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Celery & Testosterone

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author image Matthew Lee
Matthew Lee has been writing professionally since 2007. Past and current research projects have explored the effect of a diagnosis of breast cancer on lifestyle and mental health and adherence to lifestyle-based (i.e. nutrition and exercise) and drug therapy treatment programs. He holds a Master of Arts in psychology from Carleton University and is working toward his doctorate in health psychology.
Celery & Testosterone
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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.

Weight Maintenance

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.

Vitamin K

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.

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