to eat the foods regularly enough to see benefit.

Some really excellent info here, thanks for sharing.

fadibody on January 04, 2011:

Your hub is fully-packed with essential and informative details. I had pleasure reading. Great hub!

Pepe on December 25, 2010:

Well.... bananas make complete sense! They are phallic.

LOL Great article and info. Definitely will start eating the oysters. And don't forget oily fish like salmon, trout, sardines, tuna, etc. Nuts and seeds too.

Living Water from United States on December 21, 2010:

Good work

fresh2def05 from Louisville, Ky on November 30, 2010:

very good hub. I did not know that bananas help with testosterone.Who new? Anyway, great work and I'm looking forward to reading more of your hubs.

bruzzbuzz from Texas , USA on November 29, 2010:

Great information. I love bananas and avocados. Now I have a real reason to eat more. Thanks. Great hub.

Matt Penn on September 26, 2010:

Great hub with some very interesting info.

Eugene Sung from Philadelphia, PA on September 25, 2010:

I eat all of what you listed here. Very healthy foods; you obviously know what you're talking about!

ucangetfit on September 05, 2010:

Very cool HUB, I like it. I eat some of that stuff already, now I have to incorporate figs and asparagus.

kingkhan78 on August 24, 2010:

Great information about Foods to increase testosterone and thanks for sharing hub page community from Orange County, CA on August 24, 2010:

I see I am not alone in liking your hub. Diet is such an important aspect of everything we do. As a fitness instructor, I will be recommending your hub to my clients. Thanks for taking the time to put it together.

Nice job!

Natalie Bonanski on August 09, 2010:

I"m glad to see good fats like avocados and almonds on this list. I try to incorporate these foods in my diet a few times a week. I guess I should start sharing these with my boyfriend.

bubs353 on August 07, 2010:

Thanks for this.Very clear and informative.

snkhan120 on August 03, 2010:


prodriver08 from Houston, TX on August 02, 2010:

Great Hub! I never thought of increasing testosterone by changing my diet! Thanks!

tonny on August 01, 2010:

no more worries of erectile dysfunction

john sultan on July 31, 2010:

great info,always wandered for those during past

wademcmaster on July 19, 2010:

Interesting hub! testosterone is a huge thing in mens health and a good way to optimize weight loss and muscle gain, this list is an excellent resource!

bd160900 from San Diego on July 18, 2010:

very informative! thanks

pt21 from Birmingham on July 08, 2010:

Great hub, very interesting and often over looked info!

Koko Toy from California on July 06, 2010:

Nice Hub, great information! Thank you.

wilcowilliams12 from Franklin Square, NY on July 02, 2010:

I love everything on this list besides the oysters and asparagus. Great hub with great information! Thanks!

rtaf444 on June 21, 2010:

I enjoyed this very much. Will be back to check out the rest of your hubs.

DenverPhotography from Denver, Colorado on June 19, 2010:

I love this natural guide. I think all too often our society tries to go for the synthetic option first.

Angelllite from United States on June 17, 2010:

Zinc also protects from Prostatitis, which can lead to prostate cancer

fucsia on June 10, 2010:

Thanks for the informative hub.

the nutrition is important to increase testosterone but is also very useful sports!

Kamran100 on June 10, 2010:

Great hub. princessa...very informative

Sandy Mertens from Wisconsin, USA on June 08, 2010:

Good information.

Wendy Iturrizaga (author) from France on June 08, 2010:

Putz: glad to have you back. Did you try including any of these foods in your daily diet?

Putz Ballard on June 08, 2010:

I just had to read this one again. So good!

Wendy Iturrizaga (author) from France on June 08, 2010:

edguider: Great to hear that, thanks for coming back to let us know.

thehands: Glad you mention that. Testosterone is very important for both men and women as it plays an important part in our metabolism.

Jorge Vamos on June 07, 2010:

Testosterone is really important. More than just in the realm of sex, it does a lot to keep one healthy and energetic.

edguider on June 02, 2010:

Princess, I followed the tips on this hub and guess what, my testosterone did increase :)

Wendy Iturrizaga (author) from France on May 27, 2010:

Raymondho: I have read some reports saying that the more active your sex life, the more testosterone you produce. However, I have read other reports who say that having an active sex life has no impact in your testosterone production.

I would say, enjoy yourself regradless of what those reports say ;-)

Raymondho on May 26, 2010:

Great topic! I was just thinking about how to get testosterone naturally. I always worried about this since I became a (near eggs, fish OK) vegetarian 3 years ago and body building at the same time. For dDeveloping muscles having the big 'T' I guess is very essential to have in the body. Also I have been told having an active sex life also helps develop it ? don't know

Wendy Iturrizaga (author) from France on May 22, 2010:

Gordon Hamilton: Now you can use this info for your benefit.

prasetio: you are welcome!

samboian: I'll need to have a look at that. Thanks for the link!

cbris52: maybe you don't have any problems because you are already eating the right things..

Fred: Testosterone is very important for both men and women, it makes sense to inform yourself to improve your quality of life.

edguider: Great to hear that. I certainly notice a big difference when we spend a couple of days by the seaside eating lots of fresh seafood ;-)

Money Glitch: thanks for that, interesting hub. I'll add a link to it from here.

edguider on May 21, 2010:

BTW, had some oyster this weekend, I ordered them just because I read this hub :) Did feel a big difference with the wifey that night :)

FredIndy from Queensland on May 05, 2010:

Great! Love reading and writing about the foods/exercises that help boost testosterone.

mrpopo from Canada on May 03, 2010:

Cool stuff, I'll keep these foods in mind

Money Glitch from Texas on April 26, 2010:

Hi Princessa, Just wanted you to know that I added a complimentary link on my hub called Vitamins Supplements for Male Menopause to this one. You have really done a great job on explaining foods to increase testosterone, hopefully my link will enhance your traffic to this hub. Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge on this subject. :)

devsir on March 28, 2010:

great info

samboiam from Texas on March 15, 2010:

Princessa, thanks for all the useful information I have also linked this hub to Let's Talk Sex. Love your writng. I am so glad I discovered you.

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on March 12, 2010:

This is good information for me as a man. I'll bookmark this one. Thank you very much.

Gordon Hamilton from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on March 11, 2010:

I think that this is an excellent Hub, Princessa, and although I am familiar with the concept of testosterone, I did not previously realise that it had multiple benefits.

Wendy Iturrizaga (author) from France on March 08, 2010:

Thank you everyone for your comments and for sharing your experiences with the rest of us.

Nick Stevens from Manchester, NH on March 08, 2010:

I really like this hub...It is not that I have a problem down there but I needed some supplements for the extra testosterone levels to keep off some localized problem fat areas around my belly.

A simple inclusion of bananas in my diet has reduced the problem area to less concerning levels. Thanks again.

lebanon on January 31, 2010:

thank ou for the enfo and am going now to eat a bannana :D

stephensaldana from Chicago on January 29, 2010:

Great hub!!!!!!

The information regarding male hormone testosterone is immensely useful. The hub provide scientific point of view, to the whole scenario. The element for instance zinc is necessary for male hormone. The individual will accordingly opt for the food which is so fruitful for male hormone. Thanks a lot for information.

free4india on January 29, 2010:

For all those men who read this article, dont go through x-ray machine at the airport after having the above foods ! Because the results will be very visible !!!

acolten from Koloa, HI on January 29, 2010:

great info! thank you

beth811 on January 28, 2010:

Full of useful information. On the first part of your hub about morning erections, I just knew that now.

jeffro67 from Ohio, USA on January 28, 2010:

great article!! I will be adding these to my diet!! Maybe not the oysters :)

jtstunner on January 26, 2010:

great article thanks for all of the information

Jill Ness from California on January 25, 2010:

lots of great information. I had no idea avacados were part of this group.

Imbecilic Repellent on January 24, 2010:

I was drawn to this post through cyber-space via testosterone, ha! Nice hub!

I will add: Eating lean, red meat also helps raise this lovely love-lifting hormone, but you don't hear about that as often - due the bad reputation red meat has.

Papa Sez from The Philippines to Canada on January 24, 2010:

Avocado, oyster and oily fish are among my I know there are additional incentives for males to eat these. Good read Princessa!

sord87 on January 24, 2010:

Men do love this article.It really boost this page cause testosterone is main part of men health and body.Great hub

moviedownloads on January 23, 2010:

This is some awesome information to know. Thanks!!!!

keywc58 on January 18, 2010:

Thanks for the information. I really like natural remedies.

Wendy Iturrizaga (author) from France on December 14, 2009:

4everfitness: LOL thanks for the compliment :) and for the link

4everfitness on December 14, 2009:

Interesting topic from a fascinating woman.Sorry if that sounds like a come on. How does one not sound this way when paying a sincere compliment?! Anyway, personally believe in argenine (sp?) to maintain optimal male health, which I hope never goes away. Expect there must be a complementary one for women?

Wendy Iturrizaga (author) from France on December 04, 2009:

Hey guys, don't forget to come back and tell us how did you get on trying on these foods!

55anders from Denmark on December 01, 2009:

Impressive, great info, thanks for posting this blog.

itcoll on November 23, 2009: the above user said,i never know figs could increase testosterone production.I pretty much knew everything else but this one was unknown to me.great hub.

martycraigs on November 08, 2009:

I did not know about learn something new all the time.

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