Does Soy Protein Lower Testosterone Levels In Men?

Does Soy Protein Lower Testosterone Levels In Men?


Hey what’s up, guys. Sean Nalewanyj here
at www.SeanNal.com-www.BodyTransformationTruth.com and in this video today we’re talking about
soy protein and more specifically, does soy protein reduce testosterone levels in men.
Now the idea that men should avoid soy protein for that reason, that’s been pretty commonly
accepted truth in the bodybuilding and fitness community for a really long time but is it
actually based on real science or is it just another one of those myths that gets regurgitated
and passed around without having any real basis. Now you might be asking this question
because you’re a vegan or vegetarian who uses soy as a staple protein source from things
like tofu, tempe, soybean, soymilk, soy protein powder, et cetera, or you just somebody who
enjoys consuming soy as part of their diet in general. So soy protein and testosterone,
is there any connection? First off it is true that soy contains compounds that are known
as vito estrogen so guys will often hear that and then freak out because they think that
soy’s going to increase their estrogen levels and lower their testosterone and basically
turn them into a woman, but keep in mind that vito estrogen are derived from plants and
they’re different from the estrogen that’s found in the human body. So just because soy
contains those compounds doesn’t mean that it’s going to have an actual negative impact
and if we actually look at the research that is available then we can pretty much see that
that does appear to be the case. The data basically shows that soy protein does not
lower testosterone levels in men to a statistically significant degree. There have been some studies
that have shown a decrease but those studies either involved a huge over consumption of
huge amounts of soy or the decrease was minor and temporary and testosterone levels went
back to baseline fairly quickly meaning that it wouldn’t have any actual noticeable effect.
And in 2010 there was a meta-analysis done on this which basically means combining the
data from multiple studies, in this case it was fifteen controlled studies and thirty
two other reports and as you can see the results of this meta-analysis suggest that neither
soy food nor isoflavone supplements alter measures of bio available T concentrations
in men. There is also research that compared the effects of supplementing with soy protein
versus whey protein. One study that was done over twelve weeks showed that no difference
between the two groups, and the other study did show that soy temporarily lowered testosterone
levels directly after training but the decrease was minor and it went back to baseline within
thirty minutes, so probably not something to be concerned about. I’ll link those studies
that I’ve mentioned in the description box below if you do want to check them out. So
what’s the underlying take away here and what do I recommend when it comes to soy protein
and testosterone. Well the bottom line is that the vast majority of studies out there
show that eating soy foods or soy protein in practical amounts isn’t a cause for concern
when it comes to testosterone levels. However that’s said, there is still data that shows
a certain connection between the two and it’s probably in a dose dependent fashion, so I
wouldn’t necessarily just say, “Go ahead and eat all the soy you want every single
day and you’re guaranteed to have no negative effects from it”, this stuff is rarely black
and white and it is possible that if you’re eating large amount of soy can consistently
over an extended period of time that it could have some negative effects. I wouldn’t go
and completely rule that out. So if you do want to include soy protein in your diet and
you just want to be on the save side then I would say just exercise in basic moderation,
one or two servings per day and maybe cap it at 25 or 30 grams of actual soy protein
just to ere on the side of caution. Again it’s entirely possible that consuming more
than that could be totally fine but that’s what I would do just to be sure. And really,
in any case most people are going to be consuming a variety of proteins in their diet anyway
and I would definitely recommend that if you’re a vegan just to make sure that you’re getting
a sufficient amounts of all of the amino acids that you need. So I really don’t think there’s
too many people out there who would even want to consume very large amount of soy protein
every day in the first place. So this whole is likely a non-issue in most cases. If you’re
having a typical size serving of some tofu, some tempe or soybeans, one or two times a
day and you’re eating soy foods in practical amounts like most people are going to be doing
then I really don’t see this being any cause for concerns. Guys if you find this advice
helpful and you want to learn step-by-step how to layout an effective nutrition and training
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