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Can Coconut Oil Help To Increase Testosterone Levels?

Most bodybuilders are obsessed with building muscle mass.  They want big, ripped, rock hard muscles and they want them now.  And they all know that one of the biggest factors in building muscle mass is testosterone.

Most steroids are simply derivatives of testosterone, or they are designed to mimic testosterone in the body.  The end result is more muscle and less body fat.  Testosterone is why today’s bodybuilders are so big and ripped.

Coconut oil has seen a huge increase in popularity over the past few years.  Its ability to increase testosterone is one of the many reasons for this.  If you’re into bodybuilding, you know that eating more fats increases your testosterone.  This is simply human physiology.

Now, this doesn’t mean just eating tons of fat is going to get you jacked up like you just ingested all the steroids in the world.  But by eating quality fats, like those found in coconut oil, you will set your body up to boost your testosterone levels.

And higher testosterone levels mean more muscle mass and less body fat.  Simply put, if you want to get big, strong, and ripped, you need to increase your testosterone levels.

One study, done with rats at the Instituto de InvestigacionesBioquimicas de La Plato showed an increase in testosterone levels when fed coconut oil for 60 days.

Roughly 62% of the fat found in coconut oil is made up of medium-chain triglycerides.  These medium-chain triglycerides have been shown to offer a variety of health benefits, such as an increase in fat oxidation (fat burning).  Interestingly, because of the unique makeup of these medium-chain triglycerides, they are unlikely to be stored as body fat.  That’s a great side-benefit for bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts.

In fact, a study done back in 2003 that was published in Obesity Research, with 24 overweight men, compared fat loss results from two groups.  One group consumed a diet rich in medium-chain triglycerides, and a second group consumed a diet rich in low chain triglycerides.  This was done for 28 days.  At the end of the 28 days, the men taking the medium-chain triglycerides lost more body fat.

Some other benefits of coconut oil include an increase in energy, as well as boosting the metabolism so that you burn more calories every day.  It’s also possible that it reduces hunger, and when this is combined with a metabolism boost, it can be great for burning fat.  And let’s face it, when you build more muscle because of increased testosterone levels, you want to shed the fat and show those muscles off, right?  Of course!

Coconut oil is also very rich in a number of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.  While this may not seem as sexy as increasing testosterone levels to build muscle, it all goes together.  The healthier you are, overall, the more your body is getting the nutrients it needs, the better environment for boosting hormone levels like testosterone.  The end result is that you feel better and look better, too, with more muscle and less body fat.

But what about that increase in testosterone? Well, over 90% of the fats in coconut oil are unsaturated, monounsaturated, and saturated fats.  These fats are vital when it comes to maintaining and increasing testosterone levels.  Low-fat diets have shown to suppress testosterone levels.  Adding coconut oil to your diet can help counteract this problem when reducing calories to lose fat.

While saturated fats have been seen as evil in the past, it’s saturated fats, like those in abundance in coconut oil, that are crucial for boosting testosterone.  Some studies have shown that adding coconut oil with boron, vitamin D, and calcium will also help increase testosterone levels.

So how should you take your daily dose of coconut oil?

For starters, coconut oil can be used as a cooking oil.  You can also combine it with olive oil when cooking.

Another great way to consume it is to add a tablespoon of coconut oil to your protein shake or smoothie.

You can also put some coconut oil on your oatmeal.  Why oatmeal?  Believe it or not, oatmeal is another food that has been shown to increase testosterone levels.

Coconut oil is definitely a superfood that can also increase testosterone levels.  Add a tablespoon of coconut oil to your daily nutrition plan today

Testosterone Ranges – What is the Norm?

There are any number of reasons why you might want to boost your Testosterone. Improving your stamina in the gym or on the sporting field, promote a healthier immune system, or putting some bounce back into your bedroom are all positive outcomes to healthy testosterone levels. In fact, there are wide range of physical and mental issues affecting men that can be improved with an increase of testosterone. Low testosterone has been linked to depression, issues with memory, concentration, motivation and confidence, increases to body fat, decreased muscle mass, bone fragility and increase in fatigue. We recommend you seeing your doctor and getting a blood test if you recognise any of these symptoms creeping into your life. It could be because you suffer from low T levels.

So What are Healthy Levels?

Testosterone is measured in nanograms per decilitre (ng/dl). The consensus between multiple research centres is that a range of approximately 280-1050 ng/dl is considered to be a normal range. (1) (2) (3)

Testosterone declines in men over time and on average from the age of 30, levels can be expected to drop by approximately 1% per year.

This table outlines normal ranges for males over time :

Age:                                  T Level (ng/dL):
0-5 mo.                                 75-400
6 mos.-9 yrs.                        < 7-20
10-11 yrs.                             < 7-130
12-13 yrs.                             < 7-800
14 yrs.                                  < 7-1,200
15-16 yrs.                             100-1,200
17-18 yrs.                             300-1,200
19+ yrs.                                240-950
Avg. adult male                    270-1,070
30+ yrs.                                -1% per year

(4)

Determining abnormalities in T levels are often sufficiently conducted by tests for your total T. However, some irregularities may still exist despite ‘normal’ levels in which case free testosterone and bioavailable testosterone levels can also be assessed. Total testosterone is essentially comprised of 3 sub types of testosterone:

  1. Free testosterone. It’s labelled free as it isn’t attached to any proteins and can be utilised by the cells to help build muscle and boost your mood.
  2. SHBG bound testosterone. Sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) is a protein, produced in the liver, that the majority of testosterone is bound to. The amount of SHBG in the body helps to regulate the amount of free testosterone. It cannot be unbound.
  3. Albumin bound testosterone. Albumin is also a protein produced in the liver that binds with testosterone. In this form it is not bioavailable, similar to SHBG bound T, however it can become unbound and utilised as free testosterone as the link between albumin and testosterone isn’t strong.

Historically, only the free testosterone was thought to be the biologically active component. It’s now recognised that albumin and testosterone are found to dissociate freely in the capillary bed, thereby making testosterone becoming readily available for tissue uptake. Therefore, all non-SHBG-bound testosterone is considered bioavailable.

Healthy ranges for free testosterone and bioavailable (free + albumin bound) testosterone appear below

FREE TESTOSTERONE
Males (adult):
20-<25 years: 5.25-20.7 ng/dL
25-<30 years: 5.05-19.8 ng/dL
30-<35 years: 4.85-19.0 ng/dL
35-<40 years: 4.65-18.1 ng/dL
40-<45 years: 4.46-17.1 ng/dL
45-<50 years: 4.26-16.4 ng/dL
50-<55 years: 4.06-15.6 ng/dL
55-<60 years: 3.87-14.7 ng/dL
60-<65 years: 3.67-13.9 ng/dL
65-<70 years: 3.47-13.0 ng/dL
70-<75 years: 3.28-12.2 ng/dL
75-<80 years: 3.08-11.3 ng/dL
80-<85 years: 2.88-10.5 ng/dL
85-<90 years: 2.69-9.61 ng/dL
90-<95 years: 2.49-8.76 ng/dL
95-100+ years: 2.29-7.91 ng/dL

BIOAVAILABLE TESTOSTERONE
Males
< or =19 years: not established
20-29 years: 83-257 ng/dL
30-39 years: 72-235 ng/dL
40-49 years: 61-213 ng/dL
50-59 years: 50-190 ng/dL
60-69 years: 40-168 ng/dL

Testosterone production lessens as we age and the symptoms of having low testosterone are detrimental to our health. If your lifestyle is being affected by any of these symptoms, it can’t hurt to ask your doctor if it could be due to low testosterone and be tested appropriately.

Article Resources

1. https://www.healthline.com/health/low-testosterone/testosterone-levels-by-age#adolescence

2. https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/encyclopedia/content.aspx?ContentTypeID=167&ContentID=testosterone_total

3. https://academic.oup.com/jcem/article/102/4/1161/2884621

4. https://www.mayomedicallaboratories.com/test-catalog/Clinical+and+Interpretive/83686