Pumpkin seeds may not be as common as sesame seeds and sunflower seeds, but if you're trying to increase your testosterone levels, it may be worth your while to track them down. Pumpkin seeds are rich in unsaturated fat and provide a number of nutrients that may help enhance your testosterone levels. Despite the potential benefits, you should not use pumpkin seeds to address any medical conditions.
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Among the nutrients pumpkin seeds provide is magnesium. This mineral helps to regulate levels of a number of other nutrients in your body and supports the action of enzymes. Additionally, research published in the April 2011 edition of "Biological Trace Element Research" indicates that magnesium can promote increased testosterone levels.
Pumpkin sees contain leucine, an amino acid that can help promote fat oxidation and endurance, so it's a popular sports nutrition supplement. Strength-training athletes may find it particularly beneficial, as June 1997 research from "The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness" indicates that consumption of leucine can support increased levels of testosterone.
Pumpkin seeds are similar to sesame and sunflower seeds in that they are rich in fat. Each 1-oz. serving of pumpkin seeds provides about 14 g of fat, which can be detrimental for a low-fat diet but beneficial for boosting testosterone. A study from the December 1996 issue of "The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition" found that increased fat intake promoted increased testosterone levels.
Pumpkin seeds are low in fiber, with each 1-oz. serving containing less than 2 g. While dietary fiber is beneficial for overall health, research published in the December 1996 edition of "The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition" found that reductions in fiber intake promoted increased testosterone levels.
- USDA National Nutrient Database: Seeds, Pumpkin and Squash Seed Kernels, Dried
- University of Maryland Medical Center; Magnesium; June 2009
- "Biological Trace Element Research"; Effects of Magnesium Supplementation on Testosterone Levels of Athletes and Sedentary Subjects at Rest and After Exhaustion; V. Cinar et al.; April 2011
- "The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness"; Leucine Supplementation and Serum Amino Acids, Testosterone, Cortisol and Growth Hormone in Male Power Athletes During Training; A. Mero et al.; June 1997
- "The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition"; Effects of Dietary Fat and Fiber on Plasma and Urine Androgens and Estrogens in Men: A Controlled Feeding Study; J.F. Dorgan et al.; December 1996