The benefits of celery extend beyond its satisfying crunch and extremely low impact on your daily caloric intake. By potentially playing a role in maintaining a healthy weight, celery might also help men maintain healthy testosterone levels. In addition, celery is an excellent source of vitamin K, which might actually boost a man's ability to produce testosterone.
One cup of celery contains only 16 calories and provides 1.6 grams of dietary fiber. As a result, celery fits perfectly into a low-calorie, high-fiber diet, which can help you to maintain a healthy weight. Being at a healthy weight helps men maintain ideal testosterone levels. In contrast, having excess body fat can cause a drop in a man's testosterone levels. This is because body fat converts testoterone to estradiol, which potentially reduces your body's ability to produce testosterone.
Celery is an excellent source of vitamin K, with 1 cup providing 25 percent of a man's recommended daily intake. Although vitamin K primarily helps your blood to clot, a study published in "Food and Function" in 2011 suggests that the amount of vitamin K in a man's body might affect testosterone production. As a result, eating more celery might help your body produce more testosterone. However, because this research was conducted on rats and no human studies support this effect, you should not rely on your vitamin K intake to boost testosterone levels.
- USDA National Nutrient Database: Celery, Raw
- Asian Journal of Andrology: Lowered Testosterone in Male Obesity: Mechanisms, Morbidity and Management
- University of Maryland Medical Center: Vitamin K
- Food and Function: Dietary Vitamin K Alleviates the Reduction in Testosterone Production Induced by Lipopolysaccharide Administration in Rat Testis