Androgens, male hormones produced naturally in your testicles, play a vital role in the development of your body and facial hair, as well as your muscles. They also influence the deepness of your voice. Your body also produces estrogen, typically known as female hormones, although they don't serve a purpose in males. Women's bodies also produce estrogen and testosterone. A variety of foods contain forms of natural male hormones that may influence your body when eaten.
Celery contains a male steroid hormone known as androstenone. Seacoast Online reports that eating celery triggers your sweat glands to release a pheromone that allegedly attracts women. In addition to containing male hormones, celery can provide you with a range of nutrients. The George Mateljan Foundation for the World's Healthiest Foods website reports that 1 cup of celery offers you nearly 45 percent of the vitamin K you need daily. It also serves as a good source of vitamin C, potassium, folic acid, dietary fiber, calcium and vitamin B6. Proponents say this vegetable can help you lower your cholesterol and blood pressure and prevent free radicals from damaging the cells of your body.
Gourmet dining can also introduce foods into your diet that contain natural male hormones. A February 2006 report on the "Today" website notes that truffles contain androstenone and the pheromone androstenol, just like celery. The article says this pheromone finds use as an aphrodisiac in sprays and colognes, although no scientific research exists to prove its effectiveness for attracting the opposite sex. What is known is that this pheromone attracts female pigs, which explains why female pigs are used for truffle hunting, according to the Paris By Appointment Only website. White Truffle Auction reports that truffles can supplement your diet with a high amount of protein and that they contain calcium, potassium and magnesium.
Another vegetable that contains the male steroid hormone androstenone is parsnips. An article from The UK Semiochemistry Network indicates that young parsnips provide this natural male hormone. The Daily Mail Online recommends roasting parsnips with honey. This provides you with boron, a compound that helps your body metabolize estrogen and enhances blood levels of testosterone. The Fruits and Veggies More Matters website reports that parsnips are fat free and provide you with a good source of vitamin C, folic acid and fiber, in addition to containing natural male hormones.
- Women's Health: Love Bites
- The Today Show: Foods of love? Not so fast, Casanova
- The UK Semiochemistry Network: Pigs, People and Fish
- Daily Mail Online: The Secret Aphrodisiacs Found in Food
- Fruits & Veggies More Matters: Parsnips
- The George Mateljan Foundation for the World's Healthiest Foods: Celery