Love Is In The Air: Herbal Mix Boosts Sperm Quality, Pregnancy Rate

Combination of onions, ginger, scent leaf, orange peel, watermelon seeds, carrot, tiger nut, coconut water, dates improves sex drive in men, women

Love is in the air. February is usually associated with love. The celebration is heightened as Valentine approaches. Couples seek for help to better satisfy their partners in bed. Men and women, boys and girls go for sex drive boosting drugs and drinks. Unfortunately most of these products come with unpleasant side effects.

But scientists have in recent clinical studies identified local foods and herbs that can, not only boost sex drive in men and women but improves sperm parameters and pregnancy rate.The recent clinical trial of 40 infertile couples referred to Alzahra Hospital in Iran was published in International Journal of Women’s Health and Reproduction Sciences.

The researchers investigated the efficacy of a combination of seven plants including Allium cepa (onion), Zingiber officinale (ginger), Ocimum basilicum (scent leaf), Cinnamomum verum (cinnamon tree), Citrus sinensis (orange) peel, Citrullus lanatus (watermelon) seeds and Daucus carota (carrot) seeds in boosting fertility and pregnancy rate in humans.

Commonly called cinnamon tree, Cinnamomum verum belongs to the plant family Lauraceae. To the French it is called cannellier de Ceylan while in Nigeria; it is called imeguru or ohio.The herbal combination in a form of 700 mg capsule was taken once daily for six months. Before and after treatment, the patients’ blood and semen samples were collected and analyzed.

According to the results, the number of sperms, overall motility, forward movement, and normal morphology of sperms after treatment showed significant improvement. Also patients’ blood glucose levels meaningfully reduced after treatment. The researchers noted: “The total volume of semen, total cholesterol, testosterone, and Luteinizing hormone (LH) levels did not significantly differ with use of the compound herbal medicine. Seven couples during the study and after six months of receiving medication got pregnant.

“Consumption of compound herbal medicine with the lowest risk and cost, significantly improves sperm parameters. It seems that the mechanism of action is through counteracting the effects of oxidative stress.”LH is a hormone produced by gonadotropic cells in the anterior pituitary gland. In females, an acute rise of LH (“LH surge”) triggers ovulation and development of the corpus luteum.

The study is titled “The Effect of Compound Herbal Remedy Used in Male Infertility on Spermatogenesis and Pregnancy Rate” was conducted by researchers from Women’s Reproductive Health Research Center, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences Tabriz, Iran.

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