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Does Turmeric Increase or Decrease Testosterone Levels?

Isaac Robertson
Published by Isaac Robertson
Fact checked by Donald Christman, BHSc FACT CHECKED
Last updated: August 18, 2021

A low testosterone level can bring significant issues for men, and many athletes try to improve their body composition by taking a natural testosterone booster.

And while supplements can be effective for improving your T levels, you’ll also find a lot of recommendations for certain ingredients you can add to your meal plans.

I have to admit that many of these ingredients sound crazy and straight out of a voodoo horror story.

But turmeric is one natural ingredient that my dietitian has been recommending for years.

So, I got her to provide me with some details.

How Does Turmeric Impact Your Testosterone Level?

man with his arms crossed, two spoons filled with turmeric powder

Turmeric is a flowering plant that belongs to the ginger family, and you’ll often find it in health food stores where it’s recommended for its antioxidant properties.

One study, in particular, has made a direct connection between turmeric and free testosterone levels in the male body [1], and these are the positive effects that scientists believe contribute to it.

1. It blocks estrogen

The first benefit you get is that it’s believed to inhibit the release of free estrogen, which directly impacts the amount of free testosterone. This can impact sperm count, libido, and even joint health.

2. It balances cholesterol levels

I’ll avoid getting into too much biology here, but testosterone is a 19-carbon steroid hormone that heavily relies on serum cholesterol for its production.

What turmeric does is balance the HDL (good cholesterol) and LDL (bad cholesterol), which can lead to higher testosterone levels in men.

3. It activates vitamin D receptors

Finally, testosterone production relies on the amount of vitamin D available, and turmeric has been shown to activate vitamin D receptors, which may help with the production of other important hormones as well.

It also means that it should be part of any vitamin D supplementation plans.

What Other Health Benefits Does Turmeric Have?

young man smiling with both his arms flexing

During a conversation with my dietitian, she highlighted a few more health benefits of turmeric that go beyond just testosterone levels.

1. Combats Oxidative Stress

Oxidative stress happens all the time in the body, but under healthy conditions, a person can fight off the toxins it produces [2]. All cells that process oxygen can build up different types of toxins and turmeric has been shown to promote better detoxification.

2. Improves Insulin Sensitivity

woman using a glucose meter

Another way turmeric helps you stay healthy is by improving your insulin sensitivity.

This, in turn, may help to stabilize blood glucose levels which have a direct impact on body fat and even liver function.

It’s also a reason that many people with diabetes struggle with the effects of low testosterone, making turmeric supplements an ideal solution.

3. Reduces Inflammation

Along with the antioxidant benefits, turmeric also has anti-inflammatory properties similar to ginger root. A case study from 2019 has shown some links between curcumin turmeric and joint inflammation [3].

And there are other studies that have shown positive effects on digestive inflammation as well.

And it all comes down to the active ingredient in turmeric called curcumin.

Let’s find out more.

What’s The Active Ingredient In Turmeric?

handful of fresh turmeric plant

Turmeric is rich in a substance called curcumin, which is what gives it that distinct golden yellow color. It’s also the curcumin that gives it that slightly spicy flavor and makes it popular with people who like Indian food.

“Why curcumin? It’s a naturally occurring substance, found in the spice turmeric, that has anti-inflammatory effects. Its use has been advocated for cardiovascular health, arthritis, and a host of other conditions.” - Robert H. Shmerling, MD, Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing.

And since the botanical term for turmeric is Curcuma longa, it shouldn’t be too much of a stretch to understand that this spice is one of the richest in curcumin.

What’s also important to understand is that it’s not the spiciness of an herb that triggers responses in testosterone levels. If you simply took some chili powder, you wouldn’t get the same reaction.

What’s The Best Way To Take In More Turmeric?

handful of supplements. bowl of curry and rice

So, if you want to start a natural process of boosting testosterone levels, then you have two options to consume more curcumin through turmeric.

Food

Pretty much all Asian and Indian specialty food stores will sell turmeric in powder form, and you won’t need much of it on your spice cabinet.

You can then either add it to your meals or simply mix it with milk or a smoothie. Yes, milk and turmeric make a tasty drink.

Supplements

If you’re not a fan of spicy food, then you can still boost your testosterone production by taking curcumin as a supplement. Try and find one that has added black pepper, which may help with faster nutrient absorption.

FAQs

What Food Gives You More Testosterone?

Food rich in curcumin, zinc, and vitamin D may give you more testosterone. These include seafood, nuts, and seeds, which makes it easy to get a natural boost through your diet.

Which Tea Is Good For Testosterone?

Turmeric and white tea are good for testosterone. Curcumin has been directly linked to testosterone through clinical study results. Many teas also include polyphenols that block estrogen release allowing for a higher T count.

Are You Ready to Boost Your Testosterone With Curcumin?

Whether you choose to buy a simple supplement capsule for a daily dose of curcumin, or you add it directly to your food, you’ll see some great results for your overall health and especially testosterone.

It’s completely safe even in larger quantities and one of the easiest ways men can influence their T count with bonus benefits on their body mass index and cholesterol profile.

Add it to your supplement stack today and let us know how it works out for you.


References:

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5598100/
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5551541
  3. https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/curcumin-for-arthritis-does-it-really-work-2019111218290

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