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Does Pineapple Increase Testosterone? (From a Dietician)

Michael Garrico
Published by Michael Garrico
Fact checked by Donald Christman, BHSc FACT CHECKED

As a long-term fitness trainer, I've seen many people using supplements to boost their testosterone levels.

But recently, a few of my clients have inquired if taking pineapples can provide the same benefits.

So, I spent hours researching the benefits of pineapple and then conducted a personal trial overseen by my dietitian to see if it could increase testosterone levels.

Keep on reading to find out everything I learned.

Quick Summary

  • Pineapples contain essential nutrients like magnesium and zinc that boost testosterone levels in the body.
  • Taking pineapples will improve testicular functions by increasing blood flow to the testicles.
  • The fruit has phenolic and flavonoid acids, which have other health advantages, such as preventing cell damage caused by the free-radical oxidation process.

Does Pineapple Increase Testosterone?

Men holding pineapple for testosterone booster

Yes, pineapple increases testosterone levels as it contains a compound called bromelain that improves testosterone synthesis [1].

In addition, pineapple is rich in magnesium and zinc, nutrients necessary for testosterone production.

Effects of Bromelain on Testosterone

Bromelain helps to relieve the pain associated with increasing the exercise load and amount of reps.

Studies show that this substance has potent anti-inflammatory qualities that aid in treating pain, mainly caused by muscular sores.

Moreover, studies have shown that bromelain may help sustain testosterone levels that have been elevated during your exercise for an extended amount of time [2].

Effects of Magnesium and Zinc on Testosterone

A joyful person holding a pineapple to boost his testosterone

Aside from bromelain, pineapples are foods that boost testosterone because they contain high magnesium and zinc.

Both of these components have been demonstrated to boost mood.

This is critical for anyone who has erectile dysfunction (ED).

ED episodes can trigger the release of cortisol, also known as the stress hormone.

The more cortisol in the bloodstream, the less testosterone the body produces [3].

Pineapple Nutrients That Boost Testosterone

Various nutrients in pineapple can help men boost their testosterone levels naturally and improve sexual function.

Let's have a look at each of them.

Manganese

Close up image of pineapple slices to increase testosterone

Manganese is the most significant component in pineapple that has been linked to men's sexual health.

One cup of fresh pineapple contains approximately 76% of the daily manganese requirement [4].

This vitamin has been linked to increased sexual strength.

Furthermore, it has been shown to increase testosterone levels, making it especially advantageous to a man's libido and sexual function.

According to a study, a manganese shortage in male volunteers produced a loss of sexual drive and a lowered sperm count in lab trials [5].

Vitamin C

Vitamin C has a relatively significant effect on testosterone production.

It promotes spermatogenesis and lowers the likelihood of sperm clumping.

That said, vitamin C may be obtained through citrus fruits like pineapple.

Not eating such fruits may lead to a vitamin C deficiency, which might cause low testosterone levels [6].

Vitamin C, in addition to increasing testosterone levels, can benefit cardiovascular health and cellular function. This is important because improved blood flow may help you sustain sexual desire.

Vitamin B

Vitamin B in pills close up image

Pineapple contains three B-group vitamins that are very useful to men: vitamin B1 (thiamine), vitamin B2 (riboflavin), and vitamin B3 (niacin).

Thiamine is crucial for promoting the synthesis of sex hormones. Hence a lack of it causes infertility and poor testicular function leading to low testosterone levels.

In addition, riboflavin levels must be adequate for the proper nerve impulse transmission, which is important for erection. Moreover, niacin maintains healthy veins and arteries and regulates the functioning of the neurological system [7].

That said, regularly eating pineapples will increase the B vitamins in your system, ensuring healthy blood vessels and circulation to your testicles. This may improve testicular function and increase testosterone production.

Other Useful Benefits of Eating Pineapple

Man holding two slices of pineapple

Aside from improving your testosterone production, pineapple may be beneficial for your weight-loss journey and overall health.

Let’s take a look at other perks of eating pineapple.

Improved Fertility

Pineapples are high in antioxidants due to their richness in phenolic and flavonoid acids, which is another advantage related to sexual health.

This is important because antioxidants protect your body from free radicals.

Studies have demonstrated that they increase sex hormone levels and reproductive chances, prevent various age-related illnesses and maintain a healthy immune function [8].

Weight Loss

Man holding tape measure around his belly

According to 2018 animal research, pineapple juice may significantly minimize fat production and enhance fat breakdown [9].

Although it does not directly affect your metabolic activities, it is a wonderful snack option since it has lower calories, is high in key minerals and vitamins that increase testosterone, and has no saturated and trans fats.

"There's no one vegetable or fruit that induces weight reduction directly, but they will help you feel full without adding calories."

- Julie Andrews, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist 

What I personally noticed is that I felt satiated for longer whenever I drank pineapple juice or ate the fruit.

As a result, it lowered my food intake and decreased my appetite and cravings.

FAQs

What Does Pineapple Do for a Male?

Pineapple increases a male's sex drive as it contains bromelain, an enzyme that triggers testosterone production.

Does Pineapple Increase Erection?

Yes, pineapple increases erection because it contains nutrients such as vitamin C that improve blood flow to the genitalia.

Does Pineapple Make You Last Longer in Bed?

Yes, pineapple makes you last longer in bed, as it is abundant in thiamine and vitamin C, which increases your stamina and provides energy.

Should You Take Pineapples to Increase Testosterone?

While pineapples are a great addition to your diet, you would have to consume larger amounts of the fruit to see substantial results.

That said, too much pineapple has been linked to side effects such as diarrhea, excessive menstrual flow, skin rash, and nausea.

That's why I usually recommend introducing a high-quality testo-booster to my clients who want to raise their T levels safely.

They are formulated with herbal and natural ingredients that stimulate testosterone production.

My clients experienced no adverse effects and reported improved recovery times and increased muscle development after using the supplements for a few weeks.


References:

  1. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25604346/
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4998156/
  3. https://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/benefits-pineapple
  4. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/351450967
  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8625354/ 
  6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4149087/
  7. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8839250/
  8. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3249911/
  9. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8028712/ 
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