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Do oysters raise testosterone/progesterone?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 21, 2013 at 2:25 AM

Pretty straight forward. If oysters significantly increase sex hormones this would be important for anyone considering a paleo diet as healthy hormone levels are critical to a long-term successful diet (for example if you ate foods that devastated your sex hormone production and dopamine levels then you would be a manic depressant and probably fall off your diet as you wouldn't have the motivation to continue with it).

So do oysters significantly raise sex hormones such as testosterone and progesterone?

If you can't find clinical data, I'm interested in n=1s also. Also, if oysters do increase it, then by how much? (assuming regular consumption)

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on January 24, 2013
at 08:44 PM

@matt, lol. Mmm horny rats.

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on January 24, 2013
at 12:42 PM

They are, at least, aphrodisiacs for rats. ;)

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on January 24, 2013
at 12:31 PM

That's interesting, they actually have amino acids in them that are rare Snd shown to increase testosterone and progesterone according to the article. I'd love to see clinical research showing the whole oyster too though. I bet there is a synergism between those amino acids and the zinc, copper,iron. I wonder if anything else would come into play, like the fact that oysters have dopamine also.

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on January 24, 2013
at 12:22 PM

The zinc in oysters is balanced out with copper to prevent a zinc toxicity. I prefer to get as much Italians and minerals from whole foods as possible. I've supplemented with zinc before and 250 mg of zinc supplements without balancing iron copper and maybe others can be relatively dangerous over time.

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on January 24, 2013
at 03:18 AM

I'm sure you're aware that Zinc is a very, very common body builder supplement. Surely it's much cheaper and simpler to buy ZMA than a half pound of oysters every day.

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on January 21, 2013
at 12:48 PM

The amount of zinc in a half pound of oysters is roughly equivelant to the amount of zinc from this clinical trial, which showed an increase in free testosterone of +40% over 4 weeks :http://www.ergo-log.com/zinctest.html . Also, speaking of romantic anecdotes, Casanova was said to have eaten 60 oysters/day everyday, lol.

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on January 24, 2013
at 04:22 AM

Yes they do. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1486054/Raw-oysters-really-are-aphrodisiacs-say-scientists-and-now-is-the-time-to-eat-them.html

"The team of American and Italian researchers analysed bivalve molluscs - a group of shellfish that includes oysters - and found they were rich in rare amino acids that trigger increased levels of sex hormones."

And on a personal note, I have found that I am more amiable after a good meal of oysters.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on January 24, 2013
at 12:42 PM

They are, at least, aphrodisiacs for rats. ;)

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

(10979)

on January 24, 2013
at 08:44 PM

@matt, lol. Mmm horny rats.

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

(10979)

on January 24, 2013
at 12:31 PM

That's interesting, they actually have amino acids in them that are rare Snd shown to increase testosterone and progesterone according to the article. I'd love to see clinical research showing the whole oyster too though. I bet there is a synergism between those amino acids and the zinc, copper,iron. I wonder if anything else would come into play, like the fact that oysters have dopamine also.

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on January 21, 2013
at 03:31 AM

Oysters don't increase sex hormones that I'm aware of. I've always been under the impression that any actual aphrodisiac properties are due to the zinc.

The rest is just romantic anecdote.

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

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on January 21, 2013
at 12:48 PM

The amount of zinc in a half pound of oysters is roughly equivelant to the amount of zinc from this clinical trial, which showed an increase in free testosterone of +40% over 4 weeks :http://www.ergo-log.com/zinctest.html . Also, speaking of romantic anecdotes, Casanova was said to have eaten 60 oysters/day everyday, lol.

705e66484ed64fe8e188123de398413e

(1013)

on January 24, 2013
at 03:18 AM

I'm sure you're aware that Zinc is a very, very common body builder supplement. Surely it's much cheaper and simpler to buy ZMA than a half pound of oysters every day.

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

(10979)

on January 24, 2013
at 12:22 PM

The zinc in oysters is balanced out with copper to prevent a zinc toxicity. I prefer to get as much Italians and minerals from whole foods as possible. I've supplemented with zinc before and 250 mg of zinc supplements without balancing iron copper and maybe others can be relatively dangerous over time.

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