Apple Cider Vinegar For Testosterone
by Benjamin Bunting BA(Hons) PGCert
Written by Ben Bunting: BA(Hons), PGCert. Sport & Exercise Nutrition. L2 Strength & Conditioning Coach.
It is said that apple cider vinegar (APCV) can help you boost your testosterone levels naturally. Consuming it is best when it is raw and unfiltered.
Apple cider vinegar is a great addition to salad dressing, dips, and smoothies. If you are suffering from erectile dysfunction, it is murmered that this can be the perfect remedy, however, there's no solid evidence behind these claims.
Let's take a look and see whether apple cider vinegar can benefit your testosterone levels.
Does Apple Cider Vinegar Increase Testosterone?
Apple cider vinegar has many health benefits and is commonly used as a digestive aid, but does it increase testosterone?
There are many ways to use it, from cooking to supplementing your diet. It contains a wide variety of nutrients, including B-vitamins and polyphenols. In addition, the concentrations of potassium in apple cider vinegar helps clear sinus infections, candida, and sore throats.
Low levels of testosterone are also common in older men. Low levels of testosterone are known as Testosterone Deficiency Syndrome (TDS) or andropause, and the term deficiency simply means that the body doesn't have enough of this essential hormone.
According to the American Urological Association, approximately two out of 10 men over the age of 60 have low testosterone levels. This number increases to three out of every ten men in their 70s and 80s. Other causes for low testosterone levels in men are obesity, chronic use of opioids, and certain congenital diseases.
A 2018 study published in the Andrologia Journal reported that ACV improved sperm health, and serum testosterone levels.
A possible reason that apple cider vinegar may increase testosterone levels is the fact that nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a common cause of low serum testosterone levels. In the present study, researchers evaluated the effects of ACV on hormone levels in a rat model of NAFLD.
They divided thirty-two adult male rats into six groups, with three groups serving as controls and three treated with 1 ml of ACV twice a day for 21 days. Each week, the animals were sacrificed, and laboratory analyses were performed.
However, further research published in 2019 by the Journal of Applied Life Sciences International concluded that ACV reduced estrogen levels and testosterone levels.
Can you treat erectile dysfunction with apple cider vinegar?
ACV is used as a home remedy for a variety of health issues, including erectile dysfunction (ED). The most common ED treatment is generic Viagra, which belongs to a class of drugs known as phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors.
The benefits of apple cider vinegar are indirect, although not entirely clear. This natural food substance is highly acidic, and can damage stainless steel, rubber and cause irritation to skin. There are even reports of people rubbing it on their penis', however, this is definitly not recommended.
Despite its reputation, there is no evidence to suggest that apple cider vinegar can actually help treat erectile dysfunction. In some men, ED is an indication of heart disease or other conditions.
Apple cider vinegar does have its benefits, the available research does show that it may be able to help with diabetes and depression, both conditions that can affect testosterone levels and are affected by testosterone levels.
However, the evidence is lacking that supports it consumption to increase natural testosterone production in humans. Therefore, if that is what you are looking to use it for, there's better options out there.