Celebrities are just like regular guys. They hit the gym, indulge in cheat days, and, if they’re like The Mandalorian star Pedro Pascal, they need coffee to start their day.
Pascal’s go-to Starbucks order—a venti iced quad Starbucks drink with six shots of espresso and extra ice—is going viral for the insane amount of caffeine in one cup. (Around 380 mg, which is just shy of the FDA’s 400 mg maximum daily intake recommendation.)
But while Today Show hosts gagged after trying Pascal’s no-frills Starbucks order, we couldn’t help but notice that it has something in common with the fungus that zombifies humans on The Last of Us: Like cordyceps, Pascal’s turbocharged bev might boost testosterone and athletic performance.
Caffeine May Boost Testosterone
Although too much caffeine can lead to inflammation that can lower T levels, the right dose can boost testosterone. One study in the journal Nutrition found that men who drank caffeinated beverages had higher testosterone levels (1).
Caffeine’s T boosting effects work best when paired with resistance exercises like deadlifts and squats, according to one study (2).
Boost YOUR T
- Wedick, et al (2012). The effects of caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee on sex hormone-binding globulin and endogenous sex hormone levels: a randomized controlled trial.
- Beaven, et al (2008). Dose effect of caffeine on testosterone and cortisol responses to resistance exercise.
- Grgic, et al (2020). Wake up and smell the coffee: caffeine supplementation and exercise performance—an umbrella review of 21 published meta-analyses.