Sorghum is a grass species grain that originated in northern Africa, and is now cultivated widely in tropical and subtropical regions. Sorghum grows in a wide range of temperature, high altitudes, toxic soils and can recover growth after some drought. The grain is a staple food in the middle East and northern Africa.
Sorghum is used a few different ways.
- Pancakes, cookies, and bakings
Sorghum in the Making
Sorghum is northern Africa’s contribution to the grains that supply about 85% of the world’s food energy. The grain is not popular in the United States and Europe, but in the middle East and northern Africa its a staple food in their diet.
Remains of sorghum were found in the Nabta Playa archaeological site in the Western Desert, southern Egypt dating back to 8000 B.C.E.
Chad, Ethiopia and Sudan are within the top 20 producers of sorghum worldwide.
From all the grains out in the world, sorghum is among the greatest.
Ups and Downs of Sorghum
These are the ups of the ancient grain.
Gluten free – Sorghum is a gluten free grain. This is not good news for the men with gluten problems. Its good news for all men because gluten doesn’t have many ups, but it has a lot of downs, and it doesn’t click much with testosterone and other androgens.
Vitamin and mineral packed – A cup of sorghum packs 143g of carbs, 12g of fiber, and 22g of protein. Its rich in iron, niacin, thiamin, and phosphorus, and has a good amount of magnesium, copper, calcium, zinc, and potassium.
Antioxidants packed – Sorghum has a lot of phytochemicals. Phytochemicals are antioxidants found in plants. Good thing about phytochemicals is they inhibit aromatase activity (study). Then antioxidants lower oxide stress, cortisol, and increase testosterone (study).
Its said that the bran layer of sorghum has significantly higher amounts of antioxidants than fruits such as blueberries, strawberries and plums (study).
Good fiber source – Too much fiber is no good since it flushes androgens down your system. Too little is no good either because it will leave estrogens longer in your body. You want fiber in moderation and sorghum is a great source of it. Other great sources of fiber are potatoes, buckwheat, fruits, and vegetables.
Non genetically modified – Unlike a lot of foods in today’s fucked up world, sorghum is pure. Its not genetically modified.
Improves insulin sensitivity – Sorghum brans have a high phenolic content and high antioxidant property that inhibit protein glycation, whereas wheat, rice or oat bran, and low-phenolic sorghum bran did not (study). This improves diabetic problems and insulin resistance.
Androgenic – A study found that sorghum bicolor, the commercially used grain, increases 5 alpha reductase activity by 54%. That’s a big increase, not many foods will get you an increase like that.
There are no downs to the ancient grain. Not that I know of.
Sorghum and Androgens
Now how can I say sorghum is androgenic and great for testosterone from one study only that found it to increase 5 alpha reductase activity by 54%?
Well that’s not all. It is what got my attention though. When you put the big picture together it makes sense and you’ll see how the grain is androgenic.
- Increases 5 alpha reductase and DHT
- Packed with antioxidants
- High in phytochemicals
- High in carbs with moderate fiber
- Improves insulin sensitivity
- Good amount of magnesium
- Good amount of zinc
- Good amount of calcium
- Good amount of potassium
- Not genetically modified
- Gluten free
Increases 5 alpha reductase and DHT – The study I showed earlier found the grain to increase 5 alpha reductase activity by 54%. Whenever 5 alpha reductase gets increased so does DHT.
Packed with antioxidants – Antioxidants are real effective at increasing testosterone.
“Total antioxidant capacity was significantly decreased (75% decrease) in all patients during chemotherapy. Lower antioxidant levels and higher cortisol concentration were detected.”
“Male patients presenting lower antioxidant status and higher cortisol. A significant and persistent decrease in antioxidant capacity accompanied by increased cortisol concentration was observed.” – study.
High in phytochemicals – Study here says – phytochemicals can induce cell proliferation or inhibit aromatase in the same concentration range.
Another study says phytochemicals in white button mushrooms inhibit aromatase activity.
High in carbs with moderate fiber – Carbs are essential for testosterone production and keeping cortisol on the low side, especially if you train.
Improves insulin sensitivity – This study says – in vivo, insulin is capable of stimulating testosterone production and, simultaneously, of inhibiting SHBG concentrations in both normal weight and obese men.
Good amount of magnesium – Magnesium increases free testosterone and lowers SHBG (study).
Good amount of zinc – A zinc deficiency increases estrogen levels and estrogen receptor potency (study).
Good amount of calcium – Calcium is another mineral that increases testosterone (study).
Good amount of potassium – Potassium increases testosterone (study).
Not genetically modified – Where there’s man-made chemicals there’s estrogen, testosterone lowering effects, and anti-androgenic effects. Not a single doubt that same thing is true for genetically modified food (study). Good thing about sorghum is they didn’t start making it GMO yet.
Gluten free – Gluten is not that bad, but some men have problems with gluten and that can be bad. Gluten and testosterone don’t click too much anyway (study).
Now when you see the big picture you can see how all these makes sorghum androgenic.
The Sorghum, DHT, and Diet in the Middle East and Northern Africa Connection
There are a few things that make a nationality the way it is – diet, climate, values, and lifestyle.
There’s no doubt that what you eat has a huge impact on you and the way you are.
Look at an island called Nauru. Tropical climate, fresh ocean air, sunshine year-round, but 94% of the population is obese. Nauru is the world’s #1 obese country.
Then when you look at the country’s diet it all makes sense (study on Nauru’s diet).
- White rice
- Instant noodles
- Anything in a tin
The Nauru diet is…
- high in salt
- high in sugar
- high in trans fats
- low in nutrition, vitamins, and minerals
- low in antioxidants
- low in saturated fat
- low in cholesterol
- eaten out of tin
It looks like the United States is sending Nauru cheap canned foods, instant noodles, and leftover soda. The Nauru people eat it all up.
Diet makes a nationality the way it is.
Sorghum mainly grows in northern Africa and the middle East.
In northern Africa and the middle East one of the main diet staples is sorghum (study).
Sorghum increases 5 alpha reductase (DHT conversion) by 54% (study).
The connection – sorghum.
Adding Sorghum to Your Diet
Some ways you can add sorghum to your diet…
- Buy sorghum flour and make bread, pancakes, or other bakings.
- Ready-made sorghum bread.
- Buy the grain’s seeds and make them pop, like popcorn.
- Ready-made popcorn.
- Buy the grain’s seeds and add them in soups.
- Buy jam made from the grain.
- Buy syrup made from the grain.