Essential Fats

Studies have shown that dietary fat has a direct relationship with testosterone production. An increase in dietary fat intake seems to bring on an increase in testosterone levels.3 The inverse is also true. A decrease in dietary fat intake is usually accompanied by a decrease in free testosterone levels.4

Whereas saturated fats are the cause of many illnesses, like heart disease and cancer, Essential Fatty Acids (EFA) are unsaturated fats that are necessary for thousands of biological functions throughout the body. And since they cannot be manufactured by the body, the must be provided by your diet. Essentially, these are the only fats you will ever need. There are two types of EFA's: linoleic acid (omega-6) and linolenic acid (omega-3). Linoleic acid is primarily found in oils like canola, sunflower and safflower. Linolenic acid is found in cold water fish and linseed oil. Oils that contain both fats include evening primrose, borage and, my favorite, high lignen flaxseed oil.

These fatty acids not only help increase testosterone production, but they also aid in the prevention of muscle breakdown, help to increase your HDL level (good cholesterol) and assist in hormone production.5 As stated earlier, if your diet is too low in fat, your testosterone levels will decrease. That's exactly what we don't want.

3 M.J. Reed, et al., "The Role of Free Fatty Acid in Regulating the Tissue Availability and the Synthesis of Sex Steroids," Prostaglandis Leukot.

Esent. Fatty Acids 48 (1993): 111-116.

4 E.K. Hamalainen, et al., "Decrease of Serum Total and Free Testosterone During a Low-Fat, High-Fiber Diet," J. SteroidBiochem. 18.3 (1983):

369-370.

5 F. Dray, et al., "Role of Prostaglandins on Growth Hormone Secretion: PGE2 a Physiological Stimulator," Adv. Prostaglandin & Thromboxane

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