Celery and Testosterone
Celery is probably best known for its weight loss properties, you burn more calories eating it than it gives you, or so the story goes. But does celery really have any impact on testosterone levels? Can it be used as a natural way to increase testosterone or is it just all a myth?
To find out if celery really can impact testosterone levels, I started where I always start, the scientific studies.
Celery contains Vitamin K
Celery actually contains decent amounts of Vitamin K. This vitamin is commonly thought to have an impact on testosterone levels in men. When I read through all of the available studies what I found was that there is a little evidence that vitamin K deficiencies can have an impact on testosterone production.
One study showed that Vitamin K deficiencies reduce testosterone production in the testes. It was found that K is involved in steroid production in the testes through the regulation of Cyp11a (study).
In another study, a group of rats were fed a diet supplemented with vitamin K2 for 5 weeks. At the end of the five weeks, testosterone levels in the testes and in plasma increased dramatically compared to the control group (study).
However, it is important to note that both studies were conducted on rats and I could not find any evidence of studies done on human beings to support this claim. So we cannot know with 100% proof whether Vitamin K will increase testosterone levels in male adults.
Celery has aphrodisiac properties
Basically, the reason it is believed that celery contains aphrodisiac properties is because it contains amounts of androsterone which is a pheromone that impacts human behaviour when smelled. It often has the impact of causing arousal. So consuming more celery can help you attract a member of the opposite sex through your pheromones. However, this does not prove any impact on testosterone levels as androsterone is a product that arises from the metabolism of testosterone.
There is really no proof that celery will help to increase testosterone levels and it’s certainly not something I would rely on. Of course, using it for weight loss may help a little bit as general good health and weight loss helps to regulate and increase testosterone levels.
On its own Celery will have very little impact on testosterone levels, if anything you may want to consider taking vitamin K supplements although those have not been proven.