6 Kitchen Spices That Boost Testosterone

Spices That Boost Testosterone

Every man should get familiar with his kitchen cupboard. Because hidden behind that wooden cabinet door is a full blown anabolic inventory of spices that boost testosterone.

The best part about spices… you can add them atop of almost anything. Besides dessert maybe. But salads, eggs, marinated meats, smoothies… it’s so easy to pack these spices that boost testosterone into your everyday nutrition without any inconvenience.

As you know, testosterone is the master hormone your body cannot live without. Literally. Having healthy testosterone levels is just as important as having a fully functioning immune system.

Low-T is linked to several lethal diseases such as diabetes, obesity, metabolic syndrome, heart disease and other conditions like depression, erectile dysfunction and low libido, high blood pressure, and more…

The National Institutes of Health state, “In men, testosterone is thought to regulate sex drive, bone mass, fat distribution, muscle mass, and strength, and the production of red blood cells and sperm.”

You see where I’m getting at here…


Testosterone regulates everything from skin, to muscle tissue, to your circulatory system. And having low-t can cause a decreased desire for sex with your partner, suicidal thoughts, and low energy levels. It can also contribute to fat gain, especially around the midsection…

And according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, low testosterone is linked to a higher death rate.

All this to say, low-t is no joke. And if you’re serious about boosting your male-master hormone and regaining everything your low testosterone levels has stolen from you, I suggest digging through your kitchen cabinets and pulling out these 6 spices that boost testosterone.


Turmeric is a golden spice commonly used in Eastern medicine. It’s known as one of the world’s most powerful health superfoods. Turmeric is chock-full of disease fighting anti-oxidants. And unknown to most men, has the ability to boost testosterone levels.

spices that increase testosterone

This is most likely because turmeric is known for its female reputation for aiding in breast cancer support by lowering estrogen levels. This is also good news for men who suffer from gynecomastia, commonly referred to as “man boobs”.  Turmeric helps lower estrogen, therefore helping men with an estrogen imbalance, return to normal levels in most cases…

Now how about those testosterone levels…

First… disclaimer. This study has been performed in rats. However, rats are commonly used to test drugs and medications for humans and with validity. So don’t write this spice off. You’ll be missing out on tons of benefits. Human studies will also be included below…

In a study published in the Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, a small dosage of curcumin (the active ingredient in turmeric that give it the golden, yellow color), has been shown to significantly increase serum testosterone levels (1).

These studies were performed in male wistar rats, which share an almost identical reproductive system as humans do…

The study mentioned a 257% testosterone increase along with improved sperm quality, motility, and quantity…

In a human study published in the Indian Journal of Physiology Pharmacology, turmeric was also found to improve circulation and cardiovascular function. Researchers found just 500mg/day of turmeric increased good cholesterol levels by 29%. This good cholesterol is the main precursor to testosterone.

Which shows, there may be an indirect relationship with turmeric, its effects on cholesterol, and improvement in testosterone levels.

By the way… improvements in cholesterol also help with erectile dysfunction…

One of the troubles with ED is “blood flow”. Although it’s not the root cause, it’s one of the most important factors contributing to this “bedroom disease”…

Healthy cholesterol will help clear the pipes and make way for critical blood flow to your male anatomy. Another big win for turmeric.

Last yet not least… In a study published at Hubei University of Medicine in China, researchers concluded turmeric is an anti-estrogenic food (3). Although it is important for men to have some estrogen in their bodies, just like it’s important for women to have some testosterone in their bodies, too much estrogen can lead to hormonal imbalances in men and cause a shrinkage in testosterone levels.

WORTH MENTIONING: Turmeric is not easily absorbed in the body. Which is why we recommend this brand of turmeric as research shows it is 20X more bio-available and absorbable than traditional turmeric products.


Ginger is another spice proven to boost testosterone levels. And really, unless you’re a 21 year old bachelor, should be a staple in any kitchen spice rack.

In one, 2012 study published in the Tikrit Medical Journal, researchers studied 75 married men, ages 19-45, providing them with a dosage of ginger each day…

Unfortunately, the entry doesn’t describe how much ginger was used (I know, pretty important information wouldn’t you say?), however, we do know the study was recorded over a duration of 3-months.

After the 3-month experiment, researchers discovered testosterone levels increased by a very cool 17.7%. And Luteininzing hormone levels increased by a whopping 43.2%.

Luteininzing hormone is the hormone that triggers testosterone production in the leydig cells. Both are big wins for your testosterone levels and makes a promising argument for ginger being one of the top spices that boost testosterone.

Cayenne Pepper

If you’re a “spicy foods” guy then you’ll love cayenne pepper. I typically will mix this hot spice into my scrambled eggs or skillets in the morning.

Recent research performed at the University of Uludag in Turkey shows the capsaicin compound in cayenne pepper (what makes the spice hot) could be a powerful natural testosterone booster (5). In the rat study, researchers restricted the calories of the rodents, causing a caloric deficit…

If you’ve ever been in a caloric deficit before, you may have noticed a drop in your natural libido and a loss of strength and muscle mass. This is widely due to a lowering of testosterone levels during a low-calorie diet.

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out our recent article on Anabolic Eating so you can maintain high and healthy testosterone levels while cutting through unsightly body fat and getting lean simultaneously…

Cayenne Pepper shows promise for men who want to maintain healthy testosterone levels while dieting as well. The results of the study shows the capsaicin in cayenne pepper prevented testosterone levels from lowering in the rats… In fact, testosterone levels increased even during the caloric deficit.

Whether dieting or not, it’s a powerful spice to consider adding to your daily nutrition regimen for some manly benefits.


This herb is known for its aphrodisiac superpowers. However, there are some testosterone benefits to note as well.

As a quick reminder, the male wistar rats we spoke about earlier in this article, do have similar reproductive systems as humans. So we can be assured similar results in our male anatomy and biology as these wistar rats…

Maybe not on the scale as rats, as they have smaller figures, but we can believe for human benefit as well.

In a study published in the International Society for Complementary Medicine Research, nutmeg increased the mating activity of the male rats significantly. It also increased the mating performance of the rats…

Which, I’m not sure how they measure this but these scientists study the rat’s behavior on a daily basis. So they have a good idea of what to look for.

As far as boosting sexual performance, nutmeg is very promising. In regard to testosterone levels, some human studies would be nice for reference, but for now, we settle with the rats. Sprinkle this spice in a morning smoothie every day and see what happens


Another powerful aphrodisiac to get you and your spouse in the mood… and also, some promising testosterone boosting evidence you’ll be pumped about.

Again, no human studies to show for, but that doesn’t mean there’s no benefit for you.

For one, basil contains a big dose of a flavonoid called apigening. This flavonoid has been scientifically proven to increase testosterone levels. It’s also found in parsley, which is a refreshing herb to add to salads or throw into smoothies…

And here’s a test that’s a little crazy. Think Bugs Bunny on “Michael’s Secret Stuff” from Space Jam. Seriously…

herbs that boost testosterone
One study shows “holy basil”, when fed to rabbits, increased testosterone levels so much in the male rabbits that the reference ranges of the experiment weren’t high enough to keep track. Basically, these rabbits blew the lid off of the experiment.

The testosterone levels skyrocketed to 1500 ng/dl and beyond after consuming a few of these holy basil leaves. Again, although there is a possibility humans can benefit from basil, some human experiments will have to be performed to know for sure…

One thing we do know is we’ve found an all-natural herbal steroid for your daughter’s pet rabbit.

And last, yet not least…


Cardamom is full of antioxidants and has been scientifically proven to reduce oxidative stress. If you know anything about stress, it’s one of those silent testosterone killers most men experience on a daily basis. Less bodily stress, more testosterone

Also, cardamom is rich in a hormone regulator called a-terpinyl acetate which has been shown to reduce estrogen levels while also boosting t-counts. Another powerful spice you’ll want to consider adding into your day.

And if you didn’t know what to use cardamom with, try using it in glazes, rubs, or marinades for salmon, shrimp, even Swedish meatballs. You can also add this spice in sweet breads, cakes or yogurt…

Boom, there you have it. 6 kitchen spices that boost testosterone levels. So men, if anything, get to know your kitchens a bit more. There’s some testosterone gems hidden all around.



(1) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24565563
(2) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/129148
(3) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2463977
(4) http://www.iasj.net/iasj?func=fulltext&aId=71548
(5) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23013364
(6) http://bmccomplementalternmed.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1472-6882-5-16

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