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Nuts and Testosterone – Paradise Lost

In Food and Supplements, Testosterone by Marcel3 Comments

Nuts taste like the nectar of heaven harvested from the tree of life. Roasted cashews with sea salt, or some honey-dipped peanuts, walnuts, and cashews mixed. I was real disappointed when I found out that nuts and testosterone don’t click. This pissed me off even more than dairy and testosterone since nuts taste like paradise.

All around word has it that to get bigger nuts you eat more nuts, or that nuts increase testosterone. The truth couldn’t be any further though. Nuts are real healthy but nuts and testosterone and especially DHT don’t click much. There are just a few nuts and testosterone that click somewhat.

The harvests of heaven aren’t suited for androgens…

Nuts and Testosterone – Paradise Lost

Alright nuts are real great..

  • Nuts are crazy packed with all kinds of vitamins and minerals, more than 99% of foods
  • Nuts have some solid protein and amino acids like l-leucine
  • Nuts have some good saturated and monounsaturated fat
  • They taste real great
  • They’re real convenient, just go to a store, buy some, and eat them

That’s all great, but then..

  • Nuts are high in PUFAs
  • Most nuts are high in fiber
  • Nuts are loaded with phytosterols

You already know that PUFAs intake lowers testosterone and all androgens. You know that too much fiber can wipe androgens from your system. You probably don’t know that phytosterols (pretty much the plant version of cholesterol) competes with cholesterol and by doing that it lowers cholesterol some. Cholesterol is the building block of testosterone, less of it = less testosterone production.

This study concluded fatty acids and phytosterols in saw palmetto extract has an anti-androgenic effect.

“Very high phytosterol intakes can alter testosterone metabolism by inhibiting 5α-reductase.”study.

“Phytosterol mixture is weakly estrogenic in male fish, and that the oxidized phytosterol mixture contains substances that may interfere with spermatogenesis, oogenesis and gonadal steroidogenesis in zebrafish.”study.

This study says – testosterone levels decreased significantly after men followed a pistachio diet. Pistachios contain phytosterol, and previous research in animals has shown that a high intake of phytosterols can reduce testosterone levels.

“Feeding 2% phytosterols with 0.2% cholic acid to rats for 22 days resulted in a 33% reduction in serum testosterone compared with controls. 5-α-reductase was reduced by 41 to 44% and 33% in the liver and prostate, respectively. Aromatase activity of the prostate was reduced by 55% upon feeding phytosterols.”study.

This study concluded – the consumption of phytosterols is linked to low concentrations of androstenedione (a weak testosterone precursor but a good DHT precursor).

Nut Choices

I looked at every different type of nut to see which nuts are the least bad for androgens and which nuts are the worst.

The greatest nuts..

  • Cashews
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Pili nuts

The worst nuts..

  • Walnuts
  • Almonds
  • Pecan nuts
  • Pine nuts
  • Soy nuts

Peanuts

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One cup of peanuts..

  • 34g protein
  • 31g carbs
  • 11.7g fiber
  • 10g saturated fat, 36g monounsaturated fat, 23g polyunsaturated fat
  • Phytosterols – unknown
  • High in vitamins – E, thiamin, niacin, B6, folate, and pantothenic acid
  • High in minerals – magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper, and manganese

Cashews

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One cup of cashews..

  • 21g protein
  • 45g carbs
  • 4g fiber
  • 12.5g saturated fat, 37g monounsaturated fat, 10g polyunsaturated fat
  • 216mg phytosterols
  • High in vitamins – K and folate
  • High in minerals – iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc (7.7mg), copper (3mg = 152% DV), manganese, and selenium

Almonds

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One cup of almonds..

  • 30g protein
  • 26g carbs
  • 16g fiber
  • 5g saturated fat, 46g monounsaturated fat, 17g polyunsaturated fat
  • 163mg phytosterols
  • High in vitamins – E (179% DV), riboflavin, and niacin
  • High in minerals – calcium, iron, magnesium (400mg = 100% DV), phosphorus, zinc (5g), copper, and manganese (181% DV)

Walnuts

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One cup of walnuts..

  • 30g protein
  • 12g carbs
  • 8.5g fiber
  • 4g saturated fat, 18g monounsaturated fat, 44g polyunsaturated fat
  • 135mg phytosterols
  • High in vitamins – B6, and pantothenic acid
  • High in minerals – iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc (4g), manganese (243% DV), and selenium

Brazil nuts

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One cup of brazil nuts..

  • 19g protein
  • 16g carbs
  • 10g fiber
  • 20g saturated fat, 32g monounsaturated fat, 27g polyunsaturated fat
  • Phytosterols – unknown
  • High in vitamins – E and thiamin
  • High in minerals – calcium, iron, magnesium (500mg), phosphorus (1g = 100% DV), potassium, zinc (5.4mg), copper (116% DV), manganese, and selenium (3643% DV)

Macadamia nuts

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One cup of macadamia nuts..

  • 10g protein
  • 17g carbs
  • 10g fiber
  • 15g saturated fat, 78g monounsaturated fat, 2g polyunsaturated fat
  • 150mg phytosterols
  • High in vitamins – thiamin and B6
  • High in minerals – iron, magnesium, phosphorus, copper, manganese (200% DV), and selenium

Hazelnuts

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One cup of hazelnuts..

  • 17g protein
  • 19g carbs
  • 11g fiber
  • 5g saturated fat, 52g monounsaturated fat, 9g polyunsaturated fat
  • 110mg phytosterols
  • High in vitamins – E, K, thiamin, B6, and folate
  • High in minerals – iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc (3g), copper (100% DV), manganese (355% DV)

Pistachios nuts

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One cup of pistachios..

  • 26g protein
  • 34g carbs
  • 13g fiber
  • 7g saturated fat, 30g monounsaturated fat, 17g polyunsaturated fat
  • 263mg phytosterols
  • High in vitamins – K, B6, and thiamin
  • High in minerals – iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper, and manganese

Pecan nuts

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One cup of pecans..

  • 10g protein
  • 15g carbs
  • 11g fiber
  • 7g saturated fat, 44g monounsaturated fat, 24g polyunsaturated fat
  • 111mg phytosterols
  • High in vitamins – thiamin
  • High in minerals – magnesium, phosphorus, zinc (5g), copper, and manganese (245% DV)

Chestnuts

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One cup of chestnuts..

  • 4.5g protein
  • 76g carbs
  • 7g fiber
  • All fat content less than 1g
  • Phytosterols – unknown
  • High in vitamins – C, thiamin, B6, and folate
  • High in minerals – potassium, copper, and manganese

Pine nuts

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One cup of pine nuts..

  • 18g protein
  • 18g carbs
  • 5g fiber
  • 6.6g saturated fat, 25g monounsaturated fat, 46g polyunsaturated fat
  • 190mg phytosterols
  • High in vitamins – E, K, thiamin, and niacin
  • High in minerals – iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc (8.7mg), copper, and manganese (600% DV)

Soy nuts

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One cup of soy nuts..

  • 68g protein
  • 56g carbs
  • 14g fiber
  • 5g saturated fat, 8g monounsaturated fat, 21g polyunsaturated fat
  • Phytosterols – unknown
  • High in vitamins – K, thiamin, riboflavin, B6, and folate
  • High in minerals – calcium, iron, magnesium (100% DV), phosphorus (112% DV), potassium, zinc (8mg), copper (100% DV), selenium, and manganese (188% DV)

Pili nuts

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One cup of pili nuts..

  • 13g protein
  • 5g carbs
  • Fiber – unknown
  • 37g saturated fat, 44g monounsaturated fat, 9g polyunsaturated fat
  • Phytosterols – unknown
  • High in vitamins – thiamin
  • High in minerals – iron, magnesium (100% DV), phosphorus, zinc, copper, and manganese (139% DV)

That’s all on nuts and testosterone. To recap, only 3 nuts and testosterone click – cashews, macadamia nuts, and pili nuts. Go for these 3 when you’re craving some nuts.

Comments

  1. javidbencosme

    Anabolicmen.com recomend macadamian nuts bevause low polyfats and high mono and sat fats, how come you dont have it in your list? And they recommend brazil nuts for testosterone because of selium content

  2. Chester

    Good Job marcel . i listen to every record on soundcloud and im reading and getting much info from your articles
    Thank you man

    Chester.

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