ashwagandha improves sperm and fertility in men

The Ayurvedic herb ashwagandha has traditionally been used as an aphrodisiac. Recent research has supported its use for improving sperm and helping infertile men. Once again, a herbal tradition proves scientifically true.

A number of studies have now shown that ashwagandha can improve a host of sperm features. It can improve sperm count and motility and semen volume. It can increase testosterone and lutenizing hormone while lowering follicle stimulating hormone and prolactin: all positive hormonal changes for male fertility. It can also improve free radical damage: an important aspect of infertility.

Now a systematic review and meta-analysis of great importance to men who are struggling with infertility has put together the evidence. The meta-analysis includes four studies of infertile men, meaning that the couple was unable to get pregnant after one year of trying. Three studies used 5g of ashwagandha root powder, and a controlled study compared 225mg of ashwagandha root extract. All the studies lasted for at least 3 months.

The analysis showed that ashwagandha significantly improves semen volume, sperm concentration and sperm motility. Most importantly, pregnancy rates significantly increased. So, the ashwagandha didn’t just improve sperm, it actually improved fertility and helped couples get pregnant.

As for hormones, ashwagandha significantly normalized all of luteinizing hormone, testosterone, follicle stimulating hormone, and prolactin. The herb also significantly increased levels of antioxidants, which were low in the infertile men. It also improved levels of free radical damage in the semen. Antioxidants are important to male fertility. When men with low sperm count or low sperm motility are given antioxidants, couples are more than 4 times more likely to become pregnant and more than 5 times more likely to have a successful delivery (Cochrane Database of Syst Rev 2011;1:CD007411).

This meta-analysis supports the suggestion that ashwagandha can be a life changer for infertile men.

Phytomedicine 2018;(50)247-256

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