Cholesterol and Testosterone: The Most Important Building Block of them All

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Cholesterol has a bad reputation. It’s easily the most misunderstood molecule on the planet and people still believe that it’s an evil sterol that will only block your arteries.

Therefore the common mantra often is: The lower the cholesterol, the better

But that’s not the whole story. Actually the evidence of cholesterol causing harm in the body, is very scant and inconclusive, and there’s tons of respected peer-reviewed studies which clearly show that dietary cholesterol intake has little to nothing to do with cardiovascular risk.

While I don’t have the time and energy to explain you the full details of the cholesterol myth, I’m going to go ahead and give you few links so that you can draw your own conclusions:

a) This great post from Art of Manliness shows in detail how Brett doubled his testosterone levels in 90 days by eating a high fat diet filled with cholesterol. At the end of the 90 day case study, his blood profile improved dramatically.

b) This fine article from Mark’s Daily Apple explains the controversy behind cholesterol, and shows you why cholesterol after all, isn’t the bad guy.

c) This 8-year $415 million study examined the effects of low-fat low-cholesterol diet on several health parameters of their 48,835 test subjects. What the researchers found out was that a diet low in total fat and cholesterol did NOT reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

On top of the info above, I’d like to tell you that I’ve been eating a diet extremely high in saturated fat and cholesterol for the past 4 years or so. According to several blood tests I’ve taken during that time frame, my cardiovascular health has been – and still is – in extraordinarily amazing condition.

So now that you hopefully understand the real deal behind cholesterol, and know that the mainstream knowledge about cholesterol is absolutely screwed, I’d like to explain you why it’s beneficial for a man to eat a diet high in fat and cholesterol:

Cholesterol and Male Testosterone Levels

Eggs are a food that increases testosteroneCholesterol is a sterol, more accurately a modified steroid, a lipid molecule.

This lipid molecule has several crucial roles all around the body, and cholesterol is so important that if you’re not getting enough from your diet, your liver will synthesize it to keep you alive.

It’s present in all of your cells, being especially dense in the membrane where it gives your cells the ability to send messages between each other so that you’re actually a human being, instead of just a dead pile of cells that can’t communicate.

Cholesterol can also be found in high amounts inside the brain and it’s vital for its complex processes.

And here’s exactly why cholesterol is vital for your testosterone production:

Cholesterol is a precursor for all your sex hormones, and this includes the principal male hormone: testosterone.

The final part of the whole testosterone synthesis is simply when luteinizing hormone (LH) triggers the testicular leydig cells to convert cholesterol (or into testosterone inside the ball sack.

Meaning that cholesterol, the actual lipid molecule, is like baby testosterone.

And it comes not as a surprise that several studies have found out how increased cholesterol intake correlates with elevated testosterone production. (study, study, study, study, study).

In other words: Follow a low-fat diet with inadequate amounts of dietary cholesterol, and you’re not going to reduce your cardiovascular risk by a bit, however your testosterone levels will most certainly hit rock bottom…


…Eat a diet high in fat and cholesterol, but reduce the amount of polyunsaturated fatty (which easily oxidizes), and you’re more than likely going to improve your blood profile and get more testosterone as a result (just like I did, and just like Brett from AOM did).


Just eat the damn fat and don’t worry a bit about the cholesterol intake, they’re not the real causes of cardiovascular disease and modern day research has clearly shown that.

Heck, even most of the health experts who have touted low-fat diets in the past are now turning their heads around. Only the idiots who have too big of an ego to admit that they were wrong still blame cholesterol for everything…

…Which is weird when you think about the fact that cholesterol is absolutely vital for your body as it’s the precursor for all steroid hormones and controls the outer layer of every cell in your body.

Heck, even if you’re stupid enough to avoid dietary cholesterol, your liver has to synthesize it to keep you alive.

NOTE: At the end of the day I’m not a doctor, just a guy who happens to know a bit too much about testosterone and human anatomy. Everything here on the internet should be taken with a grain of salt, even my articles. That’s why I encourage you to do your own research and to draw your own conclusions. I’m just here to get you started.

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Cholesterol and Testosterone: The Most Important Building Block of them All was last modified: March 27th, 2017 by Ali Kuoppala

Ali Kuoppala

Ali Kuoppala is the founder of Anabolic Men, and an Independent Researcher that has been credited with organizing the findings that have helped thousands of men reach hormonal balance.
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  1. GuillaumeKRSP on 29/12/2014 at 12:27

    Hi Ali, first of all thanks for all the knowledge and effort put in this site.

    Even though I find all that dietary and supplementation information very interesting, I struggle to understand how all of that can be used in a daily diet. That’s why It would be highly appreciated to enlighten it all if you could post a personal weekly diet/ exercise/ supplements schedule of yours.

    Thank you again and I hope you’ll find the time to answer 🙂

    • Ali Kuoppala on 31/12/2014 at 03:54

      I’ll do that soon, many people have asked for a post like that.

      And I don’t recommend that you take every supplement, or herb, etc, that I recommend on this site simultaneously. That would be a expensive as hell 😀

  2. Ali Kuoppala on 31/12/2014 at 03:52

    I think I will make a post or something about that, but the only problem is that my routines are very diverse and not that much planned. Anyhow there would be some good reads for you guys about certain supplement synergies and combinations that I haven’t talked about before.

  3. Ali Kuoppala on 31/12/2014 at 04:02

    That’s very interesting. And yes of course I publish your comment, my ego is not too big for admitting that there might be times when high cholesterol intake ain’t a good thing.

    As for the pulmonary embolism, are there any family diseases that might play a part in cholesterol oxidization? Stress could be a factor for sure, but if your nephew also got the pulmonary embolism, then that might not be the answer.

    You should take a look at this review of eggs and their health risks, it has some very credible science behind the statements –

    I’m sorry that I can’t help more than that. But thanks for sharing the story and hope you’re doing fine!

    – Ali

    • dannyR on 26/02/2017 at 12:31

      1998 American Society for Nutritional Services

      Digestibility of Cooked and Raw Egg Protein in Humans as Assessed by Stable Isotope Techniques


      Egg proteins contribute substantially to the daily nitrogen allowances in Western countries and are generally considered to be highly digestible. However, information is lacking on the true ileal digestibility of either raw or cooked egg protein….The true ileal digestibility of cooked and raw egg protein amounted to 90.9 ± 0.8 and 51.3 ± 9.8%, respectively.

      That not a small differential. Raw eggs are massively less digestible than cooked. Don’t fry them up dry and crispy at the edges; but yeah, cook them eggs!

  4. Roast Chicken on 21/02/2016 at 03:02

    Great informative article. Keep up the good work.

  5. dannyR on 25/02/2017 at 23:58

    This is old, I know, but you mentioned nothing about your, and your nephew’s, total nutrition profile, specifically total starch and sugar intake, while taking the eggs and liver.

    Apart from that, drinking raw eggs is utterly pointless, if not counterproductive. Raw protein of any kind, except milk (and even then, fermented is easily better), is usually less digestible. A study of monkeys that are accustomed to meat were found to assimilate meat that was cooked better than raw, even if they normally were used to raw meat. Another study, amazingly, found pythons—about the most ancient and determined of raw-food advocates—were likewise taking up more protein from cooked (ground) meat than raw.

  6. OnTheBayou on 12/04/2017 at 09:43

    Late to the party here, but I must comment. There’s a huge difference between eating a couple or three cooked eggs a day, which gives you all the cholesterol you can use, and drinking a dozen uncooked. What on earth sent you in that direction?

    Ditto on the liver. It is easy to go into iron toxicity at the consumption rate you mention. Four to six ounces once a week is more than adequate.

  7. OnTheBayou on 12/04/2017 at 09:54

    Nice to see that plug for Marks Daily Apple. He literally saved my life. In spring of 2009 I was obese and suffered from low level chronic all over body pain. Looking at diets out there, I thought paleo made the absolute most sense, and that coupled with the MDA Primal lifestyle. I bought his Primal Blueprint, and one for a daughter. I lost 70 pounds over the next 17 months, When I ceased the grains and grain oils, my pain was gone in two weeks. I still participate in the forums, same name, even though I no longer live on the bayou. (Sad.)

    I’m not as rabid about carbs as I used to be, now consuming 100-150 g/day of beans, potatoes, sweet potatoes, or rice. Occasional spelt bread.

    I eat two or three eggs almost every morning. My blood panels are almost always “Excellent” in every parameter. If something is off in a given test, it’s always back on the next one. That includes despite being a heavy drinker. My lipid ratios are excellent, too. My fats intake runs about 4:2:1 satfat, monun, and polyun.

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