I enjoy eating fruit and mainly because it has lots of benefits. For one, you eat it raw, so it’s still in it’s natural state and unaltered by a cooking process or other harmful processes.
One of these great beneficial fruits are bananas. They are known for being a great energy booster and provide good amounts of potassium.
Bananas provide good energy, both mentally and physically.
Eating bananas is also a great way to fill up depleted glucose stores after a workout.
But other than that, it’s actually very good for testosterone production.
How is it good for testosterone?
- Lipogenesis is induced by eating glucose and fructose (the sugars in bananas consist of sucrose, fructose and glucose) which lowers SHBG (sex hormone binding globulin), resulting in more free testosterone. Lipogenesis is the process by which acetyl-CoA is converted to fatty acids to be stored in adipose tissue, so it’s really not a good idea to eat continuously as you’ll only get fat.
- Eating a diet high in carbohydrates, like bananas, will protect your testosterone (1). This one study shows that two groups over trained for 3 days. One group’s diet consisted of 60% carbohydrates, and the others’ 30% carbs. The 30% carb group had a 48% reduction in testosterone, whereas the 60% group only had a 3% reduction. However, a ketogenic diet results in higher testosterone at rest and during exercise. Also, Volek et al. showed that athletes on a ketogenic diet vs a western diet both had the same resting muscle glycogen stores.
- Following a diet high in fruits and vegetables lowers estrogen (2). More on inhibiting the aromatase here…
Potassium works in synergy with sodium in the blood to control blood pressure.
It’s also needed by the muscles to aid in contraction and prevent cramps.
A potassium deficiency leads to reduced LH (hormone secreted by the pituitary gland to signal testosterone production) secretion.
Potassium also prevents/reduces acidosis. When your body is acidic, it can’t build muscle, so potassium greatly aids in muscle gains.
Bananas contain another great vitamin that aids in testosterone production.
Vitamin B6 is involved in the synthesis of:
- growth hormone
- follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH)
- luteinizing hormone (LH)
- epinephrine (3).
A vitamin B6 deficiency is associated with significant lower circulating levels of testosterone in rats. (4)
Bananas is a rich in the fiber, inulin, which ferments in the gut. Many people have gut issues and this can cause bloating, flatulence, indigestion, increased absorption of endotoxins and increases serotonin. Serotonin eventually leads to depression, low energy, low brain power, restlessness, anxiety, etc… Rather antagonize serotonin with dopamine…