Coconut Oil and Testosterone: Possibly One of the Best Fat Sources to Consume

For the past years, saturated fat has been getting a lot of negative press on the media. Since coconut fat is 92-96% saturated, it has gotten its (un)fair share of negative attention too.

However, if you look behind the scenes of the mass media fat demonization, you will quickly see that there’s a mounting pile of evidence which suggests that coconut oil, with its high saturated fat content, is actually protective against cardiovascular disease, and its even pretty good at balancing cholesterol (more HDL, less LDL) and blood lipids.

Heck, the Tokelau population in South Pacific eat roughly 60% of their calories from coconuts and still, cardiovascular disease is extremely uncommon there. Same goes for the Kitavan’s in Papua New-Guinea, whom eat coconut as their main source of fat, yet heart disease appears to be absent among these people

…When you factor in coconut fats pro-thyroid effects, ability to increase metabolic rate, and ability to increase antioxidant status, you will quickly realize that coconut oil is in fact one of the better fats to consume.

NOTE: Coconut oil is also perfect for cooking, since its mainly saturated and low in cholesterol, which means that its not that prone to oxidation.

Consuming more coconut oil and/or coconuts becomes a no-brainer when you see how good it can be for testosterone production:

Coconut Oil and Testosterone

coconut oil and testosterone levels in menWhat makes coconut oil different from many other sources of saturated fat (animal fats, eggs, butter, lard) is the fact that the vast majority of the fatty-acids are MCTs (medium-chain triglycerides), which is a fancy term to describe a fatty-acid that has anywhere from 6 to 12 carbon chains attached to it.

MCTs are metabolized differently from many other fats, since your body shuttles them directly into the liver where it uses them as instant energy or converts them into ketone bodies. This unique effect of MCTs is likely the cause of its ability to increase metabolic rate.

Since coconut oil is mainly saturated – and saturated fats are considered the best type of fat for increased testosterone production – it’s only natural to think that coconut oil would be pretty good for T production.

Coconut oils ability to increase antioxidant status of the body and pro-thyroid effects would also suggest that the oil would be a good fit for a T-boosting diet.

Even though there isn’t any studies readily available which would of have examined coconut oils effect on testosterone levels in human males, there are still plenty studies like that with male rodents as subjects (which share nearly identical reproductive systems to humans).

There’s evidence that coconut oil – largely due to its antioxidant effects – is able to prevent oxidative stress in testicles, and therefore also preserve testosterone levels from oxidative damage.

When four groups of male wistar rats were fed with diets containing either soybean oil, coconut oil, grape seed oil, or olive oil, the researchers noted that the activity of key enzymes needed in testosterone production (3-β-HSD and 17-β-HSD), were significantly higher in the olive oil and coconut oil groups. Testosterone levels were also noticeably higher among the rodents who consumed either olive oil or coconut oil.

In a study where rats received a combination of calcium, vitamin D, and boron with either canola oil, sunflower oil, canola + sunflower oil, or coconut oil (to go with the micronutrients), the group receiving coconut oil (+the supplements) noted significantly higher testosterone levels than the groups which received other oils (NOTE: read more about boron and vitamin D3).

In a study where 6 groups (8 rats in each) were fed with six different fat sources – sesame oil, sunflower oil, fish oil, olive oil, Iberian pig lard, or coconut oil – it was noted the groups which received coconut oil and Iberian pig lard had significantly higher serum testosterone levels than rest of the groups. It’s also worth mentioning that the lard group had significantly higher T levels than any of the other studied fat sources (including coconut oil!), while also having lowest LDL and highest HDL cholesterol levels.

NOTE: Many guys are scared that coconut oil would lower DHT levels by inhibiting 5-a reductase enzyme (I was too at first). This study which shows how free form lauric-acid and myristic-acid did just that in-vitro is often cited along with the claims. However, it’s important to note that the fats used in the study were free fatty-acids, which are the type found in rancid oils. What you normally get by eating non-rancid coconut oil is the triglyceride form, which I doubt causes similar effects. Yesterday night while I was trying to find more confirmation to that, I stumbled upon an old forum thread where a guy had followed a “Dr. Ray Peat inspired diet” with coconut oil and butter being the main sources of fat, going from a normal diet to that, his T levels had increased by 28% and DHT by 31% in 6 months. If coconut oil would lower DHT, I doubt the results would look like that.

Conclusion

In my opinion coconut oil is one of the best dietary fat sources around. coconut oil is cardio-protective, can increase metabolic rate, its a good source of T-boosting saturated fat, and has worked quite well for T levels in few animal studies.

Since it can also increase the enzymes 3-β-HSD and 17-β-HSD inside the gonads, it’s almost a no-brainer to use coconut oil in your diet…

…After all both of the enzymes are needed when the body converts weaker androgens (DHEA, androstenediol, and androstenedione) into testosterone.

NOTE: Make sure to get organic virgin coconut oil (affiliate link), the real deal, instead of that hydrogenated crap trans-fat kind you can find on some supermarkets.

Coconut Oil and Testosterone: Possibly One of the Best Fat Sources to Consume was last modified: February 12th, 2017 by Ali Kuoppala
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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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  • fred

    Hi Ali, I took a drug for acne called accutane when I was 15. At the same time i start developing small man boob and went through a depression.
    I heard the drug could be a 5a inhibtor. I would like to know your thoughts on this.

    P.S, I really like your site, help me a lot!

  • David Byrne

    Hi Ali,

    In your study above on the 6 groups of male wistar rats, I’m wondering:

    How is olive oil lower in testosterone compared to other oils which are much higher in polyunsaturated fats within the study?

    It would make more sense that olive oil would raise the testosterone due to the high number of monounsaturated fats and cholesterol.

    Kind Regards

    • Ya I was wondering too. There’s however a well-done human study where olive oil as main fat source increased T by 17% so I think it would be still good to use.

        • David Byrne

          Yeah I take 4 tablespoons of olive oil a day myself so I was a bit surprised to see that result.

          It doesn’t make sense how sesame oil is as high considering half of it is made up of polys.

          By the way, amazing website. It changed my lifestyle, eating habits, and so on for good about a year ago. I fast every day, get maintenance calories, take cold showers and so on.
          You are doing a really great job. Keep it up.

  • martin q

    ALI please answer this one because you could do and article on this. It has to do with varicocele wich is varicose veins in the testes (20% fo men have it), this condition increases the temperature of the testes with blocks some of the testosterone production that´s why men with varicocele have 10% less testoterone on average. It has been shown that subinguinal or inguinal varicocele microsurgery not only fixes infertility but tests have shown (Dr goldstein wich is a leading doctor in this area in new york) that out of 100 men 30% didn´t increase testosterone but the other 70% increased by a medium of 180ng/dl and the increases in free T were much higher, there was also an increase in LH hormone and a decrease in FSH hormone wich could solve some of HPG axis. Of those 70% of men some incresased their testosterone by 30%, 50% and 10% of those doubled!!!! their testosterone. I currently have grade 2 varicocele and want my urologist to operate on me, just know that not every urologist is going to be open to operate you based on hormonal imbalance specially if you are not infertile and have varicocele wich is my case. First of all i am doing the testosterone challenge since i am overweight, and i will be using vitamin k2 , vitamin d, boron, HIIT, lift weights, cold showers, epson salt baths, magnesium oil. IF this does not work ill do the surgery, i think it will work but the operation could give me a nice boost, hope you read this since it is a fairly common condition and the this type of surgery is the safest type of surgery for this condition with only 1% of recurrence.
    (NOT EMBOLIZATION).

  • martin q

    By the way subinguinal or inguinal varicocele micorsurgery is a relatively simple operation it takes only 40 to 45 minutes and you go home the same day, you don´t have to play sports for two weeks to a month buy then it´s OK:

  • Rising Fire

    Ali, it’s interesting that you linked to Ray Peat. I think his ideas are revolutionary. What’s your take on refined sugar and it’s pro-thyroid effects in relation to testosterone(that sounded nerdy)?